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Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

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

Recognition Of The Minority Leader

The Senator from Kentucky is recognized.

Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

The assistant legislative clerk read the following letter:

House Of Representatives

House of RepresentativesThe House was not in session today. Its next meeting will be held on Friday, February 1, 2013, at 11 a.m.----------------------------------------------------------------------- SenateThursday, January 31, 2013 The Senate met ...

Prayer

The Chaplain, Dr. Barry C. Black, offered the following prayer: Let us pray. Almighty God, whose attributes are both majestic and manifold, strengthen our Senators, enabling them to live this ...

Pledge Of Allegiance

The Honorable Harry Reid 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 it ...

Recognition Of The Minority Leader

Mr. President, the majority leader has suggested that I go ahead, and, therefore, I will.

Speaking: McConnell
The Economy

Mr. President, yesterday, we learned our economy contracted for the first time in more than 3 years. This news comes, of course, after President Obama spent an entire election promising ...

Speaking: McConnell
Schedule

Mr. President, following leader remarks, the Senate will begin consideration of H.R. 325, the debt limit legislation. The time until 12:15 p.m. will be equally divided and controlled. At 12:15 ...

Speaking: Reid
Recognition Of The Majority Leader

The majority leader is recognized.

Government Spending

Mr. President, just a brief comment on the statement of my friend, the Republican leader.

Speaking: Reid
Reservation Of Leader Time

Under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to call up amendment No. 9.

Speaking: Paul
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Madam President, on January 23, something marvelous happened. What was that? The House, on a strong bipartisan basis, passed a bill which would raise the debt limit, which would extend ...

Speaking: Baucus
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The Senator from Montana.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The legislative clerk called the roll.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, I wish to address the substance of this amendment, but let me start with a little context on this underlying bill. The underlying bill, of course, suspends the ...

Speaking: Toomey
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, what is the parliamentary situation?

Speaking: McCain
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Little germs are doing to me what my opponents couldn't, which is stop me from talking. I thank the Senator for his courtesy.

Speaking: Mikulski
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, I rise today to offer first a commonsense amendment to begin to address our Nation's unprecedented national debt. It is hurting jobs in our economy today and is ...

Speaking: Portman
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Under the previous order, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R. 325, which the clerk will report by title.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that I be allowed 10 minutes.

Speaking: McCain
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

That is the order.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, I have two amendments at the desk and I ask for their immediate consideration, en bloc.

Speaking: Portman
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, I rise today to present an amendment that would stop the transfer of F-16s and Abrams tanks to Egypt. I think it particularly unwise to send tanks and ...

Speaking: Paul
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

[Rollcall Vote No. 6 Leg.] YEAS--54 Baldwin Baucus Begich Bennet Blumenthal Boxer Brown Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Coons Donnelly Durbin Feinstein Franken Gillibrand Hagan Harkin Heinrich Heitkamp Hirono Johnson (SD) ...

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The Senator from Utah.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Madam President, I move to table the Portman amendment and ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Baucus
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Under the previous order, there will be 2 minutes of debate, equally divided, prior to a vote on amendment No. 6, offered by the Senator from Ohio, Mr. Portman.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The Senator's time has expired.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

In deference to the Senator from Maryland, I went through the cold-and-cough crud that caused her to begin coughing, so I fully understand why she needed to take a break. ...

Speaking: Coats
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

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

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, I am going to lay out and discuss a motion to commit which I have at the desk, and we are going to be voting on that motion ...

Speaking: Vitter
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, I stand as the chair of the full Appropriations Committee to respond to two Portman amendments. I will comment on one and speak to the one related to ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Is there a sufficient second?

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, I suggest the absence of a quorum and that the time in quorum call be equally divided.

Speaking: Hatch
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, I speak in opposition to the amendment evidenced by my friend, the Senator from Kentucky, which would prohibit the sale, licensing, approval, facilitation, transfer, retransfer, or delivery of ...

