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House Floor Activity

9:00:56 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:01:48 A.M.Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:03:43 A.M.The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:03:45 A.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Kelly of IL to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:04:03 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.
9:19:29 A.M. H.R. 4863
Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4863 — “To promote the competitiveness of the United States, to reform and reauthorize the United States Export Finance Agency, and for other purposes.”
9:19:42 A.M.
H.R. 4863
The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
9:21:09 A.M.
H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Ms. Meng, numbered 10 printed in House Report 116-289 to include Asian American- and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institutions in recruitment efforts to diversify the United States Export Finance Agency workforce.
9:21:28 A.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meng amendment No. 10.
9:26:24 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Meng amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:26:39 A.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Ms. Meng, numbered 11 printed in House Report 116-289 to include paid internships in recruitment efforts.
9:26:59 A.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meng amendment No. 11.
9:30:24 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Meng amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:30:51 A.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Ms. Meng, numbered 12 printed in House Report 116-289 to include community colleges in recruitment efforts to diversify the United States Export Finance Agency.
9:31:12 A.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meng amendment No. 12.
9:33:27 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Meng amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:34:07 A.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Ms. Meng, numbered 13 printed in House Report 116-289 to amend 12 USC 635a(d) to add 2 additional advisory committee members- one who represent higher education of 4-year institutions and one who represent community colleges.
9:34:39 A.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meng amendment No. 13.
9:37:19 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Meng amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:37:52 A.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Mr. Brown (MD), numbered 14 printed in House Report 116-289 to require Agency employees to make available appropriate inclusion and diversity training and retraining to ensure employees understand the specific challenges facing minority- and women- owned businesses.
9:38:11 A.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Brown (MD) amendment No. 14.
9:44:44 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Brown (MD) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:45:14 A.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Mr. Lamb, numbered 15 printed in House Report 116-289 to require the Agency to detail the effects of exports and projects financed by the Agency on American jobs in the energy, and related technologies, industries.
9:45:39 A.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lamb amendment No. 15.
10:02:32 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Lamb amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:03:10 A.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Mr. Rouda, numbered 16 printed in House Report 116-289 to require the Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion to develop standards to ensure diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
10:03:29 A.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rouda amendment No. 16.
10:06:56 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Rouda amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:07:15 A.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Mr. Rouda, numbered 17 printed in House Report 116-289 to add businesses owned by LGBTQ individuals to the Agency’s small business outreach plan.
10:07:33 A.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rouda amendment No. 17.
10:10:37 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Rouda amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:11:00 A.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Ms. Stevens, numbered 18 printed in House Report 116-289 to require the United States Export Finance Agency to emphasize outreach to small businesses in sectors that have been impacted by retaliatory tariffs.
10:11:17 A.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Stevens amendment No. 18.
10:20:50 A.M. H.R. 4863
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Stevens amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment, and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Waters demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
10:21:29 A.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Ms. Horn, Kendra S., numbered 19 printed in House Report 116-289 to require the GAO to submit to Congress within one year of the bills enactment a report on the effect that closure of the U.S. Export Finance Agency would have on businesses that utilize the Agencys services.
10:21:51 A.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kendra S. Horn (OK) amendment No. 19.
10:27:46 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Horn, Kendra S. amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:28:00 A.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Mr. Levin (MI), numbered 20 printed in House Report 116-289 to clarify that the Agencys duty to consult with potentially impacted communities includes affected workers and that any Agency accountability mechanism should include consideration of effects on workers. Also, the amendment requires the Agencys annual report to include the steps taken to consult with impacted communities (including affected workers).
10:28:20 A.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Levin (MI) amendment No. 20.
10:32:21 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Levin (MI) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:34:08 A.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Ms. Torres Small (NM), numbered 21 printed in House Report 116-289 to prohibit the Bank from providing financing to a person involved in sanctionable activity relating to human rights abuses, specifically human trafficking including sex trafficking.
10:35:03 A.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Torres Small (NM) amendment No. 21.
10:43:23 A.M. H.R. 4863
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Torres Small (NM) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment, and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Waters demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
11:14:02 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Torres (CA) amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 419 – 2 (Roll no. 617).
11:19:12 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Flores amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 188 – 232 (Roll no. 618).
11:23:02 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the McAdams amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 414 – 1 (Roll no. 619).
11:29:21 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Davidson (OH) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 210 – 214 (Roll no. 620).
11:33:51 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Stevens amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 396 – 27 (Roll no. 621).
11:38:29 A.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Torres Small (NM) amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 417 – 2 (Roll no. 622).
11:38:37 A.M. H.R. 4863
The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 4863.
11:39:42 A.M. H.R. 4863
The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
11:39:53 A.M. H.R. 4863
The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
11:40:44 A.M. H.R. 4863
Mr. Riggleman moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Financial Services.
11:41:14 A.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Riggleman motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment inserting a section pertaining to the Limitation on Financial Assistance for the Chinese Government.
11:51:28 A.M. H.R. 4863
The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
11:58:20 A.M. H.R. 4863
On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 203 – 218 (Roll no. 623).
12:06:16 P.M. H.R. 4863
On passage Passed by recorded vote: 235 – 184 (Roll no. 624).
12:06:17 P.M.
H.R. 4863Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:08:47 P.M.COLLOQUY ON HOUSE SCHEDULE – The Chair recognized Mr. Scalise for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy with Mr. Hoyer on the expectations regarding the legislative schedule for the House during the upcoming week.
12:32:18 P.M.Mr. Hoyer asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns on Friday, November 15, 2019, it adjourn to meet on Monday, November 18, 2019, when it shall convene at noon for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.
12:33:11 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
12:52:14 P.M.Ms. Schrier moved that the House do now adjourn.
12:52:46 P.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
12:52:47 P.M.The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on November 18, 2019.

Legislative Day of November 14, 2019

10:00:02 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:10 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Henry Cuellar to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:19 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.
10:49:03 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:36 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 14.
12:00:44 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Mr. Dipesh Pandya, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Warrington, Pennsylvania.
12:03:58 P.M.SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – 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 Speaker’s 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 the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.
12:04:30 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Comer to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:06:15 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.
12:31:03 P.M. H. Res. 695
Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 695 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4863) to promote the competitiveness of the United States, to reform and reauthorize the United States Export Finance Agency, and for other purposes; and for other purposes.”
12:35:28 P.M. H. Res. 695
DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 695.
1:49:53 P.M. H. Res. 695
On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 226 – 198 (Roll no. 615).
2:05:49 P.M. H. Res. 695
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 228 – 198 (Roll no. 616).
2:05:51 P.M. H. Res. 695
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:05:52 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the Speaker’s Approval of the Journal, which the Chair put de novo.
2:06:29 P.M.On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.
2:07:47 P.M.
H. Res. 661Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, H. Res. 661 is considered passed House.
2:08:09 P.M. H. Res. 693
Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, H. Res. 693 is considered passed House.
2:08:10 P.M. H.R. 1915
ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP – Mrs. Trahan asked unanimous consent that she may hereafter be considered as the first sponsor of H.R. 1915, a bill originally introduced by Representative Cummings, for the purpose of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.
2:08:23 P.M.The House received a message from the Senate. 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 November 14, 2019, at 11:51 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. 2851, and that the Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 72.
2:09:02 P.M. H.R. 4863
Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 695. H.R. 4863 — “To promote the competitiveness of the United States, to reform and reauthorize the United States Export Finance Agency, and for other purposes.”
2:09:07 P.M. H.R. 4863
Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4863 with 1 hour of general debate. Motion to recommit with or without instructions allowed. Specified amendments are in order.
2:09:43 P.M. H.R. 4863
House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 695 and Rule XVIII.
2:09:44 P.M. H.R. 4863
The Speaker designated the Honorable Earl Blumenauer to act as Chairman of the Committee.
2:10:47 P.M. H.R. 4863
GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4863.
3:34:51 P.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Mrs. Torres (CA), numbered 1 printed in House Report 116-289 to require the Agency to emphasize outreach to tribal export businesses and to include in their annual report a summary of those outreach efforts and the provision of Agency support to tribal export businesses.
3:35:11 P.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Torres (CA) amendment No. 1.
3:39:12 P.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Torres (CA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:39:36 P.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Mrs. Torres (CA), numbered 2 printed in House Report 116-289 to ensure that the Bank will not provide credit to any individual who is subject to sanctions related to serious violations of human rights or free speech, including in China and Burma.
3:39:55 P.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Torres (CA) amendment No. 2.
3:47:41 P.M. H.R. 4863
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Torres (CA) amendment No. 2, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment, and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mrs. Waters demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
3:49:15 P.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Mr. Flores, numbered 3 printed in House Report 116-289 to strike Section 13 and create the office of energy efficiency and clean energy exports which advises the EXIM board on ways to improve the export of goods and services that increase energy efficiency and clean energy abroad. Also, the amendment requires the EXIM bank to consider energy affordability as well as environmental impacts before approving transactions, and requires the EXIM bank to include in its annual report the impacts of any transaction backed by the Bank on the cost of energy in the importing country and the estimated emissions reductions caused by exports financed by the Bank.
3:49:47 P.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Flores amendment No. 3.
3:55:33 P.M. H.R. 4863
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Flores amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment, and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Flores demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
3:56:01 P.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Mr. McAdams, numbered 4 printed in House Report 116-289 to expand the prohibition of the Board of Directors from approving a transaction unless the person receiving the Agencys support certifies that the person does not engage in any activity in contravention of any U.S. law, regulation, or order concerning sanctions relating to the illegal trafficking of synthetic opioids, including any sanctions imposed pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.
3:56:25 P.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McAdams amendment No. 4.
4:03:15 P.M. H.R. 4863
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the McAdams amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment, and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. McAdams demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:03:43 P.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Mr. Davidson (OH), numbered 5 printed in House Report 116-289 to prohibit Agency assistance for the governments of certain countries unless the President certifies that the government is cooperating with the U.S. to prevent illegal trafficking of synthetic opioids.
4:03:45 P.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Davidson (OH) amendment No. 5.
4:13:25 P.M. H.R. 4863
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Davidson (OH) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment, and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Davidson (OH) demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:14:06 P.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Ms. Tlaib, numbered 6 printed in House Report 116-289 to require the Agency to submit an annual report to Congress about the Agency’s activities in economically disadvantaged regions and efforts to support businesses in those regions. The amendment also defines economically disadvantaged regions.
4:14:09 P.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tlaib amendment No. 6.
4:23:44 P.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Tlaib amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:24:08 P.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Mr. Case, numbered 7 printed in House Report 116-289 to clarify that, for the purpose of the Agency’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, “minority” is understood to include Native Hawaiians and Alaska Natives.
4:24:09 P.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Case amendment No. 7.
4:32:41 P.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Case amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:32:59 P.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Ms. Speier, numbered 8 printed in House Report 116-289 to clarify that the Bank’s activities to support exports in energy efficiency technologies shall include activities to support exports in electric battery vehicles, batteries for electric vehicles, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
4:33:00 P.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Speier amendment No. 8.
4:41:54 P.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Speier amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:42:18 P.M. H.R. 4863
An amendment, offered by Mr. Ruiz, numbered 9 printed in House Report 116-289 to allow the US Export Finance Agency to use surplus funds to expand or establish additional regional finance centers.
4:42:20 P.M. H.R. 4863
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 695, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ruiz amendment No. 9.
4:52:09 P.M. H.R. 4863
On agreeing to the Ruiz amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:52:24 P.M. H.R. 4863
Ms. Waters moved that the Committee rise.
4:52:36 P.M. H.R. 4863
On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
4:53:02 P.M. H.R. 4863
Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 4863 as unfinished business. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on November 15, 2019.

House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of November 08, 2019

1:00:03 P.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
1:00:09 P.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Jamie Raskin to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
1:00:28 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Pastor Deamon Scapin, Triumph Church, Washington, DC.
1:01:48 P.M.SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 4(a) of H. Res. 656, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
1:02:00 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
1:02:27 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 November 6, 2019, at 11:12 a.m.: that the Senate passed H.R. 724
1:03:07 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 November 8, 2019, at 12:23 p.m.: that the Senate passed S. 979, S. 1388, and H.R. 1123. Appointments: Board of Visitors of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Board of Visitors of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
1:03:07 P.M.The House received a communication from the Honorable Eric A. “Rick” Crawford. Mr. Crawford submitted his resignation from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The resignation was accepted without objection.
1:03:08 P.M.Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence – Pursuant to clause 11 of rule 10, clause 11 of rule 1, and the order of the House of January 3, 2019, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Mr. Jordan.
1:04:51 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 4(b) of H. Res. 656. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on November 12, 2019

House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of November 5, 2019

8:04:00 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 4(b) of H. Res. 656.

8:00:07 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
8:00:31 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Val Butler Demings to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
8:00:38 A.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
8:01:20 A.M.SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 4(a) of H. Res. 656, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
8:01:38 A.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
8:02:13 A.M.The House received a communication from Representative Hill (CA) wherein she resigns as a member of the House of Representatives effective on November 3, 2019.
8:03:44 A.M.ADJUSTED WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentlewoman from California, Ms. Hill, the whole number of the House is 431.
8:03:46 A.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 November 4, 2019, at 1:35 p.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 2423 and H.R. 3055, as amended.
8:04:00 A.M.  The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 4(b) of H. Res. 656. The next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on November 8, 2019.

House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of November 1, 2019

01:03 PM The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 4(b) of H. Res. 656. The next meeting is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on November 5, 2019.
01:02 PM 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 October 31, 2019 at 2:48 p.m.: That the Senate agreed to S. Res. 390.
01:02 PM PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
01:02 PM SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 4(a) of H. Res. 656, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
01:00 PM Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. Dan C. Cummins, Capitol Worship, Washington, DC.
01:00 PM The Speaker designated the Honorable Jamie Raskin to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
01:00 PM The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of October 30, 2019

02:10 PMThe House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on November 1, 2019.

12:54 PM The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification of the continuance of the national emergency with respect to Sudan. – referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 116-78).
12:53 PM The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification to terminate the designation of the Republic of Cameroon as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under the African Growth and Opportunity Act – referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 116-77).
12:25 PM Mr. Hoyer asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 1:00 p.m. on November 1. Agreed to without objection.
12:24 PM ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
12:23 PM 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 October 30, 2019, at 1:32 p.m.: That the Senate passed S. 1678.
12:22 PM UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST – Ms. Scanlon asked unanimous consent that Mr. Cole of Oklahoma be permitted to insert the text of the amendment he would have offered had the House rejected the previous question on H. Res. 660, along with extraneous material, into the Record immediately prior to the vote on ordering the previous question on H. Res. 660. Agreed to 02:10 PM

11:15AM House Democrats pass resolution formalizing Trump impeachment inquiry

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Senate Floor Activity

Legislative Business November 12, 2019

Legislative Business (Thursday, November 7)
H.R. 1123 (Rep. Crawford): A bill to amend title 28, United States Code, to modify the composition of the eastern judicial district of Arkansas, and for other purposes.
— Senate Committee on the Judiciary discharged by Unanimous Consent.
— Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S. 979 (Sen. Rubio): A bill to amend the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 to incorporate the recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office relating to advance contracts, and for other purposes.
— Passed Senate with amendments by Unanimous Consent.

S. 1388 (Sen. Peters): A bill to manage supply chain risk through counterintelligence training, and for other purposes.
— Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 412 (Sen. Cornyn): A resolution expressing support for the designation of the week of November 4 through November 8, 2019, as “National Family Service Learning Week”.
— Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote.

S.Res. 413 (Sen. Rubio): A resolution designating the week of November 4 through November 8, 2019, as “National Veterans Small Business Week” .
— Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 414 (Sen. Hoeven): A resolution recognizing National Native American Heritage Month and celebrating the heritages and cultures of Native Americans and the contributions of Native Americans to the United States .
— Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent

By unanimous consent, on the request of Mr. McConnell, at 4:56 p.m., the Senate adjourned, under its order of today, until Nov 12, 2019  8 a.m. tomorrow. 

Legislative Business  Monday, Nov 4, 2019
1:00 p.m.: Convene for a pro forma session.

Legislative Business Friday, November 1, 2019  Not In Session

Legislative Business Wednesday, October 30 ,2019

S.Amdt. 948 (Sen. Shelby): In the nature of a substitute.
–Cloture invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 88 – 5. Record Vote Number: 338

S.J.Res. 52 (Sen. Warner): A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to “State Relief and Empowerment Waivers” .
— Considered by Senate.
— Failed of passage in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 43 – 52. Record Vote Number: 337

S.Res. 377 (Sen. Alexander): A resolution designating October 30, 2019, as a national day of remembrance for the workers of the nuclear weapons program of the United States.
— Senate Committee on the Judiciary discharged by Unanimous Consent.
— Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 389 (Sen. Cassidy): A resolution calling on Congress, schools, and State and local educational agencies to recognize the significant educational implications of dyslexia that must be addressed, and designating October 2019 as “National Dyslexia Awareness Month” .
— Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote.

S.Res. 390 (Sen. Burr): A resolution honoring the life, accomplishments, and legacy of Senator Kay Hagan.
— Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

Adjournment
By unanimous consent, on the request of Ms. Collins, at 7:38 p.m., the Senate adjourned, under its order of today, until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

1922 – Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve as a member of the U.S. Senate.


1922: Rebecca L. Felton
On Nov. 21, 1922, Rebecca L. Felton, a Georgia Democrat, was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate; her term, the result of an interim appointment, ended the following day as Walter F. George, the winner of a special election, took office.

1993 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted against making the District of Columbia the 51st state.


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An 1880 drawing of the District of Columbia by C.R. Parsons. Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress complete legislative authority over the district.
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On November 21, 1993, the House considered Bill 51, calling for the creation of New Columbia, the nation’s fifty-first state. Democrats spoke in favor of statehood, saying it would give D.C. residents the same benefits of citizenship that are enjoyed by other U.S. citizens. Republicans spoke out against it, saying the city was unable to govern itself. Republican sentiments carried the day, defeating the bill by a vote of 277–153.

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1985 – Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested after being accused of spying for Israel. He was later sentenced to life in prison.


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Jonathan Pollard is a former analyst at the Naval Intelligence Center for Counter-Terrorism in Maryland who was convicted of spying for Israel. After serving 30 years of a life sentence, he was released from a U.S. prison in North Carolina on November 20, 2015, at the age of 61.

While in the United States to speak at the 2018 AIPAC policy conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. President Trump and requested he lift restrictions on Pollard and allow him to move to Israel

In November 1985, the FBI arrested Pollard, a U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, on charges of selling classified material to Israel. Pollard pleaded guilty in 1987 to one count of providing defense information to a foreign government and was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment. His wife, Anne, was sentenced to five years in jail for assisting her husband but was released in 1989 after serving three and a half years. She then emigrated to Israel.
Immediately upon Pollard’s arrest, Israel apologized and explained that the operation was unauthorized. “It is Israel’s policy to refrain from any intelligence activity related to the United States,” an official government statement declared, “in view of the close and special relationship of friendship” between two countries. Prime Minister Shimon Peres stated: “Spying on the United States stands in total contradiction to our policy.”1

The United States and Israel worked together to investigate the Pollard affair. The Israeli inquiry revealed that Pollard was not working for Israeli military intelligence or the Mossad. He was directed by a small, independent scientific intelligence unit. Pollard initiated the contact with the Israelis.

A subcommittee of the Knesset’s Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee on Intelligence and Security Services concluded: “Beyond all doubt…the operational echelons (namely: the Scientific Liaison Unit headed by Rafael Eitan) decided to recruit and handle Pollard without any check or consultation with the political echelon or receiving its direct or indirect approval.” The Knesset committee took the government to task for not properly supervising the scientific unit.

As promised to the U.S. government, the spy unit that directed Pollard was disbanded, his handlers punished and the stolen documents returned.2 The last point was crucial to the U.S. Department of Justice’s case against Pollard.

for more on this story … jewishvirtuallibrary.org

1789 – North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.


In November 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Rhode Island, which opposed federal control of currency and was critical of compromise on the issue of slavery, resisted ratifying the Constitution until the U.S. government threatened to sever commercial relations with the state.

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