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U.S. Capitol at daybreak, Jan. 22, 2012. Photo by Mark Noel (
Recapping yesterday's action:

The House was not in session yesterday.

The Senate was in session, and confirmed the nomination of Timothy Hillman as a District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts.

I have always been puzzled as to why the Senate wrap-ups insist there were no executive items considered on days when they vote on judicial nominations. Those are executive calendar items. I know the votes are listed under Roll Call Votes, and maybe it's just duplicative to list it twice. But if you're going to have a section for executive business, then list the executive business. Not that it's a huge deal or anything. But if there's not going to be any legislative business worth writing about, I'm going to end up focusing on this, instead. You can't stop me!

See, even in writing, this is a radio show at heart.

Looking ahead to today:

The House will kill time waiting for Members to return from their districts by reading through the Energy & Water Development appropriations bill for amendments. Any amendments offered will be debated and have any roll call votes postponed until after 6:30. In addition, they'll run through debate on some, if not all, of the 10 suspension bills scheduled, putting votes on those off for later as well.

The Senate has on its plate a 2:15 cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the Paycheck Fairness Act. Why 2:15? We talked about it a week or two ago, remember? That's when the Senators finish their weekly caucus luncheons. So that's when they'll vote on (and end up blocking) the official beginning of debate on the bill. Lunch, then War on Women.

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

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



On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business, with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.  At least one vote series is expected after 6:30 p.m.

First votes expected: 6:30 p.m.

Last votes expected: 10:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Continue Consideration of H.R. 5325 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations)

***The House will continue reading the bill by paragraph and debating amendments beginning on page 21 at 2:00 p.m.  If Members wish to offer an amendment, they should be prepared to offer their amendment at the appropriate place in the bill and be on the Floor at the appropriate time.

Suspensions (10 bills)

  1. H.R. 2060 – Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act (Rep. Walden – Natural Resources)
  2. H.R. 2336 – York River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2011 (Rep. Pingree – Natural Resources)
  3. H.R. 1740 – To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of Illabot Creek in Skagit County, Washington, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (Rep. Larsen – Natural Resources)
  4. H.R. 3263 – Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act of 2011 (Rep. Cole – Natural Resources)
  5. H.R. 241 – To authorize the conveyance of certain National Forest System lands in the Los Padres National Forest in California (Rep. Gallegly – Natural Resources)
  6. H.R. 2512 – Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act (Rep. Heck – Natural Resources)
  7. H.R. 4222 – To provide for the conveyance of certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the Tucson Unified School District and to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, and for other purposes (Rep. Grijalva – Natural Resources)
  8. S. 363 – A bill to authorize the Secretary of Commerce to convey property of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the City of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and for other purposes (Sen. Wicker – Natural Resources)
  9. S. 292 – Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act  (Sen. Murkowski – Natural Resources)
  10. H.R. 4282 – International Child Support Recovery Improvement Act of 2012 (Rep. Berg – Ways and Means)
In the Senate, courtesy of the Office of the Majority Leader:
Senate Floor Schedule for Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Convenes: 10:00am

Following the prayer and pledge, the Majority Leader will be recognized.  It is his intention to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3220, the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Following the remarks of the Majority Leader and the Republican Leader, the time until 12:30pm will be equally divided between the two sides with the Majority controlling the first 30 minutes and the Republicans controlling the second 30 minutes.

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 2:15pm, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.3220, the Paycheck Fairness Act.

6/4 wrap-up:
Senate Floor Wrap Up for Monday, June 4, 2012


1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #613, the nomination of Timothy S. Hillman, of MA, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts; Confirmed: 88-1


Discharged the HELP committee and adopted S.Res.462, recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges faced by children in the foster care system, acknowledging the dedication of foster care parents, advocates, and workers, and encouraging Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.

Completed the Rule 14 process of S.J.Res.41, expressing the sense of Congress regarding the nuclear programs of Iran (Graham and others).


No committee meetings are scheduled for today. Or at least, none appear on either schedule, which I think is unusual and perhaps wrong. But there it is.
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