During business yesterday, the Senate took the following actions:
- Passed S. 3314, to specifically authorize certain funds for an intelligence or intelligence-related activity and for other purposes.
- Passed S. Res. 496, observing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day.
- Passed S. Res. 497, congratulating the Los Angeles Kings on winning the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship.
- Passed S. Res. 498, designating June 20, 2012, as "American Eagle Day", and celebrating the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States.
- Passed S. Res. 499, recognizing the tenth anniversary of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.
- Considered the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1940, the "Flood Insurance Reform And Modernization Act".
- Continued consideration of S. 3240, the "Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act", by taking action on proposed amendments.
- Agreed that the minority leader be authorized to make a motion to proceed to consideration of S.J. Res. 37, to disapprove a rule promulgated by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency relating to emission standards for certain steam generating units, on Wednesday, June 20.
The Senate will meet at 9:30 AM today. After remarks by the majority leader, the minority leader will be recognized to make a motion to proceed to consideration of S.J. Res. 37, to disapprove a rule promulgated by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency relating to emission standards for certain steam generating units. The Senate will then vote on the motion to proceed to consideration at approximately 11:30 AM. If the motion is not agreed to, the Senate will then resume consideration of S. 3240, the "Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act", by taking action on proposed amendments.
During business yesterday, the House took the following actions:
- PassedH.R. 2578, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act related to a segment of the Lower Merced River in California, and for other purposes, by a vote of 232 yeas to 188 nays.
- Suspended the rules and passed H.R. 2938, the "Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Clarification Act", by a vote of 343 yeas to 78 nays.
The House will meet today at 10:00 AM. The House is expected to consider H.R. 4480, the "Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012", subject to a rule.
Significant Proposed Rules:
There were no significant proposed rules printed today.
Significant Final Rules:
- Defense Department: assigning responsibilities and provides procedures for implementing a Pilot Program for the Temporary Exchange of Information Technology Personnel.
- Justice Department: adopting national standards to prevent, detect, and respond to prison rape, as required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.
- Presidential Proclamation 8838: proclaiming June 15, 2012, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
- Executive Order 13616: facilitating broadband deployment on Federal lands, buildings, and rights of way, federally assisted highways, and tribal and individual Indian trust lands (tribal lands), particularly in underserved communities
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.