Stephen Colbert’s new job


Reform Immigration FOR America

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Protect the workers who feed America. Pass AgJobs as a step towards comprehensive immigration reform.

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Would you like a job as a migrant farm worker?

Pundit Stephen Colbert would – he’s agreed to take the United Farm Workers’ challenge to “Take their jobs.”

Anti-immigrant forces have argued that immigrants, particularly the undocumented, have been taking jobs from Americans. Despite studies clearly showing that comprehensive immigration reform would help the American economy, they’ve insisted on using the economic crisis as a way to stall real reform. That’s why UFW – and now, Stephen Colbert – are showing the whole country that farm workers’ jobs aren’t easy.

Everyone who works in agriculture knows that it’s hard work. And because so many immigrants work on farms, Congress proposed the AgJobs bill, which would protect the workers who bring food to our tables by granting them temporary protected status. That status would help keep them from being exploited by farm owners.

Watch Colbert decide to try being a farm worker, and then tell Congress to pass AgJobs.

We can’t let Congress stand by when workers are treated unfairly. Stephen Colbert is doing his part to understand the work farm workers do. Tell Congress to do theirs and pass AgJobs as a step toward comprehensive immigration reform.

Thank you,
Marissa Graciosa
Reform Immigration FOR America

Sex discrimination happens in health care – has it happened to you?


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We want to hear from you — tell us your health care discrimination story.

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How could insurance companies get away with charging women more than men for the same health coverage?

Before President Obama signed the new health care reform law, it was legal to discriminate against women in an insurance company office, a doctor’s office, hospital or other health care settings.

The new health care reform law ends those days immediately. One of our victories in the new health reform law includes a landmark provision that is the first ever federal prohibition on sex discrimination in health care.

But as policy makers write new rules to implement the law, we need your help to make policy makers understand the discrimination women have faced in health care settings — share your story with us today.

The new provision in the health care reform law bans discrimination by federally funded or operated health programs, including insurance companies, on the basis of race, national origin, disability, age, or sex. Beyond being the first federal prohibition on sex discrimination in health care, the law is a more expansive ban against discrimination based on race, national origin, disability and age than had previously existed.

But policy makers need to understand the daily struggles women face — they need to hear about your discrimination experience at the hospital, in your doctor’s office, or in any other health care setting. Share your story today and help us make sure discrimination against women in health care ends once and for all.

Judy WaxmanSincerely,

Judy Waxman
Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights
National Women’s Law Center

P.S. Your generous donation allows us to continue to stand up for women and their families. Support our work today.

President Obama said, “I cannot do it alone.” on 1/27/2010 …now is not the time to turn your back on progress,we must stand by our President and tell Congress to have the courage to vote for The People


I just finished delivering my first State of the Union address.

I set out an urgent plan for restoring economic security for struggling middle class families. This is my top priority, but I cannot do it alone — and that’s why I’m writing to you now.

Tonight, I called on Congress to enact reforms and new initiatives to defend the middle class — to create millions of new jobs, support small businesses, and drive up wages; to invest in the education of our children and the clean energy technology that must power our future; and to protect the economy from reckless Wall Street abuses.

And I made my position on health reform clear: We must not walk away. We are too close, and the stakes are too high for too many. I called on legislators of both parties to find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people.

I have no illusions — there have been setbacks, and there will be more to come. The special interests who have shaped the status quo will keep fighting tooth and nail to preserve it.

So tonight, I’m asking you to join me in the work ahead. I need your voice. I need your passion. And I need your support.

Can you help fuel our fight for the middle class with a monthly donation of $15 or more?

https://donate.barackobama.com/StateOfTheUnion

We have just finished a difficult year. We have come through a difficult decade. But a new year has come. A new decade stretches before us. We don’t quit. I don’t quit. Let’s seize this moment — to start anew, to carry the dream forward, and to strengthen our union once more.

Thank you for making it possible,

President Barack Obama

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what’s going on in Congress Today


The Senate Convenes: 10:00amET July 13, 2010

Morning Business with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.

The Majority Leader would like to resume consideration of HR5297, Small Business Jobs bill during Tuesday’s session of the Senate.

Leader Harry Reid files cloture on HR4173 conference report for HR5297 will be dealt with on Wednesday …possibly

On Tuesday, Senator Reid filed cloture on the conference report to accompany H.R.4173, Wall Street Reform. Under Rule 22, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, July 15, 2010. There will be no roll call votes tonight. We are still working on an agreement on the initial amendments in order to the Small Business Jobs bill (H.R.5297) and we hope to lock something in tomorrow so that we can make some progress on the bill.

There will be no roll call votes tonight.

We are still working on an agreement on the initial amendments in order to the Small Business Jobs bill (H.R.5297) and we hope to lock something in Wednesday so that we can make some progress on the bill.

Unanimous Consent:
Passed H.R.5502, an Act to amend the effective date of the gift card provisions of the Credit Card Accountability and Disclosure Act.

Adopted S.Res.580, a resolution commemorating the life and work of George M. Steinbrenner of the State of New York.

The next meeting in the House is scheduled for 2pmET on July 13, 2010

CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JULY 13, 2010
111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

7:06 P.M. –

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

7:05 P.M. –

Mr. Poe of TX requested the following general leaves to address the House on July 20: himself for 5 min, and Mr. Jones for 5 min.

Mr. Poe of TX requested the following general leaves to address the House on July 19: himself for 5 min, and Mr. Jones for 5 min.

