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House of RepresentativesThe House was not in session today. Its next meeting will be held on Friday, February 8, 2013, at 11 a.m.----------------------------------------------------------------------- SenateThursday, February 7, 2013 The Senate met ...

Measure Placed On The Calendar—S. 209

Objection is heard. The bill will be placed on the calendar.

Measure Placed On The Calendar—S. 209

Mr. President, I would object to any further proceedings with respect to this bill.

Speaking: Reid
Measure Placed On The Calendar—S. 209

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

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 ...

Prayer

The Chaplain, Dr. Barry C. Black, offered the following prayer: Let us pray. Eternal spirit, the fountain of life and truth, You make our plans succeed. Today, shine the light ...

Schedule

Mr. President, following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Violence Against Women Act. The time until noon will be divided and controlled equally between the two leaders ...

Speaking: Reid
Measure Placed On The Calendar—S. 209

The Senator is correct.

Measure Placed On The Calendar—S. 209

Mr. President, I am told S. 209 is at the desk and due for a seconding reading; is that correct?

Speaking: Reid
Recognition Of The Majority Leader

The majority leader is recognized.

Violence Against Women Act

Mr. President, I am optimistic that today the Senate will complete work on an important bipartisan measure that has been directed by the President pro tempore of the Senate; that ...

Speaking: Reid
Reservation Of Leader Time

Under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

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

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I am going to proceed on my leader time.

Speaking: McConnell
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The Senator from Kansas.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

What actually happened a couple years after that incident was that USDA's Wildlife Service agents went into the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, rounded up and killed 751 Canadian geese. The ...

Speaking: Murkowski
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Always, Mr. President.

Speaking: Shaheen
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The Senator from Iowa.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I rise today to express my support for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. It is important that we are doing this early in the 113th Congress and ...

Speaking: Udall
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The Republican leader is recognized.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Excuse me?

Speaking: Udall
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent the letters from advocates and faith-based organizations in support of S. 47, the Violence Against Women Act, be printed in the Record.

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The Senator from Minnesota.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

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

Speaking: Hagan
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

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

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I know the senior Senator from New Hampshire is about to speak regarding the Violence Against Women Act. I would like to take a moment to thank her ...

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The clerk will call the roll.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I request the time to make my statement as required.

Speaking: Begich
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

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

Speaking: Reid, Shaheen
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, Indiana has a lot in common with Kansas, so I don't mind that label. I have been in the chair and made similar mistakes, so that doesn't bother ...

Speaking: Coats
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Is there objection?

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I suggest the absence of a quorum and ask unanimous consent the time be equally divided.

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

For the information of the Senate, the time until 12 noon will be equally divided and controlled between the two leaders and their designees.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I wonder if the distinguished Senator from New Hampshire would yield to me for a moment.

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, first I would like to follow my colleague from Minnesota in voicing my support for passage of the Violence Against Women Act. As she noted, I have been ...

Speaking: Murkowski
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

For 7 or 8 minutes.

Speaking: Grassley
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I wish to first thank the Senator from New Mexico for his great leadership on this issue. This is a national issue. It is a bipartisan issue. It ...

Speaking: Klobuchar
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, there has long been bipartisan support for the Violence Against Women Act. Too many women are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. Federal support ...

Speaking: Grassley
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I come to the floor today to speak about the legislation we are about to discuss here, the Violence Against Women Act.

Speaking: Murray
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The Senator from New Mexico.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, a report this week from Harvard's Institute of Politics reveals just how devastating the President's policies have been for Americans under 30. Despite the fact that most millennials ...

Speaking: McConnell
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I ask the Senator from Iowa, Mr. Grassley, is he in the queue to speak?

Speaking: Udall
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The bottom line is this: While we have made great strides in reducing domestic and sexual violence, there is more to be done and it is incumbent upon us to ...

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I come to the floor to speak on the Violence Against Women Act, but before I do that, I wish to say I appreciate the comments of my ...

Speaking: Begich
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to proceed for 1 additional minute.

Speaking: Murkowski
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The Senator's time has expired.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The Senator has that right.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The Senator from Vermont.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I thank the Senator for her words. The Senator from Washington State has been a consistent and clear supporter of the Violence Against Women Act. I especially applaud ...

