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WethePeopleThe Senate stands adjourned to convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business conducted, on the following dates and times, unless the House adopts the provisions of S.Con.Res.19 (adjournment resolution):

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:00am;

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 2:00pm; and

Friday, July 3, 2015, at 10:00am.

When the Senate adjourns on Friday, July 3, it will stand adjourned until 2:30pm on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks on Tuesday, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #63, S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #81, the nomination of Kara Farnandez Stoll, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.

WRAP UP

Legislative Business:

Passed by unanimous consent S.286, Department of the Interior Tribal Self-Governance Act of 2015.

Executive Business:

Confirmed Executive Calendar #81, the nomination of Kara Farnandez Stoll, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit; 95-0

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Last Floor Action:
8:13:16 P.M. -H.R. 2822
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Engel amendment.

The House adjourned pursuant to S. Con. Res. 19.

The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on July 7, 2015.


2:00:17 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
2:00:24 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Ralph Lee Abraham to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
2:00:48 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:59 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:02:10 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Kildee to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:02:27 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:16:19 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
2:16:36 P.M. H.R. 907 Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 907 — “To improve defense cooperation between the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.”
2:16:48 P.M. H.R. 907 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:16:51 P.M. H.R. 907 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 907.
2:28:05 P.M. H.R. 907 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:28:07 P.M. H.R. 907 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:29:28 P.M. H.R. 91 Mr. Abraham moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.
2:29:40 P.M. H.R. 91 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the Senate amendment to H.R. 91.
2:35:17 P.M. H.R. 91 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
2:36:18 P.M. H.R. 1531 Mr. Carter (GA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1531 — “To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide a pathway for temporary seasonal employees in Federal land management agencies to compete for vacant permanent positions under internal merit promotion procedures, and for other purposes.”
2:36:40 P.M. H.R. 1531 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:36:41 P.M. H.R. 1531 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1531.
2:44:44 P.M. H.R. 1531 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
2:44:46 P.M. H.R. 1531 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:45:48 P.M. H.R. 2822 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2822 — “Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes.”
2:46:14 P.M. H.R. 2822 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
2:48:38 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Poe (TX), to transfer $1,000,000 within the Land Acquisition account.
2:48:42 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Poe (TX) amendment.
2:51:19 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Poe (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
2:53:26 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Polis, to decrease the amount provided for Wildland Fire Management by $1,000,000.
2:53:27 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Polis amendment, pending the reservation of a point of order. Subsequently, the reservation was withdrawn.
2:56:42 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Polis amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:07:13 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Grijalva, to strike section 416, which mandates that the President shall submit a comprehensive report to Congress describing in detail all Federal agency funding.
3:07:15 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grijalva amendment.
3:11:47 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Grijalva amendment; Failed by voice vote.
3:13:37 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mrs. Lawrence, to strike section 422, which prohibits the use of funds to develop or change regulations and guidance in effect pertaining to the definition of waters under the jurisdiction of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
3:13:44 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lawrence amendment.
3:22:08 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Lawrence amendment; Failed by voice vote.
3:22:42 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Grijalva, to strike section 423, which prohibits the use of funds to develop any new interpretation of specified regulations pertaining to surface mining.
3:22:51 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grijalva amendment.
3:27:07 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Grijalva amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Grijalva demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
3:29:06 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Ms. Tsongas, to strike section 425, which prohibits the use of funds to further implement coastal and marine spatial planning and management components of the National Ocean Policy.
3:29:09 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tsongas amendment.
3:39:00 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Tsongas amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Tsongas demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
3:40:38 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Beyer, to strike section 429, which prohibits the use of funds to develop any regulations pertaining to the definitions of “fill material” or “discharge of fill material” for the purposes of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
3:40:39 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Beyer amendment.
3:45:39 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Beyer amendment; Failed by voice vote.
3:45:47 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Grijalva, to strike section 433, which provides for vacant public land grazing allotments when an existing allotment is unusable due to drought or wildfire.
3:45:49 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grijalva amendment.
3:54:39 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Grijalva amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Grijalva demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
3:56:06 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Polis, to strike section 437, which prohibits the use of funds for the social cost of carbon to be incorporated into any rulemaking or guidance document until a new Interagency Working Group revises the estimates using the discount rates and domestic-only limitation on benefits estimates in accordance with Executive Order 12866.
3:56:07 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Polis amendment.
4:01:00 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Polis amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Polis demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:03:51 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Yoho, to remove the requirement that 85 percent of nonattainment counties must achieve full compliance with the ozone standard before the limitation on funds in section 438 can take effect.
4:03:53 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Yoho amendment.
4:11:50 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Yoho amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Yoho demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:13:16 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Ms. Edwards, to strike section 438 from the bill which provides for a limitation on the use of funds regarding ozone standards.
4:13:20 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Edwards amendment.
4:23:23 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Edwards amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Edwards demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:25:53 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Lowenthal, to remove the “primary” designation as one of the ambient air quality standards for ozone subject to the limitation in section 438.
4:25:55 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lowenthal amendment.
4:31:16 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Lowenthal amendment; Failed by voice vote.
4:31:59 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Cartwright, to provide that only the funds made available by H.R. 2822 may be subject to the prohibition on hydraulic fracturing contained in section 439 of the bill.
4:32:01 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cartwright amendment.
4:37:37 P.M. H.R. 2822 By unanimous consent, the Cartwright amendment was withdrawn.
4:38:46 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mrs. Lawrence, No. 13 printed in the Congressional Record to strike section 439 from the bill which provides for prohibitions regarding hydraulic fracturing.
4:38:49 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lawrence amendment No. 13.
4:48:04 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Lawrence amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Lawrence demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:48:38 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Young (AK), to prohibit use of funds to implement the revised comprehensive conservation plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska.
4:48:41 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Young (AK) amendment.
4:55:40 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Young (AK) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:56:54 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Grijalva, to prohibit use of funds in the bill in contravention of the Executive Order regarding Indian Sacred Sites.
4:56:57 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grijalva amendment.
4:58:44 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Grijalva amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:59:36 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Poliquin, No. 4 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit use of funds in the bill to enforce the Code of Federal Regulations regarding biomass.
4:59:39 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Poliquin amendment No. 4.
5:08:41 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Poliquin amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:09:14 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Polis, to prohibit use of funds in contravention of Public Law 94-579.
5:09:16 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Polis amendment.
5:15:11 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Polis amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Polis demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:15:30 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to prohibit use of funds to treat the Sonoran Desert Tortoise as an endangered species or threatened species.
5:16:51 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.
5:22:05 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:22:59 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Ms. Tsongas, to prohibit use of funds to implement or enforce sections 117, 121, or 122 of the bill. Section 117 relates to Sage-Grouse; section 121 relates to reissuance of rules (wolves); and section 122 relates to the Northern Long Eared Bat.
5:23:02 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tsongas amendment.
5:34:31 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Tsongas amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Tsongas demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:35:14 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to prohibit the use of funds for the United Nations Environment Programme.
5:35:17 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.
5:41:46 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:42:09 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Grijalva, to prohibit the use of funds to implement or enforce section 120 of this Act, with respect to Ivory.
5:42:35 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grijalva amendment.
5:50:48 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Grijalva amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Grijalva demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:51:11 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Smith (TX), to reduce funding for the EPA’s programs and management account to not more than $1,713,500, and not more that $3,581,500 for the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations account.
5:51:34 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Smith (TX) amendment
5:58:57 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Smith (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:59:30 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Huffman amendment.
5:59:47 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Huffman, to prohibit the use of funds to enter into a new contract or agreement or to administer a portion of an existing contract with a concessioner in any facility within a unit of the National Park System of an item with a Confederate flag as a stand-alone feature.
6:05:57 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Huffman amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:06:14 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Collins (GA), to prohibit the use of funds to reduce or terminate any of the propagation programs listed in March 2013 National Fish Hatchery System Strategic Hatchery and Workforce Planning Report.
6:06:16 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Collins (GA) amendment.
6:09:39 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Collins (GA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:09:48 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Beyer, to prohibit the use of funds in contravention of Executive Orders regarding Climate change.
6:09:51 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Beyer amendment.
6:16:10 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Beyer amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Beyer demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
6:16:39 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mrs. Blackburn, numbered 6 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce funds in the bill by 1 percent across-the-board.
6:16:45 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Blackburn amendment No. 6.
6:25:43 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Blackburn amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mrs. Blackburn demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
6:26:03 P.M. H.R. 2822 Mr. Calvert moved that the Committee now rise.
6:26:25 P.M. H.R. 2822 On motion that the Committee now rise Agreed to by voice vote.
6:26:35 P.M. H.R. 2822 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 2822 as unfinished business.
6:27:30 P.M. H.R. 1735 Mr. Thornberry moved that the House Authorize Conferees to close meetings.
6:56:11 P.M. H.R. 1735 On motion to Authorize Conferees to close meetings Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 402 – 12 (Roll no. 390).
6:56:12 P.M. H.R. 1735 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:56:45 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
7:07:37 P.M. H.R. 91 On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 411 – 0 (Roll no. 391).
7:07:38 P.M. H.R. 91 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:08:11 P.M. Mr. Newhouse filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 347.
7:09:36 P.M. H.R. 2822 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2822 — “Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes.”
7:09:52 P.M. H.R. 2822 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
7:12:01 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gallego, to prohibit the use of funds to issue a grazing permit or lease in contravention of section 4110.1 or 4130.1-1(b) of title 43, Code of Federal Regulations.
7:12:24 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gallego amendment.
7:16:08 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Gallego amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
7:16:19 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Pearce, to prohibit the use of funds to increase the rate of any royalty required to be paid to the United States for oil and gas produced on Federal land, or to prepare or publish a proposed rule relating to such an increase.
7:16:22 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pearce amendment.
7:28:51 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Pearce amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Shea-Porter demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
7:30:26 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Huffman, to prohibit the use of funds to implement National Park Service Director’s Order 61 as it pertains to allowing a grave in any Federal cemetery to be decorated with a Confederate flag.
7:30:29 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Huffman amendment.
7:32:33 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Huffman amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
7:32:53 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Walberg, numbered 9 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to lobby in contravention of section 1913 of title 18, United States Code, on behalf of the proposed rule entitled “Definition of Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act.
7:32:55 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Walberg amendment No. 9.
7:38:43 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Walberg amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
7:38:57 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Peters, to prohibit the use of funds to be used to enforce section 435 of this Act.
7:39:01 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Peters amendment.
7:44:56 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Peters amendment; Failed by voice vote.
7:45:18 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Walden, to prohibit the use of funds to complete or implement the rivision of the resource management plans for the Coos Bay, Eugene, Medford, Roseburg, or Salem Districts of the Bureau of Land Management or the Klamath Falls Field Office of the Lakeview District of the Bureau of Land management proposed in the bureau of Land Management Plan Revisions and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Western Oregon published in the Federal Register on April 24, 2015.
7:45:20 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Walden amendment No. 30.
7:52:34 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Walden amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
7:53:54 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Lowenthal, to prohibit the use of funds to issue any new Federal oil and gas leas or drilling permit to any person that does not commit to following Department of Commerce regulations.
7:53:55 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lowenthal amendment, pending the reservation of a point of order.
7:58:54 P.M. H.R. 2822 By unanimous consent, the Lowenthal amendment was withdrawn.
7:59:18 P.M. H.R. 2822 ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. Yoho asked unanimous consent that the request for a recorded vote on the Yoho amendment previously debated be withdrawn, to the end that the amendment stand disposed of by the voice vote thereon. Agreed to without objection.
7:59:51 P.M. H.R. 2822 On agreeing to the Yoho amendment; Failed by voice vote.
8:00:40 P.M. H.R. 2822 An amendment, offered by Mr. Hardy, to prohibit the use of funds to make a Presidential declaration by public proclamation of a national monument under chapter 3203 of title 54, United States Code in specified counties.
8:01:02 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hardy amendment.
8:12:07 P.M. H.R. 2822 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Hardy amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. McCollum demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
8:13:14 P.M. H.R. 2822 Amendment offered by Mr. Engel.
8:13:16 P.M. H.R. 2822 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 333, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Engel amendment.

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At the G7: President Obama’s Trip to Germany

This weekend, the President traveled to Krun, Germany — a small village in the Bavarian Alps — to meet with the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7). The G7 is an organization of world leaders, finance ministers, and heads of state from seven of the largest economies in the world — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S. — as well as the European Council, EU Commission, and International Monetary Fund.

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Why The Middle Class Needs Unions


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New Data Shows That Union Membership Continues To Decline

The rate of unionization among wage and salary workers went down in 2014, from 11.3 percent to 11.1 percent, according to annual data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today. The number of unionized workers, at 14.6 million, was unchanged from 2013.

From the national debate over how to address income inequality, to President Obama talking about “middle class economics” in his State of the Union address, unions are more important than ever. In CAP’s recent report on inclusive prosperity, one of the key recommendations was to expand worker voice by making procedures governing collective bargaining fast and fair and remove the atmosphere of conflict that can surround representation elections and bargaining over initial contracts.

Check out the infographic below to see why the middle class needs unions.

Progressive Breakfast: Greeks Seek Hope; European Central Bank and Berlin Say No Basis for Deal


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Greeks Seek Hope; European Central Bank and Berlin Say No Basis for Deal

Democracy spoke in the Greek referendum, calling on Europe to offer new hope. To date, Europe refuses to listen. Greece will suffer, of course. But the Eurozone may find it hard to overcome this disgrace. President Obama and the Treasury Department should be putting maximum pressure on our European allies and on the IMF to change course. Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve, should be warning her counterparts at the European Central Bank of the risks involved in forcing Greece out of the Euro. It may be too late to stop this fast-moving crackup, but it is not too late to try.

Europe Presses Greece

Greek PM and new finance minister meet with European counterparts today. AP:“As the Greek leader readied proposals to restart bailout talks, the situation was complicated by the European Central Bank’s refusal late Monday to increase assistance for Greek banks desperately needing cash and facing imminent collapse unless a rescue deal is reached.”

No sign of budging from Germany. NYT:“Senior German officials dug in their heels on Monday, saying a vote by Greeks to reject further austerity in a referendum last weekend did not oblige other countries in the eurozone to change their positions.”

Bernie Rocks Portland

Another huge Bernie rally in Portland, ME. W. Post:“Sen. Bernie Sanders offered his own answer Monday as to why he’s become such a draw on the presidential campaign trail … ‘From Maine to California … the American people understand that establishment politics and establishment economics are not working for the middle class.’”

Clinton campaign openly expressing worry over Sanders surge. NYT:“‘We are worried about him, sure. He will be a serious force for the campaign, and I don’t think that will diminish,’ Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign’s communications director, said Monday in an interview on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’”

No Child Left Behind May Get Overhauled

Senate to consider revamp of No Child Left Behind law this week. USA Today:“The bipartisan proposal would do away with the No Child Left Behind law and reduce — but not end — the federal government’s role in public elementary and secondary education … House Republicans have their own version … But only the [Senate] legislation has a chance to avoid a veto … [It] would maintain the current federal regimen of reading, math and science tests in grades 3 through 12, but states would decide how to use those test scores for accountability purposes.”

WH not supporting Senate bill yet. The Hill:“[Education Secretary Arne] Duncan and Muñoz urged lawmakers to pass legislation giving more power to state and local officials to measure progress and improve schools. But they said those reforms should ensure that federal resources go to communities implementing proven reforms.”

Senate Dems to move on universal pre-K. W. Post:“…Senate Democrats in coming days will roll out a new universal pre-kindergarten proposal that would be funded by the closing of corporate tax breaks … [Sen. Bob] Casey plans to introduce it as an amendment to a measure reauthorizing and overhauling No Child Left Behind…”

Home Stretch For TPP Talks

Final TPP talks later this month. NYT:“Outstanding controversies include access to Canada’s agriculture market, Australian concerns over American pharmaceutical patent rules, Peru’s rain forest management, Chinese components in Vietnamese textile exports and labor organizing rights in Vietnam and Mexico … a July 31 agreement could not be signed until Oct. 31 or more likely the beginning of November. Congress cannot begin considering it until December.”

MIT prof shows how companies make pay living wages and be profitable. NYT’s Joe Nocera:“Getting there requires companies to adopt what [Zeynep] Ton calls ‘human-centered operations strategies,’ … Paying employees middle-class wages allows the company to get the most out of them … They can solve problems by themselves. They make merchandising decisions for their own stores … costs everywhere else in the operation go down.”

Sen. Warren tries to block WH pick for SEC. Politico:“President Barack Obama was planning to nominate corporate attorney Keir Gumbs … But now that’s on hold at least until August after activist groups aligned with Warren raised an outcry over Gumbs’ work, including his advice to companies on how to dodge scrutiny from shareholder activists.”

WH to announce program for low-income families to get solar power. NYT:“The administration will announce that it intends to triple the capacity of solar and other renewable energy systems it installs in federally subsidized housing by 2020, make it easier for homeowners to borrow money for solar improvements and start a nationwide program to help renters gain access to solar energy…”

FBI investigating hanging death of another brother in Mississippi


Originally posted on The Afrikan Voice:

Washington (CNN)The hanging death of an African-American man who had been missing since early this month and was found Thursday by local authorities in Mississippi has drawn the scrutiny of the FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

The sheriff’s office in Claiborne County, Mississippi, had organized a search for the man, who had been missing since March 2 and was reported missing March 8. Authorities said the man’s body was found with a bed sheet tied around his neck and a skull cap on his head, hanging from a tree. The man’s hands were not tied up.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Pack said that it’s unclear how the man died, and “it is too early to say what happened and speculate.”

“We don’t know what happened out there, if it is a suicide, a homicide, that is why we investigate these types of cases to…

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