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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The President pro tempore called the Senate to order at 9:30 a.m., the Chaplain offered a prayer, and the President pro tempore led the Senate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

The Journal

Pursuant to the order of yesterday, the Journal of the proceedings of the Senate was deemed approved to date.

Certain Procedures Dispensed With

Pursuant to the order of yesterday, the morning hour being deemed expired, and the times for the recognition of the two leaders being reserved.

Transaction of Morning Business

Pursuant to the order of yesterday, the Senate proceeded to a period for the transaction of morning business.

Legislative Business (Wednesday, August 5)

H.R. 212 (Rep. Latta): To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide for the assessment and management of the risk of algal toxins in drinking water, and for other purposes.
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote.
H.R. 720 (Rep. Katko): To improve intergovernmental planning for and communication during security incidents at domestic airports, and for other purposes.
-- Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
H.R. 1531 (Rep. Connolly): To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide a pathway for temporary seasonal employees in Federal land management agencies to compete for vacant permanent positions under internal merit promotion procedures, and for other purposes.
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
H.R. 2131 (Rep. Clyburn): To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina, as the "J. Waties Waring Judicial Center".
-- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
H.R. 2559 (Rep. Smith): To designate the "PFC Milton A. Lee Medal of Honor Memorial Highway" in the State of Texas.
-- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
H.Con.Res. 72: A concurrent resolution providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.
-- Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
S. 754 (Sen. Burr): An original bill to improve cybersecurity in the United States through enhanced sharing of information about cybersecurity threats, and for other purposes.
-- Motion to proceed to measure considered in Senate.
-- Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the measure withdrawn by unanimous consent in Senate.
S. 1347 (Sen. Isakson): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to the treatment of patient encounters in ambulatory surgical centers in determining meaningful EHR use, and for other purposes .
-- Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
S. 1362 (Sen. Carper): To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to clarify waiver authority regarding programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE programs).
-- Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
S. 1523 (Sen. Whitehouse): To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes .
-- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
-- Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
S.Amdt. 2639 (Sen. Whitehouse): To modify the authorization of appropriations .
-- Amendment SA 2639 proposed by Senator Whitehouse.
-- Amendment SA 2639 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
S. 1576 (Sen. Lankford): To amend title 5, United States Code, to prevent fraud by representative payees.
-- Passed Senate with amendments by Unanimous Consent.
S. 1596 (Sen. Portman): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2082 Stringtown Road in Grove City, Ohio, as the "Specialist Joseph W. Riley Post Office Building".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
S. 1707 (Sen. Boozman): To designate the Federal building located at 617 Walnut Street in Helena, Arkansas, as the "Jacob Trieber Federal Building, United States Post Office, and United States Court House" .
-- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
S. 1826 (Sen. Johnson): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 99 West 2nd Street in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, as the Lieutenant Colonel James "Maggie" Megellas Post Office .
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
S.Res. 228 (Sen. Ayotte): A resolution designating September 2015 as "National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month".
-- Senate Committee on the Judiciary discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.
S.Res. 230 (Sen. King): A resolution designating September 25, 2015, as "National Lobster Day".
-- Senate Committee on the Judiciary discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.
S.Res. 248 (Sen. Sessions): A resolution designating September 2015 as "National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month".
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

Executive Business (Wednesday, August 5)

PN30: Kristen Marie Kulinowski, of New York, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board for a term of five years
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN32: Rafael J. Lopez, of California, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN46: Michele Thoren Bond, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Consular Affairs)
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN207: Monica C. Regalbuto, of Illinois, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Environmental Management)
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN212: Sheila Gwaltney, of California, to be Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN238: Perry L. Holloway, of South Carolina, to be Ambassador to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN250: Thomas M. Cherepko, in the Army, to be Major
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN264: Brig. Gen. David S. Baldwin, in the Army, to be Major General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN277: Eric Martin Satz, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2018
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN278: Vanessa Lorraine Allen Sutherland, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board for a term of five years
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN279: Vanessa Lorraine Allen Sutherland, of Virginia, to be Chairperson of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board for a term of five years
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN280: David Hale, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN315: Kathleen Ann Doherty, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN316: Hans G. Klemm, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to Romania
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN323: Atul Keshap, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Maldives
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN325: Alaina B. Teplitz, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN328: Col. Aaron M. Prupas, in the Air Force, to be Brigadier General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN332: Joyce Louise Connery, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board for a term expiring October 18, 2019
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN333: Joseph Bruce Hamilton, of Texas, to be a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board for the remainder of the term expiring October 18, 2016
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN334: Jonathan Elkind, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (International Affairs)
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN335: William A. Heidt, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN363: Glyn Townsend Davies, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN417: Eric R. Davis, in the Army, to be Lieutenant Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN458: Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, of Colorado, to be Ambassador to Mongolia
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN460: James Desmond Melville, Jr., of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN461: Peter F. Mulrean, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN469: Gregory Guy Nadeau, of Maine, to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN476: Laura Farnsworth Dogu, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Nicaragua
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN514: Denise Turner Roth, of North Carolina, to be Administrator of General Services
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN524: Marie Therese Dominguez, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
-- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation discharged Unanimous Consent.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN561: Gen. Mark A. Milley, in the Army, to be General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN562: Adm. John M. Richardson, in the Navy, to be Admiral
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN571: Paul Wayne Jones, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Poland
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN573-3: 161 nominations in the Foreign Service beginning with Maura Barry Boyle and ending with Anthony Wolak
-- Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. DESK.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN574: Col. Christopher P. Azzano, in the Air Force, to be Brigadier General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN601: Vice Adm. Charles D. Michel, in the Coast Guard, to be Vice Admiral
-- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation discharged Unanimous Consent.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN608: Jesse L. Johnson, in the Air Force, to be Major
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN641: Stephen R. Bird, in the Coast Guard, to be Lieutenant Commander
-- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation discharged Unanimous Consent.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN663: Lt. Gen. Robert B. Neller, in the Marine Corps, to be General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN665: Jose M. Goyos, in the Air Force, to be Major
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN676: Brig. Gen. Theron G. Davis, in the Air Force, to be Major General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN677: Maj. Gen. John M. Murray, in the Army, to be Lieutenant General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN678: Lt. Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi, in the Army, to be Lieutenant General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN679: Brig. Gen. Garrett S. Yee, in the Army, to be Major General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN680: Brig. Gen. Patrick J. Reinert, in the Army, to be Major General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN681: Vice Adm. James F. Caldwell, Jr., in the Navy, to be Admiral
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN682: Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, in the Navy, to be Vice Admiral
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN683: Capt. Cedric E. Pringle, in the Navy, to be Rear Admiral (lower half)
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN684: 64 nominations in the Army beginning with Colonel Brett W. Andersen and ending with Colonel David E. Wood
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN685: Col. Laura L. Yeager, in the Army, to be Brigadier General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN686: Col. William J. Edwards, in the Army, to be Brigadier General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN687: Brig. Gen. Robert W. Enzenauer, in the Army, to be Major General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN688: 18 nominations in the Army beginning with Brigadier General Randy A. Alewel and ending with Brigadier General Joanne F. Sheridan
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN689: Maj. Gen. Rex C. McMillian, in the Marine Corps, to be Lieutenant General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN690: Lt. Gen. Robert R. Ruark, in the Marine Corps, to be Lieutenant General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN691: John C. Boston, in the Air Force, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN692: John A. Christ, in the Air Force, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN693: Stephen T. Wolpert, in the Army, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN694: Jenifer E. Hey, in the Army, to be Lieutenant Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN695: Michael R. Starkey, in the Army, to be Major
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN696: Deepa Hariprasad, in the Army, to be Major
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN697: Dale T. Waltman, in the Army, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN698: 26 nominations in the Army beginning with Vincent E . Buggs and ending with James M. Zepp III
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN699: 216 nominations in the Army beginning with Shontelle C. Adams and ending with Joseph S. Zuffanti
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN700: 66 nominations in the Army beginning with Andrea C. Alicea and ending with Giovanny F. Zalamar
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN701: 263 nominations in the Army beginning with Eric B. Abdul and ending with Sara I. Zoesch
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN702: 185 nominations in the Army beginning with Gary S. Anselmo and ending with John G. Zierdt
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN703: Audry T. Oxley, in the Navy, to be Lieutenant Commander
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN704: Mark B. Lyles, in the Navy, to be Captain
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN705: 4 nominations in the Navy beginning with Russell P. Bates and ending with Horacio G. Tan
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN706: 24 nominations in the Navy beginning with Sylvester C. Adamah and ending with Chadwick D. White
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN707: 46 nominations in the Navy beginning with Ruben A. Alcocer and ending with Melissia A. Williams
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN708: 50 nominations in the Navy beginning with Accursia A. Baldassano and ending with Jacqueline R. Williams
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN709: 18 nominations in the Navy beginning with Jason S. Ayeroff and ending with Brent E. Troyan
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN710: 50 nominations in the Navy beginning with Jerry J. Bailey and ending with Erin R. Wilfong
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN711: 21 nominations in the Navy beginning with William M . Anderson and ending with Jeffrey R. Wessel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN712: 95 nominations in the Navy beginning with Maria A. Alavanja and ending with Vincent A. I. Zizak
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN717: Lt. Gen. Samuel D. Cox, in the Air Force, to be Lieutenant General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN718: Maj. Gen. Gina M. Grosso, in the Air Force, to be Lieutenant General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN719: Vice Adm. Paul A. Grosklags, in the Navy, to be Vice Admiral
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN720: Richard H. Fillman, Jr., in the Air Force, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN721: 3 nominations in the Army beginning with Dean R. Klenz and ending with James J. Riche
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN722: 2 nominations in the Army beginning with Richard L. Bailey and ending with Kenneth S. Shedarowich
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN723: 21 nominations in the Army beginning with William Andino and ending with Christopher P. Willard
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN724: 47 nominations in the Army beginning with David B. Anderson and ending with Carl W. Thurmond
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN725: 5 nominations in the Army beginning with Jerry G. Baumgartner and ending with Mauri M. Thomas
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN726: 22 nominations in the Army beginning with Elizabeth A. Anderson and ending with Margaret L. Young
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN727: 12 nominations in the Army beginning with Tonia M. Crowley and ending with Cheryl M. K. Zeise
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN728: 6 nominations in the Army beginning with Jennifer M . Ahrens and ending with Todd W. Traver
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN729: 24 nominations in the Army beginning with Ramie K. Barfuss and ending with Dentonio Worrell
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN730: 119 nominations in the Army beginning with David J. Adam and ending with Victor Y. Yu
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN731: 7 nominations in the Army beginning with April Critelli and ending with Gregg A. Vigeant
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN732: 9 nominations in the Army beginning with Thomas F. Caldwell and ending with Bronson B. White
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN733: 3 nominations in the Army beginning with Carol L. Coppock and ending with Marie N. Wright
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN734: 3 nominations in the Army beginning with Norman S. Chun and ending with Harry W. Hatch
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
PN735: 11 nominations in the Army beginning with Lavetta L . Bennett and ending with Craig W. Strong
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

Adjournment

By unanimous consent, on the request of Mr. Gardner, at 8:19 p.m., the Senate adjourned, under its order of today, until 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.