We Are One: Attend a Local Event


Are you worried, frustrated, and angry about the continuing attacks on workers’ rights, women’s rights, economic security and opportunity for all? Are you looking for another way to demonstrate your concern — in addition to making phone calls and sending emails? On April 4, you can join with people in your community in events to send a strong message: We Are One.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life for themselves and their children. Now those rights are under attack in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and dozens of other states, and women’s interests are at stake.

Can you join us on April 4 by participating in an event on your community? You can find events near you on this interactive map.  http://action.nwlc.org/site/R?i=uMLiBmcwTSFoVeogJPQeMg..

Attacks on public employees’ rights to collectively bargain directly threaten working women and the vital public services they provide. Most people who work for state and local governments are women: nurses, teachers and others serving our communities. And collective bargaining helps ensure that these women have decent wages, benefits, and working conditions. For more information on why the right to collectively bargain is a women’s rights issue, check out our fact sheet.

Please join us in solidarity on April 4: We Are One.

Sincerely,

Emily J. Martin

Vice President and General Counsel

National Women’s Law Center

BREAKING: First Republican Recalled …boldprogressives.org


BREAKING NEWS: Wisconsin Democrats just announced that local activists submitted over 100% of the signatures needed to “recall” Wisconsin Republican senator Dan Kapanke from office!

After local officials certify the signatures, a new election will be scheduled for Kapanke’s seat. Today’s news is sending shockwaves throughout Wisconsin, and will give huge momentum to efforts in other Senate districts to gather recall signatures.

Now’s the time to flood the Wisconsin airwaves with more of our TV ads supporting the recall and pump energy into places where volunteers are still working hard to gather signatures. Can you help?

PLEASE Click on the link below and after watching it you have to contribute … do it! it is concise short and gets to the point quickly …support this ad below

http://act.boldprogressives.org/go/3542?akid=3689.392150.0Yoqpz&t=1

Our new ad — made with our friends at Democracy for America — captures the magic of this recall movement.

We’ve raised $150,000 so far and can expand our ad buy when we hit $200,000. Chip in $3 and keep the momentum going!

Thanks for being a bold progressive,

— Stephanie Taylor, Adam Green, Jason Rosenbaum, Michael Snook, Amanda Johnson, and the PCCC team

Bankrate.com


Here are stories published today

  5 financial blunders and how to fix them | 2011-03-31

It’s easy to make mistakes but hard to recognize them. Take these steps to recover. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/investing/5-bad-financial-decisions-and-how-to-recover-1.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110331

CD rates for March 31, 2011 | 2011-03-31

Here are the average CD rates from Bankrate‘s weekly survey of large banks and thrifts. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/cd/national-cd-rates-for-march-31-2011.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110331

National mortgage rates for March 31, 2011 | 2011-03-31

See rates from our survey of CDs, mortgages, home equity products, auto loans and credit cards.  http://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/interest-rate-roundup-for-march-31-2011.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110331

Home equity loan rates for March 31, 2011 | 2011-03-31

Here are the average home equity rates from Bankrate’s weekly survey of large banks and thrifts. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/home-equity/national-home-equity-loan-rates-for-march-31-2011.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110331

Auto loan rates for March 31, 2011 | 2011-03-31

Here are the average auto loan rates from Bankrate’s weekly survey of large banks and thrifts. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/auto/national-auto-loan-rates-for-march-31-2011.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110331

The pros and cons of travel rewards cards | 2011-03-31

Some credit cards offer travel rewards points. Ponder these options before settling on one. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/smart-spending/the-pros-and-cons-of-travel-rewards-cards-1.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110331

Rule could make mortgages harder to get | 2011-03-31

If you think lending standards are tough now, check out what regulators want to do. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/rule-could-make-mortgages-harder-to-get.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110331

  Credit card interest rates for March 31, 2011 | 2011-03-31 Here are the average credit card rates from Bankrate’s weekly survey of large banks and thrifts. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/credit-cards/national-credit-card-rates-for-march-31-2011.aspx?ec_id=brmint_newsalert_20110331

Climate change pushes Groundhog Day to January


The Union of Concerned Scientists and the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania announced today that Groundhog Day will be pushed forward eight days to January 25 in 2012 in recognition of the impact climate change has had in the region.

Spring Comes Eight Days Earlier

Groundhog Day will be pushed forward eight days in recognition of the impact climate change has had on the region.

The change is based on analysis by UCS scientists who found that, since 1997, spring has come an average of eight days earlier to western Pennsylvaniahttp://action.ucsusa.org/site/R?i=Oc_Z2zW4KEenBjrF0nMi9g..

“We hope that the change in date will bring needed attention to the consequences of climate change in Pennsylvania and the importance of investing in a clean energy economy,” said Dr. Phil DeGraeve, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University.

Read more about the analysis behind the Groundhog Day change and learn how various elected officials are reacting to the news.

http://action.ucsusa.org/site/R?i=Oc_Z2zW4KEenBjrF0nMi9g..

Sincerely,

Michael Halpern

National Field Organizer

Congress: In Session -the Republican led House -the Senate out until 4/5 -which Political Party works for”We the People”


The Senate Convenes at 2pmET April 5, 2011

Following any leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business until 4:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Following morning business, the Senate will the Senate proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #42, Jimmie V. Reyna, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge with one hour for debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley.

5:30pm roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #42, Jimmie V. Reyna, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge.

Additionally, Senators should expect 2 roll call votes in relation to H.R.4, 1099 repeal on Tuesday prior to the caucus meetings.

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF APRIL 1, 2011

112TH CONGRESS – FIRST SESSION

4:48 P.M. –

The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on April 4, 2011.

On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

Mr. Burton (IN) moved that the House do now adjourn.

2:59 P.M. –

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

H.R. 1255:

to prevent a shutdown of the government of the United States, and for other purposes

2:54 P.M. –

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

On passage Passed by recorded vote: 221 – 202, 1 Present (Roll no. 224).

2:47 P.M. –

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 188 – 237 (Roll no. 223).

2:23 P.M. –

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

2:13 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Walz (MN) 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 that strikes all after the enacting clause and inserts a new text entitled “PROHIBITION ON PAY DURING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN”

2:12 P.M. –

Mr. Walz (MN) moved to recommit with instructions to House Administration.

2:11 P.M. –

The previous question was ordered without objection.

12:52 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1255.

Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1255 with 1 hour of general debate. Motion to recommit allowed. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. The resolution waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 194.

H. Res. 194:

providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 1255) to prevent a shutdown of the government of the United States, and for other purposes

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

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 229 – 187 (Roll no. 222).

12:46 P.M. –

On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 230 – 187 (Roll no. 221).

12:39 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of ordering the previous question on H.Res. 194 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

H.R. 658:

to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2011 through 2014, to streamline programs, create efficiencies, reduce waste, and improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes

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

On passage Passed by recorded vote: 223 – 196 (Roll no. 220).

12:33 P.M. –

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 184 – 235 (Roll no. 219).

12:17 P.M. –

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

12:08 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Loretta Sanchez 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 adding Title XIII- Security of Highest-Risk Airline Passenger Flights. A point of order was reserved, but was subsequently removed.

Ms. Sanchez, Loretta moved to recommit with instructions to Transportation.

12:07 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.

12:06 P.M. –

The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 658.

On agreeing to the Shuster amendment Agreed to by recorded vote: 215 – 209 (Roll no. 218).

12:00 P.M. –

On agreeing to the LaTourette amendment Failed by recorded vote: 206 – 220 (Roll no. 217).

11:53 A.M. –

On agreeing to the Sessions amendment Failed by recorded vote: 183 – 238 (Roll no. 216).

11:46 A.M. –

On agreeing to the Schiff amendment Failed by recorded vote: 178 – 243 (Roll no. 215).

11:39 A.M. –

On agreeing to the Pearce amendment Failed by recorded vote: 207 – 215 (Roll no. 214).

11:12 A.M. –

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

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 194:

providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 1255) to prevent a shutdown of the government of the United States, and for other purposes

11:11 A.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H.Res. 194, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question on H.Res. 194 and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Slaughter demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on ordering the previous question on H.Res. 194 until later in the legislative day.

10:03 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 194.

Considered as privileged matter.

10:02 A.M. –

On motion to consider the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 219 – 172 (Roll no. 213).

9:16 A.M. –

QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION – Mr. Ellison stated that H.Res. 194 violated section 426(a) of the Congressional Budget Act by imposing an unfunded mandate. Subsequently, the Chair noted that the required threshold of identifying the specific language in question had been met, and the House proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the question of consideration, after which, the Chair would put the question to wit: Will the House now consider the resolution?

9:15 A.M. –

Mr. Woodall moved to consider the resolution.

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. Heinrich 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.