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The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 1:45pm with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. The final 10 minutes will be equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Paul with Senator Leahy controlling the final 5 minutes.

 At 1:45pm, there will be 2 roll call votes:

–        Confirmation of Executive Calendar 576, David Jeremiah Barron, of Massachusetts, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit and

–        Adoption of the conference report to accompany H.R.3080, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (60-vote threshold).

Senator Menendez asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determined by the Majority leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate vote on ratification of Executive Calendar #9 treaty document 112-1, Protocol Amending Tax Convention with Swiss Confederation.

 

By consent, following the vote on H.R.3080, the WRDA conference report, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Executive Calendar #638, Richard G. Frank, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services. With this agreement, at 1:45pm, there could be as many as 3 roll call votes, however, we expect only 2roll call votes.

Senator Rubio asked unanimous consent to take up and pass H.R.4031, Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014. Senator Sanders objected.

 

Senator Sanders asked unanimous consent to take up and pass S.1950, Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014. Senator Rubio objected.

At 1:49pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar 576, David Jeremiah Barron, of Massachusetts, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit;

Confirmed: 53-45

 

Next:

  1. Adoption of the conference report to accompany H.R.3080, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (60-vote threshold)
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #638, Richard G. Frank, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services (voice vote expected)

2:15pm, the Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on adoption of the conference report to accompany H.R.3080, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (60-vote threshold);

Adopted: 91-7

This will be the last vote of the day.

There will be no further roll call votes this week. The motion to proceed to S.2363, A bill to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, is the pending business.

Senator Reid asked unanimous consent to take up and confirm Executive Calendar #767  Stanley Fischer, of New York, to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four years. On behalf of Senator Paul, Senator Hatch objected.

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

1)     Confirmation of Executive Calendar 576, David Jeremiah Barron, of Massachusetts, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit; Confirmed: 53-45

2)     Adoption of the conference report to accompany H.R.3080, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (60-vote threshold); Agreed to: 91-7

 

 

Additional Legislative items

Passed H.R.724, To amend the Clean Air Act to remove the requirement for dealer certification of new light-duty motor vehicles.

 

Passed H.R.862, Coconino National Forest Land Conveyance.

 

Passed H.R.316, Collinsville Renewable Energy Production Act with a committee-reported substitute amendment.

 

Passed S.2198 , The Emergency Drought Relief Act with Feinstein-Murkowski substitute amendment and a Feinstein-Murkowski title amendment.

 

Discharge the Environment and Public Works committee and passed H.R.4032, North Texas Invasive Species Barrier Act of 2014.

 

Passed H.R.1726, To award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers.

 

H.R.4488, To make technical corrections to two bills enabling the presentation of Congressional Gold Medals, and for other purposes.

 

Adopted S.Res.455, designating May 2014 as “Older Americans Month”.

 

Adopted S.Res.456, A resolution recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.

Adopted S.Res.457, designating the week of May 18 through May 24, 2014, as “National Public Works Week”.

 

Adopted S.Res.458, Recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month and honoring Holocaust survivors and their contributions to the United States of America.

 

Adopted S.Res.459, expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to childhood stroke and recognizing May 2014 as “National Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month”.

 

Adopted S.Res.460, Recognizing the significance of May 2014 as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month as an important time to celebrate the significant contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the history of the United States.

 

Adopted S.Res.461, honoring James L. Oberstar as a remarkable public servant who served in Congress with extraordinary dedication and purpose.

 

Adopted S.Con.Res.36, a concurrent resolution permitting the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for a ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the next of kin or personal representative of Raoul Wallenberg.

 

 

Additional Executive items

Confirmed Executive Calendar #638, Richard G. Frank, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Service by voice vote.

 

Confirmed all nominations on the Secretary’s desk in Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy and the following, all by unanimous consent:

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #803 Col. William P. Robertson – to be Brigadier General

 

ARMY

Executive Calendar #804 Maj. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #805 Maj. Gen. James C. McConville – to be Lieutenant General

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #806 Lt. Gen. Gregory A. Biscone – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #807 Col. Kathleen A. Cook – to be Brigadier General

Executive Calendar #808 Col. Jeffrey A. Rockwell – to be Major General

 

NAVY

Executive Calendar #809 To be Rear Admiral (Lower Half)

Captain Brian J. Brakke

Captain Richard A. Brown

Captain James S. Bynum

Captain Peter J. Clarke

Captain Scott D. Conn

Captain Brian K. Corey

Captain Richard A. Correll

Captain Marc H. Dalton

Captain Collin P. Green

Captain Dale E. Horan

Captain Mary M. Jackson

Captain James W. Kilby

Captain Roy I. Kitchener

Captain James J. Malloy

Captain Ross A. Myers

Captain Jeffrey S. Ruth

Captain Lorin C. Selby

Captain John W. Tammen, Jr.

