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The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of H.Con.Res.32 until 2:00pm on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. At 5:00pm, the Senate will enter Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #23. There will be 30 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 5:30pm—1 roll call vote

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #23, Alfred H. Bennett, of Texas, to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas

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Last Floor Action:
2:03:14 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on March 30, 2015 unless the House sooner receives a message from the Senate conveying its adoption of H. Con. Res. 31, in which case it shall stand adjourned pursuant to the provisions of that concurrent resolution.


9:00:31 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:01:47 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend James Stoeger, S.J., President, Jesuit Secondary Education Association, Washington, DC
9:02:21 A.M. POSTPONED PROCEEDING ON APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Burgess demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Burgess 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.
9:02:41 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Sam Johnson of TX to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:03:04 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:13:51 A.M. H. Res. 173 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 173 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2) to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and strengthen Medicare access by improving physician payments and making other improvements, to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes, and providing for proceedings during the period from March 27, 2015, through April 10, 2015.”
9:15:01 A.M. H. Res. 173 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 173.
9:46:19 A.M. H. Res. 173 The previous question was ordered without objection.
10:12:35 A.M. H. Res. 173 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 402 – 12, 5 Present (Roll no. 143).
10:12:35 A.M. H. Res. 173 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10:13:42 A.M. H.R. 2 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 173. H.R. 2 — “To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and strengthen Medicare access by improving physician payments and making other improvements, to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.”
10:13:47 A.M. H.R. 2 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.
10:14:23 A.M. H.R. 2 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 2.
11:40:13 A.M. H.R. 2 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
12:08:17 P.M. H.R. 2 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 392 – 37 (Roll no. 144).
12:08:18 P.M. H.R. 2 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:08:29 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal.
12:08:51 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.
12:13:53 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
12:29:36 P.M. H.J. Res. 10 Mr. Davis, Rodney asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
12:29:58 P.M. H.J. Res. 10 Considered by unanimous consent. H.J. Res. 10 — “Providing for the reappointment of David M. Rubenstein as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.”
12:30:01 P.M. H.J. Res. 10 On passage Passed without objection.
12:30:04 P.M. H.J. Res. 10 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:30:05 P.M. H. Res. 171 Mr. Davis, Rodney asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
12:30:19 P.M. H. Res. 171 Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 171 — “Electing Members to the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library and the Joint Committee on Printing.”
12:30:22 P.M. H. Res. 171 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
12:30:35 P.M. H. Res. 171 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:30:38 P.M. H. Con. Res. 31 Considered as privileged matter. H. Con. Res. 31 — “Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives.”
12:32:12 P.M. H. Con. Res. 31 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
12:32:16 P.M. H. Con. Res. 31 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:32:19 P.M. H. Con. Res. 32 Considered as privileged matter. H. Con. Res. 32 — “Providing for a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.”
12:32:48 P.M. H. Con. Res. 32 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
12:33:19 P.M. H. Con. Res. 32 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:34:15 P.M. Mr. Davis, Rodney asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on March 26, 2015 on a motion offered pursuant to this order, it adjourn to meet at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015, unless it sooner has received a message from the Senate transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 31, in which case the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution. Agreed to without objection.
12:34:16 P.M. Commission to Study the Creation of a National Women’s History Museum – Pursuant to section 3056 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, and the order of the House of January 6, 2015, the Speaker appointed Mrs. Kathy Wills Wright, Arlington, VA; The Honorable Marilyn Musgrave, Ft.Morgan, CO.
12:35:16 P.M. Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution – Pursuant to sections 5580 and 5581 of the revised statutes (20 U.S.C. 42-43), and the order of the House of January 6, 2015 the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution: Mr. Sam Johnson of TX and Mr. Cole.
12:35:56 P.M. British-American Interparliamentary Group – Pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 276L, and the order of the House of January 6, 2015, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the British-American Interparliamentary Group: Mr. Crenshaw, Mr. Latta, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. Holding, Mr. Whitfield and Mr. Roe of TN.
12:35:59 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
2:02:57 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
2:03:10 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
2:03:14 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on March 30, 2015 unless the House sooner receives a message from the Senate conveying its adoption of H. Con. Res. 31, in which case it shall stand adjourned pursuant to the provisions of that concurrent resolution.

