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the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 12/20 ~~ the House


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The Senate stands in adjournment until 9:00am on Friday, December 20, 2013.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, post-cloture. There will be one hour of post-cloture debate remaining, equally divided and controlled between Senators Carper and Coburn.

At approximately 10:15am, there will be 6 roll call votes:

–          Confirmation of the Mayorkas nomination,

–          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #459, John Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue

–          Confirmation of the Koskinen nomination

–          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #382, Brian Davis, of FL, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida

–          Confirmation of the Davis nomination and

–          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #452, Janet Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

At approximately 10:03am this morning, there will be 6 roll call votes:

1)      Confirmation of the Mayorkas nomination,

Live quorum

2)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #459, John Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue

3)      Confirmation of the Koskinen nomination

Live quorum

4)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #382, Brian Davis, of FL, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida

5)      Confirmation of the Davis nomination and

Live quorum

6)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #452, Janet Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

9:45am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, of DC, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security;  Confirmed: 54-41

10:22am The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #459, John Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue; Invoked: 56-39

10:38am The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #459, John Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue Confirmed: 59-36

10:52am The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #382, Brian Davis, of FL, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida

Invoked: 56-36 with 2 Senators voting present

11:09am The Senate began a 10-minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #382, Brian Davis, of FL, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida  Confirmed: 68-26

11:25am  The Senate began a 10-minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #452, the nomination of Janet Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve;

Invoked: 59-34

Under the previous order, the vote on confirmation of the nomination will occur at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, on Monday, January 6, 2014.

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

Senator Durbin moved to proceed to Calendar #265, S.1845, A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes. He then filed cloture on the motion to proceed. Senators will be notified when the vote is scheduled.

Senator Schumer asked unanimous consent the Senate up and pass S.1882, a bill to extend the exclusion from income for employer-provided mass transit and parking benefit.

 Senator Hatched asked the request be modified and that the bill be referred to the Finance Committee.

 Senator Schumer objected to the modification and Senator Hatch objected to the original request.

Senator Durbin asked unanimous consent that all nominations received by the Senate during the 113th Congress, First Session, remain in status quo notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 31, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.

 Senator Graham objected.

  By unanimous consent, the Senate confirmed the following military nominations and all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, and Navy:

 AIR FORCE

#460 Brig. Gen. Paul S. Dwan – to be Major General

#461 To be Major General-

Brigadier General Catherine A. Chilton

Brigadier General Stayce D. Harris

Brigadier General William B. Waldrop, Jr.

Brigadier General Tommy J. Williams

#462 Col. Josef F. Schmid, III – to be Brigadier General

#463 To be Brigadier General-

Colonel Talentino C. Angelosante

Colonel James R. Barkley

Colonel Thomas G. Clark

Colonel Michael J. Cole

Colonel Samuel C. Mahaney

Colonel Brett J. McMullen

Colonel Jose R. Monteagudo

Colonel Randall A. Ogden

Colonel John P. Stokes

Colonel Stephen D. Vautrain

#464 Col. Stephen E. Rader – to be Brigadier General

#465 Col. Michael T. McGuire – to be Brigadier General

#466 Maj. Gen. John W. Raymond – to be Lieutenant General

 ARMY

#467 Brigadier General Charles A. Flynn – to be Major General

#468 Lt. Gen. David G. Perkins – to be General

#469 To be Brigadier General-

Colonel James T. Iacocca

Colonel Daniel G. Mitchell

Colonel Kurt L. Sonntag

#470 Col. Anthony L. Hall – to be Brigadier General

#471 Col. Paul S. Wilson – to be Brigadier General, Judge Advocate General’s Corps

#472 Maj. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell – to be Lieutenant General

#473 Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson – to be Lieutenant General

 NAVY

#474 Rear Adm. (lh) Rebecca J. McCormick-Boyle – to be Rear Admiral

#475 Vice Adm. Michelle J. Howard – to be Admiral

#476 Adm. Mark E. Ferguson, III – to be Admiral

#477 Rear Adm. Joseph P. Mulloy – to be Vice Admiral

 The Senate discharged the Commerce Committee from further consideration and confirmed the following nominations:

