in Session: the Republican led House debates&votes -the Senate :amendments to small biz,Vets biz dev.,S.493.SBIR,STTR Reauthorization bill


The Senate Convenes at 9:30amET March 16, 2011

Following any leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business until 10:30am with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each with the Majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.493, the SBIR and STTR Reauthorization bill and proceed to 2 roll call votes in relation to the following:

– Nelson (NE) amendment #182 (SoS reduce Senate budget by 5%)

– Snowe-Landrieu-Coburn amendment #193 (strikes Federal authorization of the National Veterans Business Development program)

Senators should expect 2 roll call votes at approximately 10:30am on Wednesday. Additional roll call votes in relation to amendments to the small business bill are expected during Wednesday’s session of the Senate.

The following amendments are pending to S.493, SBIR and STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011:

– McConnell amendment #183 (Prohibits the EPA from regulating carbon pollution)

Vitter amendment #178 (require Federal government to sell unused Federal real property).

– Johanns amendment #161 (1099 repeal)

– Casey #216 (subcontractor notification)

– Cornyn amendment #186 (to create the United States Authorization Sunset Commission Act of 2011)

– Paul amendment #199 (Cuts $200 billion in FY2011 Funding)

– Sanders amendment #207 (Social Security)

– Hutchison amendment #197 (delay implementation of health reform law until final resolution in pending lawsuits)

– Coburn amendment #184 (to provide a list of programs administered by every Federal department and agency)

– Pryor amendment #229 (Patriot Express Loan Program)

The Senate has reached an agreement that there be 2 minutes for debate prior to a vote in relation to the Casey amendment #216 (subcontractor notification). No amendments are in order to the amendment prior to a vote.

There will be no further roll call votes today.

The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

The Senate has reached the following agreement to consider the 3-week continuing resolution. At 12:00 noon tomorrow, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.J.Res. 48 (3-week CR). There will be up to 3 hours for debate equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to vote on passage of the joint resolution. Senators should expect this vote to begin at approximately 3pm tomorrow.

Upon disposition of H.J.Res. 48 (CR) tomorrow, the Senate will proceed to Executive session to consider calendar #11, the nomination of Amy Berman, of the district of Columbia, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia. There will be 2 minutes for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Votes:

38: Nelson (NE) amendment #182 (SoS reduce Senate budget by 5%); Agreed to: 98-1

39: Snowe-Landrieu-Coburn amendment #193: (strikes Federal authorization of the National Veterans Business Development program); Agreed to: 99-0

40: Casey amendment #216: (subcontractor notification)

Agreed To: 99-0

Unanimous Consent:

Adopted H.Con.Res.27, a concurent resolution providing for the acceptance of a statue of Gerald R. Ford from the people of Michigan for placement in the United States Capitol.

Adopted S.Res.94, a resolution to express the sense of the Senate in support of reducing its budget by at least five percent.

Adopted S.Res.103, a resolution providing for members on the part of the Senate of the Joint Committee on Printing and the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library.

The Senate confirmed the following nominations by UC:

ARMY

#50 Lt. Gen. Purl K. Keen – Lieutenant General

#51 Gen. Martin E. Dempsey – General

#52 Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Votel – Lieutenant General

#53 Brig. Gen. Donald L. Rutherford – Major General

#54 Maj. Gen. Donald M. Campbell, Jr. – Lieutenant General

#55 Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Conant – Lieutenant General

#56 Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly – Lieutenant General

#57 Rear Adm. James P. Wisecup – Vice Admiral

#58 Vice Adm. Joseph D. Kernan – Vice Admiral

All nominations placed on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.

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 The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on March 16, 2011.

 CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MARCH 16, 2011

112TH CONGRESS – FIRST SESSION

6:54 P.M. –

SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

6:45 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

6:44 P.M. –

Mr. Dreier filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 174.

H.R. 861:

to rescind the third round of funding for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and to terminate the program

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On passage Passed by recorded vote: 242 – 182 (Roll no. 188).

6:38 P.M. –

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 153 – 272 (Roll no. 187).

6:22 P.M. –

The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.

6:11 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Braley (IA) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the bill back to the House with an amendment to require that states give priority emphasis and consideration to rural areas when distributing Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds that were allocated by HUD and appropriated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, pending reservation of a point of order. Subsequently, the reservation was removed.

Mr. Braley (IA) moved to recommit with instructions to Financial Services.

6:09 P.M. –

The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 861.

6:08 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Maloney amendment Failed by recorded vote: 179 – 246 (Roll no. 186).

6:02 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Waters amendment Failed by recorded vote: 178 – 249 (Roll no. 185).

5:56 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Waters amendment Failed by recorded vote: 174 – 248 (Roll no. 184).

5:48 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Ellison amendment Failed by recorded vote: 183 – 244 (Roll no. 183).

5:23 P.M. –

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the question of adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.

On agreeing to the Castor (FL) amendments Agreed to by voice vote.

5:12 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Comittee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castor amendments en bloc.

Amendments en bloc offered by Ms. Castor (FL).

Amendments en bloc consisting of amendments 9 and 10 printed in Part B of House Report 112-34.

5:11 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Maloney amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Ms. Maloney demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the amendment until later in the legislative day.

5:01 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Maloney amendment number 8.

Amendment offered by Mrs. Maloney.

