the Senate ~~~~ CONGRESS 1/29 ~~~~ the House


redpeacesignThe Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour, with the Democrats controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. There will be up to 15 minutes for debate equally divided and controlled in the usual form. The Senate will then proceed to up to 6 roll call votes on amendments and on the motion to invoke cloture on S.1, upon reconsideration.

If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture debate time will be considered expired at 2:30pm and the Senate will proceed to up to 6 roll call votes. We expect points of order to be raised against pending amendments that are not in order post-cloture. The Senate would then dispose of the remaining pending and germane amendments and on passage of the bill, as amended.

Approx: 11:00am—up to 7 roll call votes:

  1. Barrasso amendment #245 (tribal treaties)
  2. Cardin amendment #124 (tribal treaty requirements)
  3. Daines amendment #246 (SoS Land and Water Conservation Fund) –side by side to Burr amendment #92
  4. Burr amendment #92, as modified (Land and Water Conservation Fund)
  5. Vitter amendment amendment #80, as further modified (OCS)
  6. Udall #77 (renewable electricity standards)
  7. Cloture on S.1, Keystone

2:30pm—up to 6 roll call votes:

  1. Booker amendment #155 (new circumstances)
  2. Markey amendment #141 (delay effective date)
  3. Markey amendment #178 (oil spill liability trust fund)
  4. Cantwell amendment #131 (U.S. environmental laws)
  5. Boxer amendment #130 (permit savings clause)
  6. Passage of S.1, as amended, a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline

 

During leader remarks, Senator McConnell announced the Senate will be in session tomorrow, but there will be no roll call votes. The first vote of next week will be at 5:30pm on Monday, February 2. We expect to vote on passage of H.R.203, Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, on Monday.

 

The Senate is in a period of morning business for 1 hour. The Democrats control the first 30 minutes and the Republicans control the final 30 minutes. Following morning business (10:50am), there will be 15 minutes for debate on S.1, Keystone, prior to a series of up to 7 roll call votes. We expect the first vote series to begin at approximately 11:05am. If cloture is invoked at the end of this series, there will be approximately 6 roll call votes at 2:30pm.

 

Approx: 11:05am—up to 7 roll call votes:

  1. Barrasso amendment #245 (tribal treaties)
  2. Cardin amendment #124 (tribal treaty requirements)
  3. Daines amendment #246 (SoS Land and Water Conservation Fund) –side by side to Burr amendment #92
  4. Burr amendment #92, as modified (Land and Water Conservation Fund)
  5. Vitter amendment amendment #80, as further modified (OCS)
  6. Udall #77 (renewable electricity standards)
  7. Cloture on S.1, Keystone

 

2:30pm—up to 6 roll call votes:

 

  1. Booker amendment #155 (new circumstances)
  2. Markey amendment #141 (delay effective date)
  3. Markey amendment #178 (oil spill liability trust fund)
  4. Cantwell amendment #131 (U.S. environmental laws)
  5. Boxer amendment #130 (permit savings clause)
  6. Passage of S.1, as amended, a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline

At 11:29am, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on Daines amendment #246 (SoS Land and Water Conservation Fund);

Not Agreed To: 47-51

 

Next:

  1. Burr amendment #92, as modified (Land and Water Conservation Fund)
  2. Udall #77 (renewable electricity standards)
  3. Barrasso amendment #245 (tribal treaties)
  4. Cardin amendment #124 (tribal treaty requirements)
  5. Cloture on S.1, Keystone

 

2:30pm—up to 6 roll call votes (post-cloture amendments are subject to a majority affirmative vote threshold):

  1. Booker amendment #155 (new circumstances)
  2. Markey amendment #141 (delay effective date)
  3. Markey amendment #178 (oil spill liability trust fund)
  4. Cantwell amendment #131 (U.S. environmental laws)
  5. Boxer amendment #130 (permit savings clause)
  6. Passage of S.1, as amended, a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline

At 11:29am, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on Daines amendment #246 (SoS Land and Water Conservation Fund);

Not Agreed To: 47-51

 

Next:

  1. Burr amendment #92, as modified (Land and Water Conservation Fund)
  2. Udall #77 (renewable electricity standards)
  3. Barrasso amendment #245 (tribal treaties)
  4. Cardin amendment #124 (tribal treaty requirements)
  5. Cloture on S.1, Keystone

 

2:30pm—up to 6 roll call votes (post-cloture amendments are subject to a majority affirmative vote threshold):

