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The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.240, DHS appropriations.

Prior to adjourning, Senator McConnell yielded back all post-cloture debate time and the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, was agreed to. Senator McConnell then offered Cochran amendment #255 (clean DHS funding), filled the amendment tree with technical amendments, and filed cloture on the underlying bill. He then moved to proceed to S.534 (Collins immigration bill) and filed cloture on the motion. By consent, notwithstanding Rule 22,  at approximately 10:10am the Senate will proceed to a series of roll call votes including the following:

Approximately 10:10am—4 roll call votes:

  1. Cloture on H.R.240, DHS appropriations
  2. Adoption of  Cochran amendment #255
  3. Passage of H.R.240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations
  4. Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.534, a bill to prohibit funds from being used to carry out certain Executive actions related to immigration and for other purposes.

Senator Lee may also move to table one of the tree filler amendments in an effort to offer an amendment.

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.240, DHS appropriations.

Prior to adjourning, Senator McConnell yielded back all post-cloture debate time and the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, was agreed to. Senator McConnell then offered Cochran amendment #255 (clean DHS funding), filled the amendment tree with technical amendments, and filed cloture on the underlying bill. He then moved to proceed to S.534 (Collins immigration bill) and filed cloture on the motion. By consent, notwithstanding Rule 22,  at approximately 10:10am the Senate will proceed to a series of roll call votes including the following:

Approximately 10:10am—4 roll call votes:

  1. Cloture on H.R.240, DHS appropriations
  2. Adoption of  Cochran amendment #255
  3. Passage of H.R.240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations
  4. Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.534, a bill to prohibit funds from being used to carry out certain Executive actions related to immigration and for other purposes.

Senator Lee may also move to table one of the tree filler amendments in an effort to offer an amendment.

10:02am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R.240, a bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2015;

Invoked: 68-31.

Next:

 

–10 minutes of debate for Lee–

  1. Possible Lee motion to table one of the tree filler amendments
  2. Adoption of  Cochran-Mikulski-Shaheen amendment #255 (clean DHS funding)
  3. Passage of H.R.240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations

–2 minutes for debate equally divided–

  1. Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.534, a bill to prohibit funds from being used to carry out certain Executive actions related to immigration and for other purposes.

Cloture was invoked on H.R.240, DHS appropriations, by a vote of 68-31.

 

Senator Lee asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendments so that he can offer amendment #265 (prohibit funding for certain executive memoranda on immigration). Senator Reid objected.

 

Senator Lee moved to table McConnell amendment #258.

10:35am The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on the Lee motion to table McConnell amendment #258 (date change);

Not Agreed To: 34-65

10:52am The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on adoption of the Cochran-Mikulski-Shaheen amendment #255 (clean DHS funding).

Adopted: 66-33

11:10am The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on Passage of H.R.240, as amended.

Passed: 68-31

11:28am The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.534, a bill to prohibit funds from being used to carry out certain Executive actions related to immigration and for other purposes.

Not Agreed To: 57-42

 

The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair while we await House action on DHS appropriations.

The Senate passed H.R.33, as amended with a substitute amendment (SA#268) that contains a 7 day CR to fund the Department of Homeland Security through March 6, 2015.

 

The House Message with respect to H.R.240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations, was laid before the Senate.

 

We expect Senator McConnell to file cloture at 3:30pm on Monday, March 2 on the consolidated motion to go to conference. Under the expedited rule for going to conference, once cloture has been filed, there would be 2 hours for debate equally divided prior to a cloture vote. That would result in a cloture vote at 5:30pm on Monday (60 vote threshold) and, if cloture is invoked, an immediate vote on the motion (majority vote threshold).

 

The consolidated motion to go to conference includes the following motions:

 

  • Motion to insist upon the Senate amendment;
  • Motion to agree to a request by the House for a committee of conferees; and
  • Motion to authorize the Presiding Officer to appoint conferees.

 

The next vote is expected at 5:30pm on Monday, which will be a cloture vote on the motion to agree to the House request to go to a conference on the DHS appropriations bill.

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

  1. Cloture on H.R.240, DHS appropriations; invoked: 68-31.
  2. Lee motion to table McConnell amendment #258; not agreed to: 34-65.
  3. Adoption of  Cochran-Mikulski-Shaheen amendment #255 (clean DHS funding); adopted: 66-33.
  4. Passage of H.R.240, as amended; passed: 68-31.
  5. Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.534, a bill to prohibit funds from being used to carry out certain Executive actions related to immigration and for other purposes; not invoked: 57-42.