 PN877 To be Rear Admiral (Lower Half); Coast Guard

 Capt. Francis S. Pelkowski 

PN878 All to be Rear Admiral (Lower Half); Coast Guard

Capt. Meredith L. Austin Capt. Peter W. Gautier Capt. Michael J. Haycock Capt. James M. Heinz Capt. Kevin E. Lunday Capt. Todd A. Sokalzuk Capt. Paul F. Thomas

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Confirmed: 54-41

2)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #459, John Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue; Invoked: 56-39

3)      Confirmation of the Koskinen nomination; Confirmed: 59-36

4)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #382, Brian Davis, of FL, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; Invoked: 56-36 (2 Present)

5)      Confirmation of the Davis nomination; Confirmed: 68-26

6)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #452, Janet Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Invoked: 59-34

Legislative items

Passed H.R.3343, to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to clarify the rules regarding the determination of the compensation of the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia.

Passed H.R.3487, the FEC Administrative Fines Program Extension.

Adopted S.Res.75, condemning the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’l minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights with committee-reported amendments to the resolution and the preamble.

Adopted S.Res.325, designating the week of December 22 through December 28, 2013, as “National Toy Week”.

Adopted S.Res.326, Congratulating the 2013 Southern New Hampshire University men’s soccer team on winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Men’s Soccer Championship.

Adopted S.Res.327, Congratulating Sporting Kansas City for an outstanding 2013 season in Major League and for winning the Major League Soccer Cup 2013.

Adopted S.Con.Res.30, the adjournment resolution.

Completed the Rule 14 process of:

–          S.1859, a bill to amend the internal revenue code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions and for other purposes. (Reid)

–          S.1881, a bill to expand sanctions imposed with respect to Iran and to impose additional sanctions with respect to Iran and for other purposes. (Menendez)

Began the Rule 14 process of H.R.2109, to eliminate taxpayer financing of political party conventions and reprogram savings to provide for a 10-year pediatric research initiative through the Common Fund administered by the National Institutes of Health, and for other purposes.

Indefinitely postponed H.Con.Res.72, Providing for corrections to the enrollment of H.J.Res.59 and H.R.219, the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013.

Executive items

Discharged the Commerce Committee and confirmed:

PN877 – To be Rear Admiral (Lower Half); Coast Guard

Capt. Francis S. Pelkowski

PN878 – All to be Rear Admiral (Lower Half); Coast Guard

Capt. Meredith L. Austin

Capt. Peter W. Gautier

Capt. Michael J. Haycock

Capt. James M. Heinz

Capt. Kevin E. Lunday

Capt. Todd A. Sokalzuk

Capt. Paul F. Thomas

Confirmed all nominations on the Secretary’s desk in the Air Force, Army and Navy and the following items:

AIR FORCE

#460 Brig. Gen. Paul S. Dwan – to be Major General

#461 To be Major General-

Brigadier General Catherine A. Chilton

Brigadier General Stayce D. Harris

Brigadier General William B. Waldrop, Jr.

Brigadier General Tommy J. Williams

#462 Col. Josef F. Schmid, III – to be Brigadier General

#463 To be Brigadier General-

Colonel Talentino C. Angelosante

Colonel James R. Barkley

Colonel Thomas G. Clark

Colonel Michael J. Cole

Colonel Samuel C. Mahaney

Colonel Brett J. McMullen

Colonel Jose R. Monteagudo

Colonel Randall A. Ogden

Colonel John P. Stokes

Colonel Stephen D. Vautrain

#464 Col. Stephen E. Rader – to be Brigadier General

#465 Col. Michael T. McGuire – to be Brigadier General

#466 Maj. Gen. John W. Raymond – to be Lieutenant General

ARMY

#467 Brigadier General Charles A. Flynn – to be Major General

#468 Lt. Gen. David G. Perkins – to be General

#469 To be Brigadier General-

Colonel James T. Iacocca

Colonel Daniel G. Mitchell

Colonel Kurt L. Sonntag

#470 Col. Anthony L. Hall – to be Brigadier General

#471 Col. Paul S. Wilson – to be Brigadier General, Judge Advocate General’s Corps