  1. Booker amendment #155 (new circumstances)
  2. Markey amendment #141 (delay effective date)
  3. Markey amendment #178 (oil spill liability trust fund)
  4. Cantwell amendment #131 (U.S. environmental laws)
  5. Boxer amendment #130 (permit savings clause)
  6. Passage of S.1, as amended, a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline

11:59am, the Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on Burr amendment #92, as modified (Land and Water Conservation Fund);

Not Agreed To: 59-39

12:24pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on Udall amendment #77 (renewable electricity standards);

Not Agreed To: 45-53

 

Next:

  1. Barrasso amendment #245 (tribal treaties)
  2. Cardin amendment #124 (tribal treaty requirements)
  3. Cloture on S.1, Keystone

The following amendments are pending to S.1, Keystone XL Pipeline:

Markey amendment #178 (tar sands)

Cantwell amendment #131 (U.S. environmental laws)

12:46pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on cloture on S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline;

Invoked: 62-35.

The following amendments were withdrawn:

 

Sullivan #67

Murkowski #98

Flake #103

Merkley #174

Tillis #102

Peters #55

 

2:30pm—up to 6 roll call votes (post-cloture amendments are subject to a majority affirmative vote threshold):

  1. Booker amendment #155 (new circumstances)
  2. Markey amendment #141 (delay effective date)
  3. Markey amendment #178 (oil spill liability trust fund)
  4. Cantwell amendment #131 (U.S. environmental laws)
  5. Boxer amendment #130 (permit savings clause)
  6. Passage of S.1, as amended, a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline

At 4:30pm on Monday, February 2, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #6, H.R.203, Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. The time until 5:30pm will be equally divided in the usual form. At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to vote on passage of the bill.

2:36pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on Booker amendment #155 (new circumstances);

Not Agreed To: 41-56

The remaining votes in this series will be 10 minute votes. There will be 2 minutes for debate equally divided between each vote.

 

Next:

  1. Markey amendment #141 (delay effective date)
  2. Markey amendment #178 (oil spill liability trust fund)
  3. Cantwell amendment #131 (U.S. environmental laws)
  4. Boxer amendment #130 (permit savings clause)
  5. Passage of S.1, as amended, a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline

The Boxer amendment #130 (permit savings clause) was not agreed to by voice vote.

3:10pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on Markey amendment #141 (delay effective date);

Not Agreed To:36-62

Next:

  1. Markey amendment #178 (oil spill liability trust fund)
  2. Cantwell amendment #131 (U.S. environmental laws)
  3. Boxer amendment #130 (permit savings clause)
  4. Passage of S.1, as amended, a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline

3:30pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on Markey amendment #178 (oil spill liability trust fund)

Not agreed to: 44-54

Next:

  1. Passage of S.1, as amended, a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline

3:47pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on passage of S.1, as amended, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. This will be the last vote of the week. the next roll call vote will be at 5:30pm on Monday, February 2, on Calendar #6, H.R.203, Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.

Passage of S.1 will be the last vote of the week. the next roll call vote will be at 5:30pm on Monday, February 2, on Calendar #6, H.R.203, Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.

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Last Floor Action:
12:08:14 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on January 30, 2015.

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Washington​: Stop the approval of GMO apples! a repost


I’m Peter Stocker of the organization Friends of the Earth, and I started a petition to U.S. Department of Agriculture, which says:

The USDA should not approve the genetically engineered Arctic apple. 

If approved by the USDA, genetically engineered apples could end up everywhere from school lunches to grocery stores, posing risks to our health, our environment, and apple farmers across the U.S.

Unlabeled genetically engineered apples could contaminate conventional and organic foods, including fruit slices, juice, baby foods, and applesauce—products predominantly consumed by children and babies, who are at increased risk for any adverse health effects.

GMO apples may contaminate nearby organic and conventional apple orchards and could potentially cause valuable export markets to reject U.S.-grown apples, as happened in the past when wheat and rice crops were found to be contaminated by GMOs. The U.S. Apple Association, Northwest Horticultural Council, British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association, and other apple grower groups have repeatedly stated their disapproval of these GE apples due to the negative impact they could have on farmers growing organic and non-GE apples and the apple industry as a whole.

This product is unnecessary and poses numerous risks to apple growers, the food industry, and consumers. The USDA should not approve this genetically engineered apple.

The USDA is poised to approve the first genetically modified apple. 

If approved, these genetically engineered apples could end up everywhere from school lunches to grocery stores, posing risks to our health, our environment, and apple farmers across the United States.

Like other GMOs, they won’t be labeled and won’t have undergone independent safety testing—regulators will rely on the company’s sole assessment that the apple is safe for human consumption. 