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The Supreme Court Did Something Good


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The Supreme Court Issued Two Decisions That Will Protect Individual’s Rights

In the midst of a congressional budget battle where the GOP has offered proposals that make it harder for most American families to get ahead, the Supreme Court took important actions to protect rights. Yesterday, the Court issued opinions on two important cases: one that involved workplace discrimination, and the other, the disenfranchisement of minority voters. In the first, Young v. UPS, the justices ruled that a young mother, who sued the United Parcel Service (UPS) for forcing her to choose between working a labor-intensive job while pregnant or go on unpaid leave, could have her day in court. The second case, Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, brought a small victory for voting rights when the justices rejected a lower court’s approval of Alabama’s redistricting plan. Here’s what you need to know:

Peggy Young Will Have Her Day In Court
In Young v. UPS, the Court granted the plaintiff, Peggy Young, the chance to fully make the case in court that UPS’s policies were significantly unfair to pregnant women, an opportunity she was not given in the lower courts. At her job, Young was forced to lift 70 pound boxes and when she got pregnant, her midwife recommended she not lift more than 20 pounds. Despite a note from her midwife, UPS only offered her unpaid leave without medical benefits. Had Young been written a similar note due to injury or disability, UPS would have put her on what is known as “light duty.” This ruling:

  • Highlights the importance of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act: Instead of siding with either party in the case, the court decided that if Young can show UPS’s policy was significantly burdensome for pregnant workers, then she can get to a jury. Because the court did not endorse either side’s reading of the law, this case shoes how important the Pregnancy Discrimination Act is at ensuring pregnant workers are not unfairly burdened by workplace policies.
  • Sides with the opinion of a majority of Americans. Across all demographic breakdowns—age, race, gender, political party—at least 73 percent of respondents said the court should rule in favor of Young.

A Small Victory For Access To The Ballot
At issue in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama is the state’s legislative maps, which have minimized minority voters’ influence by packing these voters into a small number of districts. It’s important to note that:

  • This ruling does not strike down the maps. The court’s decision does not guarantee that Alabama’s maps will be struck down, but like in Young, it ensures that they will get another day in court by rejecting the lower court’s reasoning for upholding them.
  • More elections will take place before Alabama’s maps are fixed. Because the court did not officially strike down the maps, it is likely that more elections will be held before Alabama’s maps become fair.
  • This casing highlights the importance of the Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court gutted in its Shelby v. Holder decision. The VRA served as a check against state officials’ ability to draw discriminatory maps like Alabama’s.

BOTTOM LINE: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said the court has a “blind spot” when it comes to women’s issues, and its recent legacy on civil rights issues has been less than perfect. So while these decisions are rather narrow in scope, they still show an important step in the right direction toward giving less powerful interests a voice.

Basic Tips for saving water in Washington …from USA.gov


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Many people think that having an environmentally friendly house means spending thousands of dollars on solar panels or planting a garden on the roof to keep the house cool during the summer time.
That’s not really the case. There are many things you can do to help the environment without having to transform your home, or even spend too much money. In fact, you might end up saving hundreds of dollars per year in the process.

For more information click on the link below
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chief victims of global warming are women

women walk miles for water and gather the firewood … and women grow the food

the other Washington …news in March 2015


PDF of today's Seattle Times front page

Cantwell, Heitkamp Lead 20 Other Senators in Call for Crude-by-Rail Safety Investments

       Male Nurses make $11,000 more than Female Nurses

Pike Place expansion plan passes key milestone

Nurses without contracts to picket in Everett

UW investigates claims of racial slurs by frat members Updated 4:25 pm

Urban League president will run for Seattle City Council, challenge Sawant

Washington State Prosecutor Denounces Wife’s Racist Facebook Posts About Muslims

Mayor Murray and the LED Program


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