Captain Kent D. Whalen

Captain Kenneth R. Whitesell

Captain Charles F. Williams

Captain Jesse A. Wilson, Jr.

Executive Calendar #810 Capt. Timothy C. Gallaudet – to be Rear Admiral (lower half)

Executive Calendar #811 Capt. Steven L. Parode – to be Rear Admiral (lower half)

Executive Calendar #812 Capt. Johnny R. Wolfe, Jr. – to be Rear Admiral (lower half)

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #813 Maj. Gen. Samuel A. Greaves – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #814  Brig. Gen. Warren D. Berry – to be Major General

Executive Calendar #815 Brig. Gen. Jon A. Norman – to be Major General

Executive Calendar #816 Col. Roosevelt Allen, Jr. – to be Major General

Executive Calendar #817 Col. Richard W. Kelly – to be Brigadier General

Executive Calendar #818 Maj. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart, II – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #819 Maj. Gen. Darryl L. Roberson – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #820 Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #821 Maj. Gen. Karen E. Dyson – to be Lieutenant General

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #822 Brig. Gen. Christopher F. Burne – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #823 Maj. Gen. Marshall B. Webb – to be Lieutenant General

 

ARMY

Executive Calendar #824 Lt. Gen. Raymond A. Thomas, III – to be Lieutenant General

 

NAVY

Executive Calendar #826 Rear Adm. Thomas S. Rowden – to be Vice Admiral

Executive Calendar #827 Rear Adm. (lh) John F. Kirby – to be Rear Admiral

 

MARINE CORPS

Executive Calendar #828 Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #829 Maj. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr. – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #830 Lt. Gen. Robert B. Neller – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #831 Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, Jr. – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #832 To be Brigadier General

Col. Patrick J. Hermesmann

Col. Helen G. Pratt

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #833 Lt. Gen. James M. Holmes – to be Lieutenant General

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Last Floor Action:5/21
9:17:34 A.M. -H.R. 3361
DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3361.

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RISE Awards 2013: A global effort

Posted: 14 Feb 2013 01:48 AM PST

“I am standing in a partial enclosure made of sticks and plant fronds. This is the school for roughly 35 students, ranging in age from three to about 20 years old. There are no desks. There is only a single shared chalkboard, and it has gaping holes.” — David Rathmann-Bloch from the 21st Century Chalkboard Project, writing from rural Haiti.

These are just some of the many challenges faced by education organizations who applied for this year’s Google RISE Awards. The RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards program funds and supports organizations around the world that provide science and technology education at a grassroots level.

This year we’re delighted to give awards to 30 new organizations from 18 different countries. Combined they will reach more than 90,000 children in 2013, helping inspire and teach the scientists and engineers of the future.

  • Some, such as Haiti’s 21st Century Chalkboard Project and the Uniristii Association (site in Romanian) in Romania, help those from underserved communities gain access to computing resources.
  • Others, like the U.K.’s Code Club and the U.S.’s CodeNow, offer extracurricular activities that help interested children, especially those from underrepresented minority backgrounds, to learn programming.
  • A few, such as the Middle East’s MEET and iLab Liberia, seek to use technology education as a platform to bridge wider social and cultural divides.
  • Some, like Girlstart in the U.S. and New Zealand’s Programming Challenge 4 Girls, aim to empower girls to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In addition to receiving funding and support to continue their outreach, RISE Award recipients will be brought together for a global summit this June in London.

To paraphrase an old saying, from small seeds, great things can grow. The recipients of the 2013 RISE Awards have already made a difference. Connecting with other like-minded organizations will help spread valuable and practical expertise, and spark opportunities for global collaboration and expansion.

Posted by Roxana Shirkhoda, Education Outreach Specialist