Worse yet, this GMO apple was genetically engineered via a new, virtually untested experimental technique called RNA interference, which many scientists are concerned may have negative, unintended impacts on human health and the environment.

We need your help today, right now, to tell the USDA to say no to GMO apples.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

–Peter Stocker

FDA/USDA ~~ Alerts & Safety January 2015 …. pg2


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Washington Firm Recalls Boneless Beef Trim Product Due To Possible  E. coli O157:H7 ContaminationWashington Beef, LLC, a Toppenish, Wash., establishment, is recalling 1,620 pounds of boneless  beef trim product that may be contaminated with  E. coli O157:H7

01/27/2015 05:45 PM EST Elevated Ice Cream Co. advises our customers that our dairy, Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream Dairy in Maltby, has issued a voluntary recall of all dairy products processed in their plant. Elevated Ice Cream uses dairy products processed by Snoqualmie Gourmet, therefore we are asking all of our customers not to eat any ice cream which may be in your home freezers.
01/27/2015 05:26 PM EST
Lime Green Grocer, Inc. of Seattle, Washington is recalling 783 individually wrapped Thai Delight Burritos, because it may contain undeclared soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Reinvesting in Washington


What would we cut if there was nothing left?

Year after year, our state held the budget together by cutting services and delaying investments in our future. And Washington families have been unfairly left to pick up the check for what’s left.

But at some point, we have to take a stand. We have to be willing to make a real investment in the future of our children and our grandchildren — and that’s what my 2015 budget will do.

Are you ready to take a stand for a working Washington? Click here to declare your support for my 2015 budget plan.

This isn’t another plan that puts a Band-Aid on our budget problems. This plan is sustainable, responsible, and fair. It champions the values we care about most, from education to cleaner, healthier communities — and I need your help to make it a reality.

Do you believe we must stop climate change before it’s too late by charging our state’s biggest polluters?

Do you believe we can’t stop at making overdue repairs to roads and bridges — that we must create jobs building the transportation infrastructure of tomorrow?

Do you believe it’s time to invest in our schools and lead the country by making some of our largest and smartest investments in education ever — from pre-K to college and job training?

Do you believe our budget should be rooted in fairness?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, I need you to step up and sign my petition — right now.

Help me pass a budget that reinvests in the future of Washington. Click here to declare your support.

This is bigger than just one year’s budget. This is about moving our state in a new direction, and I need your help to get there.

Thanks for standing with me today and in the days ahead.

Very truly yours,

Jay Inslee

Zach Silk, Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility


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Lt. Governor Brad Owen announced that visitors will no longer be able to openly carry firearms in the gallery of the state Senate.

This action was taken after demonstrators brandished firearms in the House gallery on Thursday. While backpacks and umbrellas have been banned from the galleries for years, the open carry of firearms has been allowed- intimidating members and staff as they work on the floor below.

Now, Lt Governor Brad Owen has called for that threatening behavior to stop.

Click here to send a message to Lt. Governor Owen thanking him for his courageous action to prohibit using firearms to intimidate in the Washington State Senate gallery.

Washington State is one of only three states in the country that allows guns within the capitol building. Preventing people from using firearms to intimidate will create a safer working environment for legislators and citizens in Olympia.

Tell Lt. Governor Owen you are thankful for his action by sending him a thank you note here.

Thank you for your ongoing support of this movement.   With your help we will continue to fight for a safer Washington.

Zach Silk
Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

 

 

SAY THANK YOU TO LT. GOV. OWEN

 

A Healthy Dose of Comics


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If you still need to get health coverage in 2015, February 15 is your last day to sign up at HealthCare.gov.

Under the Affordable Care Act, 10 million people have gotten quality, affordable health insurance. In a new series of shareable comics, one artist highlights what so many of these diverse Americans have in common.

Check out the comics here — and if any of the comics remind you of someone you know, make sure to share it with them.

Email: “Still Want to Enter?”

Yesterday, White House Video Director Adam Garber sent an email spreading the word about the 2015 White House Student Film Festival. Any K-12 U.S. student can submit a film that’s three minutes or shorter — and if the film is selected, the student might even get a chance to attend the film festival at the White House. The deadline is February 2, so submit your video today!

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The Highlights of President Obama’s Visit to India

The President and First Lady traveled to India this week, for the first time since Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn in last May. The United States and India are true global partners, both in strengthening economies and strong democracies. From a beautiful parade to a pledge on fighting climate change, the trip was full of important moments.

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Map: Here’s How the President’s Actions on Immigration Will Impact Your State

The President is taking steps to fix our broken immigration system. Check out our interactive map to see exactly how his actions will improve the economy in your state.

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