Speaker Nancy Pelosi


Midnight tonight is your last chance to contribute to the DCCC before one of the most critical FEC deadlines of this election and the first since Republicans have experienced a surge in their fundraising.

It’s critical that House Democrats have a strong showing this month. The media and Washington pundits will view our fundraising totals as an indication of our strength to take on Republicans and their powerful special interest supporters in November.

Republicans have been claiming to have the momentum. We know that’s not true, and if you stand with me at this decisive moment in our campaign, we will make this clear to the world. We are just $35,919 away from our goal and are so committed to making this goal that all gifts today will be matched 2-to-1 by a group of generous Democratic donors.

Contribute $5, $10 or more before the FEC deadline at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT and your contribution will be matched 2-to-1 by a group of committed Democrats.

This election comes down to a choice between going forward or going back to Republican rule and the same exact failed policies of the Bush agenda.

I hope I can count on your continuing generosity and support.

Thank you,
Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House

Election 2010 -Americans V Republicans …


Sunday Buzz is Republican Hypocrisy and a couple of conservadems who have joined in on the ride hopefully out of office in November or the future.

There was a report about a week ago that some Republicans definitely needed, wanted and were happy about the Stimulus but only to a few and perhaps only under a confidential agreement i guess because it did not get much play in the News even though it should have. It was strange that the Media opted out of airing that story …it would have been great for Democrats… on second thought that probably is why it did not reach the 24/7 News cycle.

I am hoping that American voters are starting to see the forest through the trees contrary to all the obstruction being put up by Republicans. The voter does and it would be a good time for people to ask themselves if they see a future for America if Republicans are in office who happen to be willing at this moment to stall, bait, block and debate legislation in both Chambers of Congress and then vote No. It is not lost on me or should it be on anyone else why Republicans have decided to be the party of No, but will it take us all down if they succeed. taking down the governing party is un-American to me as this President and his Administration were elected contrary to all the BS put out there he is an American who ran for the office and 53% of our population voted for Barack Obama. It is obvious that the last President left a mess his party has if voted back into office stated they would repeal all the good things the Obama Administration has implemented. I have to ask where we would be now if Republicans had taken office. I ask the question but it would be in all our best interests not to go there too long because the thought is scary. I have to wonder does anyone remember what McCain said, or roughly stated, that our economy is fundamentally sound. That was a joke and many people did laugh but when he made the choice of Palin as his VP most people thought ok he is not the same guy. We heard a lot of Republican noise but in the end Americans were watching and listening and 53% decided we cannot let a group of people who led us into the ditch continue on to only help a select few if any if you believe what is being said. I ask people now how we can get a full recovery when it is clear Republicans are not willing to work with Democrats in Congress. The people we voters put into office need to start working together to get America back on track. Is it clear to anyone that Republicans have made their choice to not only follow Wall Street and Big Bank attitudes but they have sided and voted for reform only after they were able to water it down for who were they acting on behalf of people? When will Americans, at least that 53% who voted Democrat see that Wall Street is still making money, do you see the Dow going down, down, down? The answer is no; yet big Corporations are holding out and back from hiring, bit Banks will not loan to small businesses. It was only last week that Republicans voted against small business. And all along the Chamber of Commerce, a truly a conservative entity seems to be helping Republicans with talking points which should open our eyes people Republicans, Wall Street and big money have a complicit relationship that has decided to bet against the people in order to bring down President Obama efforts and regain control of the Government. It is obvious to me after watching and listening to folks like McCain, McConnell, and Boehner talk about what they can do for Americans is more like what they have been doing TO Americans. Then we have to include the stuff coming out of tea party people too it looks to me like the purity angle that the Republican party uses on their own will be thrust upon us all in this 21st Century. I don’t know about anyone else but that is not an option of mine even if President Obama has not moved more left of center he is the best choice for America now and should be given a 2nd term as well.

I do not believe Republicans represent all Americans and if you have watched, listened to the Republican noise lately they have not been hiding that fact at all lately.