#472 Maj. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell – to be Lieutenant General

#473 Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson – to be Lieutenant General

NAVY

#474 Rear Adm. (lh) Rebecca J. McCormick-Boyle – to be Rear Admiral

#475 Vice Adm. Michelle J. Howard – to be Admiral

#476 Adm. Mark E. Ferguson, III – to be Admiral

#477 Rear Adm. Joseph P. Mulloy – to be Vice Admiral

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Last Floor Action:12/19
11:05:00 A.M. – The Speaker announced
that the House do now adjourn pursuant to H. Res. 438.

The next meeting is
scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on December 23, 2013.

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 12/17 ~~ the House


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The Senate stands in adjourned until 9:00am on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.

At 10:00am, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message with respect to H.J.Res.59, the budget resolution.

 Under the rule, the filing deadline for second degree amendments to the motion to concur in the House message with respect to H.J.Res.59 is 9:00am on Tuesday.

 As a reminder to all Senators, on Sunday, December 15th, Senator Reid filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.J.Res.59, the budget resolution and the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, the Defense Authorization bill.

 During Monday’s session, Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations, in the following order. The number of hours of post-cloture debate is in parenthesis next to each nomination.

–          Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (8 hours equally divided)

–          Executive Calendar #459, John Andrew Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service (8 hours equally divided)

–          Executive Calendar #382, Brian J. Davis, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the District of Florida (2 hours equally divided)

–          Executive Calendar #452, Janet L. Yellen, of Callifornia, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (30 hours)

–          Executive Calendar #455, Sloan D. Gibson, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs (8 hours equally divided)

–          Executive Calendar #445, Sarah Sewall, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of State (Civility Security, Democracy, and Human Rights) (8 hours equally divided)

–          Executive Calendar #371, Michael L. Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior

–          Executive Calendar #457, Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury (8 hours equally divided)

–          Executive Calendar #356, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (8 hours equally divided)

–          Executive Calendar #189, Richard Engler, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (8 hours equally divided).

At 10:00am, there will be roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.J.Res.59, the legislative vehicle for the Bipartisan Budget Act.

At 10:00am, there will be roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.J.Res.59, the legislative vehicle for the Bipartisan Budget Act.

10:04am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.J.Res.59, the legislative vehicle for the Bipartisan Budget Act;

Invoked 67-33

There will now be up to 30 hours for debate of post-cloture debate on H.J.Res.59, the legislative vehicle for the Bipartisan Budget Act.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. The time during the recess will count post-cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.J.Res.59, the Bipartisan Budget Act.

Senator Sessions asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending motion to concur with a amendment #2547 (date change) in order to make a motion to concur with Sessions amendment #2573 (the amendment would eliminate a wide variety of deficit-neutral reserve funds that could be used to facilitate future consideration of legislation that would address certain high priorities)

Senator Murray made a brief statement and objected.

Senator Sessions then made the following parliamentary inquiry: Is it correct that while the majority leader’s motion to concur in the house amendment with an amendment to which the majority leader has also offered a second degree amendment is pending, no senator is permitted to offer an amendment to the House-passed Budget bill?

Chair: the senator is correct.

Senator Sessions made a further parliamentary inquire: if a motion to table the majority leader’s motion to concur with an amendment is successful, would there be an opportunity for me to offer a motion to concur with my amendment #2573?

 Chair: that is correct

 Senator Sessions then moved to table the motion to concur with an amendment, offered by the majority leader.

At 5:24pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.J.Res.59, with amendment #2547 (date change);

Not tabled: 46-54

The Sessions motion to table the motion to concur with amendment was not agreed to 46-54. The Senate is now in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the exception of Senator Grassley for up to 20 minutes. The time will count post-cloture. There will be no further roll call votes.

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed H.R.3588, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to exempt fire hydrants from the prohibition on the use of lead pipes, fittings, fixtures, solder, and flux.

