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The Senate stands in adjournment until 2:00pm on Monday, March 18, 2013.

The filing deadline for all 2nd degree amendments to the Mikulski-Shelby substitute amendment #26 and H.R.933 is 4:30pm on Monday.

The managers of the bill will work on a finite list of amendments to the continuing appropriations bill over the weekend.

Senators should expect a roll call vote at 5:30pm.  There will either be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Mikulski-Shelby substitute amendment #26 or several votes in relation to amendments to the bill.


Watch Most Recent House Floor Activity

Last Floor Action:
6:48:40 P.M. -The House adjourned. 3/14

The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on March 15, 2013.

Photo of the Day: Taking Bo for a Walk

Bo, the Obama family dog, follows First Lady Michelle Obama as she walks across the South Lawn of the White House towards the Kitchen Garden, March 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Bo, the Obama family dog, follows First Lady Michelle Obama as she walks across the South Lawn of the White House towards the Kitchen Garden, March 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

In Case You Missed It

Here are some of the top stories from the White House blog:

#AskFLOTUS: The First Lady Discusses Let’s Move! on Twitter
Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama hopped on Twitter to discuss Let’s Move!, her initiative to ensure our nation’s kids grow up healthy.

AmeriCorps: Service, Sacrifice, and Solutions
Serving communities since 1994, AmeriCorps volunteers touch the lives of millions. We honor this tradition as we celebrate AmeriCorps Week.

Sunshine Week: In Celebration of Open Government
This week, the White House is highlighting one initiative a day which demonstrates the Obama Administration’s continued commitment to open and accessible government — the first in the series focuses on progress made improving the administration of the FOIA.


First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at Business Roundtable
As part of her Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks to the upcoming quarterly meeting of member CEOs of the Business Roundtable. The First Lady’s remarks will continue her call on the private sector to hire America’s veterans and military spouses, and help them reach their full potential within America’s companies. The Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with more than $7.3 trillion in annual revenues and nearly 16 million employees. http://www.joiningforces.gov

War on Women, Budget Edition

ThinkProgress War Room

Latest GOP Budget Marks Latest Attack on Women

Budgets are statements of values and priorities. Based on the GOP’s latest budget, apparently the interests of women are not a priority.

Here’s a look at how the GOP budget is bad for women and children.

Evening Brief: Important Stories That You Might’ve Missed

No, lowering taxes doesn’t grow the economy.

South Carolina GOP lawmaker suggest they blocked Medicaid expansion because Obama is black.

Is Texas turning blue?

Even Paul Ryan admits that we’re not facing a debt crisis.

Latest GOP budget gives millionaires at least a $200,000 tax cut.

It’s time for the Obama administration to lift its secrecy on drones.

The new pope’s views on LGBT equality.

Everything you need to know about the Steubenville rape trial.

President Obama evolves even further on marriage equality.

John Hocevar, Greenpeace



The National Marine Fisheries Service wants to allow fishing nets known as “walls of death” in crucial leatherback turtle habitat.

Take Action
Act now to tell them to protect this endangered species.

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Endangered leatherback turtles migrate 6,000 miles across the Pacific each year, and at the end of their journey looms a deadly threat.

Drift gillnets, known as “walls of death,” float just off the California coast. While their purpose is to catch swordfish, these nets ensnare and drown more than a hundred marine mammals a year. Rare sharks and endangered sea turtles are also among the casualties.

Leatherback turtles can currently take refuge in a small conservation area, but not for much longer. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is working to shrink this safe space—a move that threatens the survival of their species.

NMFS has tried to rollback conservation areas before, and has only backed down when facing fierce public opposition. Together, we can stop NMFS again, and help leatherback turtles stave off extinction.

Send a message to NMFS to tell them that conservation areas for endangered leatherback turtles should be expanded, not put in jeopardy.

Around the world, the leatherback population is plummeting due to careless fishing practices. Even though leatherbacks have thrived for millions of years, scientists predict it won’t last another 20 years if we don’t act. At this point, even one leatherback killed is too many.

And these nets are not just killers for leatherbacks. Whales, sea lions, dolphins, and other endangered species become entangled and die every year. For every one pound of swordfish caught by these gillnets, 27 pounds of other marine species die pointlessly.