We are in the 21st Century people we need progressive politicians working for All Americans and it is clear for me at least that actions speak louder than words and Republicans do not represent me. In this moment especially since Mid-term elections are here, again, Republicans made a choice; they made a bet that saying and voting against the people not only will bring down the governing party but that the People want this. I call on all 53% to vote out Republicans where we can and…

like President Obama stated Republicans should not bet against the people, they need to give us more credit for seeing the forest through the trees and will use our vote to voice our distaste our outrage our support of ALL Americans by keeping and or putting Democrats in Congress for Mid-Term elections.

 

Weekend  …News&Reviews

This week , this month, No the last 18months have been tough for Americans on so many levels and in some cases it has been sad, outrageous, disturbing and an eye opener to this voter. I have also been listening to this Billy Nungesser and other leaders, mostly Republican leaders on the Gulf Coast and it seems they all are saying one thing to the Feds and something diff to the Media and or behind closed doors.

It is time to get real –

It’s Saturday and the temperature in the 206 as told by the weather channel will eventually reach 83 but at this moment, it feels like a nice fall day with lots of wind and clouds …rain would be good for all things 206 as long as that 83temp comes our way later in the day. A poetry nut as a kid& in high school but learned in college that poetry is a required taste you either take it to the next level or not…i chose not and that might have been because of the prof we were subjected to ah but that’s a diff story. The point is, since 6th grade poetry wowed me then college profs stepped in and ruined it, but out of all the poetry thrown at me in college, the writers/artists that come to mind or can remember a line or two, only a few if im honest. There seems to be only one writer comes to mind a lot lately. It is probably because he was engaged in and wrote first hand about social injustice, he definitely influenced pop and politically culture or as we all know well -The Orwellian ideas and can still be applied to our society today , anyway, he expresses how i feel about the things being debating on all Media levels in the year 2010. i personally do not want to go back to colonial days it controlled my parents past &future and now a group on the hard right are determined to repeal the 14th amendment -we must move forward stay in the present so discrimination on all levels fails …

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” -George Orwell

It is recess time for Congress and did anyone get   pissed after hearing that great sound off by Anthony Weiner …while called a lose it moment by the Media and other stupid things the public …stated it was about fing time somebody flew off the handler. It was not a fake melt down as some in the Media have stated, clearly Anthony Weiner was getting heated by the moment about what most would say was a no brainer. There are first responders to ground zero that need help but Republicans decided yet again to vote no on an opportunity to help the very people that put these politicians into office. It is clear Weiner reached his boiling point maybe it is time for others as well because the past year , almost 20 months the American public has been manipulated by Republicans. The Party of No has been among other things the main if not the reason progress has slowed down. In a moment of time when we have elected our first bi-racial President who has tried to include Republicans but told no, he has been baited and then told no, he has been baited, and then the outcome scaled down. There are quite a few progressives in the Democratic Party who believe this President should move more left of center on all things Republican to keep his base but then what will the Media or people on the right call him then. The responsibility of getting his campaign promises or his agenda in Congress and voted into law is We the People …We all must call, some can march but we all need to vote Democrats in the November election. If we want America to be number one again, if we want a better economy, a better environment, better educational opportunities and health care available to all Americans not just a select few then vote Democrats.

The slogan of we want our country back has connotations of a time hopefully most Americans only want to read about in our history books not live out in the 21st Century.

The November Mid-Term elections are coming and what do Republicans have to show Americans they are doing the peoples business. We vote people into office who are suppose to be in the business of helping out all Americans not just a select few. If anyone has been watching the continual stalling and blocking tactics used by Republicans that quickly moved into voting NO with a couple of conservadems voting along with them. I feel all Americans have to ask  what can Republicans tell their own constituents they did to them when even their own voters are small business owners, first responders that worked at 9/11, are unemployed, need jobs, or have the capability to hire but the Big Banks are not giving out loans to.

