Raise the Minimum Wage: It’s the Right Thing to Do for Hardworkin​g Americans


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In this week’s address, Vice President Biden discusses the importance of raising the federal minimum wage. It’s good for workers, it’s good for business, and it would help close the gender pay gap, as women make up more than half of the workers who stand to benefit from a raise. And as the Vice President highlights, Congress should boost the federal minimum wage because it’s what a majority of the American people want.Click here to watch this week’s Weekly Address.Watch: Vice President Biden delivers the Weekly Address
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FLOTUS Shows Us How She Moves in ChinaWhile visiting Xi’an, China, First Lady Michelle Obama was greeted by local kids and students performing music, double dutch jump roping, flying kites, and more. Of course, the First Lady couldn’t resist getting in on the fun and showing the kids how she moves.@FLOTUS Tweet: #LetsMove in China: The First Lady jumps rope with kids at the Xi'an City Wall.READ MORESix Days, Five Countries, One POTUS

President Obama spent this week across the pond, meeting with European leaders in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and Vatican City, before traveling to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes took some time earlier this week to go over the President’s schedule and the goals of the trip.

Video player: President Obama's six-day, five-country trip.

While in Vatican City, President Obama had an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. Here’s what the President said about their meeting, “I would say that the largest bulk of the time was discussing two central concerns of his. One is the issues of the poor, the marginalized, those without opportunity, and growing inequality. … And then we spent a lot of time talking about the challenges of conflict and how elusive peace is around the world.”

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Over six million Americans have signed up for private health insurance plans.

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As always, to see even more of this week’s events, watch this week’s episode of West Wing Week:

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Support Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.


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Donate $25 today.

It’s estimated that 22 American military veterans die by suicide every day. That’s nearly one every hour, of every day, of every week, of every month. That’s over 8,000 veterans every year.

That number almost included Kris Goldsmith, pictured above.

Kris is an Army vet from Long Island. He deployed to Iraq in 2005, where he went on more than 300 missions. Kris left the Army in 2007 with a “general discharge” after he attempted to take his own life. Kris’s “less-than-honorable” discharge status made him ineligible for the GI Bill and was unemployable for two years.

But thanks to strong support and personal courage, Kris made it through. And not only is he surviving, he’s thriving.  He is recovering from PTSD and attending Nassau Community College – where he’s president of the student veterans group. He’s a survivor. Now he wants to save others, and he needs your help.

Will you join Kris and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) in combating veteran suicide by contributing $25 right now?

This week, Kris and more than 30 veterans of IAVA are in DC telling Congress that the time has come to take real steps to help those in crisis. IAVA is the first and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. We’re asking Congress to increase funding for mental health providers, ensure a smooth health care transition for veterans when they leave the military, and spread awareness to ensure everyone knows that it’s ok to ask for help.

We need you to help fund this trip and all the work that comes after. Will you join our fight by donating $25 to help end veteran suicide?

Even one veteran taking their own life is one too many. Your support can help save the lives of people who have shown exceptional bravery for our country.

We can’t do it alone. Will you stand with IAVA’s member veterans as they storm Capitol Hill by donating $25?

Thank you for showing veterans across the country that you’ve got their back.

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Tell Governor Inslee: Stop food stamp cuts in Washington


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Please Call Gov. Inslee 360-902-4111

Last month, President Obama signed a new “farm bill” that cuts food stamp funding by about $800 million per year. These heartless cuts – which Republicans forced through in Congress – slash $90 in food stamp benefits per month from 850,000 families nationwide.

Fortunately, a bipartisan group of governors in six states have found a way to reverse these devastating cuts by participating in a special “heat and eat” program, which leverages heating assistance payments into higher food stamp benefits.1 Governor Inslee can stop the cuts to the food stamp program in Washington, but it is going to take grassroots pressure to make that happen.