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

The bill clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows: AEquitas, the Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, Washington, DC, February 4, 2013. Hon. ...

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

If I could have 7 or 8 minutes now.

Speaking: Grassley
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I thank the Senator from Vermont, Mr. Leahy, both for his kind words and the tremendous leadership he has shown over the years in first passing this legislation ...

Speaking: Shaheen
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

I know my colleague, the Senator from Minnesota, Ms. Klobuchar, is here today--another prosecutor, another Senator who knows the importance of this law. I very much appreciate her hard work ...

Speaking: Udall
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the time until 2 p.m. be equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees; that following the swearing in of ...

Speaking: Hagan
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

With that, I yield the floor.

Speaking: Murkowski
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to speak as in morning business.

Speaking: Murkowski
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Yes. The Senator is in the queue because Senator Begich just spoke. That would be great. I thank the Senator very much. I appreciate it.

Speaking: Udall
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Mr. President, first, I wish to applaud the distinguished leader Senator Reid for his statement. He has helped us over and over again to get this bill to the floor. ...

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Under the previous order, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 47, which the clerk will report.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Administration Of Oath Of Office

I do wish to congratulate the North Carolina native on his new role as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts.

Speaking: Hagan
Certificate Of Appointment

The Chair lays before the 12:03 Senate a Certificate of Appointment to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. The certificate, the Chair is ...

Administration Of Oath Of Office

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

Certificate Of Appointment

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

Administration Of Oath Of Office

Congratulations, Senator, and welcome.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Mr. President, in my previous life, I was attorney general of the State of Texas. In that capacity, I had the opportunity to work with numerous victim rights groups, primarily ...

Speaking: Cornyn
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The Senator from Minnesota.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, I have spoken on this earlier, but I would just tell my colleagues why I will oppose this substitute which will be voted on in a few minutes. ...

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Due to what is happening here, I would say that if he doesn't make his presentation in 5 minutes that we could vote.

Speaking: Boxer
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, I thank the leader, Senator Leahy, for his leadership in trying to get the Violence Against Women Act passed and for being down here and working on an ...

Speaking: Cantwell
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

[Rollcall Vote No. 13 Leg.] YEAS--34 Alexander Barrasso Blunt Boozman Burr Chambliss Coats Cochran Corker Cornyn Enzi Fischer Flake Graham Grassley Hatch Heller Hoeven Inhofe Isakson Johanns Johnson (WI) McCain ...

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, I would like to speak on the amendment, if I could.

Speaking: Portman
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The Republican leader.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

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

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The following Senator is necessarily absent: the Senator from Oklahoma (Mr. Coburn).

Speaking: Cornyn
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, I listened to everything the chairman said. I am not going to rebut point by point. I wish to take a little bit of time to emphasize the ...

Speaking: Grassley
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Mr. President, a few minutes ago Senator Carl Levin cast his 12,000th vote. It is my honor to say a few words about Carl Levin. He has served the State ...

Speaking: Reid
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The Senator from North Dakota.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, I suggest the absence of a quorum, and I ask unanimous consent that the time during the quorum be equally divided.

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The Senator from Vermont.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, today the Senate should have been able overwhelmingly to support reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, but the majority made that impossible. In fact, S. 47 is not ...

Speaking: Hatch
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The Senator from Ohio.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Mr. President, I spoke earlier today about the importance of passing the Violence Against Women Act, how this has been a long-time bipartisan bill back to 1994 when the late ...

Speaking: Klobuchar
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, on behalf of Senator Grassley, and probably to his dismay, I call up the Grassley amendment.

Speaking: McCain
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The majority leader is recognized.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The clerk will report the amendment.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, I take this time because I think it is important people recognize that what we do has such an important impact on local law enforcement and on local ...

Speaking: Cardin
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Mr. President, I rise today to honor one of our Nation's true heroes--Army SSG Clinton Romesha.

Speaking: Hoeven
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The question is on agreeing to the amendment.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, under the unanimous consent request agreement, am I correct the Grassley substitute is to be voted on in about 30 seconds?

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Mr. President, first I want to thank my dear colleague from Michigan, Senator Stabenow. We have worked so closely together on Michigan issues. She is one great partner, and I ...

