the Senate ~~~ CONGRESS 1/30 ~~~ the House


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When #114thCongressionalReality sets in:

#MidtermsMatter and #WeThePeople continue to get sold out

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Friday, January 30, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

During Thursday’s session, an agreement was reached that 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.

This morning Senator McConnell moved to proceed to Calendar #5, H.R.240, a bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and filed cloture on the motion.

 

By consent, the cloture vote will occur at 2:30pm on Tuesday, February 3. If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time will be yielded back and the Senate would proceed to a vote on the motion to proceed to the bill.

 

As a reminder, at 5:30pm on Monday, February 2, the Senate will vote on passage of H.R.203, Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.

 

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.35, 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland

Adopted S.Res.59, National Stalking Awareness Month

Adopted S.Res.60, National Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month

Executive Business

 

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Last Floor Action:
2:04:35 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to a previous special order.

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

Last Floor Action:1/28
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.


2:00:00 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
2:00:39 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Thomas J. Rooney to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
2:01:10 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Lt. Cmdr. James Dance, Chaplain, United States Navy, Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains, Washington, DC.
2:02:07 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:02:14 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:02:33 P.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 1.
2:03:20 P.M. The House received a communication from Joe Barton, Member of Congress. Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Mr. Barton notified the House that he had been served with a subpoena for documents issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in connection with a criminal case currently pending before that court, and that after consultation with the Office of General Counsel, he will determine whether compliance with the subpoena is consistent with the privileges and rights of the House.
2:03:50 P.M. The House received a communication from Fred Upton, Member of Congress. Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Mr. Upton notified the House that he had been served with a third-party subpoena for documents issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in connection with United States v. Rainey, a matter currently pending before that court, and that after consultation with the Office of General Counsel, he will determine whether compliance with the subpoena is consistent with the privileges and rights of the House.
2:04:12 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 notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on January 28, 2015 at 12:22 p.m.: an appointment to the Joint Committee on Taxation.
2:04:23 P.M. TOM LANTOS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – Pursuant to section 4(c) of House Resolution 5, 114th Congress, and the order of the House of January 6, 2015, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to serve as Co-Chair of the TOM LANTOS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION: Mr. Pitts.
2:04:35 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on February 2, 2015.

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Join Us at the All Races All Faces Forum


The Black Institute and Haitian American Student Association would like you to join us for the All Races, All Faces: Haitian Immigrant Integration Forum. 

When: Thursday, February 19th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice located at 524 West 59th Street, New York, NY (between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue).

For details or to RSVP, please email info@theblackinstitute.org.

Hope to see you there,

The Black Institute

http://www.theblackinstitute.org/

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The U.S. Open Golf Championship …. headed to Washington in 2015


Home rental for less than 30 days?
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You may owe sales tax on a short-term rental. 

The U.S Open Golf Championship is headed to Washington in 2015.

We know homeowners and real estate professionals are already preparing and making home rental reservations for visiting guests.

Sales tax needs to be collected on all home rentals when a real estate professional is involved in collecting the rental amounts. If a real estate professional is not involved, the homeowner is responsible for collecting and remitting sales tax on their third short-term rental, see our Personal Home Rental brochure. The rental needs to be less than 30 days. The state tax rate is 6.5 percent. The local tax rate depends on where the rental property is located. Questions? Contact the Department of Revenue at 800-647-7706. Or you can visit the following links:

Confirmation Or Carnival ?


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Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Excels At Confirmation Hearing Despite Conservative Sideshow

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee completed its two-day hearing on Loretta Lynch, the nominee for attorney general. Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, comes highly regarded from legal and law enforcement experts, as well as pundits on both sides of the aisle. But you wouldn’t know that from listening to the witnesses that Senate Republicans picked; instead, many of the witnesses they invited were straw-men offering Republicans the chance to sound off on opposing President Obama’s recent immigration executive action or his departing attorney general, Eric Holder.

Indeed, while some Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee may see this hearing as an opportunity to raise their objections to President Obama, the witnesses have nothing to do with US Attorney Lynch’s qualifications to be our top law enforcement officer. In fact, three of these four witnesses have lawsuits against the Obama administration:

  • Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, now a contributor to the Heritage Foundation’s news site, is suing the Obama administration, alleging that she was hacked for reporting on the administration. At the hearing, she accused the administration of treating her like they would “enemies of the state.”
  • Catherine Engelbrecht, a Tea Party activist who founded the voter suppression group True the Vote, is also suing the Obama administration, alleging that she was targeted by the IRS for her political views. Today she called President Obama’s recent immigration action “the most significant voter disenfranchisement threat currently facing our country.”
  • Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School, is Speaker Boehner’s lawyer for his suit against the Affordable Care Act and is also critical of the President’s executive actions on immigration. At the hearing today, he claimed that the Justice Department is playing a “central and troubling role” in changing our constitutional system “in the very way our Framers wanted us to avoid.”
  • David A. Clarke is Sheriff of Milwaukee County and has been criticized for his inflammatory rhetoric, such as when he shared his belief that “Obama Marxist types want to start a civil war in this country” by seizing guns. Apparently forgetting that, today he accused Eric Holder of having the “incendiary rhetoric.” Why? Because, according to Clarke, our nation’s top law enforcement officer paved the way for “the rallying cry for cop-haters across America.”

What the Republicans did not count on was Lynch’s poise and grace under hostile questioning. She defended the independence of the Office of the Attorney General, saying it would be “totally inappropriate” to take politically motivated orders from the president. At the same time, she agreed with President Obama’s executive action, saying that setting priorities over who should be deported, rather than extending the threat of deportation to every person living in this country while undocumented, was a “reasonable way to marshal limited resources to deal with the problem.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) summarized Lynch’s performance at the hearing as “the best” she had witnessed: “I see the combination of steel and velvet.” Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) admitted that he was “impressed” and plans to support her nomination. And when asked directly by Sen. Leahy, none of today’s witnesses expressed opposition to Lynch’s nomination.

BOTTOM LINE: Loretta Lynch is an excellent choice to replace Eric Holder after his successful tenure as attorney general. She would make history by being the first African American woman to hold the position and should be promptly confirmed. But while the attorney general handles serious issues, many of the Senate Republicans who will vote on her confirmation don’t appear to be taking her hearing very seriously. Instead, they are choosing to use the venue as a chance to invite right-wing pundits and anti-Obama crusaders in to talk about unrelated issues.

Progressive Breakfast: The Mainstream Meets Occupy


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MORNING MESSAGE

Robert Borosage

The Mainstream Meets Occupy…a new report by a commission convened by the Center for American Progress provides a leading indicator of where Hillary Clinton is heading … Mainstream Democrats are now tacking to meet populist winds; this is a good measure of how far those close to Hillary are prepared to go … The critique is often stronger than the remedies. The commission clearly wants to outline the scope of the challenge, while remedies presumably are cribbed by political sensitivities … [But] for all its limits, [the report] marks a sea change in the mainstream debate.

Obama Rallies Dems To Fight Cuts…

Obama calls for end to “mindless austerity.” AP:“…President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control … Taking a defiant tone, Obama vowed not to stand on the sidelines as he laid out his opening offer to Congress during remarks in Philadelphia, where House Democrats were gathered for their annual retreat.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham open to tax hikes for more military spending. AP:“‘Whatever it takes within reason to get this problem fixed is what I’m willing to do,’ said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., adding that he would be willing to consider more tax revenue ‘just to get the damn thing done.’”

…And Tries To Tamp Down Trade Revolt

Obama asks Dems to “keep your powder a little dry” on trade. The Hill:“‘Get informed,’ Obama also advised, ‘not by reading The Huffington Post.’ … Obama tried to defuse [Democratic] concerns, saying his administration will make a ‘substantive case’ for the new pacts. ‘We share same values and are looking out for the same people,’ he said…”

Key Dem criticizes lack of transparency. Roll Call:“Ways and Means ranking Democrat Sander M. Levin told reporters assembled at a hotel conference room roundtable that the White House was not allowing members of Congress to know what is being offered by which countries in an emerging trade deal … ‘We need to get it right,’ the Michigan Democrat said. ‘And to get it right, we need to know what’s in it.’”

