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Recapping yesterday's action:

The House actually got all the way through its centerpiece item of the day, CISPA and its raft of amendments, even though yesterday's schedule said they only expected to begin consideration, which usually means they're not expecting to finish. But yes, they did wrap it up and pass it (unfortunately), and it now heads to the Senate under veto threat.

The marquee item in the Senate today was the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill, and yes, they actually managed to wrap things up and pass their big bill as well. What a day! And they confirmed another judge, as well! They're actually making reasonably good progress toward their goal of approving the agreed-upon 14 judges by early May. Unfortunately, that still puts them (and the Obama administration) way, way, way behind the 8 ball on judicial confirmations. But at least they're predictably behind.

By the way, do go below the fold today and take a look at the Senate floor wrap-up report for yesterday. Notice the gigantic list of unanimous consent approvals of non-controversial bills, and of executive appointments and military promotions. You know what that means? Yes! Recess!

Looking ahead to today:

The House was scheduled to be in for work today, and they probably planned originally to use the day to finish up CISPA. But plans changed, because the political climate changed, and now they'll be using today to take a stab at a Republican solution to the impending student loan rate increase. Yes, even after insisting that helping people with their loans was stage three socialist cancer, or whatever. Jumping in with their own bill now pretty much renders that statement from Todd Akin (R-MO-02) the stage three cancer of F-ing idiocy. I tell you, it's a wonder some of these people don't pass out forgetting to breathe.

So, whatever. They're giving their effort an hour, and then they're outta here for a week.

The Senate, on the other hand, is already gone and won't be in session. Though they did set up a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to their own student loan rate bill upon their return after the recess.

Today's floor and committee schedules appear below the fold.

In the House, courtesy of the Office of the Democratic Whip:

THE NIGHTLY WHIP: THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

First/Last votes expected: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“One Minutes” (5 per side)

Suspensions (2 Bills)

  1. H.R. 2096 – Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2011, as amended (Rep. McCaul – Science, Space, and Technology)
  2. H.R. 3834 – Advancing America’s Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2012 (Rep. Hall – Science, Space, and Technology)

H.R. 4628 – Interest Rate Reduction Act (Rep. Biggert – Education and Workforce) (One Hour of Debate)

In the Senate, courtesy of the Office of the Majority Leader:

4/26 wrap-up:

Senate Floor Wrap Up for Thursday, April 26, 2012

ROLL CALL VOTES

1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #509, Gregg Jeffrey Costa, of TX, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; Confirmed: 97-2

2)      Klobuchar amendment #2094 (side by side to Cornyn amendment) to the Leahy substitute amendment #2093 to S.1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act; Not Agreed To: 57-41

3)      Cornyn amendment #2086 (sexual assault forensic evidence registry); Not Agreed To: 50-48

4)      Hutchison-Grassley amendment #2095 (substitute); Not Agreed To: 37-62

5)      Passage of S.1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012, as amended; Passed: 68-31

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

-Passed H.R.298, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 500 East Whitestone Boulevard in Cedar Park, Texas, as the “Army Specialist Matthew Troy Morri Post Office Building”.

-Passed H.R.1423, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 115 4th Avenue Southwest in Ardmore, Oklahoma, as the “Specialist Micheal E. Phillips Post Office”.

-Passed H.R.2079, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10 Main Street in East Rockaway, New York, as the “John J. Cook Post Office”.

-Passed H.R.2213, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 801 West Eastport Street in Iuka, Mississippi, as the “Sergeant Jason W. Vaughn Post Office”.

-Passed H.R.2244, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 67 Castle Street in Geneva, New York, as the “Corporal Steven Blaine Riccione Post Office”.

-Passed H.R.2660, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 122 North Holderrieth Boulevard in Tomball, Texas, as the “Tomball Veterans Post Office”.

-Passed H.R.2767, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 8 West Silver Street in Westfield, Massachusetts, as the “William T. Trant Post Office Building”.

-Passed H.R.3004, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 260 California Drive in Yountville, California, as the “Private First Class Alejandro R. Ruiz Post Office Building”.

-Passed H.R.3246, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 15455 Manchester Road in Ballwin, Missouri, as the “Specialist Peter J. Navarro Post Office Building”.

-Passed H.R.3247, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1100 Town and Country Commons in Chesterfield, Missouri, as the “Lance Corporal Matthew P. Pathenos Post Office Building”.

-Passed H.R.3248, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 112 South 5th Street in Saint Charles, Missouri, as the “Lance Corporal Drew W. Weaver Post Office Building”.

-Adopted S.Res.419, A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that public servants should be commended for their dedication and continued service to the United States during Public Service Recognition week.

- Adopted S.Res.441, expressing support for the designation of May 2012 as National Youth Traffic Safety Month.

-Adopted S.Res.442, Celebrating the 140th anniversary of Arbor Day.

-Adopted S.Res.443, Honoring the life and legacy of Auxiliary Bishop Agustín Román.

-Adopted S.Res.444, designating the week of May 1 through May 7, 2012, as “National Physical Education and Sport Week”.

-Adopted S.Res.445, expressing support for the designation of May 1, 2012, as “Silver Star Service Banner Day”.

-Adopted S.Con.Res.43, to provide for the conditional adjournment of the Senate and House of Representatives over until May 7, 2012.

EXECUTIVE ITEMS
Confirmed Executive Calendar #510, David Campos Guaderrama, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas, by voice vote.

Confirmed the following items by unanimous consent:

CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

Executive Calendar #263 Jane D. Hartley – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Executive Calendar #502 Adam E. Namm – to be Ambassador of the US of America to the Republic of Ecuador.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Executive Calendar #566 Michael T. Scuse – to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services

Executive Calendar #567 Michael T. Scuse – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Commodity Credit Corporation

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Executive Calendar #572 Mark William Lippert – to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, vice Wallace C. Gregson, resigned.

ARMY

Executive Calendar #624 to be Lieutenant General — Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BUILDING SCIENCES

Executive Calendar #653 James T. Ryan – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences for a term expiring September 7, 2013

Executive Calendar #654 James Timberlake – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences for a term expiring September 7, 2014

Executive Calendar #656 Mary B. Verner – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences for a term expiring September 7, 2012

Executive Calendar #657 Mary B. Verner – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences for a term expiring September 7, 2015

Executive Calendar #658 Susan A. Maxman – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences for a term expiring September 7, 2012

Executive Calendar #659 Susan A. Maxman – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences for a term expiring September 7, 2015

POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION

Executive Calendar #666 Tony Hammond—to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 14, 2012

MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD

Executive Calendar #667 Mark A. Robbins—to be a Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board for the term of seven years expiring March 1, 2018

NATIONAL BOARD FOR EDUCATION SCIENCES

Executive Calendar #668 Adam Gamoran—to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term expiring November 28, 2015. (Reappointment)

Executive Calendar #669 Judith D. Singer—to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term expiring November 28, 2014

Executive Calendar #670 Hirokazu Yoshikaw—to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term expiring November 28, 2015

Executive Calendar #671 David James Chard—to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term expiring November 28, 2015

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Executive Calendar #672 Bonnie L. Bassler—to be a Member of the National Science Board, National Science Foundation for a term expiring May 10, 2016

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Executive Calendar #673 Deborah S. Delisle—to be Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #683 to be Brigadier General—Col. Donald S. Wenke

Executive Calendar #684 to be Lieutenant General—Lt. Gen. Burton M. Field

Executive Calendar #685 to be Lieutenant General—Maj. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield

Executive Calendar #686 to be Lieutenant General—Lt. Gen. Charles R. Davis

Executive Calendar #687 to be Lieutenant General—Maj. Gen. Salvatore A. Angelella

