Monday, December 17, 2012

House Weekly Schedule


THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULE
WEEK OF DECEMBER 17TH

**Members are advised that a weekend session is possible**

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17TH
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 4606 - To authorize the issuance of right-of-way permits for natural gas pipelines in Glacier National Park, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Denny Rehberg / Natural Resources Committee)

2) S. 3193 - Barona Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Clarification Act of 2012(Sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein / Natural Resources Committee)
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 6612 - To redesignate the Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Science, Space and Technology Committee)

2) H.R. 6633 - To designate the United States courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the "Paul Brown United States Courthouse"(Sponsored by Rep. Ralph Hall / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

3) H.R. 6166 - To designate the United States courthouse located at 333 West Broadway Street in San Diego, California, as the "James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse" (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Davis / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
4) S. 3311 - A bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 2601 2nd Avenue North, Billings, Montana, as the "James F. Battin United States Courthouse"(Sponsored by Sen. Max Baucus / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 
5) H.R. 3197 - To name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Spokane, Washington, as the "Mann-Grandstaff Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center" (Sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
6) H.R. 6443 - To designate the facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs located at 9800 West Commercial Boulevard in Sunrise, Florida, as the "William 'Bill' Kling VA Clinic" (Sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

7) H.R. 3869 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 600 East Capitol Avenue in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the "Sidney 'Sid' Sanders McMath Post Office Building" (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Griffin / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

8) H.R. 3378 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 220 Elm Avenue in Munising, Michigan, as the "Elizabeth L. Kinnunen Post Office Building" (Sponsored by Rep. Dan Benishek / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

9) H.R. 4389 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 19 East Merced Street in Fowler, California, as the "Cecil E. Bolt Post Office"(Sponsored by Rep. Jim Costa / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

10) H.R. 6016 - Government Employee Accountability Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

11) S. 3564 - Public Interest Declassification Board Reauthorization Act of 2012(Sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

12) S. 2170 - Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 (Sponsored by Sen. Daniel Akaka / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

13) H.R. 6621 - To correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Judiciary Committee)

14) H.R. 2471 - To amend section 2710 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer’s informed, written consent on an ongoing basis and that consent may be obtained through the Internet, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)

15) H.R. 6014 - Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff / Judiciary Committee)

16) S. 3642 - Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012 (Sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy / Judiciary Committee)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19TH, AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.
1) H.R. 6504 - Small Business Investment Company Modernization Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

2) H.R. 1509 - Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2011, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Sam Johnson / Ways and Means Committee) 

3) H.R. 1845 - Medicare IVIG Access Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)

4) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3783 - Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012 (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Duncan / Foreign Affairs Committee)

5) S. 3331 - Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (Sponsored by Sen. John Kerry / Foreign Affairs Committee)
Conference Report on H.R. 4310 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013(Sponsored by Rep. Buck McKeon / Armed Services Committee)
Possible Legislation Related to Expiring Provisions of Law

COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK
Foreign Affairs hearing on “Benghazi Attack, Part II: The Report of the Accountability Review Board
(Thursday, December 20th, at 1:00 p.m.)

House Legislative Program

 (Mr. HOYER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
   Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purpose of inquiring of the majority leader the schedule for the week to come. At this point in time, I yield to my friend, Mr. Cantor, the majority leader, for that purpose.
   Mr. CANTOR. I thank the gentleman from Maryland, the Democratic whip, for yielding.
   Mr. Speaker, on Monday the House will meet at noon for morning-hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning-hour and noon for legislative business. On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.
   Members are advised that, due to the ongoing negotiations regarding the fiscal cliff, a weekend session is possible and, therefore, last votes for the week are not yet known.
   Mr. Speaker, the House will consider a number of bills under suspension of the rules, a complete list of which will be announced by the close of business Friday. Additionally, we expect to consider a conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2013, and a number of other expiring provisions of law are also possible.
   As was announced last week and the week before, the House will not adjourn the 112th Congress until action has been taken to avert the fiscal cliff. Members are advised to retain flexibility in their travel schedules through the end of the year to the maximum extent possible.
   I thank the gentleman.
   Mr. HOYER. I thank the gentleman for his comments.
   We had originally thought that we would not be meeting on Monday. I want to make it clear to Members that the majority leader has indicated that we will be meeting on Monday and coming in at 6:30, so they take note of that and their staffs take note of that as well.
   Mr. Leader, can I ask you if you know or have some pretty good sense of, on Tuesday, do you know what we might be considering on Tuesday?
   I say that because a number of Members who had scheduled things Tuesday during the day have asked me that question, and I'm wondering whether or not you have any thoughts on that. My presumption is the Defense bill conference probably won't be done by that time. I don't know whether that's your sense or not.
   I yield to my friend.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

House Weekly Schedule


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be posted until 6:30 p.m.
Motion to go to Conference on H.R. 4310 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 and Democratic Motion to Instruct Conferees

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH, AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.
On Friday, no votes are expected.