Speaking: McCain
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The motion was agreed to.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The clerk will call the roll.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

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

Speaking: Coats
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The result was announced--yeas 54, nays 44, as follows:

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The amendment is as follows:

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

I was hit by it 2 weeks ago so I fully understand what the Senator is going through.

Speaking: Coats
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

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

Speaking: Paul
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

If the Senator from Pennsylvania will withhold? After he speaks, the Senator from Montana will speak, and then may I be recognized on the Portman amendment? I ask unanimous consent ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Only Democratic time remains.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The Senator from Indiana.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, thanks in part to filmmaker Steven Spielberg, there is renewed interest today in America's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.

Speaking: Baucus
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

I find the argument spurious and, frankly, absurd that not giving F-16s to Egypt is somehow against the interests of Israel. Imagine this. The President of Egypt has called Jews ...

Speaking: Paul
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The Senator from Kentucky.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The Senator from Pennsylvania.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, right now the Federal deficit stands at roughly $16.4 trillion. I don't know how anyone can hear that number and not be appalled, nor do I believe there ...

Speaking: Hatch
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The Senate is considering H.R. 325.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

I thank the Senator for the courtesy. Both the Senator from Montana and I have been hit by this bug.

Speaking: Mikulski
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

I announce that the Senator from Massachusetts (Mr. Kerry) and the Senator from Washington (Mrs. Murray) are necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

How much time is remaining?

Speaking: McCain
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The Senator from Arizona.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

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

Speaking: Portman
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The amendments are as follows:(Purpose: To require that any debt limit increase be balanced by equal

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

I ask unanimous consent to speak for 5 minutes.

Speaking: Paul
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Is that okay with the Senator?

Speaking: Mikulski
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The legislative clerk read as follows:

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, I send my sympathy and empathy to the Senator from Maryland. Having gone through the same thing, I fully understand what she is dealing with and trust she ...

Speaking: Coats
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

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

Speaking: Portman
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The clerk will report the amendments.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

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

Speaking: Hatch
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

(Purpose: To protect Social Security benefits and military pay and require that the United States Government prioritize all obligations on

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, I rise to speak on two amendments. It will be the first amendment offered by the Senator from Ohio, his first amendment, and also I will speak on ...

Speaking: Baucus
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Amending the provision means it has to go back to the House. If you think the markets are in disarray today, just think of the lack of confidence that would ...

Speaking: Baucus
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, the debt limit alone, under the current administration, had been increased by over $5 trillion. That is simply unsustainable.

Speaking: Hatch
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Mr. President, I have an amendment at the desk and ask for its consideration.

Speaking: Toomey
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Madam President, we had a debate earlier on this. This is the Dollar-for-Dollar Deficit Reduction Act. It makes all the sense in the world.

Speaking: Portman
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

I suggest the absence of a quorum.

Speaking: Hatch
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

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

Speaking: Vitter, Baucus, Paul, Portman
Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

The Senator from Maryland.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government

Without objection, it is so ordered. Amendment No. 9

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government—Continued

Madam President, this amendment is a commonsense amendment that would end government shutdowns as well as keep us from facing these last-minute budget deals. For all regular programs or activities ...

Speaking: Portman
Recess

Under the previous order, the Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government—Continued

The Senator from Maryland.

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government—Continued

Under the previous order, there will be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment No. 7 offered by the Senator from Ohio, Mr. ...

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government—Continued

Is there a sufficient second?

Ensuring The Complete And Timely Payment Of The Obligations Of The United States Government—Continued

Madam President, I oppose the amendment. It would trigger an automatic CR if Congress doesn't pass appropriations bills or a CR.

Speaking: Mikulski
Democratic Announcments

The result was announced--yeas 64, nays 34, as follows:

Democratic Announcments

Madam President, we have essentially already voted on this. It is very similar to the Portman amendment, which lost by a vote of 54-to-44. This approach was rejected by the ...

Speaking: Baucus
Democratic Announcments

I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Begich
Democratic Announcments

The motion was agreed to.

