Yesterday, the Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2648, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2014;
By 63 yeas to 33 nays (Vote No. 250), the Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
The Senate resumed consideration of S. 2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act;
By 54 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 249), the Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the bill.
The Senate began consideration of the nomination of Jill A. Pryor, of Georgia, to be the United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
The Senate confirmed the following three nominations:
Cynthia H. Akuetteh, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe;
Erika Lizabeth Moritsugu, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development;
Richard A. Kennedy, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for a term expiring May 30, 2016.
Sen. Leahy on behalf of the Judiciary Committee, reported on S.J. Res. 19, a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.
Sen. Leahy made a statement on the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
The Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing entitled ``VAWA Next Steps: Protecting Women from Gun Violence.''
S. Res. 529, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and commending its members for their courage and sacrifice in service to the United States was introduced and referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Welch was added as a cosponsor to H.R. 5002, the Home Energy Savings Act of 2014.
H.R. 5271, to cap the emissions of greenhouse gases through a requirement to purchase carbon permits, to distribute the proceeds of such purchases to eligible individuals was introduced with Rep. Welch as a cosponsor.
Rep. Welch introduced H.R. 5301, To amend title VI of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to establish a Federal renewable electricity standard for retail electricity suppliers and a Federal energy efficiency resource standard for electricity and natural gas suppliers.
Rep. Welch made a statement on H.R. 676, providing for the authority to initiate litigation for actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
By a unanimous vote (Vote No. EX. 243), the Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert Alan McDonald, of Ohio, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs;
Yesterday, the Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2648, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2014.
The Senate passed the following seven measures:
S. Res. 526, supporting Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas;
S. 2577, to require the Secretary of State to offer rewards totaling up to $5,000,000 for information on the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, a dual United States-Israeli citizen;
H. Con. Res. 103, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run;
H. Con. Res. 106, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for a ceremony to award Congressional Gold Medals in honor of the men and women who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001;
S. Res. 527, congratulating the members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. for 100 years of service throughout the United States and the world, and for exemplifying the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service while upholding the motto "Culture for Service and Service for Humanity";
S. Res. 521, designating July 26, 2014, as ``United States Intelligence Professionals Day'';
H.R. 4028, to amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include the desecration of cemeteries among the many forms of violations of the right to religious freedom.
The Senate confirmed the following three nominations.
Larry Edward Andre, Jr., of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania;
Michael Stephen Hoza, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon;
Joan A. Polaschik, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.
Sen. Leahy introduced and made a statement on S. 2685, to reform the authorities of the Federal Government to require the production of certain business records, conduct electronic surveillance, use pen registers and trap and trace devices, and use other forms of information gathering for foreign intelligence, counterterrorism, and criminal purposes;
Sen. Sanders was a co-sponsor.
The Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing entitled “Judicial Nominations.”
S. 2676, establishing a grant program to encourage States to adopt certain policies and procedures relating to the transfer and possession of firearms was introduced and referred the Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Welch made a statement on prescription drug abuse.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Yesterday, the Senate resumed consideration of S. 2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act.
The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2648, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2014.
The Senate began consideration of H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014.
The Senate passed S. Res. 525, designating July 30, 2014 as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.”
The Senate confirmed the following four nominations:
By 50 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. EX. 242), Pamela Harris, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit;
Elliot F. Kaye, of New York, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2013 and to be to be Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission;
Joseph P. Mohorovic, of Illinois, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2012;
Brian P. McKeon, of New York, to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.
Sen. Leahy made a statement recognizing Julia Alvarez as a National Medal of Arts recipient.
H.R. 5111, to improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
S. Res. 524, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding global climate was introduced with Sen. Sanders as a cosponsor.
Rep. Welch was added as a cosponsor to H. Res. 668, supporting the goals and ideals of the Community Development Block Grant program.