CREDO activist Heather Magrath started a campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. The petition, which is to Governor Inslee, asks the following:

Nearly a million Americans are on the verge of losing $90 per month in food stamps benefits. I urge you to sign an executive order increasing heating assistance subsidies to prevent thousands of Washington families from losing access to food stamps.

Sign the petition: Tell Governor Inslee to stop the food stamp cuts in Washington.

$90 per month may not seem like much, but for families in Washington who are struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table, the recent cuts to the food stamp program can be devastating.

By slightly increasing state funding for heating assistance to residents slated to lose part of their food stamp benefits, governors in six states have completely stopped the Republican food stamp cut from affecting residents in their states.

With unemployment still unacceptably high and millions of families struggling to get by, we need to do everything in our power to stop the Republicans’ irresponsible attempts to slash our social safety net. Governor Inslee needs to follow the lead of these governors and prevent thousands of Washington residents from losing $90 each month in food stamp benefits.

Will you join Heather and urge Governor Inslee to do what’s right for Washington residents and stop the devastating food stamp cuts?

Thanks for fighting to stop food stamp cuts in Washington.

Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. “Republican Governor Will Protect His State’s Residents From Food Stamp Cuts,” Think Progress, March 6, 2014

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 3/31 ~~ the House


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The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, March 31, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 with the time until 5:00pm equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.

 At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #573, John Owens to be US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit with the time until 5:30pm equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.

 At 5:30pm, there will be at least 2 roll call votes (3 expected):

–        Confirmation of Executive Calendar #573, John Owens, of CA, to be US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit,

–        Expected motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to H.R.4302 (60-vote threshold),

–        Passage of H.R.4302 (60-vote threshold), and

–        Motion to proceed to H.R.3979, the legislative vehicle for the Unemployment Insurance extension (possible voice vote).

Senator Wyden asked unanimous consent that following disposition of the Owens nomination tonight, the Senate proceed to a vote on passage of Calendar #336, S.2157, Commonsense Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2014 (Full SGR repeal with OCO and other House-passed offsets), and the Senate then resume consideration of H.R.4302, as provided under the previous order. Senator Sessions objected.

 

Senator Sessions then asked unanimous consent to take up and pass Calendar #330, S.2122, Responsible Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2014 (Hatch). Senator Wyden objected.

Senator Sessions made a point of order that H.R.4302 violates section 201-A of S.Con.Res.21, the concurrent resolution on the Budget for fiscal year 2008. Senator Wyden moved to waive all applicable points of order.

 

At 5:30pm today there will be a series of up to 4 votes (we expect 3 roll calls and 1 voice vote) in relation to the following items:

 

–          Confirmation of Executive Calendar #573, John B. Owens, of CA, to be US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit (majority vote threshold);

–          Motion to waive applicable budget points of order with respect to H.R.4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (SGR/Doc Fix)  (60-vote threshold);

–          Passage of H.R.4302,  Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (SGR/Doc Fix) (60-vote threshold); and

–          Adoption of the motion to proceed to H.R.3979, the legislative vehicle for the Unemployment Insurance extension (voice vote expected).

Senator Wyden asked unanimous consent to take up and pass Calendar #336, S.2157 with a Wyden substitute amendment (Full SGR Repeal with OCO and additional offsets). Senator Hatch objected.

 

Senator Hatch then asked unanimous consent to take up and pass Calendar #330, S.2122, Responsible Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2014 (Hatch). Senator Wyden objected.

5:34pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #573, John B. Owens, of CA, to be US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit;

Confirmed: 56-42

6:13pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on Wyden motion to waive applicable budget points of order with respect to H.R.4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (SGR/Doc Fix) (60-vote threshold);

Agreed to: 64-35

At 6:31pm, the Senate began a 10-minute roll call vote on passage of H.R.4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (SGR/Doc Fix) (60-vote threshold).

Passed: 64-35

Senator Menendez asked unanimous consent the Judiciary committee be discharged from further consideration of S.Res.404, honoring the accomplishments and legacy of Cesar Estrada Chavez.