We must keep waging battles with those who plunder our fisheries rather than manage them—whether it is off the California coast, in the frigid waters of the Bering Sea or in the fisheries of the Atlantic—to secure our oceans’ future.

Act now and tell NMFS that you want stronger protections for the leatherback turtle and other species near these dangerous fisheries.

Overfishing, climate change, and ocean acidification threaten to turn our oceans into deserts. Greenpeace is working for a future where overfishing has ceased, while endangered species like the leatherback turtle can flourish in protected marine reserves.

Every short-sighted and profit-driven decision we stop is another step towards true protection of the ocean ecosystems that nourish us.

Let’s bring down these “walls of death.”

For the oceans,

John Hocevar
Greenpeace USA Ocean Campaign Director

Bills & Hearings in the House 3/14


9:30 am Hearing: POSTPONED: Oversight Hearing – Impact of Litigation on Resource Management BudgetsCommittee on Appropriations: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
9:30 am Markup: Markup of: H.R. ___, H.R. ___, H.R. 258Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee
9:30 am Business Meeting: Business Meeting – Open in secure spaces, may closeHouse Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:
9:30 am Hearing: Public and Outside Witnesses HearingCommittee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Department of JusticeCommittee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
10:00 am Hearing: Budget Hearing – Department of Energy – Applied Energy FundingCommittee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
10:00 am Hearing: U.S. Energy Security: Enhancing Partnerships with Mexico and CanadaCommittee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Supreme Court of the United StatesCommittee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
10:00 am Hearing: POSTPONED: Oversight Hearing – United States Customs and Border Protection Budget and ManagementCommittee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition ServiceCommittee on Appropriations: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
10:00 am Hearing: RESCHEDULED: Budget Hearing – Addressing Social Security Administration’s Management Challenges in a Fiscally Constrained EnvironmentCommittee on Appropriations: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
10:00 am Hearing: The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards -CFATS- Program: A Progress UpdateCommittee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
10:00 am Hearing: Examining Legislative Improvements to Title VII of the Dodd-Frank ActCommittee on Agriculture:
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Management Issues at Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban DevelopmentCommittee on Appropriations: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
10:00 am Hearing: Hearing entitled “Who is Too Big to Fail? GAO’s Assessment of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the Office of Financial Research” Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
10:00 am Hearing: Regulating the Regulators- Reducing Burdens on Small BusinessCommittee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations
10:00 am Hearing: Johnson Announces Hearing on the Financing Challenges Facing the Social Security Disability Insurance Program Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Social Security
10:00 am Hearing: “Examining the Role of Lower-Skilled Guest Worker Programs in Today’s Economy”Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
10:00 am Hearing: Ongoing Intelligence Activities – CLOSEDHouse Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee
10:00 am Hearing: Implementing MAP-21: Progress Report from U.S. DOT Modal AdministratorsCommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
10:00 am Hearing: Lowering the Rate of Unemployment for the National Guard and Reserve: Are We Making Progress?Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Immigration EnforcementCommittee on Appropriations: Homeland Security
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing on “America’s Onshore Energy Resources: Creating Jobs, Securing America, and Lowering Prices”Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
10:00 am Hearing: Understanding the Administration’s Decisions on Spending Cuts and FurloughsCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee
10:00 am Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 588, H.R. 716, and H.R. 819Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
10:30 am Hearing: Oversight of the First Responder Network Authority -FirstNet- and Emergency CommunicationsCommittee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
11:30 am Hearing: Abusive Patent Litigation: The Impact on American Innovation and Jobs, and Potential SolutionsCommittee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, And The Internet
1:00 pm Hearing: Waiting for Care: Examining Patient Wait Times at VACommittee on Veterans’ Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
1:30 pm Hearing: The Separation of Nuclear Families under U.S. Immigration LawCommittee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration And Border Security
2:00 pm Hearing: Top Challenges For Science Agencies: Reports from the Inspectors General – Part 2Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Oversight
3:00 pm Hearing: TSA’s Efforts to Advance Risk-Based SecurityCommittee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Transportation Security
3:30 pm Hearing: Is Base Realignment and Closure -BRAC- Appropriate at this Time?Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness