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Schedule Thursday, February 26, 2015

 

The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

 

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, post-cloture.

The Senate continues to debate the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, post-cloture. The Senate will recess from 12:45pm until 1:45pm today. The post-cloture debate time expires around 9:15pm tonight. However, we hope to reach an agreement to expedite its consideration. Another message will be sent when votes are scheduled.

By unanimous consent, the Senate adopted S.Res.88, a resolution celebrating Black History Month.

The Senate continues to consider the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, post-cloture. The Republicans control the time from 3:15 until 4:15 and the Democrats control the time from 4:15 until 5:15.

Negotiations continue on a path forward to complete action on the DHS appropriations bill. Another message will be sent when any votes are scheduled.

By unanimous consent at approximately 3:30pm today, the Senate passed S.527, A bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Foot Soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or in the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in March of 1965, which served as a catalyst for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

By unanimous consent, the Senate adopted S.Res.76, a resolution welcoming the Prime Minister of Israel to the United States for his address to a joint session of Congress, with amendments to the resolution and the title.

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Last Floor Action:
5:03:20 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess.

The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

Last Floor Action:
10:00:46 A.M. – MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate.

At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.


10:00:19 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:37 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Dan Newhouse to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:46 A.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.

11:06:16 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:01:21 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 26.
12:02:14 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Bruce Miroglio, St. Helena Catholic Church, St. Helena, California.
12:03:18 P.M. POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Hultgren demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hultgren objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the approval of the Journal until a time to be announced.
12:03:31 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Cicilline to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:03:38 P.M. INTRODUCTION OF GUEST CHAPLAIN – The Chair recognized Mr. Thompson (CA) for the purpose of introducing Reverend Bruce Miroglio as today’s Guest Chaplain.
12:04:59 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.
12:42:39 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on February 26, 2015 at 11:35 a.m.: Appointments made to Senate National Security Working Group for the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress; Congressional Award Board; Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China.
12:43:12 P.M. H. Res. 125 By direction of the Committee on Rules, Ms. Foxx called up H. Res. 125 and asked for its immediate consideration.
12:46:13 P.M. H. Res. 125 POINT OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION – Mr. Polis made a point of order against consideration of H. Res. 125 on the grounds that it violated section 426(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. The Chair announced that the point of order met the threshold burden under the rule and recognized Mr. Polis and a Member opposed for up to twenty minutes of debate, equally divided and controlled, on the question of consideration. Following debate, the Chair would then put the question of consideration as the statutory means of disposing of the point of order.
1:21:54 P.M. H. Res. 125 On consideration of the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 224 – 167 (Roll no. 91).
1:22:11 P.M. H. Res. 125 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 125 — “Providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 5) to support State and local accountability for public education, protect State and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their children’s schools, and for other purposes.”
1:23:52 P.M. H. Res. 125 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 125.
3:04:01 P.M. H. Res. 125 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 234 – 177 (Roll no. 92).
3:12:07 P.M. H. Res. 125 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 234 – 184 (Roll no. 93).
3:12:07 P.M. H. Res. 125 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:12:12 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal.
3:18:46 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by recorded vote: 246 – 168, 1 Present (Roll no. 94).
3:19:13 P.M. Mr. Kline asked unanimous consent that it may be in order at any time on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, for the Speaker to declare a recess, subject to the call of the Chair, for the purpose of receiving in Joint Meeting His Excellency Binyamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. Agreed to without objection.
3:21:29 P.M. H.R. 5 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5 — “To support State and local accountability for public education, protect State and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their children’s schools, and for other purposes.”
3:21:49 P.M. H.R. 5 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
3:22:49 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Mr. Kennedy, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to authorize the STEM Gateways grant program as an allowable use of flexible funding received by state educational agencies. States could award grants to LEAs and qualified partner organizations to support the success of women, minorities, and low-income students in rigorous STEM academics.
3:22:51 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kennedy Part B Amendment No. 1.
3:31:00 P.M. H.R. 5 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Kennedy amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Kennedy demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption until a time to be announced.
3:31:29 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Mr. Grothman, numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to shorten authorization from 2021 to 2018.
3:31:32 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grothman Part B Amendment No. 2.
3:41:30 P.M. H.R. 5 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Grothman amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Grothman demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption until a time to be announced.
3:41:53 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Mr. Meeks, numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to require that the annual, statewide assessments measure student growth and require that student growth be a component of achievement within the accountability system established by a given state.
3:41:55 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meeks Part B Amendment No. 3.
3:48:51 P.M. H.R. 5 By unanimous consent, the Meeks amendment was withdrawn.
3:49:15 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Mrs. Lawrence, numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to require that the Secretary of Education disapprove of any State plan that fails to, in consultation with State and local education agencies to demonstrate that there is a separate reporting of academic assessments for foster youth.
3:49:18 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lawrence Part B Amendment No. 4.
3:54:39 P.M. H.R. 5 On agreeing to the Lawrence amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:54:56 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Mr. Goodlatte, numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to provide flexibility to localities by providing States with the authority to allow local educational agencies to administer their own, locally designed academic assessment system, in place of the State-designed academic system. The same requirements as laid out by this Act for State-designed academic assessments would also apply to any locally designed academic assessment.
3:55:00 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Goodlatte Part B Amendment No. 5.
4:04:11 P.M. H.R. 5 On agreeing to the Goodlatte amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:04:31 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Mr. Castro (TX), numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to appoint a neutral Ombudsman within the Department of Education to ensure K-12 textbooks are held to high academic standards.
4:04:36 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castro (TX) Part B Amendment No. 6.
4:11:04 P.M. H.R. 5 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Castro (TX) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Castro (TX) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption until a time to be announced.
4:11:27 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Mr. Langevin, numbered 7 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to require states applying for funds under title I to show how they would use the funds to provide apprenticeships that offer academic credit, and how they would use the funds to provide comprehensive career counseling to the students
4:11:29 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Langevin Part B Amendment No. 7.
4:16:29 P.M. H.R. 5 On agreeing to the Langevin amendment Agreed to by voice vote.
4:16:58 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Mr. Barletta, numbered 8 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 stating that if school districts use Title I money for after school, before school, or summer school activities, it would require them to describe those activities in their local plans.
4:17:01 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Barletta Part B Amendment No. 8.
4:24:44 P.M. H.R. 5 On agreeing to the Barletta amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:25:08 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Mr. Quigley, numbered 9 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to restore the paraprofessional qualifications that are in place under current law, which helped stop school districts from hiring paraprofessionals with little experience in education and no professional training. Since all districts are in compliance, and have been since 2006, this amendment would present no new burden.
4:25:11 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Quigley Part B Amendment No. 9.
4:31:49 P.M. H.R. 5 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Quigley amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Quigley demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption until a time to be announced.
4:32:22 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Ms. Fudge, numbered 10 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to ensure continued state investment in educating students by requiring states to demonstrate that the level of state and local funding remains constant from year to year.
4:32:24 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Fudge Part B Amendment No. 10.
4:38:28 P.M. H.R. 5 By unanimous consent, the Fudge amendment was withdrawn.
4:39:06 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Mr. DeSaulnier, numbered 11 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to require LEAs to develop agreements with Head Start and other agencies to carry out early childhood education activities.
4:39:08 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the DeSaulnier Part B Amendment No. 11.
4:42:25 P.M. H.R. 5 On agreeing to the DeSaulnier amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:43:00 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Mr. Davis, Rodney, numbered 12 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to provide that nothing in this title shall be construed to alter or otherwise affect the rights, remedies, and procedures afforded to school or local educational agency employees under Federal, State, or local laws (including applicable regulations or court orders) or under the terms of collective bargaining agreements, memoranda of understanding, or other agreements between such employers and their employees.
4:43:04 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Davis, Rodney (IL) Part B Amendment No. 12.
4:51:18 P.M. H.R. 5 On agreeing to the Davis, Rodney amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:51:36 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Ms. Moore, numbered 13 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to delay implementation of new Title II formula until the Secretary of Education determines that the implementation will not reduce funding for schools serving high percentages of students in poverty.
4:51:39 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Moore Part B Amendment No. 13.
4:58:27 P.M. H.R. 5 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Moore amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Moore demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption until a time to be announced.
4:59:07 P.M. H.R. 5 Amendment offered by Mr. McKinley.
4:59:11 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley Part B Amendment No. 14.
5:02:10 P.M. H.R. 5 On agreeing to the McKinley amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:02:54 P.M. H.R. 5 Mr. Rokita moved that the Committee now rise.
5:02:58 P.M. H.R. 5 On motion that the Committee now rise Agreed to by voice vote.
5:03:10 P.M. H.R. 5 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 5 as unfinished business.
5:03:20 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

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Myrlie Evers and Sybrina Fulton discuss a common struggle on Trayvon anniversary


Originally posted on theGrio:

Today marks the third anniversary of the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Some have said Martin’s death has set off a “new generation” of black activism, calling for more accountability from police, increased political engagement in communities of color and overall recognition of black lives.

Recently, Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton met up with Myrlie Evers-Williams for a special video interview series for theGrio.com and CNN. 

In 1963, Evers’ husband Medgar was fatally shot in the driveway of his home. His death ultimately served as a pivotal civil rights spark in the push for equality and justice for African-Americans.

The two women discussed their shared struggle and how their lives changed forever.

You can read more on Sybrina Fulton and Myrlie Evers’ joint interview on CNN

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CPAC: Rhetoric vs. Reality


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On Inequality, Republicans’ Rhetoric Doesn’t Match Reality

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) kicks off today. CPAC, organized by the American Conservative Union, gives conservative politicians and pundits a platform to push their extreme agenda. This year, as Republicans are establishing their 2016 messaging and trying to distinguish themselves in the crowded GOP primary field, many expected candidates are feigning concern about the country’s working and middle class.

But the same GOP leaders who are now expressing concern about economic inequality have consistently voted against policies aimed at helping our country’s working and middle class. To kick off CPAC, we took a look at five potential candidates for the 2016 GOP primary and compared the rhetoric to the record.

FORMER GOVERNOR JEB BUSH:

GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER:

SENATOR TED CRUZ:

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO:

SENATOR RAND PAUL

BOTTOM LINE: CPAC will give conservative leaders ample opportunity to try to appeal to middle class voters through rhetoric, but their records show clearly that they are less committed to helping create an economy that works for all Americans, and more committed to protecting the interests of the wealthy few.

Progressive Breakfast: A Voice for Workers at the Federal Reserve


 


 

MORNING MESSAGE

Robert Borosage

A Voice for Workers at the Federal ReserveThe Federal Reserve’s Chairwoman Janet Yellen is intimating that it might begin to lift interest rates in the middle of this year. If so, its decisions over the next year could well lock millions of Americans out of the workforce, and insure that wages generally continue to stagnate. That is why it is vital that President Obama act now to nominate someone with a clue about the real conditions of working people in this economy … Progressives should be rallying support for the nomination of a leader like Larry Cohen, the dynamic retiring president of the Communications Workers of America…

Pressure On House GOP To Avert DHS Shutdown

Senate could pass bill to fund Homeland Security today, House prospects unclear. W. Post:“…Boehner repeatedly declined to say Wednesday whether he would take up the Senate’s ‘clean’ bill … Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.), a moderate Republican, defended McConnell and laid blame at the feet of House Republicans … Democrats were happy to twist the knife. ‘There’s trouble in paradise. I don’t understand it,’ said a chuckling Sen. Richard J. Durbin…”

“Boehner and his leadership team are mulling several different options” reports Politico:“One is to approve a one- to two-week stopgap funding bill, alongside a request for a formal negotiation between [House and Senate] … Another alternative House leaders are weighing is to tie DHS funding to the outcome of [the] court fight …”

“Disgruntled right wing keeps Boehner coup talk alive” says The Hill:“While there’s not a coordinated effort yet, chatter of another coup attempt has grown louder now that the Senate is moving to pass a funding bill to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) without the immigration riders.”

Obama expects to prevail in court on immigration. AP:“‘People should be gathering up their papers, make sure you can show you are a long standing resident of the United States,’ Obama said at a town hall meeting hosted by the Spanish-language TV network Telemundo. He said immigrants should make sure that by the time the legal issues are sorted out, ‘you are ready to go.’”

Warren Intensifies Fight Against TPP

Sen. Elizabeth Warren takes on TPP in W. Post oped:“Who will benefit from the TPP? … One strong hint is buried in the fine print of the closely guarded draft. The provision, an increasingly common feature of trade agreements, is called ‘Investor-State Dispute Settlement,’ or ISDS. The name may sound mild, but don’t be fooled. Agreeing to ISDS in this enormous new treaty would tilt the playing field in the United States further in favor of big multinational corporations. Worse, it would undermine U.S. sovereignty.”

Politico Magazine’s Zachary Karabell frets Germany will “crash the world economy”:“Instead of easing the language and giving the new Greek government some room to claim that it has honored its election pledges to remove the more onerous conditions of the bailout and attend to the needs of the average Greek citizen, the German-led champions of austerity are seizing on the moment to stand on their antiquated principles, even if those principles result in a Greek exit and untold economic damage.”

Walker Closer To Kneecapping Private Sector Unions

Wisconsin closer to passing anti-union law. NYT:“[Gov.] Walker is now preparing to sign a measure … that would bar unions from requiring workers to pay the equivalent of dues … The State Senate passed the bill, 17 to 15, mostly along party lines, Wednesday night after about eight hours of debate … The State Assembly is expected to take up the measure next week. Where Mr. Walker’s earlier high-profile strike against labor cut collective bargaining rights for most public-sector unions, this one is aimed at workers in the private sector.”

Gov. Christie backtracks from claims of a pension deal with the teachers’ union. USA Today:“He blamed the media for butchering his message, though [union] leaders who attended the speech Tuesday blasted the Republican governor for jumping the gun, saying there are negotiations but no deal.”

Progressive movement rallies around Chuy Garcia in Chicago mayoral runoff. Politico:“García’s chances of winning the April 7 run-off are, as even his supporters admit, pretty slim. He got 34 percent to Emanuel’s 45 in a five-way race, and the mayor can now likely consolidate support, money and attention … Even if García doesn’t catch fire in the run-off, some progressive groups are hoping that just having Emanuel go through the next two months of campaigning will be humbling enough to get him to shift more in their direction.”

Black History Month …


Madam C.J. Walker’s Secrets to Success

Madam C. J. Walker—entrepreneur, philanthropist, activist, patron of the arts—was born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 on the same Delta, Louisiana plantation where her parents had been enslaved. Orphaned at seven, married at 14 and widowed at 20 with a two-year-old daughter, she moved to St. Louis where three older brothers owned a barbershop. Throughout the 1890s—in the neighborhood where ragtime music was born—she worked as a laundress, sang in her church choir and began to aspire to a better life as she observed the educated, civic-minded women at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH