the Senate ~~~ CONGRESS 3/26~~~ the House

capitol30The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.Con.Res.11, the budget resolution.

All debate time on the budget resolution will be considered expired at 12:00 noon. Senators should expect a long series of roll call votes beginning at 12:00 noon.


Last Floor Action:
10:12:35 A.M. -H. Res. 173
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

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: (Roll no. 143).
10:12:35 A.M. H. Res. 173 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.


Breaking News: Victory for Pregnant Workers at Supreme Court

A Better Balance The Work and Family Legal Center

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Rally at the Supreme Court in Support of Peggy Young

ABB’s Elizabeth Gedmark MC’ing the rally in support of pregnant workers before the Supreme Court.
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The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Peggy Young, a pregnant worker, in the Young v. UPS case today.
Today marks a significant victory for Peggy Young and for the principle that pregnant women cannot be treated worse than many of their peers in the workplace. The Supreme Court’s ruling affirmed the intent of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, as we argued in our amicus brief this fall.
Peggy’s case is still alive, and will return to the lower court to determine, as the Court put it, “why, when the employer accommodated so many, could it not accomodate pregnant women as well?” 
While we celebrate the Court’s opinion, pregnant workers seeking accommodations still face an uphill battle, in many instances. Today’s decision leaves much uncertainty surrounding their rights, especially when they have no way to know how other comparable workers are being treated.
Now that the Court has weighed in, it’s time for Congress to step up. 
Please send an urgent message to Washington in support of pregnant workers. 
Urge your representatives to support and co-sponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. 
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would ensure that all workers with medical needs arising out of pregnancy have a right to accommodations—just as workers with disabilities do.  States and cities across the country have passed similar laws and now Congress must act so that all women have the same right.
Today’s families rely on women’s salaries to make ends meet. They need the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act–they simply cannot afford anything less.
Thank you for all that you do to support women and families,
The A Better Balance Team,
Sherry, Dina, Phoebe, Jared, Elizabeth, Risha, Morenike, Rachel, Jake, Molly & Lynn


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Using some of the technology used in mapping the human genome, FDA scientists are working to create DNA barcodes for fish.
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Arisha Michelle Hatch,

Every night tens of millions of people across the country tune in to the local news to find out what’s happening in their communities. But our newly-released report — the ColorOfChange News Accuracy Report Card — shows how local news stations in New York City play a harmful role in shaping the narratives that exacerbate a dangerous and hostile climate for Black communities.

Our partners at Media Matters for America monitored hours of footage over a 20 week period from the four largest New York City network outlets and came to a shocking conclusion: every major network affiliate is disproportionately focusing their crime reporting on Black suspects, and inaccurately exaggerating the proportion of Black people involved in crime—on average, by 24 percentage points.1 Our new report is focused on NYC but make no mistake, similar practices are taking place on television screens across the county.

Read our report — NOT TO BE TRUSTED: Dangerous Levels of Inaccuracy in TV Crime Reporting in NYC.

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For far too long the police have been given a pass — and even at times praised — for over targeting, harassing and brutalizing Black communities. New York for decades has been ground zero in the movement against police violence and harassment, calling into question the very legitimacy of the NYPD’s arrest rates.

Though many of our communities have come to fear law enforcement, media has played a crucial role in perpetuating the harmful narratives that shape the implicit or explicit biases of their audiences. We then see this play out in discriminatory hiring practices, biased treatment in courtrooms, and the kinds of brutal treatment by police that took the lives of unarmed Black people like Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Akai Gurley. The result is that our communities are being put in double jeopardy, first by over zealous police and then by news stations serving as PR firms by proxy.

What’s more, these stations are simultaneously under-reporting crimes perpetrated by white suspects, which only further cements the implicit biases of viewers.

These images also hurt Black youth by contributing to a warped, inconsistent self-image. Research shows repeated exposure to the kinds of negative, dehumanizing stereotypes displayed on a nightly basis by local news stations are demoralizing and reduce the self-esteem and self-expectations of our young people.2

Read our report: NOT TO BE TRUSTED: Dangerous Levels of Inaccuracy in TV Crime Reporting in NYC.

Our ColorOfChange News Accuracy Report Card examines the harm their crime coverage is doing to our communities. The results are not pretty: While WNYW/FOX5 received a “B”, WNBC and WCBS each received a “D”, denoting “Dangerous Coverage;” WABC got a big, fat “F”, denoting reporting that is “Outright Hostile” towards Black people.

Currently we are in communication with local stations as we seek to open up a candid dialogue with network executives that will result in lasting systemic changes. Among those changes: an end to the disproportionate targeting of Black people in crime coverage, transparency regarding the diversity of newsroom staff, and a greater systemic analysis and diversity of perspectives in their crime reporting.

Please read and share our report about the irresponsible and dangerous local news crime coverage in New York City.

The impact of these practices extends far beyond New York. As the largest media market in the world, local NYC news has the power to influence a wide and populous audience — a metro area of nearly 20 million people. Commitments on the part of these stations to better reporting practices would not only impact a very large number of people, it could also have a cascading impact on crime coverage at affiliates across the country. We urge these stations to show leadership here, and usher in a fairer, more accurate era in crime coverage nationwide.

ColorOfChange is ready and willing to guide the stations toward a basic standard of decency, and away from the inaccurate reporting practices that are harming Black folks. But the first step is getting these stations to admit they have a reporting problem, and commit themselves to correcting it.

Join us in making New York City a safer place for Black people, and check out the ColorOfChange News Accuracy Report Card.

Best regards,

Arisha, Rashad, Matt, Brandi, Dallas and the rest of the ColorOfChange team.


1. “REPORT: New York City Television Stations Continue Disproportionate Coverage Of Black Crime,” Media Matters for America 03-23-15

2. “Media Representations and Impact on the Lives of Black Men and Boys,” The Opportunity Agenda

The Republican Budget … Campaign for America’s Future



Republicans aren’t ashamed or embarrassed. They are so in love with their big ideas to remake America, they introduced them twice.

Once in the House , again in the Senate

  • 11 million families, seniors and children will lose food stamps.
  • 35,000 children will not get Head Start.
  • 133,000 fewer poor families will get housing assistance.
  • 2 million fewer workers will receive job training and employment services.
  • $1.2 billion will be cut from education. That could fund 4,500 schools and 17,000 teachers. Seniors aren’t exempt from the devastating cuts. The House GOP plan turns Medicare into a “premium support” model that essentially replaces the guarantee of quality healthcare for seniors with a system of coupons. They slash services, including 500,000 fewer rides to doctors and grocery stores.

Campaign for America’s Future has heard these terrible ideas before. We’ve exposed them and helped defeat them.

We can do it again with your help. Can you contribute $10 today to fight the GOP’s dangerous and dishonest efforts to cut food stamps, housing assistance and other vital programs?

This is a fight we undertake together – in 2015, 2016 and beyond

Thank you for your commitment.