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The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for debate only with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. There will be no roll call votes on Tuesday.

 The next roll call votes will be at approximately 11:45am on Wednesday, March 5th.

WRAP UP

No Roll Call Votes

Legislative Items

Began the Rule 14 process of S.2077, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014 (Reed) in order to place the bill on the Legislative Calendar.

No Executive Items

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Last Floor Action: 3/2
4:13:47 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the

 

House do now recess.

The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

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EPA plans to put National Limits on Carbon Pollution …Tell Congress to Support the EPA


Don’t let them take away our shot at climate action.

When the EPA announced their plans to finally put national limits on carbon pollution from America’s power plants, we knew the opposition would soon be out in full force. And they did not disappoint.

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) introduced the Electricity Security and Affordability Act (H.R. 3826), that would essentially handcuff the EPA and allow unlimited carbon pollution to continue. The House of Representatives will vote on this destructive legislation as early as Wednesday.

Tell your elected officials this is unacceptable! Ask them to stand strong in support of the EPA.

H.R. 3826 would block the EPA on multiple fronts. First, it would halt their efforts to make sure that all new power plants are built with technologies that meet common sense standards to reduce carbon pollution—but it won’t stop there.

The EPA is also working to propose carbon pollution standards to begin cleaning up OLDER, DIRTY power plants. But this bill would stop that in its tracks by changing the rules at the end of the game, requiring Congress to get its act together and pass additional legislation before power plants have to start cleaning up smokestack pollution.

The fact is, Congress already passed bipartisan legislation authorizing these rules—it’s called THE CLEAN AIR ACT. And with climate deniers and dirty energy allies standing ready to derail these clean air standards in Congress, it’s unlikely these groundbreaking rules would ever get put into practice.

Don’t stand by and let this happen.

Take Action: Tell your members of Congress to let the EPA do its job.

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Heather Shelby
Action Network Coordinator

Minimum wage facts …


  Minimum wage is an employer’s way of saying “if I was allowed to pay you less, I would.”           

Minimum wage workers are not all teenagers bagging groceries at the corner store.  They’re not just on the first rung of the ladder to the American dream.  They are mostly women, disproportionately of color and in service industries where there’s no way up or out.

They’re the men and women who hand you your change, clear off your tray and say “have a nice day” on your way out the door.

And they haven’t had a raise in years. In fact, their pay has gone down because it’s not indexed to inflation.

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Take Action

4.4 million Americans currently earn the federal minimum wage of $7.25, or less. 284,000 of them are college graduates. Worse, the minimum wage has not kept up with the cost of living. After adjusting for inflation, the minimum wage is lower than it was in 1956.

Click here to tell the House and Senate to raise the minimum wage.

Sincerely,