Legislative Business

Passed H.R.33, with substitute amendment: DHS CR through Friday, March 6, 2015.

Adopted S.Res.92: designating February 28, 2015, as “Rare Disease Day”.

No Executive Business

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Last Floor Action:
10:04:20 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on March 2, 2015.

Last Floor Action:
12:51:53 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess.

The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair


9:00:09 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:14 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:08 A.M. POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Thompson (PA) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Thompson (PA) 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.
9:01:42 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mrs. Brooks of IN to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:34 A.M. Congressional Budget Office – Pursuant to section 201(a)(2) of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (2 U.S.C. 601), the Speaker and the President pro tempore of the Senate jointly appointed Dr. Homer Keith Hall as Director, effective April 2, 2015, for the term expiring January 3, 2019.
9:02:44 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.
9:19:52 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
9:25:38 A.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 27.
9:25:43 A.M. H. Res. 129 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 129 — “Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 35) making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.”
9:26:09 A.M. H. Res. 129 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 129.
10:50:36 A.M. H. Res. 129 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 240 – 183 (Roll no. 100).
10:57:50 A.M. H. Res. 129 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 240 – 183 (Roll no. 101).
10:57:50 A.M. H. Res. 129 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:01:05 A.M. H.J. Res. 35 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 129. H.J. Res. 35 — “Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.”
11:01:10 A.M. H.J. Res. 35 Rule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 35 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.
11:01:51 A.M. H.J. Res. 35 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 35.
11:46:56 A.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 240, with an amendment.
11:47:41 A.M. H.J. Res. 35 DEBATE – The House resumed debate on H.J. Res. 35.
12:04:50 P.M. H.J. Res. 35 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
12:05:13 P.M. H.J. Res. 35 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – Pursuant to clause 1(c) of Rule 19, further proceedings on H.J. Res. 35 were postponed.
12:08:02 P.M. H.R. 5 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5 — “To support State and local accountability for public education, protect State and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their children’s schools, and for other purposes.”
12:08:31 P.M. H.R. 5 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
12:09:26 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, offered by Mr. Thompson (MS), numbered 43 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to require that the Student Success Act shall not go into effect until the Secretary of Education determines that its enactment will not reduce the college and career readiness of racial or ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, English learners, and low-income students and provides written notification to Congress on such determination.
12:09:28 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Thompson (MS) Part B Amendment No. 43.
12:17:16 P.M. H.R. 5 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Thompson (MS) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Thompson (MS) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption until a time to be announced.
12:17:43 P.M. H.R. 5 An amendment, in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Scott (VA), numbered 44 printed in Part B of House Report 114-29 to repeal H.R. 5 and replace the bill text with a substitute amendment that provides robust funding levels, replaces the outdated, rigid mandates of No Child Left Behind, and maintains civil rights and equity protections that ensure all students graduate from high school college- and career-ready.
12:17:47 P.M. H.R. 5 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 125, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Scott (VA) Part B Amendment No. 44.
12:50:14 P.M. H.R. 5 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Scott (VA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Scott (VA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption until a time to be announced.
12:51:08 P.M. H.R. 5 Mr. Kline moved that the Committee now rise.
12:51:24 P.M. H.R. 5 On motion that the Committee now rise Agreed to by voice vote.
12:51:34 P.M. H.R. 5 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 5 as unfinished business.
12:51:53 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

 


2:16:49 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 27.
2:16:55 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received a message from the Secretary of the Senate on February 27, 2015 at 12:59 p.m. stating that that body had passed S. 527 and appointment: National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
2:17:52 P.M. H.R. 240 Mr. Carter (TX) moved that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference.
2:18:33 P.M. H.R. 240 The previous question was ordered without objection.
2:44:38 P.M. H.R. 240 On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 228 – 191 (Roll no. 102).
2:44:39 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business is the question on agreeing the Speaker’s approval of the Journal which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
2:57:14 P.M. H.R. 240 Ms. Roybal-Allard moved that the House instruct conferees.
2:57:40 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 226 – 186, 1 Present ) (Roll no. 103).
2:58:14 P.M. H.R. 240 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the Roybal-Allard motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 240. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the managers on the part of the House to recede from disagreement with the Senate amendment.
4:11:59 P.M. H.R. 240 The previous question was ordered without objection.
4:12:38 P.M. H.R. 240 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Roybal-Allard motion to instruct conferees, the Chair put the question on adoption of the motion and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Roybal-Allard demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.
4:13:49 P.M. H.J. Res. 35 Considered as unfinished business. H.J. Res. 35 — “Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.”
4:14:18 P.M. H.J. Res. 35 Ms. Roybal-Allard moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Appropriations.
4:14:44 P.M. H.J. Res. 35 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Roybal-Allard motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the joint resolution to be reported back to the House with provisions which include funding for the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2015, in line with the bill that passed the Senate instead of the three week extension in the underlying joint resolution.
4:22:41 P.M. H.J. Res. 35 Mr. Rogers (KY) raised a point of order against the motion to recommit with instructions. Mr. Rogers stated that the provisions in the amendment violated the Congressional Budget Act by providing new budget authority. Sustained by the Chair.
4:22:41 P.M. H.J. Res. 35 Point of order sustained against the motion to recommit with instructions.
5:14:45 P.M. H.J. Res. 35 On passage Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 203 – 224 (Roll no. 104).
5:14:46 P.M. H.J. Res. 35 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:14:47 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the motion to instruct conferees to H.R. 240 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
5:25:05 P.M. H.R. 240 On motion that the House instruct conferees Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 201 – 218 (Roll no. 105).
5:25:06 P.M. H.R. 240 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:25:46 P.M. Committee on Ethics for the 114th Congress – Pursuant to clause 5(a)(4)(A) of rule X, and the order of the House of January 6, 2015 to serve on investigative subcommittees the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the Committee on Ethics for the 114th Congress: Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Collins of GA, Mrs. Comstock, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Hultgren, Mr. Katko, Mr. Latta, Mr. Olson, Mr. Ratcliffe and Mrs. Roby.
5:26:25 P.M. Committee on Ethics for the 114th Congress – Pursuant to clause 5(a)(4)(A) of Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives to serve on an investigative subcommittee the Minority Leader appointed the following members of the House to the Committee on Ethics for the 114th Congress: Mr. Carney, Mr. Connolly, Ms. Hahn, Mr. Higgins, Mr. Jeffries, Mr. Keating, Mr. Perlmutter, Ms. Sewell of AL, Ms. Speier and Ms. Titus.
5:26:26 P.M. Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress – Pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 2702, the Minority Leader appointed Mr. John A. Lawrence of Washington, D.C.
5:27:34 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
9:30:16 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 27.
9:31:35 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 of Representatives, the Clerk received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on February 27, 2015 at 8:47 p.m.: That the Senate passed with an amendment H.R. 33; and that appointments had been made to the Senate National Security Working Group for the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress.
9:32:24 P.M. H.R. 33 Mr. Rogers (KY) moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.
9:32:47 P.M. H.R. 33 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the motion to suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment to H.R. 33.
10:01:00 P.M. H.R. 33 On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 357 – 60 (Roll no. 106).
10:01:01 P.M. H.R. 33 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10:03:19 P.M. Mr. LaMalfa asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Friday, February 27, 2015, it adjourn to meet at noon on Monday, March 2, 2015, for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.
10:04:07 P.M. Mr. LaMalfa moved that the House do now adjourn.
10:04:19 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
10:04:20 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on March 2, 2015.

A note from the President on net neutrality:


Find out more about net neutrality.

The FCC just voted in favor of a strong net neutrality rule to keep the Internet open and free.

That happened, in part, because millions of Americans across the country didn’t just care about this issue: You stood up and made your voices heard, whether by adding your names to petitions, submitting public comments, or talking with the people you know about why this matters.

Read a special thank-you message from the President, then learn more about how we got to where we are today:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/net-neutrality

Introducing The Coalition For Public Safety


By

Foremost Progressive And Conservative Organizations Join Forces To Support Criminal Justice Reform

The United States is home to five percent of the world’s population, but holds 25 percent of the world’s prison population. Putting more offenders in jail doesn’t make people any safer — and may even be counterproductive. We spend $80 billion per year on a system that we increasingly know to be devastating communities and ineffective in fighting crime.

Clearly, there is an urgent need to reform our nation’s criminal justice system. And there are some unlikely bedfellows coming together to do it.

Today launches The Coalition for Public Safety, a non-profit that will work to reform our criminal justice system to make it more just, more fair, and more effective. The Center for American Progress is proud to be part of the Coalition, which consists of leading organizations from both sides of the aisle including the ACLU, Americans for Tax Reform, Faith & Freedom Coalition, FreedomWorks, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Right on Crime.

Through educational events, national and state-based outreach, and media, the Coalition for Public Safety will work across the political spectrum to pursue a comprehensive set of federal, state, and local criminal justice reforms that will:

  • Reduce our jail and prison populations and associated costs;
  • End the systemic problem of over-criminalization and over-incarceration – particularly of low-income communities and communities of color;
  • Ensure swift and fair outcomes for both the accused and the victims; and
  • Make communities safer by reducing recidivism and breaking down barriers faced by those returning home after detention or incarceration.

You may have noticed that, yes, this means CAP is partnering with the Koch brothers on something. But to be clear, this project won’t impact how CAP and CAP Action deal with the Koch brothers in any way. While we look forward to working together on shared goals around criminal justice reform, we strongly disagree with the Koch brothers on a wide array of issues from the economy to energy. We’ll continue to do what we’ve always done, which is hold the Koch brothers accountable for economic advocacy that benefits the wealthy few instead of the middle class, for energy advocacy that favors polluters instead of investing in clean energy, and for efforts to change the rules of our democracy to make it harder for Americans to cast a vote.

“We have in the past and will in the future have criticism of the policy agenda of the Koch brother companies, but where we can find common ground on issues, we will go forward,” said Neera Tanden, CAP’s president, in an interview with the New York Times. “I think it speaks to the importance of the issue.”

While we certainly don’t agree with these partners on everything, the issue of criminal justice is too important to wait. And in a environment of intense political polarization, the Coalition sends a message to lawmakers: we are asking you to work together, and we are willing to lead the way.

So check out the Coalition for Public Safety, and join our effort to reform our broken criminal justice system.

Trapped and dying in Qatar


Thousands in Qatar are trapped working in horrific conditions, and barred from escaping home by abusive bosses. An American company could help free them and we can make their CEO act by bringing the slave horror right to her hometown. Join the call:

SIGN THE PETITION

Forced to work under the desert’s scorching sun, denied food, drinking water, and barred from escaping home, thousands of men in Qatar are modern day slaves. And we can help free them.

Last year, one person died every other day building a billion dollar mega-project for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup. A major part of the project is managed by an American company with a CEO who lives in a quiet part of Colorado. If more than 1 million of us stand together for freedom, we can confront her with our voices every time she leaves her house to go to work, or to ski, until she takes action.

This same tactic pushed Hilton Hotels to protect women against sex trafficking in days — join the urgent call to help free Qatar’s modern slaves:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/bloodiest_world_cup_loc/?biEWLbb&v=54097

Qatar’s “guest worker” program is at the root of the problem. It lures people from Nepal and Sri Lanka with promises of good jobs, but when they arrive their employers confiscate their passports and force them to work long hours in 50 degree heat with no chance of escape.

The US company, CH2M Hill, say the local contractors and government laws are to blame, but CH2M Hill is the public face of World Cup construction. Their CEO can and must take a lead role in ensuring we don’t see seven more years of worker deaths. She could even threaten to take their business elsewhere unless this system is changed.

CH2M Hill has a responsibility to help stop this modern day slavery. Our call now could persuade CH2M Hill to speak out and then lead other companies to weigh in until every single worker has the freedom to return home. Join the call — when we reach 1 million, our voices will be delivered directly to CH2M Hill CEO Jacqueline Hinman again, and again and again:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/bloodiest_world_cup_loc/?biEWLbb&v=54097

One big global outcry at the right time can save thousands of lives. When Hilton Hotels wasn’t doing enough to protect women and girls from sex trafficking at their hotels, Avaaz staff brought our call to the CEO’s front door and the policy was changed in days. Let’s do it again

With hope,

Emma, Nell, Mais, Ricken, Alice and the whole Avaaz team

Sources:

Death toll among Qatar’s 2022 World Cup workers revealed (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/23/qatar-nepal-workers-world-cup-2022-death-toll-doha

Building a Better World Cup (Human Rights Watch)
http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/qatar0612webwcover_0.pdf

At a Qatar Project Overseen by Americans, Workers Die Almost Daily (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2013-09-26/at-a-qatar-project-overseen-by-americans-workers-die-almost-daily

Qatar accused of dragging its feet over treatment of migrant workers
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/12/qatar-accused-dragging-feet-migrant-workers-world-cup-amnesty

Qatar risks losing World Cup without job reform (Reuters)
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/qatar-risks-losing-world-cup-without-job-reform-124324042–sow.html

John Tye – Avaaz.org


Stop settlement subsidies

Americans have sent $200 million to far right Israeli settlers — tax free. Millions that could pay for U.S. health care and education instead pay for sniper rifle scopes and surveillance cameras to push Palestinians off their land. Tell the IRS to enforce its own rules and stop subsidizing settlements:

SIGN THE PETITION

Over $200 million has been funneled, tax free, from US donors to radical Israeli settler groups. Millions that should go to health care and education here at home instead pay for sniper rifle scopes and surveillance cameras to help extremist settlers push Palestinians off their land.