What can Republicans say to Americans watching them vote No on every piece of legislation that could help ALL Americans …

The article below by Gallup Poll was done in April and is a re-post and should be a warning for the millions of Obama supporters to keep up the good work and mobilize to get others to vote Democrats in November for both Chambers of Congress… if you believe in a positive change ..believe in We the People not … some or just a select few … then come be  one of millions to help the effort and process of the change we can all believe in … Young, Old, Caucasian, First time Voter, African-American Latino, Women, 1st Nation Peoples and those in between -YES WE CAN …damn  WE HAVE TO.

By Frank Newport: Younger Voters Less Enthusiastic About Voting This Year

April 26, 2010 Gallup Poll

Younger American voters are less enthusiastic about voting in this year’s midterm elections than those who are older. At the same time, 18- to 29-year-old voters currently favor the Democratic candidate in their districts by a 12-point margin over the Republican candidate.  More …

Other News …

**Obama calls on Iran to release the 3hikers being held for a year

**Israeli air strike kills Hamas Commander

**Chelsea Clinton gets married on the last day of July

**Sealing the BP well has been delayed;the relief wells need to be cleaned out;a 2-3day delay

**MSteele cancels his Urban League appearance

**BP announces 100  settlement to oil rig workers

**Gov.Jan Brewer’s  request to expedite her appeal has been turned down-until November

**Israeli air strikes hit the Gaza Strip

**Sen.Ben Nelson (D)states he will vote No to the Elena Kagan confirmation

 

C-SPAN …

read Court Ruling read AZ Law SB 1070 read AP: Judge blocks parts of Ariz. immigration law
read WP: Judge in case well-versed in immigration read Statement by Governor Jan Brewer (R)

watch House Floor Debate   Weiner

watch Admiral Allen Daily Oil Spill Update

watch U.S. Chamber Conference on Pensions

watch Pres. Obama: From Earlier //Urban league

watch White House Press Briefing

New Leadership Assigned to BP; Congress Examines Oil Spill Impact to Tourism

BP’s Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward resigned Tuesday, following a meeting of the company’s board of directors in London. The board named Robert Dudley, who took over BP’s Gulf cleanup efforts last month after a series of public gaffes by Hayward, as the new CEO. The Mississippian is the first American to lead the 101-year-old British oil giant. The move takes effect in October, with Hayward expected to receive a severance package estimated at $18 million and a new post with a BP joint venture in Russia.

Also last week, the Gulf oil spill claims fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg testified before a House Energy Subcommittee on the spill’s impact on the tourism industry. The U.S. Travel Association says the tourism industry accounts for one million jobs in the Gulf region and $39 billion in annual tax receipts. Feinberg said that he will issue a “blueprint” to the compensation facilities and that a claimant’s “proximity” to the oil spill site will be one of the factors in determining the amount of damages awarded.

In his briefing on Friday, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen (Ret.) said that implementing “static kill” would be delayed after debris was found in the relief well. The procedure, which includes pumping heaving mud from the surface down to the broken well, will likely begin next week.

Cemetery Ex-official takes “full responsibility” for mismanagement

The former superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery, John Metzler, said on Thursday that he takes “full responsibility” for the mix-up of graves at a Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing investigating the mismanagement of contracts at Arlington National Cemetery.The military spent an estimated $6-$15 million on computerizing the cemetery’s paper burial records. According to an Army report, as many as 6,600 have been misidentified, improperly marked or buried in the wrong graves because of bad record keeping. Longtime Arlington National Cemetery Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent, both who recently resigned, were subpoenaed to appear at today’s hearing.The U.S. Army Inspector General’s office released a report last month on management problems at Arlington National Cemetery.

photo: Getty Images

Change- A message from President Obama


A re-Post


When you and I set out on this journey three years ago, we knew that ours would be a lengthy struggle to build a new foundation for this country — one that would require squaring off against the special interests who had spent decades stacking the deck in their favor.

Today, it is clear that you have shifted the odds.

This morning, I signed into law a bill that represents the most sweeping reforms of Wall Street since the Great Depression, and the toughest consumer financial protections this nation has ever seen. I know that I am able to do so only because the tens of thousands of volunteers who make up the backbone of this movement overcame the most potent attack ads and the most powerful lobbying the special interests could put forward.

