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But have you heard of Hugo Camacho? Or Javier Piaguaje? They’re not exactly household names. Nor gangster names for that matter. And that’s because one is a campesino farmer that makes about $200 a month growing cacao. The other is a leader of the Secoya indigenous people, and both are from the rainforests of Ecuador‘s Amazon. Their crime? Suing the second largest oil company for the worst oil-related environmental disaster on the planet. And winning.
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the Media is reporting that a deal may be announced at 12ET
The Senate stands in adjournment until 12:00 noon on Wednesday,
October 16, 2013. Following any Leader remarks, Senators will be permitted to speak for up 10 minutes each.
By consent, the Senate will now begin consideration of H.R.2775, agree to the substitute amendment, which is the text of the debt limit and CR deal, and immediately proceed to a cloture vote on the bill, as amended. If cloture is invoked, the Senate would immediately proceed to vote on passage of the bill, as amended.
The Senate also agreed that if the senate passes H.R.2775, as amended, the Senate go to conference on the Budget resolution and authorized the Chair to appoint conferees with a ratio of 12 Democrats and 10 Republicans. The conferees are instructed to report back a conference report by December 13, 2013. It is not in order for the Senate to consider a conference report if it includes reconciliation instructions to raise the debt limit. If the House fails to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R.2775 (Debt Limit/CR), the agreement to go to conference on the Budget would be vitiated.
2 roll call votes at approx. 7:30pm:
– Cloture on H.R.2775, as amended (60 vote threshold); and
– Passage of H.R.2775, as amended, Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 (majority vote threshold).
Agreement to go to conference on Budget resolution
Murray: I ask unanimous consent that if the Senate passes H.R.2775, as amended, the Senate then proceed to the consideration of Calendar #33, H.Con.Res.25; that the amendment at the desk, which is the text of S.Con.Res.8, the budget resolution passed by the Senate, be agreed to and the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table; that H.Con.Res.25, as amended, be agreed to; the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table; that the motion for the Senate to insist on its amendment, be agreed to; that the Senate request a conference with the House on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses and authorize the Chair to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate, with a ratio of 12 Democrats and 10 Republicans; that the conferees be instructed to report back a conference report by December 13, 2013; that if the Senate receives from the House a request to go to conference on S.Con.Res.8, that this agreement be modified so that the Senate agree to the request to go conference on S.Con.Res.8, with the remaining provisions related to the conference remaining in effect; further, that it not be in order for the Senate to consider a conference report with respect to H.Con.Res.25 or S.Con.Res.8, if it includes reconciliation instructions to raise the debt limit; and that all of the above occur with no intervening action or debate; finally, that H.Con.Res.25, as amended, and passed, be held at the desk until a message is received from the House relative to H.R.2775 and if the House fails to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R.2775, this agreement be vitiated.
Agreement on CR/Debt Limit
Reid: I ask unanimous consent the Senate proceed to the consideration of Calendar #193, H.R.2775; that the substitute amendment, which is at the desk, be agreed to (text of debt limit until February 7, 2014 and CR through January 15, 2014); that a cloture motion on the bill, as amended, which is at the desk, then be read; that the mandatory quorum required under rule 22 be waived; that no other amendments, points of order or motions be in order to the bill; that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be yielded back and the bill, as amended, be read a third time and the Senate proceed to vote on passage of the bill, as amended; that if the bill, as amended, is passed, that a title amendment, which is at the desk be agreed to; finally, that if cloture is not invoked, the action above with respect to the amendment to the bill be vitiated and the bill be returned to the calendar.
At 7:33pm the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R.2775, as amended (Debt Limit/CR);
7:56pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on passage of H.R.2775, as amended (Debt Limit/CR);
Last Floor Action:
10:43:49 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess.
The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
|10:00:42 A.M.||The House convened, starting a new legislative day.|
|10:00:46 A.M.||The Speaker designated the Honorable Gregg Harper to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.|
|10:00:53 A.M.||MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour Debate, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.|
|10:43:49 A.M.||The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.|
|12:00:30 P.M.||The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 16.|
|12:00:45 P.M.||Today‘s prayer was offered by Reverend Dr. Kurt Gerhard, St. Patricks Episcopal Church, Washington, DC.|
|12:01:06 P.M.||POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS ON APPROVAL OF JOURNAL – The Speaker 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 Speaker announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Wilson (SC) objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Speaker postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the approval of the Journal until a time to be announced.|
|12:02:45 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.|
|12:02:53 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.|
|12:32:39 P.M.||The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification of the continuance of the national emergency with respect to significant narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia – referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 113-66).|
|12:34:29 P.M.||The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.|
|9:20:25 P.M.||The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 16.|
|9:20:31 P.M.||The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received a message from the Secretary of the Senate on October 16, 2013 at 8:59 p.m. stating that that body had passed H.R. 2775 with amendments.|
|9:21:04 P.M.||H.R. 3080||PERMISSION TO FILE REPORT – Mr. Sessions asked unanimous consent that the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure have until 5 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 2013, to file a report to accompany H.R. 3080. Agreed to without objection.|
|9:21:24 P.M.||ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. Sessions asked Unanimous consent that it be in order at any time to take from the Speaker’s table H.R. 2775, with the Senate amendments thereto, and to consider in the House, without intervention of any point of order, a single motion offered by the chair of the Committee on Appropriations or his designee that the House concur in the Senate amendments; that the Senate amendments and the motion be considered as read; that the motion be debatable for 1 hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations; and that the previous question be considered as ordered on the motion to its adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question. Agreed to without objection.|
|9:25:01 P.M.||H.R. 2775||Pursuant to a previous special order the House moved to agree to the Senate amendments.|
|9:26:12 P.M.||H.R. 2775||DEBATE – The House began one hour of debate on the Senate amendments to H.R. 2775.|
|9:55:53 P.M.||H.R. 2775||The previous question was ordered pursuant to a previous special order.|
|10:20:18 P.M.||H.R. 2775||On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendments Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 285 – 144 (Roll no. 550).|
|10:20:19 P.M.||H.R. 2775||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|10:20:23 P.M.||UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal.|
|10:20:41 P.M.||On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.|
|:32:00 P.M.||S. Con. Res. 8||ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. Ryan (WI) asked unanimous consent that the House be considered to have taken from the Speakers table S. Con. Res. 8; adopted an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of H. Con. Res. 25, as adopted by the House; adopted such concurrent resolution, as amended; insisted on its amendment; and requested a conference with the Senate thereon; and during the remainder of the 113th Congress, it shall not be in order to offer a motion under clause 7(c) of rule 22 with respect to S. Con. Res. 8. Agreed to without objection.|
|10:32:01 P.M.||S. Con. Res. 8||for the United States Government for fiscal year 2014, revising the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal year 2013, and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2015 through 2023.”|
|10:32:04 P.M.||S. Con. Res. 8||On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to pursuant to a previous order of the House.|
|10:32:10 P.M.||S. Con. Res. 8||Pursuant to a previous special order, the House insisted on its amendment and requested a conference.|
|10:32:11 P.M.||S. Con. Res. 8||On motion that the House insist upon its amendment, and request a conference Agreed to pursuant to a previous order of the House.|
|10:32:12 P.M.||S. Con. Res. 8||The Speaker appointed conferees: Ryan (WI), Cole, Price (GA), Black, Van Hollen, Clyburn, and Lowey.|
|10:33:00 P.M.||H. Con. Res. 58||Mr. Collins (GA) asked unanimous consent that the House agree to the Senate amendments.|
|10:33:13 P.M.||H. Con. Res. 58||On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendments Agreed to without objection.|
|10:34:13 P.M.||H. Con. Res. 58||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|10:51:25 P.M.||The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 24 and made an appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Open World Leadership Center.|
|10:52:08 P.M.||S. Con. Res. 24||Considered as privileged matter. S. Con. Res. 24 — “Providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and an adjournment of the House of Representatives.”|
|10:53:43 P.M.||S. Con. Res. 24||On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.|
|10:53:49 P.M.||S. Con. Res. 24||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|10:53:52 P.M.||Mr. Garrett moved that the House do now adjourn.|
|10:54:06 P.M.||On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.|
|10:55:07 P.M.||The House adjourned pursuant to S. Con. Res. 24. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on October 22, 2013.|