Congress: the Republican led House – the Senate says farewell to Washington & consider more nominations


the Senate Convened at 2:00pmET February 27, 2012

  • Following any Leader remarks, Senator Shaheen will be recognized to deliver Washington’s Farewell Address.  Upon conclusion of the reading, the Senate will be in 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 proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #409, the nomination of Margo Kitsy Brodie, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York with up to one hour of debate equally divided and controlled between the Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees.
  • Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), the Senate will conduct a roll call vote on confirmation of the Brodie nomination.

At approximately 5:30pm, the Senate will conduct a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #409, Margo Kitsy Brodie, of NY, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.  

5:30pm The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Margo Brodie, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York;Confirmed: 86-2

WRAP UP FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012

ROLL CALL VOTES

Confirmation of Calendar #409,the nomination of Margo Kitsy Brodie, of New York,to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York;Confirmed: 86-2

No LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

 

Began the Rule 14 process of HR 1173, CLASS Act, to place the bill on the Legislative Calendar of Business.

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF FEBRUARY 27, 2012

 112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION 

-SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.7:01:38 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.6:55:46 P.M. -MOMENT OF SILENCE – The House observed a moment of silence in recognition of the Honorable Katie Hall, a former Congresswoman from Indiana.6:53:09 P.M. -H.R. 347Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.6:53:08 P.M. -H.R. 347On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 388 – 3 (Roll no. 73).6:31:29 P.M. -UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.6:31:12 P.M. -Ms. Foxx filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 563.6:30:52 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 27.4:14:50 P.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 p.m. today.4:14:29 P.M. -H.R. 347At 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.4:06:10 P.M. -H.R. 347The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the motion to agree in the Senate amendment to H.R. 347.4:05:50 P.M. -H.R. 347Mr. Smith (TX) moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.4:01:20 P.M. -The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. today.4:00:07 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 27.2:14:57 P.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for  4:00 P.M. today.2:02:19 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.2:01:56 P.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Wilson of SC to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.2:01:52 P.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal.  Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.2:00:40 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.2:00:33 P.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Denham to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.2:00:07 P.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

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Secretary Salazar Has the Fate of Bryce Canyon in His Hands


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Many of us submitted our comments against building a huge coal mine right next to Bryce Canyon National Park. Now, the decision is in the hands of Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and it’s up to us to make sure he understands just how many people are opposed to this plan. Don’t let Bryce Canyon National Park and southern Utah fall victim to a coal mine! »If you’ve ever been to Bryce Canyon, you know it’s sort of like being on Mars. The red rock formations interspersed with trees is like nothing else. We simply can’t lose this area to a massive, dirty coal mine.
The repercussions of this mine cannot be overstated. It could affect the health of local residents, the quality of the air in the park itself, and the tourism industry.Sign this petition to tell Secretary Salazar that you will not stand for a mine near Bryce Canyon! »

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100,000 Demand Thomas Recusal


Because of you, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas got 100,000 messages last week telling him to do the right thing.
We carried those 100,000 messages to the court’s front door in a petition demanding that Justice Thomas disqualify himself from the big health reform case that will be decided by June.
Health Care for America Now and The Other 98% went to the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., and delivered a 334-foot long petition demanding that Thomas recuse himself because of his blatant disregard for legal ethics.
Click here to view a one-minute video of the delivery.
Justice Thomas’s wife has been employed as an agitator on behalf of conservative groups hostile to health reform. He has also been involved socially and politically with groups militantly opposed to the law.
Many who signed the petition are lawyers and retired judges, government officials and prosecutors. They are disgusted and appalled that Justice Thomas doesn’t see how he’s hurting the reputation of the Supreme Court.
Our 100,000 voices are trying to tell Justice Thomas to do the right thing and avoid ruling on a case that has already put more than $600,000 in the Thomases’ bank account.

We aren’t giving up.

Thank you for your support.
Will O’Neill

Health Care for America Now

AFL – CIO – Can Apple be ethical and innovative ?


Apple is under intense scrutiny right now. But rather than genuinely addressing the problems in its supply chain, we believe the company is trying to stop the outcry by brushing its problems under the rug.We’re demanding that Apple do what it takes to ensure the people who manufacture its products are treated ethically.And we’re joining a global movement to deliver hundreds of thousands of petitions from activists worldwide at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting this Thursday.Sign our petition: Tell Apple to transform its industry by being ethical and innovative.

Not that long ago, I switched from a BlackBerry to an iPhone. It’s been a great switch. The iPhone is intuitive and powerful—it’s an incredible piece of machinery. If you don’t use an Apple product yourself, you probably have friends or family who do.

When it comes to technology, Apple has revolutionized its industry and set a standard other companies aspire to meet. The company has been richly rewarded for its success. It is now the biggest publicly traded company in the world, worth a whopping $465 billion. The company made $17.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011 alone—just shy of a 40 percent profit margin.(1,2)

But Apple’s record-breaking success comes at a back-breaking price. According to news reports, workers who assemble iPhones, iPads and iPods at Foxconn, Apple’s largest supplier in China, have needlessly suffered lifelong injuries and even died from avoidable tragedies, including suicides, explosions and exhaustion from 30- to 60-hour shifts. And there are stories of workers suffering such awful repetitive motion injuries that they permanently lose the use of their hands.(3)

Sign our petition to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. Tell him to ensure that people integral to Apple’s success—workers who manufacture Apple’s electronics—are treated fairly.

Apple is under intense scrutiny right now. But rather than deal with that by genuinely addressing the problems in its supply chain, we believe the company is trying to stop the outcry by brushing its problems under the rug.

Recently, Apple joined the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to arrange for inspections of its factories. We believe these inspections will not expose—or begin to solve—Apple’s problems. The FLA is funded and controlled by the multinational corporations it oversees, which means it is not at all independent. As Scott Nova of the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) recently said, independence “means an organization is not funded and governed by the companies it is charged with investigating.”(4)

A couple days ago, Foxconn also announced a recent raise for some of its workers. But we believe that, too, is a PR smokescreen. According to Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, “The new basic wage…only applies to the workers in Shenzhen. In inland provinces, where two-thirds of production workers are based, basic salary remains meager. Given that the inflation in China is high, Foxconn is just following the trend of wage increase in the electronics industry in China.”

We call on Apple to immediately allow genuine unions, with truly independent factory inspections and worker trainings. Trying to brush this under the rug—or hide behind a front group like the FLA—only will make Apple’s PR problems worse.

Tell Apple’s CEO Tim Cook: Get to work to ensure people who manufacture Apple electronics are treated ethically.

One anonymous Apple executive told The New York Times there’s a trade-off between working conditions and innovation: “You can either manufacture in comfortable, worker-friendly factories,” or you can “make it better and faster and cheaper, which requires factories that seem harsh by American standards.”(5)

We disagree with the idea that Apple can’t be both ethical and innovative. Apple needs to ensure the quality of its working conditions matches the quality of its products.

As one anonymous Apple executive told The New York Times, “[s]uppliers would change everything tomorrow if Apple told them they didn’t have another choice.”(6)

Please sign our petition to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, urging him to treat all of the workers who make Apple’s electronics fairly—no matter where they live.

Thank you for standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in China.

In Solidarity,

Richard L. Trumka
President, AFL-CIO
Twitter: @richardtrumka

P.S. What leaders do matters. And Apple is now the leader in its industry. That’s why the AFL-CIO will be watching Apple closely to make sure the company does right by the workers who make its products—no matter where they live.

Apple has the resources it needs to do this right.
 Manufacturing costs are only a very small portion of Apple’s expenses: Workers are paid just $8 to manufacture a $499 iPad, for example, while Apple pockets $150 of the retail price. And the company is sitting on nearly $100 billion in cash.(7,1)

Sign our petition to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, telling him to make Apple’s products ethically.

(1) www.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ:AAPL&fstype=ii
(2) http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post.aspx?post=f7428a06-dd15-4076-bec0-4204c437c814
(3) http://sumofus.org/campaigns/ethical-iphone/
(4) www.cnn.com/2012/02/17/opinion/nova-apple-foxconn/index.html
(5,6) www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/business/ieconomy-apples-ipad-and-the-human-costs-for-workers-in-china.html
(7) www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/02/15/chinese-workers-get-only-8-from-each-apple-ipad-2/