Our special-interest opponents and their Republican allies have now set their sights on the elections in November as their best chance to overturn the historic progress we’ve made together.

Organizing for America counts entirely on supporters like you to fight back — no special interests, no corporate PACs. To keep making change and to defend the change we have already won, we need you — and at least 14 other people in your area — to contribute so we have the resources necessary going into the election.

Please donate $5 today and help Organizing for America lay the groundwork for the fights ahead.

Because of Wall Street reform, we will ensure that Americans applying for a credit card, a mortgage, or a student loan will never again be asked to sign their name under pages of confusing fine print. We will crack down on abusive lending practices and make sure that lenders don’t cheat the system — and create a new watchdog to enforce these consumer protections.

And we will put an end to taxpayer-funded bailouts, giving us the ability to wind down any large financial institution if it should ever fail.

The passage of Wall Street reform is at the forefront of the change we seek, and it will provide a foundation for a stronger and safer economy.

It is a foundation built upon the progress of the Recovery Act, which has turned 22 months of job losses into six consecutive months of private-sector job growth. And it is a foundation reinforced by the historic health reform we passed this spring, which is already giving new benefits to more than 100 million Americans, ushering another 1 million Americans into coverage by next year.

But today’s victory is not where our fight ends.

Organizing for America and I will move forward in the months ahead on the tough fights we have yet to finish — even if cynics say we should wait until after the fall elections. This movement has never catered to the conventional wisdom of Washington. And we have fought to ensure that our progress is never held hostage by our politics.

You and I did not build this movement to win one election. We did not come together to pass one single piece of legislation. We are fighting for nothing less than a new foundation for our country — and that work is not complete. As we face the challenges ahead, I am relying on you to stand with me.

Please donate $5 or more today:

https://donate.barackobama.com/WallStreetReformed

Thank you for helping us get here,

President Barack Obama

Target/Best Buy …Make it right!


Human Rights Campaign


$250,000 in donations to a rabidly anti-LGBT candidate?

Tell Target and Best Buy: You need to make this right.

One candidate for Governor of Minnesota has promised to veto marriage equality legislation and has ties to a Christian rock band that advocates death to gays.

Target and Best Buy, both based in Minneapolis, have donated $250,000 to a political committee supporting his campaign.

But they still have a chance to make it right. We’ve drafted an open letter calling on the companies to donate an equal amount to support fair-minded candidates. We’ll publish it in a full-page ad in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Will you help us ratchet up the pressure by adding your name?

By signing on, you’ll help make it clear that Target and Best Buy are risking the business of millions of pro-equality customers – and show the rest of corporate America, which is watching this situation very closely, that support for hateful and intolerant candidates won’t go unnoticed.

But don’t stop there. Print out our letter, take it to the manager of your local Target and Best Buy, and let them know how disappointed you are.

Here’s the backstory: Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Target had donated $150,000 to the political committee MN Forward. Best Buy pitched in another $100,000.

MN Forward’s mission? Elect as governor an anti-LGBT state representative with a long history of attacks on LGBT Americans. This representative’s campaign even donated to a controversial “punk-rock Christian ministry” whose leader has advocated executing gays and lesbians!

After all these two companies have done to build a fair and equitable workplace, it’s a slap in the face. In years past, Target and Best Buy consistently received 100 percent ratings on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.

They need to make this right – by donating an equal amount to support candidates who will fight for equality. But they won’t do it just because we ask. They need to see that hundreds of thousands of customers across the country are upset and disappointed.

I hope Target and Best Buy will do the right thing. But it’s up to us to show that fair-minded consumers are paying close attention to what they do next.

Let’s make this happen,

Joe Solmonese
Joe Solmonese
President

Friday-debating/voting in Congress today


The Senate Convenes: 9:30amET July 30, 2010

Following any leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.

There will be no roll call votes during Friday’s session of the Senate.