 

Senator Sessions asked to modify the request with a Vitter amendment at the desk. Senator Menendez did not accept the request to modify and Senator Sessions objected to the original request.

 

The unofficial transcript of the exchange is below.

 

MR. MENENDEZ: MR. PRESIDENT, I SHORTLY AM GOING TO MAKE A

UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST ON S.RES.404, A RESOLUTION THAT I

INTRODUCED HONORING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF CESAR CHAVEZ. THIS

RESOLUTION HAS BEEN BLOCKED BY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE

OF THE AISLE EVERY TIME IT HAS COME UP FOR THE LAST SEVEN

CONSECUTIVE YEARS. EVERY TIME. EVERY TIME. NOW, TODAY, ON WHAT

WOULD HAVE BEEN CESAR CHAVEZ’S.87th BIRTHDAY, I ASK MY

REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO FIND IT IN THEIR HEARTS TO HONOR A MAN

WHO REALLY MADE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COUNTRY. FRANKLY, I DON’T

UNDERSTAND THEIR RELUCTANCE. I DON’T UNDERSTAND THEIR

OBSTRUCTIONISM. I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THEY CAN LOOK BACK AT

THAT TIME IN HISTORY, AT THE SACRIFICES CESAR CHAVEZ MADE FOR

OUR COUNTRY, ASKING FOR NOTHING MORE THAN FAIR TREATMENT AND

JUSTICE. NOW, I REALIZE IT’S UNCOMMON TO MAKE A LIVE UNANIMOUS

CONSENT REQUEST FOR A COMMEMORATIVE RESOLUTION, BUT IF

REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO OBJECT YET AGAIN FOR AN EIGHTH YEAR IN

A ROW TO HONORING A — IN MY VIEW, A GREAT AMERICAN HERO, I

REALLY WANT IT TO BE ON THE RECORD. I THINK REPUBLICANS NEED TO

ANSWER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS TO WHY AS A PARTY THEY CAN

AGREE TO PASSING RESOLUTIONS HONORING WORLD PLUMBING DAY OR

CONGRATULATING THE PENN STATE DANCE MARATHON — BOTH SENATE

RESOLUTIONS THAT WERE ADOPTED THIS MONTH BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT

– BUT INSIST ON STANDING IN THE WAY OF HONORING A CIVIL RIGHTS

TRAIL BLAZER WHO CHANGED THE COURSE OF OUR NATION’S HISTORY.

CESAR CHAVEZ WAS A MAN BEFORE HIS TIME AND HE DESERVES PROPER

RECOGNITION. HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY,

JUSTICE AND DIGNITY. NOT ONLY FOR HISPANIC FARM WORKERS BUT FOR

ALL WORKERS IN THE UNITED STATES. YET OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER

SIDE CANNOT FIND IT IN THEIR HEARTS TO HONOR HIM, AND I HAVE TO

ASK WHY. WHY CAN’T THEY SIMPLY SAY “YES”?

IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY MAN WHO GAVE OF HIMSELF FOR HIS CAUSE

AND DESERVES TO BE REMEMBERED AND HONORED BY THE UNITED STATES

SENATE. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PROCLAIMED TODAY,

MARCH 31, 2014, AS CESAR CHAVEZ DAY. OVER TEN STATES HONOR HIS

LIFE AND LEGACY EACH YEAR ON THIS DAY. THE SECRETARY OF THE

INTERIOR ESTABLISHED A NATIONAL MONUMENT IN HIS HONOR. AND

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, YOU’LL FIND SCHOOLS AND PARKS, STREETS,

LIBRARIES AND OTHER PUBLIC FACILITIES NAMED AFTER CESAR CHAVEZ

AS WELL. SO I IMPLORE SENATE REPUBLICANS TO RECONSIDER DENYING

CESAR CHAVEZ’S LEGACY FOR AN EIGHTH YEAR IN A ROW. ADOPT THIS

COMMEMORATIVE RESOLUTION BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. GIVE CESAR

CHAVEZ THE RECOGNITION HE SO DESERVES. THAT’S ALL WE ASK.