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

1)      Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.J.Res.59, the bipartisan budget act; Invoked: 67-33

2)      Sessions motion to table the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.J.Res.59 with an amendment; Not Tabled: 46-54

Additional Legislative items

Passed H.R.3588, the Community Fire Safety Act.

Discharged the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee and passed S.947, to ensure access to certain information for financial service industry regulators, and for other purposes.

Passed S.1847, to provide for the redesignation of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies as the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.

Passed H.R.185, to designate the United States courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the “Paul Brown United States Courthouse”.

Discharged the Environment and Public Works Committee and passed H.R.2251, to designate the United States courthouse and Federal building located at 118 South Mill Street, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, as the “Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal Building”.

Began the Rule 14 process of S.1845, Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act. (Reed)

Began the Rule 14 process of S.1846, Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. (Menendez)

No Executive items

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Last Floor Action:12/16
11:03:15 A.M. – The Speaker announced
that the House do now adjourn pursuant to H. Res. 438.

The next meeting is
scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on December 19, 2013.

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 12/13 ~~ the House


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Session Continued

At 7:00am Friday, December 13th, there will be two roll call votes:

–          Confirmation of James nomination

–          Cloture on Executive Calendar #444, Heather Anne Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources (up to 8 hours of equally-divided, post-cloture debate);

Remaining roll call votes for this series of cloture filings:

–          Confirmation of Higginbottom nomination

  • Live quorum (no roll call vote expected)

–          Cloture on Executive Calendar #406, Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs) (up to 8 hours of equally-divided, post-cloture debate)

–          Confirmation of Patterson nomination

  • Live quorum (no roll call vote expected)

–          Cloture on Executive Calendar #450, Jeh Charles Johnson, of New Jersey, to be Secretary of Homeland Security (30 hours of post-cloture debate)

–          Confirmation of Johnson nomination

7:00am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force

Confirmed: 79-6

7:32am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #444, Heather Anne Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources

Invoked: 51-34

All remaining Democratic time on the Higginbottom nomination was yielded back.  Assuming all Republican time is used (which is expected), there will be 2 roll call votes at 11:55am:

–          Confirmation of the Higginbottom nomination

  • Live quorum (no roll call vote expected)

–          Cloture on Executive Calendar #406, Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs) (up to 8 hours of equally-divided, post-cloture debate)

11:07am The Senate has reached an agreement with respect to the votes on confirmation of the Patterson and Johnson nominations.  There will be 2 roll call votes at noon today.  The next set of votes will be on Monday, December 16th at 5:30pm.

Friday, December 13th at noon 2 roll call votes:

–          Confirmation of the Higginbottom nomination

o   Live quorum (no roll call vote expected)

–          Cloture on Executive Calendar #406, Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs) (up to 8 hours of equally-divided, post-cloture debate)

 

Sunday, December 15th at 1pm:

–          The Senate will convene for legislative business only.  The Majority Leader is expected to file cloture on the House message to accompany H.J.Res.59, the bipartisan budget agreement and the House message to accompany H.R.3304, the Defense Authorization bill.

Monday, December 16th at 5:30pm at least 3 roll call votes:

–          Confirmation of the Patterson nomination

–          Motion to invoke cloture on the Johnson nomination

–          Confirmation of the Johnson nomination

–          Additional procedural votes are possible.  Senator Reid is expected to file additional cloture motions on several nominations.

The unofficial transcript of Senator Reid’s remarks is below.

MR. REID: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IF CLOTURE IS INVOKED ON

THE PATTERSON

NOMINATION THAT AT 5:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, ALL

POSTCLOTURE TIME BE CONSIDERED EXPIRED, THE SENATE THEN PROCEED

TO VOTE ON THE CONFIRMATION OF THE PATTERSON NOMINATION. THAT

UPON DISPOSITION OF THE PATTERSON NOMINATION, THE SENATE

PROCEED TO VOTE ON THE MOTION TO INVOKE CLOTURE ON THE JOHNSON

NOMINATION. IF CLOTURE IS INVOKED ON THE JOHNSON NOMINATION,

THAT ALL TIME BE YIELDED BACK AND THE SENATE PROCEED TO VOTE ON

CONFIRMATION OF THE JOHNSON NOMINATION.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: IS THERE OBJECTION?

