Congress: Republican led House ::::: Democratic Senate


the Senate will reConvene at 2:00pmET February 4, 2013

and the session will begin … read below

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.47, the Violence Against Women Act with the time until 5:30pm equally divided and controlled.
  • At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to S.47, the Violence Against Women Act.


11:05:39 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on February 4, 2013.

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“The Dude from Stillwater”.

whitehouse has uploaded West Wing Week: 02/01/13 or “The Dude from Stillwater”.
This week, the President announced his choice for his new Chief of Staff, pushed for comprehensive immigration reform, and invited the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year, Presidential Innovation Fellows, law enforcement officials, 60 minutes, and the Miami Heat to the White House.

New President of NARAL …

NARAL Pro-Choice America
Ilyse Hogue  meet Ilyse Hogue, NARAL Pro-Choice America’s new president beginning today.

Ilyse is ready to hit the ground running. She brings years of political expertise to our organization, and she knows how to counter the tactics of well-funded opponents from her time at and Media Matters for America. Ilyse is committed to bringing a new generation of Americans into the conversation about the importance of reproductive rights. I know she will be an excellent leader for the pro-choice cause in the years ahead.

Help me welcome Ilyse – and please share your thoughts about what’s important to you.

My time as president officially comes to an end next week with our annual Roe v. Wade anniversary dinner here in Washington, D.C.

Before I go, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. I appreciate all of the kind words and notes of support I have received these past few months. It’s really meant a lot.

Because of your commitment and willingness to take action, we accomplished so much these past eight years. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Since 2005, we have lobbied more than 50 votes on choice-related issues in Congress and worked in partnership with our affiliates on more than 4,000 choice-related bills in the states.
  • In 2008 and again last year, we played a leading role in sending President Barack Obama to the White House and electing other pro-choice champions across the country.
  • We fought relentlessly to improve women’s access to birth control – and we won when the Obama administration adopted a no-cost birth-control coverage.
  • Most recently, we helped convince Congress to lift the ban on servicewomen who become pregnant as a result of sexual assault from using their military health plans to cover abortion care.

Welcoming a new president at any organization is a big moment, but I have every confidence in the changes that are to come here at NARAL Pro-Choice America.

I know I can count on you to stand by Ilyse, help her grow our base, and protect a woman’s right and access to abortion for decades to come.

In solidarity,

Nancy Keenan

Nancy Keenan President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

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