Consumer Reports tested pork and found widespread bacteria contamination in most of the samples, much of it antibiotic-resistant. These drugs are widely used in large-scale pork production facilities to promote growth and prevent disease in crowded conditions.
Chris Meyer, Consumer Reports
Most pork samples we tested were contaminated with bacteria resistant to at least one antibiotic. To avoid illness, wash hands after handling pork, keep the raw meat away from other food you plan to serve, and use a meat thermometer to be sure your ground pork reaches 160 degrees (145 for whole pork.) Read our test results here!
Not this time, Big Oil!
After years of delay the courts ordered tougher air pollution standards by Dec. 14, but Big Oil is lobbying hard to overturn the order. Tell the White House to put Americans’ health first and set standards for refinery and powerplant soot!
More red tape? No thanks!
Congress created independent regulatory agencies to protect consumers from marketplace schemes and unsafe products. But now some lawmakers want to handcuff them by adding another layer of bureaucracy — something corporations would enjoy. Learn more.
World AIDS Day 2012: Toward an AIDS-free Generation
The White House hosts an event in observance of World AIDS Day to discuss the Administration’s efforts to move us toward an AIDS-free generation. November 30, 2012.
the Senate Convenes: 9:15amET November 30, 2012
10:14am The Senate began a roll call vote on the Menendez amendment #3232 (Iran Sanctions); Agreed to: 94-0
10:45 The Senate began a roll call vote on Nelson (FL) motion to waive Budget point of order with respect to Nelson (FL) amendment #3073 (repeal requirement for reduction of survivor benefits plan survivor annuities by dependency and indemnity compensation)
10:45 The Senate began a roll call vote on Nelson (FL) motion to waive Budget point of order with respect to Nelson (FL) amendment #3073 (repeal requirement for reduction of survivor benefits plan survivor annuities by dependency and indemnity compensation);
Not Waived: 58-34
The following amendments are pending to S.3254, the DoD Authorization bill:
The following amendments have been considered to S.3254, the DoD Authorization bill:
The Senate has reached an agreement that there be no amendments in order to the Treaty or the resolution of ratification; that following Leader remarks on Tuesday, December 4th, the time until 12 noon be divided in the usual form; that at 12 noon, the Senate proceed to vote on the Resolution of Advise and Consent to Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; that if the resolution is adopted, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table and the President be immediately notified of the Senate’s action; further, that if the resolution is not adopted, the treaty be returned to the calendar; and that there be no motions or points of order in order other than a motion to reconsider.
The Senate has reached an agreement to consider the nomination of Executive Calendar #676 Michael P. Shea, of Connecticut, to be US District Judge for the District of Connecticut. At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation of the Republican Leader, there will be 30 minutes for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.
There will be a series of 2 roll call beginning at 5:30pm Monday, December 3. Those votes will be in relation to the following items:
– Confirmation of the nomination of Executive Calendar #760, Paul William Grimm, of Maryland, to be United States Judge for the District of Maryland, and
– Cloture on S.3254, National Defense Authorization Act.
Additional roll call votes are possible during Monday’s session of the Senate
ROLL CALL VOTES
2) Menendez amendment #3232 (Iran Sanctions); Agreed to: 94-0
3) Nelson (FL) motion to waive Budget point of order with respect to Nelson (FL) amendment #3073 (repeal requirement for reduction of survivor benefits plan survivor annuities by dependency and indemnity compensation); Not Waived: 58-34
Passed S.2170, the Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 with a committee-reported substitute amendment and a committee-reported title amendment.
Discharged the Judiciary committee and adopted S.Res.518, Congratulating the Southern Baptist Convention for electing Reverend Fred Luter, Jr., as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, acknowledging Reverend Luter’s unique role as the first African American leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, and honoring the commitment of the Southern Baptist Convention to an inclusive faith-based community and society.
Adopted S.Res.605, designating the week beginning November 26, 2012, as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week.
Adopted S.Res.606, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, on December 1, 1812.
Adopted S.Res.607, a resolution relative to the death of the Honorable George McGovern, former United States Senator and Congressman from the State of South Dakota.
No EXECUTIVE ITEMS
|9:30 am||Hearing: Tapping America’s Energy Potential Through Research and DevelopmentCommittee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Energy and Environment|
The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on November 30, 2012
|9:00:27 A.M.||The House convened, starting a new legislative day.|
|9:00:35 A.M.||Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.|
|9:01:57 A.M.||POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – The Speaker announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Shimkus demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Speaker announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Shimkus objected to the voice vote and made a point of no quorum and the Speaker announced that further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the approval of the Journal would be postponed until later in the legislative day. The point of order was considered as withdrawn.|
|9:02:18 A.M.||PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Quigley to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.|
|9:02:46 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.|
|9:16:08 A.M.||H.R. 6429||Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 821. H.R. 6429 — “To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote innovation, investment, and research in the United States, to eliminate the diversity immigrant program, and for other purposes.”|
|9:16:13 A.M.||H.R. 6429||Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 6429 with 1 hour and 30 minutes 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. Bill is closed to amendments. The resolution provides that an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee print 112-34, as modified by the amendment printed in the Rules Committee report, shall be considered as adopted. The resolution provides suspension authority on Thursday, December 6, 2012.|
|9:16:58 A.M.||H.R. 6429||DEBATE – The House proceeded with ninety minutes of debate on H.R. 6429.|
|10:07:35 A.M.||The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 3542 and agreed to S. Res. 604 .|
|10:07:36 A.M.||H.R. 6429||DEBATE – The House continued with further debate on H.R. 6429.|
|10:56:52 A.M.||H.R. 6429||The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.|
|10:57:23 A.M.||H.R. 6429||Ms. Lofgren, Zoe moved to recommit with instructions to Judiciary.|
|10:59:51 A.M.||H.R. 6429||DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment to provide immigrant visas for certain advanced STEM graduates.|
|11:10:13 A.M.||H.R. 6429||The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.|
|11:35:12 A.M.||H.R. 6429||On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 157 – 231 (Roll no. 612).|
|11:43:03 A.M.||H.R. 6429||On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 245 – 139 (Roll no. 613).|
|11:43:04 A.M.||H.R. 6429||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|11:43:18 A.M.||The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.|
|12:19:00 P.M.||Mr. Cantor asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, November 30, 2012, it adjourn to meet at noon on Monday, December 3, 2012, for Morning-Hour Debate. Agreed to without objection.|
|12:20:54 P.M.||SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.|
|2:21:50 P.M.||Mr. Whitfield moved that the House do now adjourn.|
|2:21:54 P.M.||On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.|
|2:21:58 P.M.||The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on December 3, 2012.|
First Lady Previews the 2012 White House Holiday Decorations
First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families, including Gold Star and Blue Star parents, spouses and children, to the White House for the first viewing of the 2012 holiday decorations.