NOTHING MORE. THIS YEAR, THERE IS A NEW MOVIE CHRONICLING THE

LIFE OF CESAR CHAVEZ, A LIFE LIVED WITH HONOR AND DIGNITY AND

DECENCY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF ALL OF US. THE FILM IS LONG

OVERDEUVMENT THAT LIFE, THAT DEDICATION, THAT SPIRIT WILL

ALWAYS BE MISSED. HE WAS BORN NEAR HIS FAMILY’S FARM IN YUMA,

ARIZONA. WHEN HE WAS 10 IN THE HARD TIMES OF THE DEPRESSION,

THE FAMILY LOST THEIR FARM, LIKE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, AND

THEY BECAME MIGRANT FARM WORKERS, LABORING IN VINEYARDS ACROSS

THE SOUTHWEST, WHERE HE LEARNED OF THE INJUSTICE AND HARDSHIP

OF A FARM WORKER’S LIFE. HE NEVER LEFT THOSE FIELDS. HE NEVER

LEFT THE LAND. HE NEVER TURNED HIS BACK ON THE PEOPLE WHO

WORKED IT AND THE REST IS HISTORY. ROBERT KENNEDY CALLED HIM

ONE OF THE MOST HEROIC FIGURES OF OUR TIME. I THINK IT’S

BECAUSE CESAR CHAVEZ UNDERSTOOD AND BELIEVED IN ONE FUNDAMENTAL

TRUTH. HE ALWAYS SAID — QUOTE — “THE FIGHT IS NEVER ABOUT

GRAPES OR LETTUCE. IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT PEOPLE.” HE WAS RIGHT AND

THAT FIGHT CONTINUES TODAY. THE STRUGGLE FOR FAIRNESS AND

DIGNITY FOR EVERY AMERICAN GOES ON AND CESAR CHAVEZ WAS AND IS

ITS INSPIRATION. HE CERTAINLY IS AN AMERICAN HERO BUT MOST

DEFINITELY A HERO TO THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY. HE PAVED THE WAY

FOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF HISPANIC-AMERICANS, FOR INNOVATIVE AND

SOCIAL IMPROVEMENTS. IF THERE’S ONE MAN THAT REDEFINED

LEADERSHIP, IT IS CESAR CHAVEZ. AND I THINK MY COLLEAGUES NEED

TO KNOW THAT THE COMMUNITY STANDS WITH ME TODAY AND STANDS

FIRMLY BEHIND MY RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF

CESAR CHAVEZ. MR. PRESIDENT, I HAVE A LIST AND IN THE INTEREST

OF TIME I WON’T READ IT BUT OF OVER 29 NATIONAL AND ACTUALLY 37

NATIONAL HISPANIC AND LABOR ORGANIZATIONS ALL WHICH SUPPORT THE

RESOLUTION THAT I’D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE

RECORD.

 

