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fixgunchecksThe Senate stands adjourned until 4:00pm on Monday, October 5, 2015.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm.

At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Dale Drozd, of California, to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of California. There will be 30 minutes for debate, equally divided, prior to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

As a reminder, during today’s session Senator McConnell filed cloture on the conference report to accompany H.R.1735, NDAA. The cloture vote is expected to occur on Tuesday.


House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of October 02, 2015

Last Floor Action:
1:04:58 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on October 5, 2015.

1:00:01 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
1:00:17 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Mac Thornberry to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
1:00:33 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Cara Spaccarelli, Christ Church, Washington, DC.
1:01:33 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
1:01:42 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
1:02:32 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 or Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on October 1, 2015 at 5:11 p.m.: That the Senate passed without amendment H.R. 1624.
1:03:33 P.M. COMMISSION ON CARE – Pursuant to section 202(a) of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-146), the Minority Leader appointed Ms. Charlene Taylor, Elk Grove, California.
1:03:34 P.M. Without objection, the Chair announced that when the House adjourns on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, it adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, and the order of the House of Jan. 6, 2015, regarding morning-hour debate shall not apply on that day.
1:04:58 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on October 5, 2015.


Thank Governor Bullock for Medicaid Expansion!

Wordpressmo-medicaid-whiteRight now, 70,000 Montanans are caught between not qualifying for Medicaid and being unable to afford health insurance on their own.

Governor Bullock has just signed a bipartisan bill that would close this gap and ensure all Montanans have access to quality health care.

SIGN YOUR NAME: Thank Governor Bullock for expanding Medicaid!

On this day … Jimi

Jimi Hendrix

Born: 1942 | Died: 1970 27 years old

More than 40 years after his mysterious death,

music legend Jimi Hendrix is still widely considered the greatest guitarist in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

Born on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington, Jimi Hendrix learned to play guitar as a teenager, and grew up to become a rock guitar legend who excited audiences in the 1960s with his innovative electric guitar playing. One of his most memorable performances was at Woodstock in 1969, where he performed “The Star Spangled Banner.” Hendrix died in 1970 from drug-related complications, leaving his mark on the world of rock music and remaining popular to this day.

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Stop the no blankets for the homeless ordinance!

Mayor Hayward endorses amendments to ordinance

FatherNathan Monk

Petition Organizer
For the first time in recent memory, parts of Florida will be under a state of emergency due to winter weather. Beginning tomorrow, temperatures will drop as freezing rain and sleet move in, roadways will become icy, and snowfall is expected. All of this will happen on top of already wet ground, due to rain happening throughout the day today.

However, city officials are refusing to examine an ordinance they passed last year making it illegal for the homeless to even use a blanket to cover themselves. Last week at the regular council meeting, the council members were requested by members of the public and another council person, to review the ordinance and vote in a more humane way. They refused.

Two years ago, when the city council first considered these ordinances at the request of the mayor, and hundreds of people showed up in protest, the city refused to listen citing, “The silent majority.” that wasn’t present as their reason for moving forward on the ordinance.

As this extreme freeze comes into the panhandle, it will be illegal for the homeless to seek shelter from the cold. This is unconscionable and our city leaders have refused to respond to reasonable requests for them to accommodate the homeless in any way. I am asking for everyone on my page to take the time to share this post, write the mayor and council, and forward this to your favorite media outlet.

The city may not listen to us, but hopefully they will listen if people around the world let them know how Pensacola will be viewed if they do not overturn this inhumane ordinance.

Write the mayor:

Write the council:,,,,,,,,

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward endorses proposed amendments to ordinance allowing for blankets. Awaiting council vote on Thursday 13th.

Last year, in an effort to protect the aesthetics, public health, and safety of our community, the City Council adopted an ordinance which prohibits camping on public property. Next week, the Council will consider amending that ordinance to remove the prohibition on the use of cover while sleeping outdoors.

Mayor Bloomberg On Homeless Girl Featured In The New York Times: ‘That’s Just The Way God Works’ ~~ a reminder

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and people in his economic class are so out of touch with real world problems..

Think Progress 

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY) went on the defensive when asked whether he was moved by the New York Times’ powerful series on a homeless family struggling to survive in New York City. Bloomberg defended his homelessness policies and claimed that 11-year-old Dasani, the star of the piece, ended up in dire straits due to bad luck.

“This kid was dealt a bad hand. I don’t know quite why. That’s just the way God works. Sometimes some of us are lucky and some of us are not,” he told Politicker, calling her plight “a sad situation.”

Bloomberg argued that New York “has done more than any city to help the homeless,” citing the city’s policies of subsidized health care, job training, and shelter counseling. “But if you are poor…

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Is South Carolina … exiling its Homeless ?








South Carolina City Approves Plan To Exile Its Homeless


via @thinkprogress


A More Perfect Union — Building Welcoming Communities Campaign to Strengthen Immigration Integration

A More Perfect Union — Building Welcoming Communities Campaign to Strengthen Immigration Integration

The White House Task Force on New Americans launches the “Stand Stronger” Citizenship Awareness Campaign to raise awareness on U.S. citizenship.

The White House Task Force on New Americans launched the “Stand Stronger” Citizenship Awareness Campaign. The goal of the Campaign is to raise awareness about the rights, responsibilities, and importance of U.S. citizenship and to provide more information on the naturalization process, along with new tools and resources to prepare for it.



We Stand with Ahmed (and We Hope He’ll Join Us for Astronomy Night):

U.S. Chief Data Scientist D.J. Patil shares why he’s proud to see people across the country standing up for innovation and intellectual curiosity today, and the President weighs in.

POTUS invites Ahmed to the White House


5 Indicators That Show We Turned a Depression-Like Shock into a Six-Year Expansion

Seven years after the financial crisis, check out these charts to see how President Obama’s policy decisions helped America narrowly avoid another Great Depression.

Single Family Housing Prices


West Wing Week: 09/18/2015 or, “FAFSA! (fafsa, fafsa, fafsa, fafsa)”

This week, the President marked the 14th anniversary of 9/11, met with troops around the world at a multimedia town hall at Fort Meade, crashed a back-to-school bus tour in Iowa, sat down with esteemed author Marilynne Robinson, and hosted Connecticut Huskies, Spanish royalty, and genuine American heroes at the White House. That’s September 11th to September 17th, or “FAFSA! (fafsa, fafsa, fafsa, fafsa).”

Watch West Wing Week here


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