the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 12/26 ~~ the House


The 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

Schedule for Monday, January 6, 2014

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:12/26
12:10:09 P.M. – The Speaker announced
that the House do now adjourn pursuant to S. Con. Res. 30. The next meeting is
scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on January 3, 2014.

Stop the big oil giveaway fueling our enemies.

Since General Clark‘s email, over 16,000 people have signed our letter to the Environmental Protection Agency calling on them to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The RFS is an important tool in reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and it’s critical that you add your name before we submit the signatures in January. You can do that here:

Thanks for standing with the veterans, military family members, and VoteVets supporters who have already taken action on this important issue.

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman

Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering gutting one of the most important policies put in place to limit the amount of fossil fuels we burn and lower our dependence on foreign oil.

It’s called the Renewable Fuel Standard and it ensures a minimum number of renewable fuels are used for transportation in the United States.

As veterans, military family members, and VoteVets supporters, we have a unique understanding about the cost of our dependence on foreign oil. It’s not just measured in the price at the pump, or a changing climate, but also in the lives lost and changed through deployments to protect the flow of oil in the Middle East.

VoteVets is participating in the Environmental Protection Agency’s public comment period on this issue. It ends in a few weeks, and we’d love it if you added your name to ours before we submit. You can do that here:

This is an important issue and a very real chance for you to make a difference. The EPA traditionally takes these comments very seriously, but our voices are at risk of being drowned out by big oil interests running astroturf campaigns.

That’s why your petition signature is so important. I hope you’ll add your name to mine today.

All the best,

General (Ret.) Wesley Clark
Board Member,

20 Years Later: Returning to FDA to Regulate Tobacco


Mitch Zeller became the director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) in March 2013, but he has been working on FDA-related issues for decades. In this webinar, he talks about his background and shares his thoughts on key opportunities for FDA to help reduce the health impact of tobacco use through product regulation.

The webinar will be moderated by Kathy Crosby, CTP’s director of Health Communication and Education, and will allow for questions and answers at the end of the presentation. To attend the online webinar, please book this date and time on your calendar now.


Visit our website to learn more about this webinar and find the log-in instructions. You can also find out how to send questions in advance via Twitter.

FDA Taking Closer Look at ‘Antibacterial’ Soap

12/16/2013 09:00 AM EST
Will antibacterial soaps, in addition to keeping you clean, reduce your risk of getting sick or passing on germs to others? Data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use may outweigh the benefits.

Does Google support ALEC

Dear MoveOn member,

Stunning news: Google supports a right-wing front group that pushes anti-environment, anti-education and anti-worker policies. That’s why I started a petition on to Google CEO Larry Page. The petition says:

The anti-environment, anti-education and anti-worker agenda of ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) is the antithesis of what Google claims to stand for.Please end your support for ALEC and its extremist policies today!

Sign Marisol’s petition

I’m Marisol Garcia, a teacher and MoveOn member in Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve witnessed ALEC’s dangerous agenda firsthand.

ALEC has repeatedly tried to dismantle our public schools by rerouting taxpayer funds toward private and for-profit institutions, attacking the reduced price school lunch program and attempting an end-run around teachers’ unions. On top of that, ALEC has repeatedly pushed voter suppression efforts, discouraged policies that would expand alternative energy use, and promoted the dangerous “Stand Your Ground” law in states across America.

Google has a great reputation and I couldn’t be happier about the recent investments my school made to bring tools like Chrome and Google Docs to my students—but that makes Google’s involvement with ALEC even more disappointing. Please join me in asking Google to end its support for ALEC.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Marisol Garcia