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Recapping yesterday's action:

The House was in pro forma session yesterday.

The Senate was in regular-a session. That's not a word, though. I'm just kidding. Their unanimous consent to adopt the motion to proceed to the flood insurance bill went off without a hitch, and they even voted without incident to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the House message on the FDA user fee bill. So although the day was pretty much burnt on procedural motions, it was a Monday, and that's not all that unusual for the Senate.

Looking ahead to today:

The House returns to a full plate this week, but this being its first work day of the week, much of it is given over to the usual batch of non-controversial suspension bills. Also tacked on to the back end of today's agenda are two postponed votes on two more motions to instruct conferees on the surface transportation bill. They might perhaps squeeze those votes in at the end of the day, or they might move them up right behind the suspensions, before moving on to the substantive work for the day: the Transportation/HUD appropriations bill, for which they'll likely handle only passage of a rule and general debate, beginning the amendment process tomorrow.

As nice as it was to see the Senate make procedural progress yesterday, the fact remains that they'll waste the bulk of today on the same crap, insisting on running the post-cloture clock on the motion to proceed to the FDA bill. After a brief pause to consider the nomination of Robin S. Rosenbaum to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, and then a break for the party caucus luncheons, the Senate will return to burn another 6+ post-cloture hours on the motion to proceed. Awesome.

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

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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.  Members are advised that a second series of votes is expected at approximately 10:00 – 11:00 p.m.

“One Minutes”

Suspensions (15 bills)

  1. H.R. 4850 – Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act (Rep. Aderholt – Energy and Commerce)
  2. H.R. 5625 – Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act (Rep. Murphy (CT) – Energy and Commerce)
  3. H.R. 5889 – Nuclear Terrorism Conventions Implementation and Safety of Maritime Navigation Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary)
  4. H.R. 4223 – Safe Doses Act (Rep. Sensenbrenner – Judiciary)
  5. H.R. 4018 – Public Safety Officers' Benefits Improvements Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Fitzpatrick – Judiciary)
  6. H.R. 3501 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 125 Kerr Avenue in Rome City, Indiana, as the "SPC Nicholas Scott Hartge Post Office" (Rep. Stutzman – Oversight and Government Reform)
  7. H.R. 3412 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1421 Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville, Louisiana, as the "Sergeant Richard Franklin Abshire Post Office Building" (Rep. Boustany – Oversight and Government Reform)
  8. H.R. 3772 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 150 South Union Street in Canton, Mississippi, as the "First Sergeant Landres Cheeks Post Office Building" (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Oversight and Government Reform)
  9. H.R. 3276 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2810 East Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, Florida, as the "Reverend Abe Brown Post Office Building (Rep. Castor – Oversight and Government Reform)
  10. Senate Amendment to H.R. 2297 – To promote the development of the Southwest waterfront in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes (Rep. Norton – Oversight and Government Reform)
  11. H.R. 4251 – Securing Maritime Activities through Risk–based Targeting for Port Security Act (Rep. Miller (MI) – Homeland Security)
  12. H.R. 4005 – GAPS Act (Rep. Hahn – Homeland Security)
  13. H.R. 1447 – Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011 (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Homeland Security)
  14. H.R. 5843 – To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to permit use of certain grant funds for training conducted in conjunction with a national laboratory or research facility (Rep. Lungren – Homeland Security)
  15. H.R.  3173 – To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to reform the process for the enrollment, activation, issuance, and renewal of a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to require, in total, not more than one in–person visit to a designated enrollment center (Rep. Scalise – Homeland Security)

Begin Consideration of H.R. 5972 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Latham – Appropriations Committee) (Subject to a Rule)

Postponed Votes (2 votes)

  1. Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (Rep. Hoyer)
  2. Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (Rep. Black)
In the Senate, courtesy of the Office of the Majority Leader:
Senate Floor Schedule for Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Convenes: 10:00am

Following the prayer and pledge, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.3187, the FDA bill, post-cloture.

The first hour of debate will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Majority controlling the final half.

At 11:30am, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #652, the nomination of Robin S. Rosenbaum, of FL, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida with up to 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees.  Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 12:00pm), there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of Rosenbaum nomination.

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

At 2:15pm, there will be 6 hours and 15 minutes of debate remaining on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.3187, the FDA bill with 2 hours under the control of Senator Harkin, 4 hours under the control of Senator Burr and 15 minutes under the control of Senator Paul.

6/25 wrap-up:
Senate Floor Wrap Up for Monday, June 25, 2012


1)      Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.3187; Invoked: 89-3


Adopted S.Res.503, designating June 2012 as “National Aphasia Awareness Month” and supporting efforts to increase awareness of aphasia.

Adopted S.Res.504, expressing support for the International Olympic Committee to recognize with a minute of silence at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony the athletes and others killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.


Today's House committee schedule:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


OVERSIGHT & GOVERNMENT REFORM----------------------------------2:00-Open

TARP, Financial Services, and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs Subc.  On oversight the implementation of the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act.  2154 RHOB.

Today's Senate committee schedule:

Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012

10:00 am
        Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
                Hearings to examine empowering and protecting servicemembers, veterans and their families in the consumer financial marketplace, focusing on a status update.

10:00 am
                Hearings to examine S.1994, to prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections.

2:15 pm
        Foreign Relations
                Business meeting to consider S.1039, to impose sanctions on persons responsible for the detention, abuse, or death of Sergei Magnitsky, for the conspiracy to defraud the Russian Federation of taxes on corporate profits through fraudulent transactions and lawsuits against Hermitage, and for other gross violations of human rights in the Russian Federation.

2:30 pm
                Closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 06:00 AM PDT.

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