Speaking: Levin
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Mr. President, I thank Senators Murray, Shaheen, Begich, Udall of New Mexico, Klobuchar, Murkowski, Hagan and Franken for their statements today in support of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The Senator from Texas.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The assistant bill clerk read as follows:

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Earlier this week, my colleague Senator Blumenthal spoke about an amendment we are offering to the Violence Against Women Act, and it is an amendment that has to do with ...

Speaking: Portman
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Mr. President, I am proud to join my colleagues today in support of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. I do so not just as a Senator but ...

Speaking: Hagan
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The clerk will call the roll.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

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

Speaking: Reid, Klobuchar
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, I am in support of S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. I am a cosponsor of this bill and look forward to working with ...

Speaking: Hirono
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, the Republican substitute bill being offered by the Senator from Iowa does not meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Respectfully, ...

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the following amendments be the only first-degree amendments in order to the bill: Grassley substitute amendment No. 14, Leahy amendment No. 21, Portman ...

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The Senator from Michigan.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The Senator is recognized.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, I rise today to express support for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, VAWA.

Speaking: Feinstein
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The bill clerk called the roll.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Is there a sufficient second?

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Parliamentary inquiry, Madam President: What is the order right now?

Speaking: Boxer
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, I hope to offer an amendment that would be a Republican substitute, so whenever that happens--I don't know exactly when, but I wish to discuss my amendment at ...

Speaking: Grassley
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

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

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The Senator from Iowa.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to speak as in morning business for up to 15 minutes.

Speaking: Whitehouse
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Mr. President, last spring, just before the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, I came to the floor to share some words from my late dear friend Sheila ...

Speaking: Franken
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The bill clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Mr. President, I rise to congratulate my friend and colleague, the senior Senator from Michigan. This is the day he has cast his 12,000th vote. What is most significant is ...

Speaking: Stabenow
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

I ask unanimous consent that further reading be dispensed with.

Speaking: McCain
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The order is for the Grassley substitute to be offered and voted upon.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

At 4 o'clock?

Speaking: Boxer
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The result was announced--yeas 34, nays 65, as follows:

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The amendment has not yet been offered.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Thank you, Mr. President. By the way, what a pleasure it is to see the new Senator presiding.

Speaking: Whitehouse
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The amendment (No. 14) was rejected.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Madam President, normally I would call it up, but I understand Senator Grassley is almost here. As a matter of courtesy, I will not call it up; but if there ...

Speaking: Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Mr. President, it has been my honor to have served with the senior Senator from Michigan for almost three decades now, and I too want to rise and congratulate him ...

Speaking: McConnell
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The Senator is correct.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

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

Speaking: Leahy, Whitehouse, Hoeven, Durbin
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

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

Speaking: Cantwell, Cardin, Leahy
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

At 4 o'clock.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Mr. President, pending before the Senate is the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. We considered it over a year ago. The bipartisan reauthorization passed the Senate with 68 votes more ...

Speaking: Durbin
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

Mr. President, I rise to speak on the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

Speaking: Hoeven
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued

The Senator from Washington.

Morning Business

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

Speaking: Reid
Morning Business

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Timbuktu Antiquities

Mr. President, there was a lot of attention recently on the French military's operation to repel Islamic extremists and Tuareg nationalist rebels who had terrorized the local population of northern ...

Speaking: Leahy
Tribute To Mark Sullivan

Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to Mark Sullivan, who is retiring from his position as Director of the United States Secret Service on February 22, 2013.

Speaking: Reid
Tribute To Jim Molinari

Mr. President, I rise today to recognize the service of one of the Senate's most dedicated, loyal and capable employees, James J. Molinari.

Speaking: Feinstein
Remembering Cardiss Collins

Mr. President, today, I want to pay tribute to an exceptional, Illinoisan who passed away this weekend.

Speaking: Durbin
Celebrating Black History Month

Mr. President, for more than 150 years, leaders from President Abraham Lincoln to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have challenged us to keep faith with the true spirit of our ...

Speaking: Udall
Twentieth Anniversary Of Fmla

Mr. President, today I wish to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the enactment of The Family and Medical Leave Act, FMLA. For 20 years, this historic law has helped individuals ...

Speaking: Bennet
Additional Statements

Mr. President, I wish to recognize and congratulate chief of police Vinnie Baiocchetti of the Belmont, NH, Police Department for his 37 years of dedicated service to the firefighting and ...

