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Groundbreaking
Smithsonian senior staff and members of the National Council of the National Museum of African American History and Culture break ground for the new museum.

Dear Charter Members and Supporters,

There has been a great deal of interest expressed in our recent groundbreaking ceremony. It was a historic and inspiring event.

With that in mind, I hope you will take this opportunity to watch and enjoy the entire ceremony at nmaahc.si.edu/Events/Groundbreaking.

Your early support has played a valuable role in our progress, and I know I can count on your continued support to help carry us forward to our 2015 opening.

Please know that everyone at the Museum is grateful for your dedicated commitment. Thank you so much.

Lonnie Bunch, Director All the best,
Lonnie Bunch
Founding Director
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
P.S. In late June, we are planning a public celebration of our groundbreaking. I will send you complete details about the event once they are finalized. Thank you again.
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Watch Our New Video: Will You Get the Life-Savin​g Care You Need?


Do you think our nation’s leaders would allow a hospital to refuse to perform an emergency abortion on a woman — even if it means she would die? Unfortunately, if some leaders have their way, the answer would be yes. The House of Representatives actually passed a bill that would allow hospitals to turn away women needing emergency abortion care. This bill is just one example of the recent onslaught of attacks at both the federal and state level that aim to deny women’s access to reproductive health care.

Getting the emergency care a woman needs should not depend on the hospital to which she is taken.

From this bill and others on the spring agenda of the U.S. House of Representatives, to state bills that would mandate transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortion care or that would shut down provider clinics, anti-choice lawmakers continue to take aim at women’s health care at every level. We can’t stand by and wait to see what their next attack brings — watch our new video and tell your leaders to stop the attacks on women’s reproductive health care by saying: My Health is NOT Up for Debate™!

Thank you for continuing to stand up for women’s health.

Sincerely,

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

Congress: the Republican led House vote on Highway&Mass Transit bill attached XL pipeline – the Senate resumes S.1789 & S.1925


the Senate Convened at 9:30amET April 18, 2012

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act with the first hour 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.
  • As a reminder to all Senators, cloture was filed on the Lieberman-Collins substitute amendment #2000, as modified and on S.1789, the Postal Reform bill on Tuesday. If no agreement is reached, the cloture vote on the substitute amendment will occur Thursday morning.
  • The filing deadline for first degree amendments to the Lieberman-Collins substitute amendment #2000, as modified and to S.1789 is 1:00pm on Wednesday.

At 2:15pm, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Lieberman-Collins substitute amendment #2000, as modified.  If cloture is not invoked, there will be a 2nd roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S.1789, the Postal Reform bill.

We continue to work on an agreement regarding amendments to the Postal Reform bill and will notify Senators if such an agreement is reached.

The filing deadline for 2nd degree amendments to the Lieberman-Collins substitute amendment #2000, as modified and to S.1789, the Postal Reform bill is 11:00am on Thursday. If your Senator has a germane 2nd degree amendment and would like to preserve his or her ability to offer, please send a signed copy of the amendment to the cloakroom prior to the deadline.  If you have already filed, there is no need to re-file.

No ROLL CALL VOTES

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Discharged Judiciary and adopted S.Res.406, a resolution commending the achievements and recognizing the importance of the Alliance to Save Energy on the 35th anniversary of the incorporation of the Alliance.

Adopted S.Res.425, designating April 23, 2012, as “National Adopt a Library Day”.

Adopted S.Res.426, congratulating the Lady Bears of Baylor University on winning the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

No EXECUTIVE ITEMS

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the Republican led House plans to cut Military Food Stamps from Budget

CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF APRIL 18, 2012

 112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

-SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.5:08:44 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.5:08:16 P.M. -The House received a communication from the Honorable James P. McGovern, Member of Congress. Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Mr. McGovern notified the House that he had been served with a subponea for testimony issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Industrial Accidents and that after consultation with the Office of General Counsel, he had determined that because the subpoena is not “material and relevant”, compliance with the subpoena is inconsistent with the privileges and precedents of the House.5:07:34 P.M. -Mr. Gibson asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on April 19. Agreed to without objection.5:07:07 P.M. -H.R. 2453Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:07:06 P.M. -H.R. 2453On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 408 – 4, 2 Present (Roll no. 171).4:59:41 P.M. -H.R. 2453Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2453 — “To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of Mark Twain.”4:59:37 P.M. -H.R. 4348Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.4:59:37 P.M. -H.R. 4348On passage Passed by recorded vote: 293 – 127 (Roll no. 170).4:49:23 P.M. -H.R. 4348On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 176 – 242 (Roll no. 169).4:32:11 P.M. -H.R. 4348The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.4:22:08 P.M. -H.R. 4348DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Polis 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 to prohibit the use of Highway Trust Fund revenues from being used for the construction of highways in foreign countries, and rescinds over $12 million in funds available for a road in Canada. It would also eliminate a $3.7 billion corridor earmark under the Appalachian Development Highway System program.4:21:47 P.M. -H.R. 4348Mr. Polis moved to recommit with instructions to Transportation.4:20:59 P.M. -H.R. 4348The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.4:20:47 P.M. -H.R. 4348The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.4:20:04 P.M. -H.R. 4348The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 4348.4:19:58 P.M. -H.R. 4348On agreeing to the Ribble amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 255 – 165 (Roll no. 168).3:51:00 P.M. -H.R. 4348UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the question of adoption of the Ribble amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.3:50:43 P.M. -H.R. 4348On agreeing to the McKinley amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.3:37:50 P.M. -H.R. 4348DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 619, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley amendment.3:37:48 P.M. -H.R. 4348An amendment, offered by Mr. McKinley,  numbered 3 printed in House Report 112-446 to insert the text of H.R. 2273, Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act. Would leave regulation and enforcement of coal combustion residuals to the states, and utilize the existing framework and requirements of federal regulatory programs for those states to follow.3:37:03 P.M. -H.R. 4348POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Ribble amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Rahall demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.3:25:06 P.M. -H.R. 4348DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 619, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ribble amendment.3:25:04 P.M. -H.R. 4348An amendment, offered by Mr. Ribble,  numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-446 to add to the bill the environmental streamlining provisions from Title III of the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R. 7).3:24:37 P.M. -H.R. 4348On agreeing to the Boustany amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.3:07:58 P.M. -H.R. 4348DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 619, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Boustany amendment.3:07:56 P.M. -H.R. 4348An amendment, offered by Mr. Boustany,  numbered 1 printed in House Report 112-446 to include a guarantee that requires that the total amount available for spending from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) each fiscal year be equal to the Trust Fund receipts as estimated by the President’s budget for that year.1:55:12 P.M. -H.R. 4348GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4348.1:55:01 P.M. -H.R. 4348The Speaker designated the Honorable Lynn A. Westmoreland to act as Chairman of the Committee.1:55:00 P.M. -H.R. 4348House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 619 and Rule XVIII.1:54:46 P.M. -H.R. 4348Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4348 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. The resolution waives all points of order against consideration of the bill, and provisions in the bill. The resolution waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.1:54:41 P.M. -H.R. 4348Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 619. H.R. 4348 — “To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs, and for other purposes.”1:54:26 P.M. -On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 295 – 118, 2 Present (Roll no. 167).1:48:00 P.M. -UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the question of agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal on which the yeas and nays had been demanded and on which further proceedings had been postponed.1:47:44 P.M. -H. Res. 619Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.1:47:43 P.M. -H. Res. 619On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 246 – 177 (Roll no. 166).1:40:25 P.M. -H. Res. 619On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 243 – 180 (Roll no. 165).12:28:21 P.M. -H. Res. 619DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 619.12:26:21 P.M. -H. Res. 619Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 619 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4348) to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs, and for other purposes.”12:04:18 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches, which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.12:04:10 P.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Lankford to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.12:03:07 P.M. -POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS ON APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Wilson (SC) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Wilson (SC) demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.12:02:14 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.12:00:11 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 18.10:46:05 A.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.10:00:58 A.M. -MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.10:00:29 A.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Daniel Webster to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:13 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.