WITHOUT OBJECTION.

MR. REID: MADAM PRESIDENT, I –

MR. REID: MADAM PRESIDENT, WE’RE

GOING TO HAVE TWO VOTES AT 12:00 NOON TODAY. AFTER THAT, THE

NEXT VOTE WOULD

BE AT 5:30 ON MONDAY. THERE WILL BE A SERIES OF VOTES ON

MONDAY.

MR. REID: MR. PRESIDENT, AS I INDICATED THIS MORNING, THE

REPUBLICAN LEADER AND I HAVE SPENT SOME TIME TOGETHER AND I

THINK WE’VE HAD A PRODUCTIVE DISCUSSION ON THE SCHEDULE. THE

SCHEDULE’S BEEN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR EVERYONE. WE WORKED OUT

A SCHEDULE THAT ALLOWS FOR THE NEXT SET OF VOTES

WHICH WILL OCCUR AT 12:00 NOON TODAY, WILL BE THE LAST VOTES OF

THIS WEEK. WE AGREED THAT ON MONDAY EVENING, THE SENATE WILL

VOTE ON THE MATTERS THAT WE WOULD HAVE VOTED ON THE REST OF

TODAY AND THIS WEEKEND.

SO ON MONDAY AT 5:30 IN THE AFTERNOON, THE SENATE WILL VOTE ON

PATTERSON, JOHNSON AND THEN ONE WOULD BE ON — THE CLOTURE ON

JOHNSON AND THEN IT WOULD BE CONFIRMATION. THEY’RE — WE’RE

DOING OUR UTMOST TO FINISH OUR BUSINESS HERE A WEEK FROM TODAY

SO THAT WE CAN GO HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. SO WE’LL BE IN SESSION

SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THERE WILL BE NO VOTES ON SUNDAY. THE NEXT

ROLL CALL, I REPEAT FOR

THE THIRD TIME, WILL BE 5:30 MONDAY. ON TUESDAY, WE’LL BE BEGIN

CONSIDERATION OF THE BUDGET. ON WEDNESDAY, THE DEFENSE BILL.

AND AFTER THAT WE’LL ADDRESS FURTHER NOMINATIONS, OF WHICH THE

MOST IMPORTANT ONE IS JANET YELLEN TO BE ON THE FEDERAL

RESERVE. THE OTHERS I WILL WORK WITH SENATOR McCONNELL, WE’LL

FILE ON A NUMBER OF THEM, SEE HOW MANY WE CAN GET DONE. I

PERSONALLY THANK THE SENATORS FOR THE COOPERATION THIS WEEK.

AND NEXT WEEK AS WE WORK THROUGH THESE IMPORTANT MATTERS. AND I

KNOW, MADAM PRESIDENT, THAT THERE IS A LOT OF WORK WE HAVE TO

DO TO GET BACK TO REGULAR ORDER. WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH

THE DEFENSE BILL THAT WE’RE GOING TO VOTE ON AND THE BUDGET

BILL, BUT I’M SATISFIED THAT WE’VE MADE PROGRESS. SO I NOW ASK

UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE SENATE COMPLETES ITS BUSINESS

TODAY, IT ADJOURN

UNTIL 1:00 P.M. ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15. THAT FOLLOWING THE

PRAYER AND THE PLEDGE, THE MORNING HOUR BE DEEMED EXPIRED, THE

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS BE APPROVED TO DATE, THE TIME FOR THE

TWO LEADERS BE RESERVED FOR THEIR USE LATER IN THE DAY AND THE

SENATE CONVENE FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS ONLY.

12:02pm the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #444, Heather Anne Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources;

Confirmed: 74-17

12:29pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on #406, Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs);

Invoked: 54-36

This will be the last vote of the day.