Democratic Announcments

Yes, I call up the motion to commit.

Speaking: Vitter
Democratic Announcments

Under the previous order, there will be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to the motion to commit offered by the Senator from Louisiana.

Democratic Announcments

Under the previous order, there will be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment No. 9, offered by the Senator from Kentucky, Mr. ...

Democratic Announcments

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

Democratic Announcments

The assistant legislative clerk called the roll.

Democratic Announcments

[Rollcall Vote No. 8 Leg.] YEAS--53 Baldwin Baucus Begich Bennet Blumenthal Boxer Brown Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Coons Donnelly Durbin Feinstein Franken Gillibrand Hagan Harkin Heinrich Heitkamp Hirono Johnson (SD) ...

Democratic Announcments

Under the previous order, there will be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote in relation to amendment No. 8 offered by the Senator from Pennsylvania, Mr. ...

Democratic Announcments

Mr. President, I know that some have raised questions about whether Section 2 of the bill is constitutional under the 27th Amendment, though the legislation does not lower pay but ...

Speaking: Reid
Democratic Announcments

[Rollcall Vote No. 7 Leg.] YEAS--52 Baldwin Baucus Begich Bennet Blumenthal Boxer Brown Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Collins Coons Donnelly Durbin Feinstein Franken Gillibrand Harkin Heinrich Heitkamp Hirono Johnson (SD) ...

Democratic Announcments

There is now 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote on passage of the measure.

Democratic Announcments

Madam President, I have a very simple, straightforward motion to commit. It would commit the bill back to the Finance Committee for 7 days only with instructions to find savings--cuts--equal ...

Speaking: Vitter
Democratic Announcments

[Rollcall Vote No. 11 Leg.] YEAS--64 Ayotte Baldwin Baucus Begich Bennet Blumenthal Blunt Boxer Brown Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Cochran Collins Coons Donnelly Durbin Feinstein Franken Gillibrand Graham Hagan Harkin ...

Democratic Announcments

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Democratic Announcments

I announce that the Senator from Massachusetts (Mr. Kerry) and the Senator from Washington (Mrs. Murray) are necessarily absent.

Speaking: Durbin
Democratic Announcments

The legislative clerk called the roll.

Democratic Announcments

Madam President, the underlying bill we are going to vote on in a little while suspends the debt ceiling for a period of time, as we all know. My amendment ...

Speaking: Toomey
Democratic Announcments

Madam President, I rise in opposition to the amendment.

Speaking: Leahy
Democratic Announcments

The bill (H.R. 325) was passed.

Democratic Announcments

The Senator's time has expired.

Democratic Announcments

Does the Senator wish to call up his motion?

Democratic Announcments

The majority leader.

Democratic Announcments

The clerk will report the motion.

Democratic Announcments

This amendment would prioritize interest on our debt, Social Security payments, Active-Duty military, and authorize the Treasury to raise the debt ceiling as necessary to cover those three categories.

Speaking: Toomey
Democratic Announcments

[Rollcall Vote No. 9 Leg.] YEAS--79 Alexander Ayotte Baldwin Barrasso Baucus Begich Bennet Blumenthal Blunt Boxer Brown Burr Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Chambliss Coburn Cochran Collins Coons Corker Donnelly Durbin ...

Democratic Announcments

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent for 30 seconds.

Speaking: Toomey
Democratic Announcments

The result was announced--yeas 52, nays 46, as follows:

Democratic Announcments

Madam President, I appreciate the intent of the Senator from Pennsylvania. When we stop and think about this amendment, it reminds us of the movie and the book ``The Hunger ...

Speaking: Baucus
Democratic Announcments

The Senator from Montana.

Democratic Announcments

[Rollcall Vote No. 10 Leg.] YEAS--53 Baldwin Baucus Begich Bennet Blumenthal Boxer Brown Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Coons Donnelly Durbin Feinstein Franken Gillibrand Hagan Harkin Heinrich Heitkamp Hirono Johnson (SD) ...

Democratic Announcments

I do agree with the majority leader. As we have discussed, it should be obvious that the overriding, critical purpose of this legislation is to suspend the debt limit and ...

Speaking: Baucus
Democratic Announcments

The bill having been read the third time, the question is, Shall it pass?

Democratic Announcments

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent to waive the reading of the motion.

Speaking: Vitter
Democratic Announcments

The result was announced--yeas 53, nays 45, as follows:

Democratic Announcments

This amendment would stop the transfer of F-16s and Abrams tanks to Egypt. Egypt is in danger of unraveling. Egypt is currently ruled by martial law. I think it is ...

Speaking: Paul
Democratic Announcments

Is there a sufficient second?

Democratic Announcments

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

Democratic Announcments

Madam President, I move to table the Toomey amendment and ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Baucus
Democratic Announcments

The result was announced--yeas 79, nays 19, as follows:

Democratic Announcments

Madam President, we have four more votes. They have all been ordered, just like this one was, as 10-minute votes. We are going to stick with that. If people are ...

Speaking: Reid
Democratic Announcments

The Senator from Vermont.

Morning Business

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

Speaking: Reid
Morning Business

Without objection, it is so ordered.

The Economy

Mr. President, the latest economic report came out yesterday, and it showed that the economy of the United States actually shrank in the last quarter of 2012, with U.S. exports ...

Speaking: Cornyn
The Economy

The Senator from Indiana.

Hagel Nomination

Mr. President, even though the confirmation hearing regarding the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense is going on before the Armed Services Committee, I would like ...

Speaking: Coats
Hagel Nomination

The Senator from Kansas.

Tribute To Adele Hall

The Senator from Wyoming.

Tribute To Adele Hall

Mr. President, all of us in our lives from time to time hear of the passing, the death of someone we know. Sometimes it is family, often friends, or perhaps ...

Speaking: Moran
Health Care Reform

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Health Care Reform

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

Speaking: Reid
Health Care Reform

Mr. President, this past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a conference of the Wyoming American Legion. Many of the veterans I spoke with remain very concerned about their ...

Speaking: Barrasso
Health Care Reform

The majority leader.

Health Care Reform

I yield the floor, and I suggest the absence of a quorum.

Speaking: Coons
Health Care Reform

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

Speaking: Coons
Health Care Reform

The clerk will call the roll.

Health Care Reform

The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Morning Business

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

Speaking: Reid
Morning Business

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Motion To Proceed

The legislative clerk read as follows:

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Motion To Proceed

Madam President, I move to proceed to Calendar No. 1, S.

Speaking: Reid
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Motion To Proceed

The clerk will report the bill by title.

Committee On The Judiciary

Madam President, the Committee on the Judiciary has adopted rules governing its procedures for the 113th Congress. Pursuant to Rule XXVI, paragraph 2, of the Standing Rules for the Senate, ...

Speaking: Leahy
Honoring Senator John Kerry

Madam President, I rise today to pay tribute to my colleague and friend, Senator John Kerry, as his distinguished career in the U.S. Senate comes to an end.

Speaking: Boxer
Tribute To David Kappos

Madam President, I want to congratulate David Kappos, whose last day as the Director of the Patent and Trademark Office, PTO, is today. Director Kappos's leadership of the PTO has ...

Speaking: Leahy
Annual Report Of The Select Committee On Ethics

Madam President, the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 calls for the Select Committee on Ethics of the United States Senate to issue an annual report not later ...

Speaking: Boxer
United States-India Relations

Madam President, I rise today to speak on the importance of United States-India relations. President Obama recognizes this valuable partnership, hosting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his first state ...

Speaking: Johnson
Terry Sanford High School 100th Anniversary

Madam President, I am very proud to extend my recognition and congratulations to Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, NC, in celebration of its 100th anniversary. As the oldest high ...

Speaking: Burr
Additional Statements

Madam President, on February 9, theater lovers and performers will come together at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, CA, to honor Ed Waterstreet, the retiring founding artistic director ...

Speaking: Harkin
Executive Messages Referred

As in executive session the Presiding Officer, laid before the Senate messages from the President of the United States submitting sundry nominations which were referred to the Committee on the ...

Tribute To Dr. Fred Hawthorne

Madam President, today I wish to honor Dr. Fred Hawthorne, who recently was named as a recipient of the National Medal of Science for his important research involving the use ...

Speaking: Blunt
Measures Read The First Time

The following bills were read the first time: S. 201. A bill to prohibit the sale, lease, transfer, retransfer, or delivery of F-16 aircraft, M1 tanks, or certain other defense ...

Messages From The President

Messages from the President of the United States were communicated to the Senate by Mr. Pate, one of his secretaries.

Executive And Other Communications

The following communications were laid before the Senate, together with accompanying papers, reports, and documents, and were referred as indicated: EC-239. A communication from the Director of the Regulatory Management ...

Executive Reports Of Committee

The following executive reports of nominations were submitted:

Executive Reports Of Committee

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Executive Reports Of Committee

Mr. President, for the Committee on Armed Services I report favorably the following nomination lists which were printed in the Records on the dates indicated, and ask unanimous consent, to ...

Speaking: Levin
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. JOHANNS (for himself, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Cornyn, ...

Submission Of Concurrent And Senate Resolutions

The following concurrent resolutions and Senate resolutions were read, and referred (or acted upon), as indicated: By Mr. NELSON: S. Res. 23. A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate ...

Additional Cosponsors

S. 29 At the request of Mr. Portman, the name of the Senator from Mississippi (Mr. Cochran) was withdrawn as a cosponsor of S. 29, a bill to amend title ...

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

S. 197. A bill to authorize improvements to flood damage reduction facilities adjacent to the American and Sacramento Rivers near Sacramento, California, and for other purposes; to the Committee on ...

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

By Mr. GRASSLEY (for himself, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Corker, Mr. Johanns, Mr. Lee, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Vitter, Mr. Wicker, Mrs. Fischer, Mr. Hatch, and Mr. Enzi):

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

By Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself and Mrs. Boxer):

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

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

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

By Mr. BEGICH:

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

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

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

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

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

Mr. President, I wish to speak about legislation I am introducing today that would restore basic fairness to how our Nation shares revenue from energy produced Federal waters.

Speaking: Begich
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

S. 202. A bill to expand the use of E-Verify, to hold employers accountable, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

Mr. President, today, along with several colleagues, I am introducing legislation to permanently authorize and expand the E-Verify program. My bill, the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act, wil1 be a ...

Speaking: Grassley
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

S. 199. A bill to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require that oil produced from Federal leases in certain Arctic waters be transported by pipeline to onshore ...

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

By Mr. COONS (for himself, Mr. Enzi, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Blunt, Ms. Stabenow, and Mr. Moran):

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

Mr. President, today I am introducing legislation to expand the geographic boundaries of HUBZones located at former U.S. military installations closed through the so-called Base Closure and Realignment--or BRAC--process. This ...

Speaking: Collins
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

Mr. President, I rise today to reintroduce the Natomas Basin Flood Protection Improvements Act of 2013.

Speaking: Feinstein
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

S. 193. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for startup businesses to use a portion of the research and development credit to offset payroll ...

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

Mr. President, each and every day the folks I represent in Delaware ask me why doesn't the Senate, why doesn't the Congress focus on jobs and focus on getting our ...

Speaking: Coons
Submitted Resolutions

SENATE RESOLUTION 23--EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE SENATE THAT A POSTAGE STAMP SHOULD BE ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF JUAN PONCE DE LEON LANDING ON FLORIDA Mr. NELSON ...

Amendments Submitted And Proposed

SA 6. Mr. PORTMAN proposed an amendment to the bill H.R. 325, to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, ...

Text Of Amendments

SA 6. Mr. PORTMAN proposed an amendment to the bill H.R. 325, to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, ...

Authority For Committees To Meet

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Committee on Environment and Public Works be authorized to meet during the session of the Senate on January 31, 2013, at 10 ...

Speaking: Baucus
Authority For Committees To Meet

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions be authorized to meet, during the session of the Senate, to conduct a hearing entitled ...

Speaking: Baucus
Authority For Committees To Meet

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Committee on Armed Services be authorized to meet during the session of the Senate on January 31, 2013, at 9:30 a.m.

Speaking: Baucus
Authority For Committees To Meet

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Committee on the Judiciary be authorized to meet during the session of the Senate, on January 31, 2013, at 10 a.m., in ...

Speaking: Baucus
Authority For Committees To Meet

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Privileges Of The Floor

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Privileges Of The Floor

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Privileges Of The Floor

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that Natalie Beckman, a fellow in my office, be granted floor privileges for the remainder of calendar year 2013.

Speaking: Reid
Privileges Of The Floor

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent the following staff on the Finance Committee have the privilege of the floor for the 113th Congress: Ashtin Jeney, Daniel West, Eva Hampl, Gavin ...

Speaking: Baucus
Honoring Gonzaga University

Madam President, I now ask unanimous consent that we proceed to the consideration of S. Res. 25, which was submitted earlier today.

Speaking: Reid
Nominations

Executive nominations received by the Senate: THE JUDICIARY JANE KELLY, OF IOWA, TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE EIGHTH CIRCUIT, VICE MICHAEL J. MELLOY, RETIRING. GREGORY ALAN PHILLIPS, ...

Adjournment Until Monday, February 4, 2013, At 2 P.M.

There being no objection, the Senate, at 6:09 p.m., adjourned until Monday, February 4, 2013, at 2 p.m.

Commemorating The Loss Of Space Shuttle “Columbia”

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, with no intervening action or ...

Speaking: Reid
Honoring Gonzaga University

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

Honoring Gonzaga University

The legislative clerk read as follows:

Honoring Gonzaga University

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

Speaking: Reid
Commemorating The Loss Of Space Shuttle “Columbia”

(The resolution, with its preamble, is printed in today's Record under ``Submitted Resolutions.'')

Commemorating The Loss Of Space Shuttle “Columbia”

The preamble was agreed to.

Measures Read The First Time—S. 201 And S. 204

The clerk will read the bills by title for the first time.

Commemorating The Loss Of Space Shuttle “Columbia”

The resolution (S. Res. 24) was agreed to.

Commemorating The Loss Of Space Shuttle “Columbia”

The legislative clerk read as follows:

Orders For Monday, February 4, 2013

Madam President, I now ask unanimous consent that when the Senate completes its business today, it adjourn until 2 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013; that following the prayer and ...

Speaking: Reid
Honoring Gonzaga University

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Commemorating The Loss Of Space Shuttle “Columbia”

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

Measures Read The First Time—S. 201 And S. 204

The legislative clerk read as follows:

Commemorating The Loss Of Space Shuttle “Columbia”

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Commemorating The Loss Of Space Shuttle “Columbia”

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to S. Res. 24.

Speaking: Reid
Adjournment Until Monday, February 4, 2013, At 2 P.M.

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

Speaking: Reid
Measures Read The First Time—S. 201 And S. 204

Madam President, I now ask for a second reading on both these measures, but I object to both these requests on both measures.

Speaking: Reid
Measures Read The First Time—S. 201 And S. 204

Madam President, there are two bills at the desk due for their first reading. I ask that those bills' readings take place.

Speaking: Reid
Orders For Monday, February 4, 2013

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Program

The next rollcall vote will be at 5:30 p.m. on the motion to proceed to the Violence Against Women Act.

Speaking: Reid
Measures Read The First Time—S. 201 And S. 204

The objection is heard. The bills will be read a second time on the next legislative day.

Honoring Gonzaga University

The clerk will report the resolution by title.

Commemorating The Loss Of Space Shuttle “Columbia”

The clerk will report the resolution by title.

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