The next vote will occur around 5:30 and 5:45pm on Monday, August 2. That vote will be on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur with amendment #4557 (Teacher Funding and FMAP) with respect to HR1586.

Unanimous Consent:

Passed HR5900, Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 (60-day extension)

Passed S.3567, H.R.5278, H.R.5395 (Post Office Naming bills)

Adopted S.Res.602, a resolution expressing support for the goals and ideals of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month 2010.

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JULY 30, 2010
111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

6:40 P.M. –

The House adjourned pursuant to H. Con. Res. 308. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on September 14, 2010.

On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

Ms. Woolsey moved that the House do now adjourn.

6:36 P.M. –

SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

6:34 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

6:33 P.M. –

Congressional Award Board – the Speaker appointed Mr. Nicholas Scott Cannon, Los Angeles, CA, for the remainder of the term ending September 25, 2011; and, in addition, Mr. Jimmie Lee Solomon, Washington, DC .

H.R. 5982:

to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the expansion of certain information reporting requirements to corporations and to payments for property, to eliminate loopholes which encourage companies to move operations offshore, and for other purposes

6:30 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 241 – 154 (Roll no. 514).

6:23 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 3534:

to provide greater efficiencies, transparency, returns, and accountability in the administration of Federal mineral and energy resources by consolidating administration of various Federal energy minerals management and leasing programs into one entity to be known as the Office of Federal Energy and Minerals Leasing of the Department of the Interior, and for other purposes

The Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 3534.

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 209 – 193, 1 Present (Roll no. 513).

6:16 P.M. –

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 166 – 239, 1 Present (Roll no. 512).

5:59 P.M. –

The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.

5:47 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cassidy 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 new section 231 which provides a new termination of moratoria on offshore drilling.

Mr. Cassidy moved to recommit with instructions to Natural Resources.

5:45 P.M. –

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.

The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 3534.

On agreeing to the Melancon amendment Agreed to by recorded vote: 216 – 195, 1 Present (Roll no. 511).

5:40 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Oberstar amendment Agreed to by recorded vote: 258 – 149 (Roll no. 510).

5:36 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Teague amendment Agreed to by recorded vote: 399 – 8 (Roll no. 509).

5:33 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Kind amendment Agreed to by recorded vote: 404 – 1 (Roll no. 508).

5:29 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Rahall amendment Agreed to by recorded vote: 250 – 161, 1 Present (Roll no. 507).

5:12 P.M. –

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.

5:11 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 5851:

to provide whistleblower protections to certain workers in the offshore oil and gas industry

Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1574, H.R. 5851 is laid on the table.

Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1574, the text of H.R. 5851, as passed by the House, was appended as new matter at the end of H.R. 3534.

The Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 5851.

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 315 – 93 (Roll no. 506).

5:04 P.M. –

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 171 – 234 (Roll no. 505).

4:29 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kline (MN) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House with an amendment to insert a new section in the bill entitled “Whistleblower Protection for Certain Offshore Workers.”

4:28 P.M. –

Mr. Kline (MN) moved to recommit with instructions to Education and Labor.

Considered as unfinished business.

4:27 P.M. –

INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – Pursuant to section 2(b) of Rule 6, and the order of the House of January 6, 2009, the Majority Leader and Minority Leader jointly appointed Ms. Theresa M. Grafenstine of Manassas, Virginia .

H.R. 3534:

to provide greater efficiencies, transparency, returns, and accountability in the administration of Federal mineral and energy resources by consolidating administration of various Federal energy minerals management and leasing programs into one entity to be known as the Office of Federal Energy and Minerals Leasing of the Department of the Interior, and for other purposes

Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3534 as unfinished business.

On motion that the Committee now rise Agreed to by voice vote.

4:26 P.M. –

Mr. Rahall moved that the Committee now rise.

On agreeing to the Melancon amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

4:16 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1574, the Committee on the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Melancon amendment No. 9.

4:15 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Mr. Melancon.

An amendment numbered 9 printed in Part B of House Report 111-582 to seek to create an additional civil penalty on Gulf Coast Oil Spills of more than 1 million barrels, and would direct those funds toward previously authorized coastal restoration projects.

4:14 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Melancon amendment No. 8, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hastings (WA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

4:00 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1574, the Committee on the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Melancon amendment No. 8.

Amendment offered by Mr. Melancon.

An amendment numbered 8 printed in Part B of House Report 111-582 to seek to end the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling. The moratorium would be prohibited from enforcement on those rigs that meet safety requirements set forth in NTL 05 and NTL 06.

On agreeing to the Connolly (VA) amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

3:54 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1574, the Committee on the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Connolly (VA) amendment No. 7.

3:53 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Mr. Connolly (VA).

An amendment numbered 7 printed in Part A of House Report 111-582 to prevent oil companies from shifting oil spill cleanup costs onto taxpayers by ensuring that Oil Pollution Act liabilities of an oil subsidiary will be inherited by the parent oil company in the event the subsidiary goes bankrupt and does not sell its assets. The amendment does not alter underlying liability provisions of OPA, and includes technical corrections from the Department of Justice.

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Oberstar amendment No. 6, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hastings (WA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

3:40 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1574, the Committee on the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Oberstar amendment No. 6.

Amendment offered by Mr. Oberstar.

An amendment numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 111-582 to require, following initial clean-up of a spill, that the National Resources Damages Act trustee give equal and full consideration to all statutorily prescribed natural resource damage remedies to ensure that acquisition of non-impacted land is considered an equal remedy and not given lower priority as is currently provided in statute.

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Teague amendment No. 5, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Cummings demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

3:31 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1574, the Committee on the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Teague amendment No. 5.

Amendment offered by Mr. Teague.

An amendment numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 111-582 to allow a group of companies to cooperate to meet financial responsibility requirements by pooling of resources or joint insurance coverage.

3:30 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Shea-Porter amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

3:23 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1574, the Committee on the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Shea-Porter amendment No. 4.

3:22 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Ms. Shea-Porter.

An amendment numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 111-582 to ensure that the ethics guidelines required for certain Department of Interior employees are updated at least every three years. The amendment would also ensure that the best available technology for oil spill response and mitigation, and the availability and accessibility of that technology is part of the Offshore Technology Research and Risk Assessment Program. Finally, the amendment would require that operators annually certify that their response and exploration plans include the best available technology and its availability.

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Kind amendment No. 3, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Kind demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

3:13 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1574, the Committee on the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kind amendment No. 3.

Amendment offered by Mr. Kind.

An amendment numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 111-582 to require that no less than 1.5 percent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund each year go toward securing recreational public access to Federal Lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.

3:12 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Castle amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

3:09 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1574, the Committee on the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castle amendment No. 2.

Amendment offered by Mr. Castle.

An amendment numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 111-582 to ensure there is no delay in the development of ocean renewable energy resources, including offshore wind, in the establishment of the new Bureau of Energy and Resource Management.

3:08 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Rahall amendment No. 1, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hastings (WA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

2:47 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1574, the Committee on the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Rahall amendment No. 1.

Amendment offered by Mr. Rahall.

An amendment numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 111-582 to clarify certain provisisons in the bill and add various requirements.

2:04 P.M. –

The Committee of the Whole rose informally and subsequently resumed its sitting.

1:13 P.M. –

GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 3534.

The Speaker designated the Honorable Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. to act as Chairman of the Committee.

House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 1574 and Rule XVIII.

1:12 P.M. –

Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3534 and H.R. 5851. General debate for H.R. 3534 shall be one hour. After general debate, the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. And, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in Part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying the resolution. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in Part B of the report of the Committee on Rules. The rule also makes in order H.R. 5851. General debate for H.R. 5851 shall be limited to one hour and the bill is closed to amendments, with the exception of the amendment printed in part C of the report which is considered adopted.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1574.

1:11 P.M. –

SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT FILED – The Chair announced a supplemental report to H.R. 3534 has been filed pursuant to the authority granted by clause 3(a)(2) of rule 13. The supplemental report contains a statement regarding congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits in satisfaction of clause 9 or rule 21.

