the senate February 6-10 CONGRESS 2017 the house


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No Roll Call Votes   Legislative Business Discharged Commerce of H.R.590 and referred to EPW.   Adopted S.Res.44, designating February 6 through 10, 2017, as “National School Counseling Week”.   Adopted S.Res.45, designating February 2017 as “American Heart Month” and February 3, 2017, as “National Wear Red Day”.   Adopted S.Res.47, supporting the contributions of…More

 Wrap Up for Thursday, February 9, 2017

Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Thomas Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services; confirmed: 52-47. Motion to invoke cloture on Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury; invoked: 53-46.   Legislative Business Adopted S.Res.57, Majority Committee Membership (adding Senator Strange)   No Executive Business… More

Wrap Up for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Roll Call Votes Motion to request the presence of absent senators; agreed to: 91-4. Confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education; confirmed: 51-50, with the vice president having voted in the affirmative. Motion to invoke cloture on Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General; invoked: 52-47. Motion to request the presence of absent senators;… More

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House Activity Feb.10, 2017

2:30:21 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
2:30:29 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Thomas J. Rooney to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
2:30:42 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. William Gurnee, St. Josephs Catholic Church, Washington, DC
2:30:43 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:31:35 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Tom Price of GA to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:31:37 P.M. Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China – Pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 6913, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China: Mr. Smith of NJ, Mr. Pittenger, Mr. Franks of AZ and Mr. Hultgren.
2:31:38 P.M. British-American Interparliamentary Group – Pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 276l, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the British-American Interparliamentary Group: Mr. Cole.
2:31:40 P.M. Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission – Pursuant to section 4 of the Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission Act (Public Law 114-224), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission: Mr. MacArthur and Mrs. Love.
2:31:45 P.M. House Democracy Partnership – Pursuant to section 4(a) of House Resolution 5, 114th Congress, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the House Democracy Partnership: Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Fortenberry, Mr. Conaway, Mrs. Walorski, Mr. Smith of NE, Mr. Knight, Mr. Rice of SC, Mr. Womack, Mr. Woodall and Mr. Flores.
2:32:15 P.M. Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group – Pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 276d and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group: Mr. Huizenga, Mr. Young of AK, Mr. Poliquin and Mr. Cramer.
2:32:20 P.M. Mexico-United States Interparliamentary Group – Pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 276h and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the Mexico-United States Interparliamentary Group: Mr. McCaul, Mr. Duffy, Mr. Hurd and Mr. Pearce.
2:32:25 P.M. Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Pursuant to section 2(a) of the National Cultural Center Act (20 U.S.C. 76h(a)), amended by Public Law 107-117, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Mrs. Comstock.
2:33:00 P.M. National Historical Publications and Records Commission – Pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 2501, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission: Mr. Meadows.
2:34:01 P.M. Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission – Pursuant to section 603 of the Department of State Authorities Act, FY 2017(Public Law 114-323), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed Ms. Mary Bono, Washington, DC.
2:34:02 P.M. Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy – Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 6968(a), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy: Mr. Murphy of PA and Mr. DeSantis.
2:35:00 P.M. United States Holocaust Memorial Council – Pursuant to 36 U.S.C. 2302, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council: Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Mr. Zeldin and Mr. Kustoff of TN.
2:35:01 P.M. President’s Export Council – Pursuant to Executive Order 12131, and the order of the House on January 3,2017, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the President’s Export Council: Mr. Tiberi, Mr. Kelly of PA and Mr. Reichert.
2:36:00 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 February 8, 2017, at 2:25 p.m.: Appointments: Library of Congress Trust Fund Board.
2:36:30 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 February 9, 2017, at 11:23 a.m.: Appointments: Library of Congress Trust Fund Board, United States Semiquincentennial Commission, and Congressional advisors on trade policy and negotiations to International conferences, meetings and negotiation sessions relating to trade agreements.
2:37:30 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 13, 2017.