Speaking: Ayotte
Vote Explanation

Mr. President, please let the record show that I was in Minot, ND, on January 29, 2013, to speak at the funeral and honor the life of Chester Reiten when ...

Speaking: Hoeven
Tribute To Elaine Balsley

Mr. President, today I recognize Elaine Balsley, an intern in my Rapid City, SD, office for all of the hard work she has done for me, my staff, and the ...

Speaking: Thune
Remembering Richard Walton

Rhode Island is mourning the loss of one of our most renowned and accomplished citizens. Richard Walton was an activist, a teacher, a journalist, and a force for good in ...

Speaking: Whitehouse
Messages From The House

At 9:34 a.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, in which ...

Petitions And Memorials

The following petitions and memorials were laid before the Senate and were referred or ordered to lie on the table as indicated: POM-1. A resolution adopted by the Municipal Legislature ...

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 appropriate committees. (The ...

Measures Referred

The following bills were read the first and the second times by unanimous consent, and referred as indicated: H.R. 225. An act to amend title IV of the Public Health ...

Messages From The President

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

Measures Placed On The Calendar

The following bill was read the second time, and placed on the calendar: S. 209. A bill to require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal ...

Reports Of Committees

The following reports of committees were submitted: By Mr. SANDERS, from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Special Report entitled ``Legislative and Oversight Activities During the 111th Congress by the Senate ...

Executive Reports Of Committee

The following executive reports of nominations were submitted: By Mr. LEAHY for the Committee on the Judiciary. Robert E. Bacharach, of Oklahoma, to be United States Circuit Judge for the ...

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. TOOMEY (for himself and Mr. Casey): S. ...

Submission Of Concurrent And Senate Resolutions

The following concurrent resolutions and Senate resolutions were read, and referred (or acted upon), as indicated: By Mr. MORAN (for himself and Ms. Klobuchar): S. Res. 26. A resolution recognizing ...

Additional Cosponsors

S. 40 At the request of Mr. Hatch, the name of the Senator from South Carolina (Mr. Graham) was added as a cosponsor of S. 40, a bill to restore ...

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

Mr. President, today I introduce, along with my colleague, Senator Stabenow, the Community Based Mental Health Infrastructure Improvements Act.

Speaking: Reed
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

Mr. President, I have reintroduced the Assuring Contracting Equity, or ACE Act, with a correction to a drafting error in order to ensure increases in contracting goals for service-disabled veteran ...

Speaking: Udall
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

Mr. President, as we start Black History Month, I rise today to discuss a national hero that I have spoken about many times on the Senate floor. 2013 is a ...

Speaking: Cardin
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

By Mr. UDALL of New Mexico:

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

By Mr. CARDIN (for himself, Mr. Schumer, Ms. Mikulski, and Mrs. Gillibrand):

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

By Mr. REED (for himself and Ms. Stabenow):

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

Mr. President, today I am pleased to introduce, with my colleague Lisa Murkowski, the Ranking Member on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and at the request of the ...

Speaking: Wyden
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

Mr. President, I rise today on behalf of our Nation's disabled veterans to once again discuss an end to an unjust and outdated policy known as ``concurrent receipt.'' For the ...

Speaking: Reid
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

S. 259. A bill to assure equity in contracting between the Federal Government and small business concerns, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

The original GI Bill proved to be a landmark initiative for our troops and an outstanding investment in the future of our nation. The Post 9/11 GI bill, signed into ...

Speaking: Durbin
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

Mr. President, today I am pleased to introduce the No Firearms for Foreign Felons Act of 2013. This bill would close a loophole in current law, by ensuring that people ...

Speaking: Feinstein
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

By Mr. WYDEN (for himself and Ms. Murkowski) (by request):

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

S. 265. A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide grants for community-based mental health infrastructure improvement; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

S. 256. A bill to amend Public Law 93-435 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands, providing parity with Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa; to the Committee on ...

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

S. 247. A bill to establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot ...

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

S. 234. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit certain retired members of the uniformed services who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation ...

Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions

By Mr. REID:

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:

Submitted Resolutions

SENATE RESOLUTION 26--RECOGNIZING THAT ACCESS TO HOSPITALS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FOR PATIENTS IN RURAL AREAS OF THE UNITED STATES IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS OF COMMUNITIES ...