1:10 P.M. –

POINT OF ORDER – Mr. Hastings (WA) stated that the bill and committee report violated the provisions of clause 9(a) rule XXI and was not in order for consideration. The Chair sustained the point of order.

1:09 P.M. –

ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. Rahall asked unanimous consent that, during proceedings today in the House and in the Committee of the Whole, the Chair be authorized to reduce to two minutes the minimum time for electronic voting on any question that otherwise could be subjected to five-minute voting under clause 8 or 9 or rule 20 or under clause 6 of rule 18.

H.R. 5851:

to provide whistleblower protections to certain workers in the offshore oil and gas industry

1:06 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – Pursuant to clause 2c of rule 19, the Chair postponed further proccedings on H.R. 5851 until a time to be announced.

1:05 P.M. –

The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

12:24 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 5851.

Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3534 and H.R. 5851. General debate for H.R. 3534 shall be one hour. After general debate, the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. And, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in Part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying the resolution. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in Part B of the report of the Committee on Rules. The rule also makes in order H.R. 5851. General debate for H.R. 5851 shall be limited to one hour and the bill is closed to amendments, with the exception of the amendment printed in part C of the report which is considered adopted.

12:23 P.M. –

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1574.

H.R. 5414:

to provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest System land in the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina, and for other purposes

12:22 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 408 – 0 (Roll no. 504).

12:16 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1566:

recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the pioneering of college students whose determination and nonviolent resistance led to the desegregation of lunch counters and places of public accommodation over a 5-year period

12:15 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 410 – 0 (Roll no. 503).

12:09 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 5901:

to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt certain stock of real estate investment trusts from the tax on foreign investment in United States real property interests, and for other purposes

12:08 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 402 – 11 (Roll no. 502).

11:59 A.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1558:

expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that fruit and vegetable and commodity producers are encouraged to display the American flag on labels of products grown in the United States, reminding us all to take pride in the healthy bounty produced by American farmers and workers

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 403 – 1 (Roll no. 501).

11:53 A.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

11:52 A.M. –

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 3567, H.R. 5900, H.R. 5278, and H.R. 5395.

H. Res. 1574:

providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 3534) to provide greater efficiencies, transparency, returns, and accountability in the administration of Federal mineral and energy resources by consolidating administration of various Federal energy minerals management and leasing programs into one entity to be known as the Office of Federal Energy and Minerals Leasing of the Department of the Interior, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 5851) to provide whistleblower protections to certain workers in the offshore oil and gas industry

11:51 A.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 220 – 194 (Roll no. 500).

11:21 A.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 5982:

to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the expansion of certain information reporting requirements to corporations and to payments for property, to eliminate loopholes which encourage companies to move operations offshore, and for other purposes

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.

10:29 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5982.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Levin moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 258, H.R. 5874, and H.R. 1454 amended. Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 308.

H.R. 5981:

to increase the flexibility of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development with respect to the amount of premiums charged for FHA single family housing mortgage insurance, and for other purposes

10:07 A.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

10:01 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5981.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Frank (MA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.

H. Res. 1574:

providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 3534) to provide greater efficiencies, transparency, returns, and accountability in the administration of Federal mineral and energy resources by consolidating administration of various Federal energy minerals management and leasing programs into one entity to be known as the Office of Federal Energy and Minerals Leasing of the Department of the Interior, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 5851) to provide whistleblower protections to certain workers in the offshore oil and gas industry

9:57 A.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H.Res. 1574, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the resolution and by voice vote, announced that the ayes prevailed. Mr. Sessions demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of H.Res. 1574 until later in the legislative day.

The previous question was ordered without objection.

9:18 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1574

9:13 A.M. –

Considered as privileged matter.

9:02 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.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Kratovil to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

9:01 A.M. –

The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.

9:00 A.M. –

Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Daniel Coughlin.

The House convened, starting a new legislative day