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XMASThe Senate will meet for a pro forma session only with no business conducted at 11:45am on Friday, January 3, 2014.

 Additionally, only if the Senate does not receive a message that the House has adopted S.Con.Res.30, the adjournment resolution, the Senate will meet on the following dates and times:

–          Tuesday, December 24th at noon

–          Friday, December 27th at noon and

–          Tuesday, December 31st at noon

The Senate will convene at 2:00pm on Monday, January 6, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1845, the Unemployment Insurance Extension Act with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

At 3:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #452, the nomination of Janet Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System with the time until 5:30pm equally divided and controlled in the usual form prior to a vote on confirmation of the Yellen nomination.

 At 5:30pm, there will be 2 roll call votes:

–          Confirmation of the Yellen nomination and

–          Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1845, the Unemployment Extension Act.


Last Floor Action:12/19
11:05:00 A.M. – The Speaker announced
that the House do now adjourn pursuant to H. Res. 438.

The next meeting is
scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on December 23, 2013.

Songs for the Philippines

Songs for the Philippines
Featuring songs by Adele, Lady Gaga, The Beatles, Beyoncé, Eminem, Kings of Leon, and many more, this benefit compilation album offers songs of compassion and hope from some of the biggest names in music. All proceeds go to the Philippine Red Cross to aid relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan.

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Haiyan …

Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo News

It is estimated that millions of individuals will need some form of assistance after super typhoon Haiyan (Reu …

With reports of more than 1,000 estimated casualties, “super typhoon” Haiyan is said to be one of the most devastating storms ever to hit landfall .

The Red Cross and other agencies say they expect the number of casualties and total damage to soar as Haiyan is thought likely to return to category 5 status again.

Amidst the damage, several organizations are stepping up to provide relief to the victims and families of Haiyan .

“It is too early to tell what exactly we will need, but definitely after the relief operations there is going to be a lot of work in terms of reconstruction and rehabilitation, particularly for people who have lost their homes,” Philippines Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Cuisia Jr. told Voice of America.

And while the U.S State Department and military are stepping in to assist in the emergency response, there are a number of organizations that are accepting private donations to help in the relief effort.

Here are a few places where you can donate to help:
**  The United Nations World Food Programme estimates that 2.5 million people will need food assistance in the regions affected by Haiyan. They have set up a page where you can donate to efforts aimed at providing relief to families and children affected by the typhoon.

**  UNICEF is accepting donations to directly assist the children affected by Haiyan. “Children urgently need access to safe water, hygiene supplies, food, shelter and a safe environment to recover,” the groups said.
**  Catholic Relief Services is another major organization helping to collect relief funds for the recovery efforts.
**  Save the Children is directing donations to help children in the Philippines, Vietnam and Laos. They’ve also said they will set aside 10 percent of all donations to create a new fund for similar future emergencies.
**  Heifer is accepting donations to help residents recover from and prepare for future disasters.
**  The Canadian organization GlobalMedic is working to provide clean water to Haiyan victims. “Those people are vulnerable,” GlobalMedic’s Rahul Singh told the Toronto Sun. “And clean water is essential in order to prevent a secondary catastrophe.”

Super Typhoon Haiyan …. Phillippines!!

It Is What It Is


According to CNN: “thousands of people in vulnerable areas of the Philippines are being relocated as one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever observed spins toward the country.

With sustained winds of 315 kph (195 mph) and gusts as strong as 380 kph (235 mph), Super Typhoon Haiyan was churning across the Western Pacific toward the central Philippines.”

Its wind strength makes it equivalent to an exceptionally strongCategory 5 hurricane.

The storm, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, is expected to still be a super typhoon, with winds in excess of 240 kph (149 mph), when it makes landfall Friday morning in the region of Eastern Visayas.

The storm is so large in diameter that clouds from it are affecting two-thirds of the country.


Authorities in the region had moved more than 3,800 people to evacuation centers by late Thursday, Maj. Reynaldo Balido of…

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