((( WRAP UP  )))

Roll Call Votes Wednesday, December 11th  through Friday, December 13, 2013

1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #346, the nomination of Cornelia T.L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia; Confirmed: 51-44

2)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Invoked: 57-39

3)      Confirmation of Feldblum nomination; Confirmed: 54-41

4)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York; Invoked: 55-41

5)      Confirmation of Wolford nomination; Confirmed: 70-29

6)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire; Invoked: 58-40-1(present)

7)      Confirmation of McCafferty nomination; Confirmed: 79-19

8)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #361, Patricia M. Wald, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board; Invoked: 57-41

9)      Confirmation of Wald nomination; Confirmed: 57-41

10)  Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana; Invoked: 57-40

11)  Confirmation of Morris nomination; Confirmed: 75-20

12)  Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana; Invoked: 58-39

13)  Confirmation of Watters nomination; Confirmed: 77-19

14)  Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force; Invoked: 58-39

15)  Confirmation the James nomination; Confirmed: 79-6

16)  Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #444, Heather Anne Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources; Invoked: 51-34

17)  Confirmation of the Higginbottom nomination; Confirmed: 74-14

18)  Motion to invoke cloture on #406, Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs); Invoked: 54-36

Legislative items Wednesday, December 11th  through Friday, December 13, 2013

 

Passed H.R.3547, Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act, with a Nelson amendment which is the text of S.1753, and an amendment to the title.

Passed H.R.3458, Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification Act.

Discharged the Judiciary committee and adopted S.Res.263, A resolution designating the week of September 23 through September 29, 2013, as “National Estuaries Week” with a Whitehouse amendment to the preamble.

Discharged the Judiciary committee and adopted S.Res.299, congratulating the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee on the celebration of its 100th anniversary and commending its significant contribution to empower and revitalize developing communities around the world.

Adopted S.Res.320, designating December 14th, 2013, as “Wreaths Across America Day”.

Adopted S.Res.321, honoring the life, accomplishments, and legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and expressing condolences on his passing.

Began the Rule 14 process of S.1824, Drinking Water Supply Assistance Act. (Enzi)

Completed the Rule 14 process of S.1797, Unemployment Insurance Benefits Extension Act of 2013.

No additional Executive items Wednesday, December 11th  through Friday, December 13, 2013

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Last Floor Action:12/12
9:33:30 P.M. – The House adjourned
pursuant to H. Res. 434.

The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on
December 16, 2013.

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 12/12 ~~ the House


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Session Continued

12:51am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #346, the nomination of Cornelia T.L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia;

Confirmed: 51-44

Following the Pillard vote, the Senate will proceed to a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If cloture is invoked on the Feldblum nomination, there would be up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

1:19am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Invoked: 57-39

At 9:00am today, there will be 2 roll call votes:

  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • Live Quorum (no roll call vote expected)
  • Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York (2 hours of equally divided post-cloture time)

Once cloture is invoked on the Wolford nomination, there will be up to 2 hours of debate.  If all Majority time is yielded back, the next roll call vote could occur as early as 10:40am. That vote will be on confirmation of the Wolford nomination followed by a live quorum and a cloture vote on Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire (2 hours). 

9:00am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Confirmed: 54-41

9:28am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York

Invoked: 55-41

Cloture was invoked on the Wolford nomination by a vote of 55-41.  57 minutes of the Majority time was yielded back.  As a result, at 10:55am, there will be 2 roll call votes:

 * Confirmation of Wolford nomination

 Live Quorum

 * Cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire (2 hours of equally divided post-cloture time);

10:55am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of NY, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York

Confirmed: 70-29

11:26am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire (2 hours of equally divided post-cloture time);

Invoked: 58-40, 1 voted present

The Majority’s time has been yielded. The next vote is expected to begin at approximately 12:45pm. That vote will be on confirmation of the McCafferty nomination.

The Senate has reached an agreement that if the Senate receives H.R.3548 from the House of Representatives and the bill is identical to S.1689, as introduced, then the bill be considered as having been read three times and passed.