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

MR. MENENDEZ: WE ALL EAGERLY AAWAIT THE DAY WHEN POLITICS WILL

NO LONGER PRECLUDE ITS PASSAGE. CESAR CHAVEZ’S PROFOUND LEGACY

AND LASTING LEGACY CAN BE REDUCED TO THREE WORDS — THEY ECHO

FROM THE FIELDS OF DELANO, CALIFORNIA, ACROSS AMERICA ALL THE

WAY TO THE WITHOUT. CE SE QUEDA. THESE THREE WORDS, WHILE

SIMPLE IN NATURE, HARBORED THE POWER OF COMMUNITIES TO MOVE

FROM DARKNESS TO A BRIGHTER LIGHT OF HOPES. THESE THREE WORDS

REPRESENTED AS THE VERY CORE OF SPIRIT THAT BREATHES LIFE INTO

AMERICA’S STRUGGLE FOR A BETTER LIFE. AS THE LEADER OF THE

FIRST SUCCESSFUL FARM WORKER’S UNION IN THE UNITED STATES, HE

FOUGHT TO ENSURE THOSE WORKING TIRELESSLY TO PROVIDE AMERICANS

WITH FOOD RECEIVED THE BENEFITS THEY DESERVED. NONETHELESS, HIS

SERVICE EXTENDS FAR BEYOND OUR AGRICULTURAL FIELDS AND PROVIDES

INSPIRATIONS TO THOSE WORKING TO IMPROVE HUMAN RIGHTS,

EMPOWERING WORKERS, REGARDLESS OF RACE OR ETHNICITY. HIS

COUNTLESS EFFORTS TO ENSURE EQUALITY, JUSTICE AND DIGNITY FOR

ALL PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES ARE A TESTAMENT OF HIS

LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS, A SUCCESS THAT CAN ONLY BE MEASURED BY

THE LASTING IMPACT HE’S MADE TOWARD ENDING WORKPLACE

DISCRIMINATION, UNSAFE AND UNFAIR WORKING CONDITIONS, LOW

WAGES, AND CHILD LABOR. HE WAS MORE THAN JUST A FARMER WITH A

VISION. HE WAS A CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER THAT EMBODIED THE PURSUIT

OF JUSTICE THAT CONTINUES TO INSPIRE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

TODAY. SO I COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND

ACHIEVEMENTS OF CESAR CHAVEZ, TO ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES

TO PUT ASIDE THEIR POLITICS AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT BY A MAN WHOSE

LIFE AND LEGACY DESERVE THE RECOGNITION OF THIS NATION, ONE

NATION, AND ONE CONGRESS. LET US STAND TOGETHER AND RECOGNIZE

THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF A GREAT AMERICAN HERO, BUT MOST

IMPORTANTLY, LET US HONOR THE VALUES THAT MAKE OUR COUNTRY

GREAT, THE VALUES OF TOLERANCE, HOPE AND FREEDOM UPON WHICH

THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED. LET US ALWAYS REMEMBER, AS CHAVEZ

SAID, THE FIGHT IS ALWAYS ABOUT THE PEOPLE. WITH THAT, MR.

PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF S.RES.404, THE

RESOLUTION BE AGREED TO, THE PREAMBLE BE AGREED TO, AND THE

MOTION TO RECONSIDER BE LAID UPON THE TABLE WITH NO INTERVENING

ACTION OR DEBATE.

 

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: IS THERE OBJECTION?

 

MR. SESSIONS: MR. PRESIDENT?

 

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE SENATOR FROM ALABAMA.

MR. SESSIONS: RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT. I WOULD NOTE THAT

THE RESOLUTION HAS NOT COME OUT OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND

THAT SENATOR VITTER, WHO HAS FILED AN AMENDMENT TO THE

RESOLUTION, ASKS THAT THAT AMENDMENT BE ACCEPTED OR VOTED ON,

WHICH HAS BEEN NOT AGREED TO. THE AMENDMENT WOULD SAY A COUPLE

OF THINGS. ONE, WHEREAS CESAR ESTRADA CHAVEZ STRONGLY BELIEVED

IN ENFORCING IMMIGRATION LAWS, THEREBY REDUCING THE DELETERIOUS

EFFECTS OF INEXPENSIVE LABOR ON THE WAGES OF FARM WORKERS IN

THE UNITED STATES AND WHICH WAS RECOGNIZED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL

BUDGET OFFICE IN JUNE OF 2013 IN THEIR REPORT ENTITLED

“ECONOMIC IMPACT OF S.744, THE BORDER SECURITY AND ECONOMIC

OPPORTUNITY AND MODERNIZATION ACT.” AND HE OFFERS THIS

“WHEREAS,” A SECOND ONE. “WHEREAS, CESAR ESTRADA CHAVEZ

RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF A SECURE SOUTHERN BORDER WITH

MEXICO THROUGH CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF

IMMIGRATION LAWS BY ENCOURAGING MEMBERS OF THE UNITED FARM

WORKERS OF AMERICA TO CONTACT THE IMMIGRATION AND

SO THOSE WERE — THAT NOT HAVING BEEN ACCEPTED, I GUESS I WOULD

ASK THAT THAT WOULD BE ACCEPTED. IT’S AT THE DESK, BE AGREED TO

PRIOR TO THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION. WELL, MR. PRESIDENT

 

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: DOES THE SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY SO

MODIFIED HIS REQUEST.

MR. MENENDEZ: RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT, MR. PRESIDENT,

THIS IS NOT ABOUT CESAR CHAVEZ. THIS IS ABOUT IMMIGRATION. NOW,

I KNOW THAT MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE HAS A DIFFERENT VIEW

ABOUT IMMIGRATION THAN I DO. I KNOW THAT HE AND SENATOR VITTER,

ON WHO HE’S OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT BY, ALSO HAS A DIFFERENT

VIEW. THE SENATE HAS SPOKEN ON THE QUESTION OF IMMIGRATION. 67

SENATORS, TWO-THIRDS OF THE SENATE, HAS ALREADY SENT AN

IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SO

WHILE WE MAY HAVE DIFFERENT VIEWS, THAT’S NOT THE ISSUE OF

CESAR CHAVEZ. AND IN MY VIEW, IT IS AN INJUSTICE TO HIS MEMORY

TO OFFER SUCH AN AMENDMENT, AND THAT’S WHY I WILL HAVE TO

OBJECT. MR. SESSIONS: MR. PRESIDENT?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE ORIGINAL

REQUEST?

MR. SESSIONS: I WOULD OBJECT AND WOULD JUST NOTE THAT I DO HAVE

A DIFFERENT VIEW, AND ON THESE ISSUES WITH REGARD TO THE IMPACT

OF S.744, HAD IT PASSED, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ADVERSE TO FARM

WORKERS WHO ARE IN THIS COUNTRY WORKING HARD, KNEES PAY RAISES,

AND NEED BETTER JOB OPPORTUNITIES, AND I THINK THESE ARE

IMPORTANT PARTS OF MR. CHAFF HE IS’S CAREER $CHAVEZ’S CAREER.

IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE SENATE WOULD BE PLEASED TO ACCEPT THEM.

I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE A DISAGREEMENT, AND I WOULD YIELD THE

FLOOR AND EXPRESS MY RESPECT FOR SENATOR MENENDEZ AND HIS

LEADERSHIP ON THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, BUT WE DISAGREE

ON THIS SUBJECT.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: OBJECTION IS HEARD. MR. MENENDEZ: MR.

PRESIDENT?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY.

MR. MENENDEZ: MR. PRESIDENT, YOU KNOW, I HAVE DEEP RESPECT FOR

SENATOR SESSIONS, BUT I’LL JUST SIMPLY SAY, THIS IS THE EIGHTH

YEAR — THE EIGHTH YEAR — IN WHICH UNDER SOME FIG LEAF –

BEFORE THEY COULD HIDE THROUGH THEIR OBJECTION. THIS IS REALLY

A FIG LEAF. THE SENATE HAS EXPRESSED ITSELF ON IMMIGRATION

REFORM. THIS IS NOT ABOUT IMMIGRATION REFORM. THIS IS ABOUT

CESAR CHAVEZ. THIS IS ABOUT A MAN THAT LED BOYCOTTS ACROSS THE

COUNTRY TO BRING TO JUSTICE THE RIGHTS OF FARM WORKERS AND ALL

WORKERS ACROSS THE LAND. AND THERE IS NO BIGGER SUPPORTER BY

THE WAY OF IMMIGRATION REFORM THAN THE UNITED FARM WORKERS,

WHICH HE HELPED BUILD, CREATE, AND TODAY IS ONE OF THE

STRONGEST VOICES FOR THAT IMMIGRATION REFORM. SO IT’S REALLY

SHAMEFUL THAT WE CAN PASS, YOU KNOW, COMMEMORATIVE RESOLUTIONS

ON SOME OF THE MOST INSIGNIFICANT ISSUES, BUT ON THE LIFE OF

SOMEONE WHO CHANGED THE COURSE OF THIS COUNTRY FOR MILLIONS OF

LATINOS WHO UNDERSTAND THAT LIFE AND HISTORY AND WOULD WANT TO

SEE THAT LIFE COMMEMORATED THAT THERE CAN BE A CONTINUING

OBJECTION EIGHT YEARS, AND I WILL KEEP COMING EACH YEAR TO THE

FLOOR, MR. PRESIDENT, TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN, BECAUSE AT SOME

POINT IT WILL. AND WITH THAT, MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOOR.

The Senate adopted the motion to proceed to H.R.3979, the UI Compensation Extension, by voice vote. Senator Reid then offered substitute amendment #2874, filled the remaining slots in the amendment tree, and filed cloture on the substitute amendment and underlying bill.

 

Under Rule 22, the cloture vote on the substitute amendment (UI) will occur on Wednesday. Senators will be notified when the cloture vote is scheduled. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate time prior to a vote on adoption of the substitute amendment. Upon disposition of the substitute, the Senate would then proceed to a cloture vote on the underlying bill. If cloture is invoked on the underlying bill, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate on prior to passage of the bill, as amended, if amended.

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #573, John B. Owens, of CA, to be US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Confirmed: 56-42

2)      Motion to waive applicable budget points of order with respect to H.R.4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (SGR/Doc Fix)  (if point of order is raised) (60-vote threshold); Agreed to: 64-35

3)      Passage of H.R.4302,  Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (SGR/Doc Fix) (60-vote threshold); Passed: 64-35

 

Additional Legislative items

Adopted S.Res.405, resolution expressing support for the designation of the week of March 31 through April 2, 2014, as “National Assistant Principals Week”.

 

Adopted S.Res.406, Designating April 4, 2014, as “National Association of Junior Auxiliaries Day”

 

Adopted S.Res.407, honoring former U.S. Senator and Navy Rear Admiral Jeremiah Denton.

 

Additional Executive items

Discharged the Commerce committee and confirmed PN1058 Kelly R. Welsh, of Illinois to be General Counsel of the Department of Commerce by voice vote. 

 

Confirmed all nominations placed on the Secretary’s desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy in addition to the following items:

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #714 Maj. Gen. Anthony J. Rock – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #715 Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Trask – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #716 Col. Andrew J. Toth – to be Brigadier General

Executive Calendar #717 Lt. Gen. Darren W. McDew – to be General

Executive Calendar #718 Lt. Gen. Bradley A. Heithold – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #719 Col. Robert I. Miller – to be Brigadier General

 

ARMY

Executive Calendar #720 Lt. Gen. William B. Garrett, III to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #721 Maj. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Jr. – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #722 Col. Robert D. Tenhet – to be Brigadier General

Executive Calendar #723 Col. Bertram C. Providence – to be Brigadier General

Executive Calendar #724 Maj. Gen. Bennet S. Sacolick – to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #725 Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers – to be Admiral

Executive Calendar #726 Vice Adm. John W. Miller – to be Vice Admiral

Executive Calendar #727 Capt. David A. Lane – to be Rear Admiral (lower half)

 

MARINE CORPS

Executive Calendar #728 to be Major General

Brig. Gen. Brian D. Beaudreault

Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese

Brig. Gen. James W. Lukeman

Brig. Gen. Carl E. Mundy, III

Brig. Gen. Daniel J. ODonohue

Brig. Gen. Richard L. Simcock, II

Brig. Gen. Gary L. Thomas

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Last Floor Action:3/28
11:02:59 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on April 1, 2014.

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