It’s shocking, and it’s illegal. Everyone knows these tax breaks violate IRS rules — but there hasn’t been an outcry to force the IRS to audit these pseudo-charities and cancel their tax benefits. Now is the moment to change this.

Israel’s pro-settlement Prime Minister will address Congress in Washington next week, and the media is looking for a controversy. We can give them one, with a major media outcry — and legal action to push the IRS to stop settlement subsidies. Sign now:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_settlement_subsidies_a/?biEWLbb&v=54264

Tax deductible donations are supposed to be a privilege reserved for actual charities that help people — not systematic campaigns to disenfranchise Palestinians through force. The law is clear that these “charities” don’t qualify. The IRS looks the other way because it’s taboo to criticize illegal Israeli settlements.

Stopping these tax breaks wouldn’t affect donations to support Israel or Judaism — only donations headed to extreme right-wing militias, working to occupy land that the U.S. government agrees they don’t own.

During Netanyahu’s visit, the press will be reporting on these issues in detail — and if we ensure our call is a major part of that coverage, and combine it with legal action, we can make it impossible for the IRS to keep ignoring this. Sign now:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_settlement_subsidies_a/?biEWLbb&v=54264

President Obama has made clear that there is no room for settlement expansion in the path to Israeli-Palestinian peace. With the world’s eyes on Netanyahu’s visit, we have the chance to bring the hopes of the world to bear on this key moment, and help win a key victory for a more just future, with rights for all.

With hope and determination,

John, Nick, David, Terra, Rewan and the whole Avaaz team

SOURCES

Can I Take a Tax-Deduction on My Donation to Israeli Settlements in Palestine? (Foreign Policy)
http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/01/29/illegal-tax-deduction-charity-israel-settlements-palestine-irs/

Tax-Exempt Funds Aid Settlements in West Bank (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/06/world/middleeast/06settle.html

West Bank settlement expansion surged under Netanyahu (Haaretz)
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.631924

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 10/1/2014 (White House)
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/01/press-briefing-press-secretary-josh-earnest-1012014

Shannon Watts, Everytown for Gun Safety


The NRA and its extremist allies have a vision for the future of our country: guns for anyone, anywhere, with no questions asked.

In a word, it’s Crazytown.

And all it takes is one look at the hundreds of dangerous bills the gun lobby has introduced in state legislatures across the country to see how their vision could become a reality.

That’s why we’re launching a campaign to Stop Crazytown. It’s our line in the sand against the absurdity and danger of the NRA’s extremist agenda — like “guns everywhere” laws that encourage people to carry guns in schools and bars, or permitless carry laws that say you don’t need a background check or even training to carry a loaded weapon in public.

Click here to help Stop Crazytown by joining our rapid response campaign. We’ll expose (and fight!) the NRA’s state-by-state effort to gut our public safety laws. add your name to the Stop Crazytown campaign.

callout

When you join, you’ll be the first to know about our efforts to push back on extreme laws as they pop up in state legislatures around the country. We’ll look to you to help shine a light on the gun lobby’s tactics in your state and elsewhere — and then take action to stop them in their tracks.

And we know it works!

Rapid response actions from Everytown and Moms Demand Action supporters helped defeat an extremist gun bill in Michigan last month that would have let domestic abusers carry concealed, loaded weapons. Volunteers sounded the alarm and drove more than 1,000 calls to the governor’s office, and finally got him to veto the bill.

Actions like these save lives. All we need are supporters like you to be a voice for sanity and common sense.

Do you want to Stop Crazytown and fight back against the NRA’s terrifying vision for America? Click below to automatically join the fight:

http://act.everytown.org/sign/Stop-Crazytown/

The gun lobby has had this field to themselves for 30 years. With your help, we’re going toe-to-toe with them.

Thanks for standing with us,

Shannon Watts
Founder
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America