 S.1689/H.R.3548, Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification Act

At 12:49pm the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire McCafferty nomination

 Next: Live Quorum

 Then: Roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #361, Patricia M. Wald, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (8 hours)

 And then: up to 8 hours for debate (expect 4 hours to be yielded back)

6:06pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana

Confirmed: 57-40

If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 8 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination

6:06pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana

Confirmed: 57-40

If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 8 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination

5:35pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #361, Patricia M. Wald, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board;

Confirmed: 57-41

Next: Live Quorum and Cloture on Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 2 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the Morris nomination. We expect the Majority’s hour to be yielded back.

Remaining votes:

  • Confirmation of Morris nomination (7:15-ish tonight range)
  • Live Quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana

 

(up to 2 hours for debate);

  • Confirmation of Watters nomination (9-ishpm tonight range)
  • Live Quorum
  • Confirmation of James nomination
  • Live Quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #444, Heather Anne Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources (8 hours);
  • Confirmation of Higginbottom nomination
  • Live quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #406, Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs) (8 hours);
  • Confirmation of Patterson nomination
  • Live Quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #450, Jeh Charles Johnson, of New Jersey, to be Secretary of Homeland Security (30 hours).
  • Confirmation of Johnson nomination

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On Thursday, December 12, the Senate continues to be in Executive Session to consider the nominations listed below. Roll call votes are expected to occur throughout the day and into the evening.

1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #346, the nomination of Cornelia T.L. Pillard

Live Quorum

2)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (8 hours);

3)      Confirmation of Feldblum

Live Quorum

4)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York (2 hours);

5)      Confirmation of Wolford nomination

Live Quorum

6)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire (2 hours);

7)      Confirmation of McCafferty nomination

Live Quorum

8)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #361, Patricia M. Wald, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (8 hours);

9)      Confirmation of Wald nomination

Live Quorum

10)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana (2 hours);

11)  Confirmation of Morris nomination

Live Quorum

12)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana (2 hours);

13)  Confirmation of Watters nomination

Live Quorum

14)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force (8 hours);

15)  Confirmation of James nomination

Cloture was invoked on the Morris nomination 57-40. Senator Reid then yielded back the Majority’s time.

The next set of votes will begin at approximately 7:30pm. Those votes will be on the following:

  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana.
    • Live Quorum
    • Cloture on Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana.

 

Then there will be up to 2 hours for debate (expect to yield back Majority’s time) followed 2 votes in the 9:15pm range:

  • Confirmation of Watters nomination (MT District Judge)
  • Live Quorum

Up to 8 hours for debate 

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed H.R.3547, Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act, with a Nelson amendment which is the text of S.1753, and an amendment to the title.

7:30pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana;

Confirmed: 75-20

At 7:57pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana;

Invoked: 58-39

Cloture on the Watters nomination (MT District Judge) was invoked 58-39.

The next set of votes are expected to begin at approximately 9:15pm. Those votes would be on the following:

  • Confirmation of Watters nomination (MT District Judge)
  • Live Quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force
  • 9:15pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana;Confirmed: 77-19
  • 9:45am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force;Invoked: 58-39

    The next set of votes is expected to begin at 7:00am on Friday, December 13.

    7am tomorrow:

    –          Confirmation of nomination was confirmed 77-19. At 9:46pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force.

    Live quorum

     

    –          Cloture on Executive Calendar #444, Heather Anne Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources (8 hours)

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Last Floor Action:
12:38:36 P.M. -H. Res. 438
DEBATE –
The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 438.

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The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #327, the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. All post-cloture time will be considered expired and the Senate will immediately vote on confirmation of the Millet nomination (approximately 10:15am).

Following the vote on confirmation of the Millett nomination, Senators should expect up to 3 additional roll call votes with respect to the reconsideration of the cloture vote on Executive Calendar #209, the nomination of Melvin Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency:

–          Motion to proceed to Executive Session for the reconsideration of the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Watt nomination;

–          Motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Watt nomination; and

–          Motion to invoke cloture on the Watt nomination, upon reconsideration.

During Monday’s session of the Senate, Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations in the following order.  Under the rule, the first cloture vote will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, December 11th.  If cloture is invoked on a nominee, the number of post-cloture hours is in parentheses next to each nomination. Upon disposition of a nomination, the Senate will immediately vote on cloture on the next nomination.

