Right now in Wisconsin


We’ve been busy in Wisconsin and we just finished our brand new RECALL TV ad.

It’s powerful.

We need your help again right now to make an impact. Take a look and please contribute $5 to keep it on the air.

 http://act.democracyforamerica.com/go/619?akid=654.1480546.d8nRh4&t=1

Here’s what’s happening: For the last two weeks, over 2,600 Wisconsin DFA volunteers have been helping gather signatures to put Recall campaigns on the ballot.

They’re over halfway done.

MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow called our first TV ad with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee “the most pointed, stand-with-the-people-who-work-for-a-living ad that we have seen for a very long time.” We’ve saturated the airwaves with it on broadcast and cable, morning, day and night. We’ve been running radio ads, robocalls, volunteer actions.

All of it targeted at defeating the eight Republican Senators eligible for recall in their districts.

We only need to defeat three Republicans to flip the Senate and stop Scott Walker‘s attack on middle class families.

http://act.democracyforamerica.com/go/619?akid=654.1480546.d8nRh4&t=1

Please contribute now to keep the NEW Recall Ad on the air.

We’re not taking any momentum for granted. We won’t stop until we win either. In fact, both Democracy for America and our partners at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee have opened local Wisconsin recall committees to make sure we can maximize the flexibility and effectiveness of our campaign,

Recent polling looks very bad for Scott Walker and the Republicans, but we can count on Karl Rove and the Koch brothers to try to change it up and put Democrats on defense.

It’s up to us not let that happen.

Thank you for taking action today.

-Charles

Charles Chamberlain, Political Director

Democracy for America

All contributions are subject to the limitations and prohibitions of federal election law. An individual may contribute a maximum of $5000 per calendar year.

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Bankrate.com


3 questions about credit card reform | 2011-03-28

Clear up confusion about new credit card rules with the answers to these questions. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/credit-cards/3-questions-about-credit-card-reform-1.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110328

New credit card rules limit penalty fees | 2011-03-28

Find out if the CARD Act provisions on late payments and interest-rate increases will benefit you. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/credit-cards/new-credit-card-rules-limit-penalty-fees.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110328

Understanding the new credit card rules | 2011-03-28

Confused about credit cards? Here’s what to know about managing credit post-CARD Act. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/credit-cards/must-know-credit-card-rules.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110328

10 canny credit card tips for 2011 | 2011-03-28

Navigate the new credit card environment. Here’s a guide to rules effective in 2011. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/credit-cards/10-credit-card-tips-for-2011-1.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110328

8 ‘gotchas’ of the Credit CARD Act | 2011-03-28

CARD Act reforms are now in effect. Here’s where the credit cardlaw falls short. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/credit-cards/8-gotchas-of-the-credit-card-act-1.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110328

6 tips for a fabulously free vacation | 2011-03-28

Follow this road map for finding freebies to lighten your vacation travel tab. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/smart-spending/6-tips-for-a-fabulously-free-vacation-1.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110328

Congress: In Session -the Republican led House -the Senate


The Senate Convenes at 10:00amET March 29, 2011

Following any leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business for one hour with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each with the time equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees with the Majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.493, the Small Business Jobs bill.

The Senate will stand in recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm for the weekly caucus meetings.

Roll call votes in relation to amendments to the small business jobs bill are possible during Tuesday’s session. Senators will be notified when any votes are scheduled.

The following amendments are pending to S.493, SBIR and STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011:

– McConnell amendment #183 (Prohibits the EPA from regulating carbon pollution)

– Vitter amendment #178 (require Federal government to sell unused Federal real property).

– Johanns amendment #161 (1099 repeal)

– Cornyn amendment #186 (bipartisan committion)

– Paul amendment #199 (spending cuts)

– Sanders amendment #207 (Social Security)

– Hutchison amendment #197 (Delay health care reform)

– Coburn amendment #184 (GAO Study)

– Pryor amendment #229 (Patriot Express Loan program)

– landrieu amendment #244 to amendment #244 (effective date)

Unanimous Consent:

Adopted S.Res.114, a resolution honoring Geraldine Ferraro, former United States Representative from New York, and extending the condolences of the Senate on her death.

Passed H.R.1079, the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2011 (provides a short term extension through June 1, 2011).

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MARCH 29, 2011

112TH CONGRESS – FIRST SESSION

7:56 P.M. –

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

7:47 P.M. –

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

H.R. 1148:

to prohibit commodities and securities trading based on nonpublic information relating to Congress, to require additional reporting by Members and employees of Congress of securities transactions, and for other purposes

7:46 P.M. –

RE-REFERRAL – Mr. Bachus asked unanimous consent that H.R. 1148 be re-referred primarily to the Committee on Financial Services and additionally to the Committees on Agriculture, House Administration, the Judiciary, Ethics and Rules. Agreed to without objection.

H.R. 839:

to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to terminate the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to provide new assistance under the Home Affordable Modification Program, while preserving assistance to homeowners who were already extended an offer to participate in the Program, either on a trial or permanent basis

7:45 P.M. –

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. 839 as may be necessary to reflect the actions of the House in amending the bill, to include striking “paragraph (1)” on page 5, line 16, and inserting in lieu thereof “subparagraph (A)”.

7:44 P.M. –

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

On passage Passed by recorded vote: 252 – 170, 1 Present (Roll no. 198).

7:37 P.M. –

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 185 – 238, 1 Present (Roll no. 197).