Executive Calendar #688 to be Lieutenant General—Maj. Gen. James F. Jackson

Executive Calendar #689 to be Lieutenant General—Maj. Gen. Andrew E. Busch

ARMY

Executive Calendar #690 to be Brigadier General—Colonel Robert P. White

Executive Calendar #691 to be Brigadier General—Col. Steven Ferrari

Executive Calendar #692 to be Brigadier General—

Col. Kristin K. French; and

Col. Walter E. Piatt

Executive Calendar #693 to be General—Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Via

Executive Calendar #694 to be Brigadier General—Col. Todd A. Plimpton

Executive Calendar #695 to be Lieutenant General—Maj. Gen. Patricia E. McQuistion

Executive Calendar #696 to be Lieutenant General—Maj. Gen. Raymond P. Palumbo

Executive Calendar #697 to be Lieutenant General—Lt. Gen. Robert P. Lennox

Executive Calendar #698 to be Lieutenant General—Maj. Gen. Robert B. Brown

Executive Calendar #699 to be Lieutenant General—Maj. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley

NAVY

Executive Calendar #700 to be Rear Admiral (lower half)—Capt. Eric C. Young

Executive Calendar #701 to be Rear Admiral—Rear Adm. (lh) Terry B. Kraft

Executive Calendar #702 to be Rear Admiral—Rear Adm. (lh) Bryan P. Cutchen

Executive Calendar #703 to be Rear Admiral—Rear Adm. (lh) Jonathan W. White

Executive Calendar #704 to be Rear Admiral—

Rear Adm. (lh) Richard P. Breckenridge;

Rear Adm. (lh) Walter E. Carter, Jr.;

Rear Adm. (lh) Craig S. Faller;

Rear Adm. (lh) James G. Foggo, III;

Rear Adm. (lh) Peter A. Gumataotao;

Rear Adm. (lh) John R. Haley;

Rear Adm. (lh) Patrick J. Lorge;

Rear Adm. (lh) Michael C. Manazir;

Rear Adm. (lh) Samuel Perez, Jr.;

Rear Adm. (lh) Joseph W. Rixey;

Rear Adm. (lh) Kevin D. Scott;

Rear Adm. (lh) James J. Shannon;

Rear Adm. (lh) Thomas K. Shannon; and

Rear Adm. (lh) Herman A. Shelanski

Executive Calendar #705 to be Vice Admiral—Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox

Today's House committee schedule:
ARMED SERVICES------------------------------------------------9:00-Open

Tactical Air and Land Forces Subc.  Markup of H.R. 4310 – To authorize appropriations for FY 2013 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for FY 2013, and for other purposes.  2118 RHOB.

ARMED SERVICES-----------------------------------------------10:30-Open

Readiness Subc.  Markup of H.R. 4310 – To authorize appropriations for FY 2013 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for FY 2013, and for other purposes.  2212 RHOB.

NATURAL RESOURCES--------------------------------------------9:00-Open

National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subc.  On H.R. 4094 – Preserving Access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area Act, and oversight access to national parks.  Dept. and public witnesses.  1324 LHOB.

VETERANS’ AFFAIRS----------------------------------------------9:45-Open

Full Committee.  Markup of H.R. 4072 – To amend Title 38, U.S. Code, to improve employment services for veteran by consolidating various programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs, H.R. 4114 – To increase, effective as of Dec. 1, 2012, the rate of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, H.R. 4482 – To amend Title 38, U.S. Code, to make permanent home loan guaranty programs for veterans regarding adjustable rate mortgages and hybrid adjustable rate mortgages, H.R. 4201 – To amend to Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for the protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the armed forces, and H.R. 3670 – To require the Transportation Security Administration to comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.  334 CHOB.

WAYS & MEANS--------------------------------------------------9:00-Open

Health Subc.  On proposals to revise the Medicare program through a premium support model.  Public witnesses.  1100 LHOB.

Today's Senate committee schedule:
10:00 am
        Finance
                Hearings to examine the nominations of Mark J. Mazur, of New Jersey, and Matthew S. Rutherford, of Illinois, both to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and Meredith M. Broadbent, of Virginia, to be a Member of the United States International Trade Commission.
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