Senate Approves Keystone

Senate passes Keystone bill, but without veto-proof majority. NYT:“The White House promptly said that Mr. Obama would veto the measure … Nine Democrats joined 53 Republicans in passing the bill. The passage sends the measure back to the House, which passed a largely similar bill this month … Mr. Obama has … said that he wants to wait until a series of reviews by additional cabinet agencies … are complete … The deadline for those reviews … is on Monday.”

Setbacks for offshore wind industry. NYT:“Land-based wind projects are booming, so much so that the United States became the top wind energy producer in the world last year … But offshore, the list of struggling projects is growing … the federal government needs to help ensure longer-term financial support by extending important subsidies like an investment tax credit worth 30 percent of a project’s cost…”

Greece Prepares To Negotiate

New Greek finance minister hints at compromise. NYT:“In the first days after the election victory … Yanis Varoufakis, the new finance minister [referred] to his country’s foreign-imposed austerity budgets as ‘fiscal waterboarding’ … [Now] he seems eager to send a more moderate message … ‘it is not a “yes or no, take it or leave it” situation.’”

NYT’s Paul Krugman tells EU to “stop substituting moralizing for analysis” regarding Greece:“It’s true that Greece … voluntarily borrowed vast sums. It’s also true, however, that banks in Germany and elsewhere voluntarily lent Greece all that money. We would ordinarily expect both sides of that misjudgment to pay a price. But the private lenders have been largely bailed out … Meanwhile, Greece is expected to keep on paying.”

The “Greek Earthquake” may fuel anti-austerity sentiment throughout Europe, says Foreign Policy In Focus’ Conn Hallinan:“One should have no illusions that Syriza will easily sweep the policies of austerity aside, but there is a palpable feeling on the continent that a tide is turning … Important elections are looming in Estonia, Finland, and Spain that will give anti-austerity forces more opportunities to challenge the policies of [Germany’s] Merkel and the troika [of the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and the International Monetary Fund].”

Two NMAAHC February 7


NMAAHC -- National Museum of African American History and Culture

Smithsonian Black History Month Family DaySaturday, February 7, 2015, 11 AM – 3 PM EST
Flag Hall
National Museum of American History
14th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC
Admission: Free: Bring the whole family to the National Museum of African American History and the Smithsonian Institution’s kickoff celebration of Black History Month! Visitors can take a special family tour of the exhibition Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College, take part in an art-making activity, listen to music, inspired by the work of one of America’s greatest painters and teachers, Hale Woodruff. The day ends with a fascinating presentation of Hale Woodruff’s genealogy by Ms. Karen Bennett Harmon, the artist’s great-niece. Ms. Shauna Collier of Smithsonian Libraries will introduce the program and serve as the moderator for questions from the audience.Limited on-street parking is available. The venue is Metro accessible via the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines. Exit at the Smithsonian or Federal Triangle Metro stations.Participants may be filmed, photographed and recorded for the Smithsonian Institution’s educational and promotional uses.
Barry Gaither

Getting to Know Hale Woodruff
Presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 7–9 PM EST
Warner Bros. Theater,
National Museum of American History
14th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC
Admission: Free. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Please enter through Constitution Ave doors.

A panel of critics and artists will present an engrossing discussion of Hale Woodruff, renowned muralist, artist, scholar and community builder. Panelists include:

• Edmund Barry Gaither, Director and Curator, Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists, and Special Consultant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston;

• Amalia Amaki, Independent scholar and artist, Curator of the Paul R. Jones Collection at the University of Delaware

The National Museum of American History is Metro accessible via Blue, Orange, and Silver lines. Exit at the Smithsonian or Federal Triangle Metro Stations.

Participants may be filmed, photographed and recorded for the Smithsonian Institution’s educational and promotional uses.

Refer to our website, www.nmaahc.si.edu and click on Events on the day of the event for webcast information.