An amendment numbered 8 printed in Part B of House Report 112-34 to list the number of homes in each state that have been vacant for 90 days or more and which would be eligible for rehabilitation under the program. Would also state that by voting to terminate this program, these units may not be able to be rehabilitated using NSP funds.

4:59 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Waters amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Ms. Waters demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the amendment until later in the legislative day.

4:52 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Waters amendment number 7.

Amendment offered by Ms. Waters.

An amendment numbered 7 printed in Part B of House Report 112-34 to require the Secretary of HUD to study the number of homes that will not be mitigated in each Congressional district as a result of the funding rescission, and report findings to Congress.

4:51 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Waters amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Ms. Waters demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the amendment until later in the legislative day.

4:42 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Waters amendment number 6.

Amendment offered by Ms. Waters.

An amendment numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 112-34 to require the Secretary of HUD to send a notice to NSP grantees that would have received funding under NSP that the program has been terminated.

4:41 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Richardson amendment Failed by voice vote.

4:31 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Richardson amendment number 5.

Amendment offered by Ms. Richardson.

An amendment numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 112-34 to amend the effective date of H.R. 861 to the sooner of: (1) 5 years from the date of enactment; or (2) the date when the national average of underwater mortgages on 1- to 4-family residential properties is 10 percent or less and the percentage of underwater mortgages relating to such properties in the state with the highest percentage of underwater residential properties is 15 percent or less.

4:30 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Sanchez, Loretta amendment Failed by voice vote.

4:21 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Loretta Sanchez amendment number 4.

Amendment offered by Ms. Sanchez, Loretta.

An amendment numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 112-34 to add a new section with Congressional findings that if the rescinded and canceled amounts were instead made available for NSP, the Congress could have rebuilt U.S. neighborhoods.

4:20 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Ellison amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Mr. Ellison demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the amendment until later in the legislative day.

4:12 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ellison amendment number 3.

Amendment offered by Mr. Ellison.

An amendment numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 112-34 to provide findings for the need for and efficacy of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

4:10 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Ellison amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

VACATED PROCEEDINGS – Mr. Ellison asked unanimous consent to vacate the proceedings by which his amendment numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 112-34, was postponed, to the end that the Chair put the question on the amendment de novo. Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the Hurt amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

4:00 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hurt amendment number 2.

Amendment offered by Mr. Hurt.

An amendment numbered 2 printed in part B of House Report 112-34 to ensure that all unobligated balances rescinded by the bill should be retained in the Treasury’s General Fund for the purpose of deficit reduction.

3:59 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Ellison amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Mr. Ellison demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the amendment until later in the legislative day.

3:49 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ellison amendment number 1.

3:48 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Mr. Ellison.

An amendment numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 112-34 to list state-by-state funding allocations of Neighborhood Stabilization Programs Round Three potentially at risk.

On motion to rise and recommend that the enacting clause be stricken Failed by recorded vote: 183 – 240 (Roll no. 182).

3:20 P.M. –

DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ellison motion to rise and recommend that the enacting clause be stricken to H.R. 861.

Mr. Ellison moved to rise and recommend that the enacting clause be stricken.

2:03 P.M. –

GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 861.

The Speaker designated the Honorable Charles F. Bass to act as Chairman of the Committee.

House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 170 and Rule XVIII.

2:02 P.M. –

Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 839 and H.R. 861 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measures will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. With respect to each measure, the resolution provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 170.

2:01 P.M. –

The House received a communication from Margaret Stephenson, Former Constituent Services Representative, Office of U.S. Represenative John P. Sarbanes. Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Ms. Stephenson notified the House that she had been served with a subpoena, issued by the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County, to appear as a witness in the criminal trial of a third party who contacted Congressman John P. Sarbanes’ District Office and that after consultation with the Office of General Counsel, she had determined that compliance with the subpoena was consistent with the precedents and privileges of the House.

2:00 P.M. –

The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received a message from the Secretary of the Senate on March 16, 2011 at 11:08 a.m. stating that the Senate agreed to S.J.Res. 7, S.J.Res 8, and S.J.Res. 9.

1:59 P.M. –

Mr. Walden asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Agreed to without objection.

H. Res. 170:

providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 839) to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to terminate the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to provide new assistance under the Home Affordable Modification Program, while preserving assistance to homeowners who were already extended an offer to participate in the Program, either on a trial or permanent basis; and providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 861) to rescind the third round of funding for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and to terminate the program

1:58 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 241 – 180 (Roll no. 181).

1:36 P.M. –

The previous question was ordered without objection.

12:32 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 170.

12:26 P.M. –

Considered as privileged matter.

12:25 P.M. –

ORDER OF BUSINESS – Mr. Sessions asked unanimous consent that it be in order at any time to consider H.Con.Res. 28 in the House, if called up by the chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs or a designee; that the concurrent resolution be considered as read; that the previous question be considered as ordered on the concurrent resolution to final adoption without intervening motion except (1) one hour of debate controlled by Representative Kucinich of Ohio or his designee; and (2) one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs; and that section 7 of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1546) not apply to the concurrent resolution. Agreed to without objection.

12:03 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches, which by direction of the Chair would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.

12:02 P.M. –

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Pitts to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.

12:01 P.M. –

Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Daniel Coughlin.

12:00 P.M. –

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 16.

10:36 A.M. –

The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.

10:01 A.M. –

MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.

10:00 A.M. –

The Speaker designated the Honorable Renee L. Ellmers to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.