Thursday, May 17, 2012

D.C. Daily: May 17, 2012

Senate

Yesterday's Action:
During business yesterday, the Senate took the following actions:
  • Passed S. Res. 463, designating May 19, 2012, as "National Kids to Parks Day".
  • Passed S. Res. 464, commemorating the 70th anniversary of Ellsworth Air Force Base.
  • Passed S. Res. 465, recognizing that the Governor of the State of Colorado has proclaimed 2012 as the "Year of Water".
  • Considered the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2343, the "Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act of 2012". No further action was taken.
  • Rejected the motion to proceed to consideration of S. Con. Res. 41, setting forth the President's budget request for the United States Government for fiscal year 2013, by a unanimous vote of 99 nays.
  • Rejected the motion to proceed to consideration of H. Con. Res. 112, establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2013, by a vote of 41 yeas to 58 nays.
  • Rejected the motion to proceed to consideration of S. Con. Res. 37, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2013, by a vote of 42 yeas to 57 nays.
  • Rejected the motion to proceed to consideration of S. Con. Res. 42, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2013, by a vote of 16 yeas to 83 nays.
  • Rejected the motion to proceed to consideration of S. Con. Res. 44, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2013, by a vote of 17 yeas to 82 nays.
  • Agreed to refer H.R. 2947, to provide for the release of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land conveyed by thJerome H. Powelle United States in 1950 for the establishment of an airport in Cook County, Minnesota, to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
  • Agreed to consider the nominations of Jeremy C. Stein and Jerome H. Powell to be Members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System at 10:30 AM on Thursday, January 17, 2013.


Today's Schedule
The Senate will meet today at 9:30 AM. The Senate is expected to begin consideration of S. 3187, "FDA User Fee". At 10:30 AM, the Senate will resume consideration of the nominations of Jeremy C. Stein and Jerome H. Powell to be Members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.


House

Yesterday's Action:
During business yesterday, the House took the following actions:
  • Passed H.R. 4970, the "Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012", by a vote of 222 yeas to 205 nays.
  • Suspended the rules and passed H.R. 4119, to reduce the trafficking of drugs and to prevent human smuggling across the Southwest Border by deterring the construction and use of border tunnels, by a vote of 416 yeas to 4 nays.
  • Suspended the rules and passed H.R. 2745, to amend the Mesquite Lands Act of 1986 to facilitate implementation of a multispecies habitat conservation plan for the Virgin River in Clark County, Nevada.
  • Suspended the rules and passed H.R. 2621, the "Chimney Rock National Monument Establishment Act".
  • Considered H.R. 5740, the "National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act".
  • Considered H.R. 4310, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013", after agreeing to the rule providing for its consideration, H. Res. 656.


Today's Schedule
The House will meet today at 10:00 AM. It is expected to resume consideration of H.R. 4310, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013", subject to a rule.

Executive Agencies

Proposed Rules:
  • Federal Aviation Administration, FAA-2012-0176: proposing to update, simplify, and streamline rules of practice and procedure for filing and adjudicating complaints against federally-assisted airports.
  • Copyright Office, Library of Congress, 2012-3: clarifying that the copyright claimant must be either the author of the work, or a person or organization that has obtained ownership of all of the exclusive rights initially belonging to the author.
  • Copyright Royalty Board, 2011-3 CRB Phonorecords II: set the rates and terms for the section 115 statutory license for the use of musical works in physical phonorecord deliveries, permanent digital downloads, ringtones, interactive streaming, limited downloads, limited offerings, mixed service bundles, music bundles, paid locker services and purchased content locker services.
  • Environmental Protection Agency, EPA-R08-OAR-2011-0851, FRL-9673-6: correcting a proposed regarding the Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to address regional haze in the State of Montana.
  • Environmental Protection Agency, EPA-HQ-OW-2009-0596 FRL-9670-7: extending the July 6, 2012, effective date of the “Water Quality Standards for the State of Florida's Lakes and Flowing Waters; Final Rule” (inland waters rule) for three months to October 6, 2012.
  • Environmental Protection Agency, EPA-R06-RCRA-2011-0484 FRL-9652-8: codifying in the regulations entitled “Approved State Hazardous Waste Management Programs”, Oklahoma's authorized hazardous waste program.
  • Federal Communications Commission, MD Docket No. 12-116 FCC 12-48: revising the Schedule of Regulatory Fees in order to recover an amount of $339,844,000 that Congress has required the Commission to collect for fiscal year 2012.
  • Defense Department, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, FAR Case 2011-019 Docket 2011-0019 Sequence 1:proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to remove references to specific paragraphs in an accounting standard that were deleted in the Financial Accounting Standards Board's (FASB's) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC).
  • Federal Railroad Administration, FRA-2010-0155: proposing to add certain potentially impairing non-controlled substances to its standard post-accident testing panel.


Supreme Court

The court has concluded scheduled oral arguments for the October 2011 term. However, the court is still meeting to finalize decisions on cases it heard during the preceeding term. The court's next session of oral arguments is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 1, 2012.

Yesterday, the court issued the following decision:

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