7:21 P.M. –

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

7:11 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Larsen (WA) 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 which adds a new paragraph entitled “CONTINUATION OF PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND GOLD STAR RECIPIENTS”.

Mr. Larsen (WA) moved to recommit with instructions to Financial Services.

7:10 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.

7:09 P.M. –

The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 839.

7:08 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Maloney amendment Failed by recorded vote: 173 – 249 (Roll no. 196).

7:02 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment Failed by recorded vote: 182 – 239 (Roll no. 195).

6:57 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Hanna amendment Agreed to by recorded vote: 247 – 170 (Roll no. 194).

6:36 P.M. –

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

6:34 P.M. –

The Speaker designated the Honorable Ted Poe 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. 170 and Rule XVIII.

Considered as unfinished business.

6:33 P.M. –

Mr. Bishop (UT) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 186.

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 29.

5:00 P.M. –

The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.

H.R. 839:

to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to terminate the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to provide new assistance under the Home Affordable Modification Program, while preserving assistance to homeowners who were already extended an offer to participate in the Program, either on a trial or permanent basis

4:58 P.M. –

Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 839 as unfinished business.

On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.

4:57 P.M. –

Mrs. Biggert moved that the committee rise.

On agreeing to the Sanchez, Loretta amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

4:51 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Loretta Sanchez amendment.

Amendment offered by Ms. Sanchez, Loretta.

An amendment numbered 9 printed in Part A of House Report 112-34 to add the Sense of Congress language to the end of the bill that banks are encouraged to work with homeowners to provide loan modifications for those qualifying and assist homeowners and prospective homeowners with foreclosure prevention programs and information on loan modifications

4:50 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Maloney amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Mrs. Maloney demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the amendment until later in the legislative day.

4:39 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Maloney amendment.

Amendment offered by Mrs. Maloney.

An amendment numbered 8 printed in Part A of House Report 112-34 to include a list of the number of trial and permanent modifications started under the HAMP program in each state as well as the number of seriously delinquent mortgages across the country that will not be able to be eligible for HAMP modifications because Congress is terminating the program.

4:38 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Matsui amendment Failed by voice vote.

4:31 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Matsui amendment.

4:30 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Ms. Matsui.

An amendment numbered 7 printed in Part A of House Report 112-34 to require mortgage lenders and services participating in the HAMP program to continue to publicly report basic loan modification information.

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee(TX) amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee(TX) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the amendment until later in the legislative day.

4:21 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment.

Amendment offered by Ms. Jackson Lee (TX).

An amendment numbered 6 printed in Part A of House Report 112-34 to require a study and report submitted to Congress determining the successful aspects of HAMP, and legislative recommendations for a replacement loan modification program.

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

4:14 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Waters amendment.

Amendment offered by Ms. Waters.

An amendment numbered 5 printed in Part A of House Report 112-34 to require the Secretary of the Treasury to send a letter to HAMP applicants that they will not be considered for a modification due to termination of the program and that they can contact their Member of Congress for assistance in negotiating with or acquiring a loan modification from their servicer

4:13 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Miller (NC) amendment Failed by voice vote.

4:08 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Miller (NC) amendment.

Amendment offered by Mr. Miller (NC).

An amendment numbered 4 printed in Part A of House Report 112-34 to direct the Secretary, upon termination of the Home Affordable Modification Program, to undertake a study of the use of the program by covered homeowners, and also of the effectiveness of the program in assisting these homeowners. Following completion of that study, the Secretary would be required to implement a new program to assist the same group of homeowners based on the study’s findings.

4:07 P.M. –

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

3:56 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Canseco amendment.

Amendment offered by Mr. Canseco.

An amendment numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 112-34 to ensure that all taxpayer funds saved from elimination of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) are used to reduce the deficit.

3:55 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Ellison amendment Failed by voice vote.

3:43 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Ellison amendment.

Amendment offered by Mr. Ellison.

An amendment numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 112-34 to include Congressional findings on various facts about the HAMP program, including cost and number of permanent modifications.

3:42 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Hanna amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Ms. Biggert demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the amendment until later in the legislative day.

3:33 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 170, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Hanna amendment.

Amendment offered by Mr. Hanna.

An amendment numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 112-34 to include findings detailing the Home Affordable Modification Program’s (HAMP’s) flaws and state that terminating HAMP would save taxpayers approximately $1.4 billion.

2:24 P.M. –

GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 839.

The Speaker designated the Honorable Ted Poe 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. 170 and Rule XVIII.

2:22 P.M. –

Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 839 and H.R. 861 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measures will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. With respect to each measure, the resolution provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 170.

H.R. 1079:

to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend the airport improvement program, and for other purposes

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.

2:10 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1079.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

2:09 P.M. –

The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. today.

2:06 P.M. –

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

2:05 P.M. –

Committee on Ethics – Pursuant to clause 5(a)(4)(A) of Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader appointed the following Members to be available to serve on investigative subcommittees of the Committee on Ethics: Ms. Lofgren, Zoe of CA, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Sarbanes, Ms. Sewell, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Lujan, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Keating, Mr. Schiff, and Ms. CLarke of NY.

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 received a message from the Secretary of the Senate on March 17, 2011 at 6:52 p.m. stating that that body had agreed to H. Con. Res. 30.

2:03 P.M. –

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

2:02 P.M. –

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Burgess 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.

2:01 P.M. –

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

2:00 P.M. –

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.