1)      Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (8 hours);

2)      Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York (2 hours);

3)      Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire (2 hours);

4)      Executive Calendar #361, Patricia M. Wald, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (8 hours);

5)      Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana (2 hours);

6)      Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana (2 hours);

7)      Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force (8 hours);

8)      Executive Calendar #444, Heather Anne Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources (8 hours);

9)      Executive Calendar #406, Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs) (8 hours);

10)  Executive Calendar #450, Jeh Charles Johnson, of New Jersey, to be Secretary of Homeland Security (30 hours).

10:14am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #327,

the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit;

Confirmed: 56-38

Next votes:

– Motion to proceed to the reconsideration of the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Watt nomination;

– Motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Watt nomination; and

– Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #226, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of Federal Housing Finance Agency, upon reconsideration.

10:45am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Reid motion to proceed to the reconsideration of the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Watt nomination.

Agreed to: 54-42

Next votes: – Motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Watt nomination; and

– Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #226,

the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of Federal Housing Finance Agency, upon reconsideration.

11:07am The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Watt nomination

Agreed to: 54-42

Next Votes

– Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #226, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of Federal Housing Finance Agency, upon reconsideration.

Senator McConnell made a point of order that nominations are fully debatable under the rules of the Senate unless 3/5 of senators have voted to bring debate to a close. The Chair ruled that a majority vote for cloture is required to confirm all nominations (except Supreme Court nominees).

11:29am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on the question: SHALL THE RULING OF THE CHAIR STAND?

Ruling of the Chair:

Majority vote for cloture required to confirm all nominations (except Supreme Court nominees)

Position stands: 51-45

11:50am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Mel Watt to be Director of Federal Housing Finance Agency, upon reconsideration

Invoked: 57-40

Upon reconsideration, cloture on the Watt nomination (FHFA) was invoked 57-40.

There will now be up to 8 hours for debate equally divided. The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm in order to allow for the weekly caucus meetings, with the time charged equally to both sides. Another message will be sent when the next vote is scheduled.

5:23pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #226,

the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of Federal Housing Finance Agency;

Confirmed:57-41

5:51pm The Senate began a 15 minute vote on the motion to proceed to the reconsideration of the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Executive Calendar #233, the nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia;

Agreed To: 54-44

6:09pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Reid motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Pillard nomination;

Agreed to: 54-44

6:28pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote the motion to invoke cloture on Pillard nomination, upon reconsideration;

Invoked: 56-42

Senator Reed asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass S.1797, Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2013, which was submitted earlier today. Senator Hoeven objected.

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTES 

1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #327, the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit; Confirmed: 56-38

2)      Motion to proceed to the reconsideration of the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Watt nomination; Agreed to: 54-42

3)      Motion to reconsider of the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Watt nomination; Agreed to: 54-42

4)      Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the Senate (cloture on nominations (other than Supreme Court nominees) is a majority vote) (McConnell appeal of the chair); the decision of the Chair was sustained: 51-45

5)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #226, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, upon reconsideration; Invoked: 57-40

6)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #226, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency; Confirmed: 57-41

7)      Motion to proceed to the reconsideration of the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Executive Calendar #233, the nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia; Agreed to: 54-44

8)      Motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Pillard nomination; Agreed to: 54-44

9)      Motion to invoke cloture on the Pillard nomination, upon reconsideration; Invoked: 56-42

 

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Passed H.R.2992, an Act To extend the authority of the Supreme Court Police to protect court officials away from the Supreme Court grounds.

Passed H.R.2871, To amend title 28, United States Code, to modify the composition of the southern judicial district of Mississippi to improve judicial efficiency, and for other purposes.

Adopted S.Res.315, a resolution to authorize production of records by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

The Senate began the Rule 14 process on S.1797, Unemployment Insurance Benefits Extension Act of 2013

No additional EXECUTIVE ITEMS

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Last Floor Action:12/10
12:22:27 P.M. – The Speaker announced
that the House do now recess.

The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.

Last Floor Action:12/10
5:19:28 P.M. – The House adjourned
pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00
p.m. on December 10, 2013.

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