Senate Resolution 27—Designating The Week Of February 4 Through 8, 2013, As “National School Counseling Week”

Mrs. MURRAY (for herself, Ms. Collins, Mr. Isakson, and Mr. Levin) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to: S. Res. 27 Whereas the American School Counselor Association ...

Amendments Submitted And Proposed

SA 10. Mr. PORTMAN (for himself, Mr. Blumenthal, Ms. Collins, Ms. Ayotte, Mr. Rubio, and Mr. Cochran) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. ...

Amendments Sa 10. Mr. Portman (For Himself, Mr. Blumenthal, Ms. Collins, Ms.

Strike section 302 and insert the following: SEC. 302. CREATING HOPE THROUGH OUTREACH, OPTIONS, SERVICES, AND EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH. Subtitle L of the Violence Against Women Act of ...

Privileges Of The Floor

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that Barrett Anderson, a fellow in my office, be granted privileges of the floor during the debate and votes concerning S. 47.

Speaking: Grassley
Authority For Committees To Meet

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Committee on Intelligence be authorized to meet during the session of the Senate on February 7, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.

Speaking: Shaheen
Authority For Committees To Meet

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Privileges Of The Floor

Without objection, it is so ordered.

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 February 7, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.

Speaking: Shaheen
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: Shaheen
Notice Of Hearing

Mr. President, this is to advise you that the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a business meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 9:45 a.m., in ...

Speaking: Wyden
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 February 7, 2013, at 10:30 ...

Speaking: Shaheen
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 February 7, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., in ...

Speaking: Shaheen
Foreign Travel Financial Reports

In accordance with the appropriate provisions of law, the Secretary of the Senate herewith submits the following reports for standing committees of the Senate, certain joint committees of the Congress, ...

Providing For A Joint Session Of Congress To Receive A Message From The President

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Appointments

The Chair, on behalf of the Republican leader, pursuant to Public Law 112-272, appoints the following individual to be a member of the World War I Centennial Commission: Jerry L. ...

National School Counseling Week

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

Order For Printing Of Tributes

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Adjournment Until Monday, February 11, 2013, At 2 P.M.

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

Speaking: Reid
National School Counseling Week

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to S. Res. 27.

Speaking: Reid
National School Counseling Week

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Providing For A Joint Session Of Congress To Receive A Message From The President

I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the consideration of H. Con. Res. 11.

Speaking: Reid
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The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

Orders For Monday, February 11, 2013

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that when the Senate completes its business today, it adjourn until 2 p.m., Monday, February 11, 2013; that following the prayer and pledge, the ...

Speaking: Reid
National School Counseling Week

The preamble was agreed to.

Providing For A Joint Session Of Congress To Receive A Message From The President

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

Adjournment Until Monday, February 11, 2013, At 2 P.M.

There being no objection, the Senate, at 5:51 p.m., adjourned until Monday, February 11, 2013, at 2 p.m.

Order For Printing Of Tributes

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that there be printed as a Senate document a compilation of materials from the Congressional Record in tribute to the retiring Members of the ...

Speaking: Reid
Orders For Monday, February 11, 2013

Without objection, it is so ordered.

National School Counseling Week

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

Providing For A Joint Session Of Congress To Receive A Message From The President

The Clerk will report the concurrent resolution by title.

National School Counseling Week

The clerk will report the resolution by title.

National School Counseling Week

The resolution (S. Res. 27) was agreed to.

National School Counseling Week

Mr. President, before I ask unanimous consent to pass this, I would just say it is extremely important this be brought to the attention of the Senate. Around the country ...

Speaking: Reid
Providing For A Joint Session Of Congress To Receive A Message From The President

I ask unanimous consent that the concurrent resolution be agreed to and the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, with no intervening action or debate.

Speaking: Reid
Providing For A Joint Session Of Congress To Receive A Message From The President

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

Program

Mr. President, I haven't had an opportunity to speak to the Republican leader, but we are going to have votes, and we could have as many as seven rollcall votes ...

Speaking: Reid
Nominations

Executive nominations received by the Senate: THE JUDICIARY RAYMOND T. CHEN, OF MARYLAND, TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT, VICE RICHARD LINN, RETIRED. TODD M. HUGHES, ...

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