House Activity Feb.7, 2017

10:00:00 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:16 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Steven M. Palazzo to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:42 A.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.
10:41:18 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:09 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 7.
12:00:15 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:37 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:39 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Schneider to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:10 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.
12:21:40 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 February 7, 2017, at 8:51 a.m.: Appointments: Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki), Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China, and Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
12:23:34 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
12:24:40 P.M. H. Res. 91 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 91 — “Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 44) disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976; providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 57) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; and providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 58) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues.”
12:26:47 P.M. H. Res. 91 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 91.
1:38:01 P.M. H. Res. 91 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 234 – 187 (Roll no. 81).
1:44:37 P.M. H. Res. 91 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 233 – 186 (Roll no. 82).
1:44:38 P.M. H. Res. 91 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:44:39 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Judy Chu. Ms. Chu, Judy submitted her resignation from the Committees on the Judiciary and Small Business. The resignation was accepted without objection.
1:45:02 P.M. H. Res. 95 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 95 — “Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.”
1:45:50 P.M. H. Res. 95 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
1:45:55 P.M. H. Res. 95 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:46:57 P.M. H.J. Res. 44 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 91. H.J. Res. 44 — “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976.”
1:47:02 P.M. H.J. Res. 44 Rule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 44, H.J. Res. 57 and H.J. Res. 58. The resolution provides for one hour of debate on each joint resolution. Each joint resolution is closed to amendments and allowed one motion to recommit.
1:47:45 P.M. H.J. Res. 44 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 44.
2:47:19 P.M. H.J. Res. 44 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
2:48:18 P.M. H.J. Res. 44 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H.J. Res. 44, the Chair put the question on passage and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Grijalva demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage until a time to be announced.
2:50:10 P.M. H.J. Res. 58 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 91. H.J. Res. 58 — “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues.”
2:50:15 P.M. H.J. Res. 58 Rule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 44, H.J. Res. 57 and H.J. Res. 58. The resolution provides for one hour of debate on each joint resolution. Each joint resolution is closed to amendments and allowed one motion to recommit.
2:50:18 P.M. H.J. Res. 58 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 58.
3:32:57 P.M. H.J. Res. 58 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
3:33:49 P.M. H.J. Res. 58 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H.J. Res. 58, the Chair put the question on passage and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mrs. Davis(CA) demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage until a time to be announced.
3:34:55 P.M. H.J. Res. 57 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 91. H.J. Res. 57 — “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.”
3:35:00 P.M. H.J. Res. 57 Rule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 44, H.J. Res. 57 and H.J. Res. 58. The resolution provides for one hour of debate on each joint resolution. Each joint resolution is closed to amendments and allowed one motion to recommit.
3:35:12 P.M. H.J. Res. 57 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 57.
4:34:30 P.M. H.J. Res. 57 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
4:35:10 P.M. H.J. Res. 57 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H.J. Res. 57, the Chair put the question on passage and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Polis demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage until a time to be announced.
4:35:29 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on passage of H.J. Res. 44, H.J. Res. 57, and H.J. Res. 58, which were debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:36:38 P.M. H.J. Res. 44 Considered as unfinished business. H.J. Res. 44 — “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976.”
4:57:56 P.M. H.J. Res. 44 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 234 – 186 (Roll no. 83).
4:57:58 P.M. H.J. Res. 44 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:58:06 P.M. H.J. Res. 57 Considered as unfinished business. H.J. Res. 57 — “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.”
5:04:43 P.M. H.J. Res. 57 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 234 – 190 (Roll no. 84).
5:04:45 P.M. H.J. Res. 57 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:04:53 P.M. H.J. Res. 58 Considered as unfinished business. H.J. Res. 58 — “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues.”
5:11:29 P.M. H.J. Res. 58 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 240 – 181 (Roll no. 85).
5:11:31 P.M. H.J. Res. 58 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:11:58 P.M. Mr. Cole asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, it adjourn to meet at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Agreed to without objection.
5:12:19 P.M. Mr. Cole asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Thursday, February 9, 2017, it adjourn to meet on Monday, February 13, 2017, when it shall convene at noon for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.
5:12:37 P.M. Mr. Cole filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 99.
5:13:08 P.M. H. Res. 98 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 98 — “Ranking a certain Member of a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives.”
5:13:20 P.M. H. Res. 98 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
5:13:34 P.M. H. Res. 98 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:15:24 P.M. Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission – Pursuant to section 4(b) of H. Res. 5, 115th Congress, the Democratic Leader reappointed the following member of the House to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission: Mr. McGovern, co-chair.
5:15:43 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:28:42 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:23:51 P.M. Mr. Rohrabacher moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:23:59 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:24:01 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on February 9, 2017.