Monday, December 10, 2012

House Legislative Program

 (Mr. HOYER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
   Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I would be glad to yield to my friend, the majority leader, for his favorite 10 or 15 or 20 minutes of the week to inquire of the schedule for the week to come.
   Mr. CANTOR. I thank the gentleman from Maryland, the Democratic whip, for yielding.
   Mr. Speaker, on Monday, no votes are expected in the House. On Tuesday, the House will meet at noon for morning-hour and at 2 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10 a.m. for morning-hour and at noon for legislative business. On Thursday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes of the week are expected no later than 3 p.m. on Thursday. Members are advised that this is a change from the original House calendar.
   Mr. Speaker, the House will consider a number of bills under suspension of the rules, a complete list of which will be announced by the close of business Friday. Additionally, the House will appoint conferees for the National Defense Authorization Act now that the Senate has completed its work.
   As was announced last week, the House has a number of outstanding legislative items that we must resolve, and first amongst them is the so-called ``fiscal cliff.'' Though the House's target adjournment set in October of last year was December 14, that is no longer the case. Instead, Members are advised that the House will now be in session the week of December 17. Exact days will be announced next week. Members are further reminded that the House will not adjourn the 112th Congress until a credible solution to the fiscal cliff has been found.
   Mr. HOYER. I thank the gentleman for his comments. I thank him for the early notice on next Friday.
   First, Mr. Leader, if I could, we have the ending as next Thursday. I want to clarify for Members so that they know: we will not be in session next Friday. Is that accurate?
   Mr. CANTOR. Mr. Speaker, I would say to the gentleman that is correct.
   Mr. HOYER. Thank you for that information.
   I also want to congratulate the gentleman for providing for the week of the 17th. I know none of us want to do that, but I appreciate the majority's focus on the business that has not been done. I also appreciate the gentleman's focus on the fiscal cliff and for indicating that we need to resolve that prior to leaving the 112th Congress. I think those are both positive announcements. I applaud him for that.

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Message for the American People

King Solomon once recounted the story of a little city with few men in it. "A great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares around it. Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that same poor man."

Compared to the many fiscal challenges we have created for ourselves, America is the little city with few men in it, and our indebted way of life is set to ensnare us.

We need to find a poor wise man to deliver some wisdom to our city.

Notice the humility of wisdom: it is completely willing to be utterly forgotten. Wisdom is better than strength.

Solomon concluded:
Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard
Rather than the shout of a ruler of fools.
Please ask God for humility for ourselves and our leaders.

Monday, December 3, 2012

House Weekly Schedule


THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULE
WEEK OF DECEMBER 3RD
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RD
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. No votes are expected in the House.

H.R. 5817 - Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer / Financial Services Committee)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.
On Thursday and Friday, no votes are expected.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.Res. __ - Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendments to H.R. 2838, with an amendment (Sponsored by Rep. Frank LoBiondo / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

2) H.R. 6582 - To allow for innovations and alternative technologies that meet or exceed desired energy efficiency goals, and to make technical corrections to existing Federal energy efficiency laws to allow American manufacturers to remain competitive, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Robert Aderholt / Energy and Commerce Committee)

3) H.R. 6602 - To make revisions in title 36, United States Code, as necessary to keep the title current and make technical corrections and improvements (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Judiciary Committee)

4) H.R. 6605 - To eliminate an unnecessary reporting requirement for an unfunded DNA Identification grant program (Sponsored by Rep. John Conyers / Judiciary Committee)

5) H.R. 6620 - To eliminate certain limitations on the length of Secret Service Protection for former Presidents and for the children of former Presidents(Sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy / Judiciary Committee)

6) H.R. 6223 - To amend section 1059(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 to clarify that a period of employment abroad by the Chief of Mission or United States Armed Forces as a translator, interpreter, or in an executive level security position is to be counted as a period of residence and physical presence in the United States for purposes of qualifying for naturalization if at least a portion of such period was spent in Iraq or Afghanistan, and for other purposes, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Charlie Dent / Judiciary Committee)

7) S. 3486 - Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (Sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy / Judiciary Committee)

8) S. 2367 - 21st Century Language Act of 2012 (Sponsored by Rep. Kent Conrad / Judiciary Committee)
Possible Motions to go to Conference and Motions to Instruct Conferees

COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK
Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia hearing on “Iranian Influence in the South Caucasus and the Surrounding Region” (Wednesday, December 5th, at 2:00 p.m.)