Audubon day … April 26


Birds of America
April 26 is
Audubon daymockingbird

by Slayer

John James Audubon (1785-1851) was America’s foremost ornithological illustrator. After studying drawing in Paris under the French painter Jacques Louis David, Audubon struggled for many years to make a living from his art, shuttling back and forth between Europe and the United States and supplementing his income by giving drawing lessons, turning out portraits, playing the flute or violin at local dances, and at one time running a general store.

In 1820 he began a flatboat excursion down the Mississippi River to seek out new varieties of birds to paint. Eventually he had enough bird portraits to publish in book form. Birds of America, produced with the help of engraver Robert Havell, Jr., contains 435 hand-colored plates and was published in “elephant folio” format to accommodate the life-sized portrayals of birds on which Audubon insisted.

After his death in 1851, Audubon’s wife Lucy returned to teaching to support herself. One of her students, George Bird Grinnell, became the editor of Forest and Stream magazine and in 1886 organized the Audubon Society for the study and protection of birds. Today there are many branches of this organization, known as the National Audubon Society, and it remains dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and natural resources. Its members honor Audubon on his birthday, April 26. In some states, Audubon Day and Arbor Day are celebrated together by planting trees in bird sanctuaries.

Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/audubon-day#ixzz1t9SHCcAV

the Senate CONGRESS 4/23 the House


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WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #21, Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General; invoked: 66-34.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #21, Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General; confirmed: 56-43.

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.149, recognizing the importance and inspiration of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Adopted S.Res.150, expressing the sense of the Senate about the importance of effective civic and government education programs in schools in the United States.

Adopted S.Res.151, supporting the goals and ideals of National Safe Digging Month.

Agreed to S.Con.Res.3, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha I.

Agreed to H.Con.Res.21, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.

Agreed to H.Con.Res.25, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition.

 

Executive Business

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Last Floor Action: 4/23
2:55:12 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on April 27, 2015.


9:00:35 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:50 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Rob Woodall to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
9:01:07 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Terry Ribble, Grace Bible Church, Dunmore, Pennsylvania
9:02:15 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:02:19 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Wasserman Schultz to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:35 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.
9:14:23 A.M. H.R. 1731 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 212. H.R. 1731 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance multi-directional sharing of information related to cybersecurity risks and strengthen privacy and civil liberties protections, and for other purposes.”
9:14:28 A.M. H.R. 1731 Previous question shall be considered as ordered except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Debate for both bills shall not exceed one hour. After general debate, both bills shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. All points of order against the bills and amendments are waived. Only amendments printed in the report from the committee on rules are in order.
9:15:46 A.M. H.R. 1731 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 212 and Rule XVIII.
9:15:47 A.M. H.R. 1731 The Speaker designated the Honorable Rob Woodall to act as Chairman of the Committee.
9:15:55 A.M. H.R. 1731 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1731.
9:15:56 A.M. H.R. 1731 The Committee of the Whole rose informally to receive a message from the Senate.
9:16:56 A.M. H.R. 1731 Subsequently, the Committee resumed it’s sitting.
9:43:07 A.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 178.
9:59:42 A.M. H.R. 1731 An amendment, offered by Mr. McCaul, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 114-88 to make technical corrections and further clarifies the provisions of the bill.
10:00:24 A.M. H.R. 1731 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 212, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McCaul part B amendment No. 1.
10:03:42 A.M. H.R. 1731 On agreeing to the McCaul amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:05:09 A.M. H.R. 1731 An amendment, offered by Mr. Ratcliffe, numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 114-88 to amend Section 226 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 by refining the definition of cyber “incident” to explicitly restrict information sharing to incidents that are directly related to protecting information systems.
10:06:25 A.M. H.R. 1731 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 212, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ratcliffe part B amendment No. 2.
10:08:56 A.M. H.R. 1731 On agreeing to the Ratcliffe amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:09:32 A.M. H.R. 1731 An amendment, offered by Mr. Langevin, numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 114-88 to clarify that the term “cybersecurity risk” does not apply to actions solely involving violations of consumer terms of service or consumer licensing agreements.
10:09:33 A.M. H.R. 1731 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 212, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Langevin part B amendment No. 3.
10:16:33 A.M. H.R. 1731 On agreeing to the Langevin amendment Agreed to by voice vote.
10:16:50 A.M. H.R. 1731 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 114-88 to ensure that federal agencies supporting cybersecurity efforts of private sector entities remain current on innovation; industry adoption of new technologies; and industry best practices as they relate to industrial control systems.
10:17:36 A.M. H.R. 1731 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 212, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee part B amendment no. 4.
10:23:16 A.M. H.R. 1731 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:23:37 A.M. H.R. 1731 An amendment, offered by Mr. Castro (TX), numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 114-88 to make self-assessment tools available to small and medium-sized businesses to determine their level of cybersecurity readiness.
10:24:24 A.M. H.R. 1731 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 212, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castro(TX) part B amendment no. 5.
10:28:10 A.M. H.R. 1731 On agreeing to the Castro (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:28:23 A.M. H.R. 1731 An amendment, offered by Mr. Castro (TX), numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 114-88 to codify the establishment of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC) made up of university partners and other stakeholders who proactively coordinate to assist state and local officials in cyber security preparation and prevention of cyber attacks.
10:29:36 A.M. H.R. 1731 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 212, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castro(TX) part B amendment no. 6.
10:33:44 A.M. H.R. 1731 On agreeing to the Castro (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:33:59 A.M. H.R. 1731 An amendment, offered by Mr. Hurd (TX), numbered 7 printed in Part B of House Report 114-88 to authorize the existing Einstein 3A (E3A) program.
10:34:42 A.M. H.R. 1731 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 212, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hurd part B amendment no. 7.
10:38:11 A.M. H.R. 1731 On agreeing to the Hurd (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:38:26 A.M. H.R. 1731 An amendment, offered by Mr. Mulvaney, numbered 8 printed in Part B of House Report 114-88 to sunset the provisions of the bill after 7 years.
10:38:59 A.M. H.R. 1731 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 212, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mulvaney(SC) part B amendment No. 8.
10:46:03 A.M. H.R. 1731 On agreeing to the Mulvaney amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:46:25 A.M. H.R. 1731 An amendment, offered by Ms. Hahn, numbered 9 printed in Part B of House Report 114-88 to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit a report to Congress containing assessments of risks and shortfalls along with recommendations regarding cybersecurity at most at risk ports.
10:47:50 A.M. H.R. 1731 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 212, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hahn part B amendment No. 9.
10:50:59 A.M. H.R. 1731 On agreeing to the Hahn amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:51:24 A.M. H.R. 1731 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 10 printed in Part B of House Report 114-88 to provide for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to Congress 5 years after enactment to assess the impact of this act on privacy and civil liberties.
10:51:54 A.M. H.R. 1731 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 212, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee part B amendment No. 10.
10:54:54 A.M. H.R. 1731 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee part B amendment No. 10, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. McCaul demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
10:55:22 A.M. H.R. 1731 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 11 printed in Part B of House Report 114-88 to require a report to Congress on the best means for aligning federally funded cybersecurity research and development with private sector efforts to protect privacy and civil liberties while assuring security and resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure.
10:56:12 A.M. H.R. 1731 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 212, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee part B amendment No. 11.
10:58:38 A.M. H.R. 1731 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:31:09 A.M. H.R. 1731 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 405 – 8 (Roll no. 171).
11:31:25 A.M. H.R. 1731 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1731.
11:32:31 A.M. H.R. 1731 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
11:32:46 A.M. H.R. 1731 The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
11:33:54 A.M. H.R. 1731 Mr. Israel moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Homeland Security.
11:36:25 A.M. H.R. 1731 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Israel motion to recommit H.R. 1731 with instructions, pending reservation of a point of order. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to prioritize the sharing of cyber threat indicators and defensive measures in the following areas: (1) the security of critical infrastructure, including the electrical grid, nuclear power plants, oil and gas pipelines, financial services, and transportation systems; (2) the protection of intellectual property of U.S. corporations, including small and medium sized businesses; and (3) the privacy and property rights of at-risk Americans, including medical records. Subsequently, the reservation of a point of order was withdrawn.
11:45:17 A.M. H.R. 1731 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
11:54:46 A.M. H.R. 1731 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 180 – 238 (Roll no. 172).
12:04:43 P.M. H.R. 1731 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 355 – 63 (Roll no. 173).
12:04:44 P.M. H.R. 1731 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:05:18 P.M. H.R. 1731 ENGROSSMENT INSTRUCTION – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 212, in the engrossment of H.R. 1560, the text of H.R. 1731 as passed by the House is appended to the end of H.R. 1560 as new matter.
12:05:24 P.M. H.R. 1731 Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 212, H.R. 1731 is laid on the table.
12:06:46 P.M. H.R. 637 COSPONSOR AUTHORITY – Mr. Paulsen asked unanimous consent that he may hereafter be considered as the first sponsor of H.R. 637, a bill originally introduced by Rep. Schock of Illinois, for the purpose of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.
12:07:45 P.M. COLLOQUY ON UPCOMING SCHEDULE – The Chair recognized Rep. Hoyer for one minute to yield to Rep. McCarthy (CA)for the purpose of discussing the schedule for the House in the upcoming week.
12:25:50 P.M. Mr. McCarthy asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015, it adjourn to meet at 8 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 27, 2015. Agreed to without objection.
12:25:51 P.M. Mr. McCarthy asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2015, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015. Agreed to without objection.
12:26:37 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
12:35:53 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
2:55:03 P.M. Mr. Rohrabacher moved that the House do now adjourn.
2:55:11 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
2:55:12 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on April 27, 2015.

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Tell the Labor Department to support equal pay ~ a repost


BudgetEconomyTell the Labor Department to support equal pay

Did you know that some employers tell their workers that they cannot talk about their wages? Or that some workers could be punished for having a conversation with a co-worker about their paychecks?

For too many, that’s the truth. More than 6 in 10 private-sector workers say their employer either bars or discourages them from sharing information about their pay.

This unfair practice allows companies to keep wage discrepancies hidden. It also contributes to discrimination in the workplace. And that’s bad news for our work on equal pay.

But there’s good news, too: The Department of Labor is working on a plan to end these salary gag rules. Here’s your chance to tell it you support these efforts.

Tell the Department of Labor you support
this equal pay rule
Send a comment to the Department of Labor telling it that workersshould not be punished for talking about their pay.Take Action

If workers could talk about their wages openly and without fear, they could find out if they’re being paid less and determine if the discrepancy is due to discrimination based on their gender, race, or ethnicity.

And of course, women are hit hardest by wage discrepancies. Overall, women make just 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. African American women face a larger gap when their wages are compared to white men, making just 64 cents on the dollar. And Latinas make only 56 cents compared to white men.

Plus, the proposed rule wouldn’t just prohibit retaliation against workers who discuss their pay. It would also require contractors to give employees clear information about how they’re protected from retaliation for discussing pay.

Help us fight for equal pay for women today. Send a comment to the Department of Labor.

Thank you for taking action.

Sincerely,
Fatima Goss Graves
Vice President for Education and Employment
National Women’s Law Center

Sheldon’s Lap Dogs


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2016 Republican Hopefuls Head To The “Sheldon Adelson Primary” To Speak Before The GOP Megadonor

This weekend, 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls will head to Nevada to the Republican Jewish Coalition’s spring meeting – a confab that the media have widely taken to calling the “Sheldon Adelson Primary” because of the billionaire casino mogul’s connection to the group. At the meeting, the 2016 hopefuls will have a chance to parade before Adelson and each make the case for why they should be next to move into the White House. Ted Cruz and Rick Perry are making an appearance at the coalition’s meeting this year, while Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Marco Rubio, the current “clear front-runner” in the Adelson sweepstakes according to sources, have met with Adelson previously.

As explained in a new CAP Action issue brief, the 2016 contenders’ appearance at the “Sheldon Adelson Primary” is no small thing. In 2012, Adelson and his wife sent $98 million to conservative outside spending groups and candidates, and possibly another $45-$55 million to dark money spending groups. The Adelsons can be powerful friends to have: as the campaign of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich began to founder, an Adelson-funded super PAC “single-handedly kept Gingrich’s presidential bid alive,” before the Adelsons moved on and became some of the biggest contributors to outside spending groups supporting Mitt Romney’s bid.

While we don’t know exactly what the GOP hopefuls will say this weekend, we do know that they’re committed to policies that provide more for the wealthy few but make it harder for working families to get ahead. Four of the top 2016 candidates support tax policies that could result in huge tax savings for Adelson and his wife. Under Bush, the Adelsons could cut an estimated $139.7 million of his total tax bill; with tax plans supported by Cruz and Perry, the Adelsons could save $144.1 million and $141.9 million respectively.

However, each of these 2016 hopefuls has opposed the Affordable Care Act, a key protection for hundreds of thousands of working Nevadans. The law has helped more than 280,000 Nevadans get access to health coverage through the insurance marketplace and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, leading the uninsured rate in the state to decline by 4.3 percentage points, from 20 to 15.7 percent.

BOTTOM LINE: 2016 GOP contenders are showering Sheldon Adelson with attention, who together with his wife spent anywhere from $100-150 million in the 2012 election. The GOP’s presidential hopefuls may frame their pitches to the mogul by pledging to grow our economy and attack inequality, but their records reveal their support for policies that will give Adelson and the wealthy few still more ways to avoid paying their fair share while dismantling supports for working families. They may promise Adelson a windfall, but the GOP hopefuls’ policies are a bad deal for everyone else.

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Deepwater Horizon Disaster: Five Years Later


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Learning From Catastrophe Will Help Us Build A Healthier Planet And A Stronger Economy

Today marks the five year anniversary of the BP oil spill, the worst oil disaster in American history. On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that BP operated in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing 11 people. For the next 87 days, oil spewed into the Gulf, releasing at least 3 million barrels of oil into the water. The immediate and ongoing damage to human health, the environment, and the economy are impossible to truly quantify and the Gulf is still feeling the impacts today:

  • Impacts to human health: Preliminary results from a recent long-term study found that a lot of anger, anxiety, and depression was reported by Gulf residents related to income insecurity. According to the research, the spill destroyed livelihoods for fishermen and others who depended on a healthy Gulf. While it’s difficult to truly quantify the spill’s overall impacts on public health, the initial research by the National Institute of Health also found that oil-cleanup workers felt more physical and mental symptoms in the aftermath than non-cleanup workers did.
  • Tar continuing to wash ashore: Even though it has been five years since the spill, tar balls and mats continue to spread throughout the Gulf and wash up along its coastline. BP denied that these were still harmful to the environment, but experts say that they are made of the same toxic oil compounds that threaten ecosystems.
  • Oil on the sea floor: Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the oil spill is that a significant portion of the oil currently has sunk to the ocean floor where it has smothered seabed ecosystems, meaning it will likely never be cleaned up. According to the Smithsonian Institute, potentially 20 percent of the 3 million barrels of oil is down there and researchers have found that this oil is present in the food chain, which could seriously impact commercial fisheries and marine life throughout the Gulf.
  • More threatened species: Along the same lines, the oil still present in the Gulf continues to hurt a large number of native species. The National Wildlife Federation found that at least 20 animal species continue to be adversely impacted by the spill, including dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, and fish like red snapper and tuna.

BP, which has tried and failed to challenge the 2012 settlement in the past, claims that it has paid a total of $28 billion on the spill, a figure that includes response, cleanup, claims payments and some restoration work. There is still a lot of work to be done in the Gulf, and recently a federal District Court judge found that BP is potentially liable for an additional fine, capped at $13.7 billion, which the oil giant is in the process of fighting.

BOTTOM LINE: Despite the dangers of drilling deep underwater, offshore drilling has only increased – there are 37 percent more wells since the spill and the average well is 40 percent deeper now than five years ago. While Big Polluters and their allies push for increased oil and gas exploration, drilling has devastating health, environmental and ecological consequences. Rather than doubling down on dirty energy, we should do what is necessary and popular by investing in the renewable energies that will help us transition to an economy that’s better for our health and our planet.