House Activity Feb. 6, 2017

12:00:10 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:25 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Adrian Smith to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:42 P.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 2:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.
12:01:14 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:14 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 6.
2:00:17 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:27 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:01:31 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Emmer to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:01:56 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:05:52 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 February 3, 2017 at 1:52 p.m.: That the Senate passed S. 305.
2:06:29 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 4:45 P.M. today.
4:45:34 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 6.
4:45:50 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
4:46:17 P.M. H.R. 618 Mr. Lamborn moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 618 — “To authorize, direct, expedite, and facilitate a land exchange in El Paso and Teller Counties, Colorado, and for other purposes.”
4:46:29 P.M. H.R. 618 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:46:32 P.M. H.R. 618 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 618.
4:52:43 P.M. H.R. 618 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:52:44 P.M. H.R. 618 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:53:00 P.M. H.R. 698 Mr. Lamborn moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 698 — “To require a land conveyance involving the Elkhorn Ranch and the White River National Forest in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes.”
4:53:09 P.M. H.R. 698 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:53:11 P.M. H.R. 698 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 698.
5:02:05 P.M. H.R. 698 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:02:06 P.M. H.R. 698 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:02:42 P.M. H.R. 688 Mr. Lamborn moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 688 — “To adjust the boundary of the Arapaho National Forest, Colorado, and for other purposes.”
5:02:52 P.M. H.R. 688 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:02:53 P.M. H.R. 688 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 688.
5:09:01 P.M. H.R. 688 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:09:02 P.M. H.R. 688 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:09:31 P.M. H.R. 689 Mr. Lamborn moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 689 — “To insure adequate use and access to the existing Bolts Ditch headgate and ditch segment within the Holy Cross Wilderness in Eagle County, Colorado, and for other purposes.”
5:09:53 P.M. H.R. 689 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:09:54 P.M. H.R. 689 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 689.
5:14:01 P.M. H.R. 689 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.
5:14:03 P.M. H.R. 337 Mr. Lamborn moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 337 — “To transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for inclusion in the Black Hills National Cemetery, and for other purposes.”
5:14:46 P.M. H.R. 337 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:14:48 P.M. H.R. 337 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 337.
5:23:00 P.M. H.R. 337 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.
5:23:36 P.M. H.R. 494 Mr. Lamborn moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 494 — “To expand the boundary of Fort Frederica National Monument in the State of Georgia, and for other purposes.”
5:23:48 P.M. H.R. 494 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:23:49 P.M. H.R. 494 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 494.
5:29:21 P.M. H.R. 494 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:29:23 P.M. H.R. 494 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:30:32 P.M. H.R. 387 Mr. Yoder moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 387 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to update the privacy protections for electronic communications information that is stored by third-party service providers in order to protect consumer privacy interests while meeting law enforcement needs, and for other purposes.”
5:30:44 P.M. H.R. 387 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:30:45 P.M. H.R. 387 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 387.
5:57:36 P.M. H.R. 387 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:57:38 P.M. H.R. 387 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:58:12 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Pete Aguilar. Mr. Aguilar submitted his resignation from the Committee on Armed Services. The resignation was accepted without objection.
5:58:12 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Scott H. Peters. Mr. Peters submitted his resignation from the Committee on Armed Services. The resignation was accepted without objection.
5:58:20 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.
6:30:25 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 6.
6:30:31 P.M. Mr. Byrne filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 91.
6:31:44 P.M. UNFINISNED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:32:10 P.M. H.R. 689 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 689 — “To insure adequate use and access to the existing Bolts Ditch headgate and ditch segment within the Holy Cross Wilderness in Eagle County, Colorado, and for other purposes.”
6:52:24 P.M. H.R. 689 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 409 – 1 (Roll no. 79).
6:52:25 P.M. H.R. 689 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:52:34 P.M. H.R. 337 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 337 — “To transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for inclusion in the Black Hills National Cemetery, and for other purposes.”
6:59:18 P.M. H.R. 337 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 407 – 0 (Roll no. 80).
6:59:19 P.M. H.R. 337 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:00:59 P.M. H. Con. Res. 18 Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
7:01:15 P.M. H. Con. Res. 18 Considered by unanimous consent. H. Con. Res. 18 — “Permitting the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust.”
7:01:23 P.M. H. Con. Res. 18 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
7:01:26 P.M. H. Con. Res. 18 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:02:13 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Joaquin Castro. Mr. Castro (TX) submitted his resignation from the Committee on Armed Services. The resignation was accepted without objection.
7:03:27 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded further with one minute speeches.
7:25:53 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
9:00:49 P.M. Mr. Fortenberry moved that the House do now adjourn.
9:00:55 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
9:00:56 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on February 7, 2017.

W.E.B. Du Bois – Black History


 

W.E.B. DuBois
“It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.  One ever feels his two-ness, –an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two reconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.”
— W.E.B. Du Bois

National Museum of African American History and Culture – repost


NMAAHC -- National Museum of African American History and Culture

NEW ACQUISITION: 19th Century Slave Cabin from Point of Pines Plantation, Edisto Island, S.C.

19th Century Slave Cabin, Point of Pines The 19th century slave cabin that was recently transferred from Edisto Island, S.C. to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s collection. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired a slave cabin from the first half of the 19th century, currently located at Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, S.C. The Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society donated it to the museum after receiving it originally from the Burnet Maybank family, the current owners of the plantation.

The one-story, rectangular, weatherboard-clad cabin was dismantled piece by piece at its original location, removed from the Point of Pines Plantation and is now being preserved.  Once preservation is completed, it will be transferred to the NMAAHC collection. Smithsonian representatives were present during the deconstruction to conduct additional research on the structure and those who lived there.

The reconstructed cabin will be on view in the “Slavery and Freedom” exhibition when the museum opens in late 2015. This exhibition will focus on the crucial role slavery played in the making of America and its impact on generations of enslaved Africans and their descendants.

To read more about the slave cabin, visit http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/slave-cabin-donated-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture.

NEW APPS: View NMAAHC and Changing America: To Be Free

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963

Now extended until September 7, 2014!

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in collaboration with the National Museum of American History (NMAH) is presenting an exhibition, featuring historic photographs, paintings, new film footage and objects, that explores the historical context of these two crucial events, their accomplishments and limitations, and their impact on the generations that followed.

The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 7, 2014 in NMAAHC’s temporary gallery on level two at American History, 14th St NW and Constitution Ave NW. Metro: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle.

For more information, visit www.nmaahc.si.edu.

While the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is currently under construction, its building and content can be explored in the palm of a hand. The museum has unveiled two free mobile phone apps, “View NMAAHC” and “Changing America: To Be Free,” that allow the public to virtually experience the museum before its opening in 2015.

To see what the museum will look like when completed, the “View NMAAHC” augmented-reality app will give the public a peek into the future. Users who are visiting the museum’s Washington, D.C., construction site can view a three-dimensional architectural model of the building. Other immersive experiences, available to all users regardless of their location, include a 360-degree view of the museum’s site and an architectural fly through of the museum’s interiors.

For those curious about how individuals across the nation reacted to the Emancipation Proclamation, the “Changing America: To Be Free” app commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by providing personal accounts of those who were affected by President Abraham Lincoln’s executive order. This app offers users the ability to search, sort and read personal stories from across the North, South and border states from men and women of all ages. The app is a digital component of the museum’s current exhibition, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963,” on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History until Sept. 7, 2014.

Phone app image The “View NMAAHC” app is currently available for iPhone, iPad and Android and is available for download from the App Store or Google Play.
 Change Amer - Garland White.PNG The “Changing America: To Be Free” app is available for the iPad from the App Store or Google Play, and will soon be available for iPhone and Android.

In the library: The Emperor’s New Clothes: a Hans Christian Andersen’s tale – in this era of trump


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Two weavers are approached by a vain, pompous Emperor who desires the finest and most luxurious clothes in all the land for himself – clothes which are befitting of his supreme status. The two weavers promise him just such a set of clothes, so fine and wonderful that they will only be for the eyes of the great and good in society; indeed, they will be quite invisible to anyone who is stupid, incompetent or unworthy of their position in society. What’s more, the clothes will be made of a material so fine (‘as light as a spider web‘) that they will not weigh down the wearer, so fine, the wearer will not even be aware of them draped over his body. Such a set of clothes would be perfect for a great Emperor. They would suit his sense of his own importance, and their magical properties of invisibility to the unworthy, would enable him to find out which of his ministers were unfit for their jobs (‘and I could tell the wise men from the fools‘).

Of course, the weavers are nothing more than a pair of con-men – swindlers who have no intention of creating a fine set of clothes. They have heard of the Emperor’s vanity and they believe they can turn his failings to their own advantage. So they decide to go to the pretence of making this set of fine clothes. Of course when the Emperor goes to visit the weavers at their work and they make a show of enthusing over the cloth and the clothes they are making, he cannot see anything at all. But he is too proud to admit that he cannot see the clothes. To do so, would be to label himself as stupid and unfit to be Emperor. And of course when his courtiers and ministers visit the weavers, they also cannot see these clothes, but they also pretend that they can – because if they say anything different, they will be admitting their own incompetence and unworthiness. (Can it be that I’m a fool? It would never do to let on that I can’t see the cloth). What’s more, if any of them did have their suspicions about the existence of the clothes, well to voice their doubts would be to imply that the Emperor himself was stupid enough and gullible enough to be taken in by this foolery.

When the Emperor finally walks out among his subjects in his non-existent finery, the crowds watch eagerly. They all want to see which of their friends or neighbours are so stupid that they cannot see the clothes. What actually happens of course, is that none of them see any clothes. But no one says anything. Perhaps some are embarressed to tell the truth because they think that they themselves must be too stupid to see the cloth. Perhaps others believe that to say anything derogatory would be to draw attention to the truth of the Emperor’s own stupidity. Perhaps others simply do not wish to be the first to speak out with a contrary voice. Only one small child who is far too innocent of all this pretension and social convention shouts out But he hasn’t got anything on!’ At first the little boy’s father tries to correct the boy, but gradually the news breaks out and so everyone finally realises they are not alone in their inability to see the clothes. And now everybody begins to find the strength in numbers to admit there is nothing to see, and they begin to laugh. The Emperor cringes, but continues with the procession, because to turn back now would be to admit his own gullibility. Better by far to carry on in the pretence that he is the only one who has the wisdom to see the clothes. His courtiers likewise feel they have to continue to live the lie, and dutifully follow their leader.

An original drawing of the Emperor's parade by Vilhelm Pedersen, the first illustrator of Hans Christian Andersen's tale
An original drawing of the Emperor’s parade by Vilhelm Pedersen, the first illustrator of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale | Source
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