Mr. Poe of TX requested the following general leaves to address the House on July 16: Mr. Moran of KS for 5 min, Mr. Burton of IN for 5 min, himself for 5 min, and Mr. Jones for 5 min.

Mr. Poe of TX requested the following general leaves to address the House on July 15: Mr. Burton of IN for 5 min, himself for 5 min, and Mr. Jones for 5 min.

Mr. Poe of TX requested the following general leaves to address the House on July 14: Mr. Moran of KS for 5 min, Mr. Burton of IN for 5 min, himself for 5 min, Mr. Jones for 5 min, and Ms. Ros-Lehtinen for 5 min.

6:48 P.M. –

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

6:47 P.M. –

Mr. Cardoza filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 1509.

H.R. 4773:

to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to lease certain lands within Fort Pulaski National Monument, and for other purposes

6:46 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): 379 – 0 (Roll no. 436).

6:40 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 4438:

to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement to lease space from a nonprofit group or other government entity for a park headquarters at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, to expand the boundary of the Park, to conduct a study of potential land acquisitions, and for other purposes

6:39 P.M. –

The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.

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): 264 – 114 (Roll no. 435).

6:31 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 4514:

to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of designating the Colonel Charles Young Home in Xenia, Ohio as a unit of the National Park System, 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, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 350 – 26 (Roll no. 434).

6:02 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

6:01 P.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.

6:00 P.M. –

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 13.

3:09 P.M. –

The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:00 P.M. today.

H.R. 2864:

to amend the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998 to authorize funds to acquire hydrographic data and provide hydrographic services specific to the Arctic for safe navigation, delineating the United States extended continental shelf, and the monitoring and description of coastal changes

3:08 P.M. –

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.

3:03 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2864.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Bordallo moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H.R. 4973:

to amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize volunteer programs and community partnerships for national wildlife refuges, and for other purposes

3:02 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 voice vote.

2:59 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4973.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Bordallo moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H.R. 689:

to interchange the administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal lands between the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, and for other purposes

2:58 P.M. –

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

On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

2:56 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 689.

Ms. Bordallo moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.

H.R. 4773:

to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to lease certain lands within Fort Pulaski National Monument, and for other purposes

2:54 P.M. –

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.

2:52 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4773.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Bordallo moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

H.R. 3989:

to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of adding the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, in the State of Wyoming, as a unit of the National Park System

2:51 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 voice vote.

2:46 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3989.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Bordallo moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

H.R. 4438:

to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement to lease space from a nonprofit group or other government entity for a park headquarters at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, to expand the boundary of the Park, to conduct a study of potential land acquisitions, and for other purposes

2:45 P.M. –

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.

2:35 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4438.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Bordallo moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H.R. 4686:

to authorize the Secretary of Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating prehistoric, historic, and limestone forest sites on Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as a unit of the National Park System

2:34 P.M. –

The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.

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 voice vote.

2:24 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4686.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Bordallo moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H.R. 4514:

to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of designating the Colonel Charles Young Home in Xenia, Ohio as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes

2:23 P.M. –

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.

2:19 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4514.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Bordallo moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H.R. 3967:

to amend the National Great Black Americans Commemoration Act of 2004 to authorize appropriations through fiscal year 2015

2:18 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 voice vote.

2:15 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3967.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Bordallo moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

H.R. 3923:

to provide for the exchange of certain land located in the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes

2:14 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 voice vote.

2:07 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3923.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Bordallo moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until 6:00 p.m. today.

2:02 P.M. –

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

2:01 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 July 13, 2010 at 11:28 a.m. stating that that body had passed S. 2872 and agreed to H. Con. Res. 289. The message further stated appointments to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity.

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

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

2:00 P.M. –

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

The Speaker designated the Honorable Henry Cuellar to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

Set the so-called “Climategate” record straight


Alliance for Climate Protection

Last week, a third independent investigation exonerated the climate scientists whose emails were hacked last fall — finding the attacks lacked foundation. That’s right: Three full, independent reviews have found no wrongdoing on the part of the scientists — and most importantly, affirmed the scientific evidence of climate change.

So you might think that any reputable media outlet would feel compelled to set the record straight. But you’d be wrong.

In particular, the Wall Street Journal has published more than 30 editorials and op-eds on climate change since November of 2009. All took the stance that climate science was unreliable, dishonest or questionable — or minimally unimportant. And unbelievably, just today, the Journal published another op-ed about the reviews, calling them a “whitewash” by “global warming alarmists.”

Send a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page demanding that they set the record straight on climate change science.

It’s vital that we receive balanced coverage from all of the media, and the Journal‘s actions matter. As Congress works to craft comprehensive policies to address our energy and climate crises, public understanding of this issue is more important than ever before.

A news outlet like the Wall Street Journal relies on its reputation as a balanced, unbiased news source. With your help, we can convince the Journal editorial page to give equal space to the fact that climate scientists have been exonerated and their findings remain affirmed.

Demand that the Wall Street Journal cover the facts about climate science.

Few news outlets in the U.S. are as well regarded and widely read among opinion makers and politicians as the Wall Street Journal. It has a responsibility to its readers and the American public to be fair and accurate on one of the most important issues of our time.

Balanced media coverage today won’t give back the precious time we’ve lost defending scientific facts that should not have been in question. But perhaps it will remind our media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, of their responsibility to the American people.

Thank you,

Maggie L. Fox
President and CEO
Alliance for Climate Protection