Target … just does NOT get it


Target just doesn’t get it.

More than 300,000 of the company’s customers have asked Target to stand up for customer safety and prohibit people from openly carrying guns in its stores, yet the company’s leaders still haven’t taken any action.

So, it’s time to turn up the heat. Maybe Target will heed our call if some of the influential moms and women who sell products on its shelves speak out.

Using our Fast Tweet tool, please take a minute to tweet at Jessica Alba, Bethenny Frankel and Rachael Ray and ask them to urge Target to enact a gun sense policy

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When these businesswomen teamed up with Target, they probably didn’t expect customers flaunting semiautomatic rifles to be part of the deal.

  • Jessica Alba is a mom of two, and founder of Honest Company, which started selling its products at Target just this month.
  • Bethenny Frankel is a mom of one; her Skinny Girl products, including Skinny Girl Cocktails, are sold at Target.
  • Rachael Ray is a celebrity chef and entrepreneur who is famous for her fast, easy, family-friendly recipes. Her line of cookware and other products are sold at Target.

 

Target — and its brand partners — need to know that we want a safe shopping environment for our families. If Target wants our business, its leaders need to act.

Please visit our Fast Tweet page today and invite Jessica Alba, Bethenny Frankel and Rachael Ray to join our effort to make shopping at Target a safer experience for everyone.

Thank you for continuing to put pressure on Target. Together, we’ll get the company’s leaders to make this right.

Shannon Watts
Founder
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Reform Our Broken Immigration System Now


There is rare bipartisan consensus on one thing: America’s immigration system is broken.

No one believes the current system is a good thing for our country, economy, or human rights.

The Senate acted last July (that’s right, almost one year ago), so it is long past time for the House to update our broken immigration system. Contact your representative today!

Although the Senate-passed bill is not perfect, it goes a long way to provide a fair and just path to legal status for immigrants, promote policies against human trafficking, honor an earlier deal with Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) authors to include battered immigrant provisions, and provide a long-term solution for growing our domestic science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. The Senate bill would

  • Enact the DREAM Act. Increasing access to higher education is imperative for individual financial security and our nation’s economic recovery;
  • Provide a fair and just path to legal status for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this country;
  • Improve the visa process to protect immigrant victims of domestic violence; and
  • Create a STEM education fund to help move women and girls into STEM fields.

We cannot let the search for a “perfect bill” get in the way of the good solution to our broken immigration system. The lives of millions of undocumented immigrants and the strength of our nation’s economy depend on it.

Now is the time to act – send a message to your representative today!

Tell the SEC to make Corp. disclose political spending


Did you know your hard-earned money could be funding an anti-minimum wage TV ad or paying the salary of a pro-fracking lobbyist?

Yep, that’s right. If you’re investing money in a 401k or another retirement account, corporations are counting on you to ignore how they spend your money — and are doing everything they can to avoid disclosing it.

Corporations are spending more money now on political activity than ever and they’re making it nearly impossible for us to use our financial leverage to fight back.

But it doesn’t have to be this way — and the solution is surprisingly simple:

The Securities and Exchange Commission has the authority to force corporations to disclose all of their corporate spending to shareholders and to the public. All they have to do is issue a rule requiring it.

Add your name now: Tell the SEC to make corporations disclose their political spending.

Americans overwhelmingly oppose the vast amounts of corporate cash currently being spent to influence our government. That’s why Democracy for America is working with our allies to build the movement to force corporations to disclose their spending — and to overturn the Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme Court rulings.

With the support of several organizations, nearly 900,000 Americans have already sent comments to the SEC demanding that they step in and stop corporations from secretly using our own retirement accounts against us.

Our goal: 1 million comments to the SEC — and you can be the tipping point. Add your name now and tell the SEC to stand up for real transparency in political spending.

Thanks for helping us fight the corporate takeover of politics,

– Eden

Eden James, Political Director
Democracy for America

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the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 6/25 ~~ the House


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The Senate stands in adjournment until 9:30am on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until noon with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees with the Republicans controlling the first 30 minutes and the Majority controlling the next 30 minutes.

 At noon, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act with the time until 2:30pm equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees with Senators Flake and Lee each controlling 5 minutes of the Republican time.

 Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 2:30pm), there will be up to 4 roll call votes (with 3 expected):

1)     Flake (making the appointment and certification of a new local board permissible instead of required),

2)     Lee (evaluation report requirement),

3)     Managers’ technical amendment (expected voice vote)

–        the substitute amendment, as amended, if amended, will be agreed to following disposition of the technical amendment

4)     Passage of H.R.803, as amended.

The Senate has reached an agreement to vote on confirmation of the Wright, Morin, and Kelly nominations upon disposition of H.R.803.

At 2:30pm today, there will be up to 7 votes (with 3 roll call votes and 4 voice votes expected):

 

1)      Flake amendment to H.R.803 (making the appointment and certification of a new local board permissible instead of required);

2)      Lee amendment to H.R.803 (evaluation report requirement);

3)      Managers’ technical amendment to H.R.803 (expected voice vote);

the substitute amendment, as amended, if amended, will be agreed to following disposition of the technical amendment

4)      Passage of H.R.803, as amended, Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act (WIOA)

5)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #499, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (expected voice vote);

6)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #501, Jamie Michael Morin, of Michigan, to be Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (expected voice vote); and

7)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #787, Thomas P. Kelly III, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the republic of Djibouti (expected voice vote).

This morning, Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent that the only amendments in order to the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency bill be 5 Republican amendments related to energy policy, and the Senate proceed to vote on passage of the bill (S.2262) as amended, if amended, with a 60 vote threshold on adoption of the amendments and the bill. Senator Reid asked that the request be modified to allow a vote on the Shaheen-Portman bill and a vote on the Keystone Pipeline bill, each subject to 60-affirmative vote thresholds. Senator McConnell objected to the modification. Senator Reid objected to the original request.

12:09pm ~~

The Senate has begun consideration of H.R.803, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

 

Under the previous order, the time until 2:30pm will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. The substitute amendment #3378 is pending. The Flake and Lee amendments now have amendment numbers and those numbers are listed below.

 

Up to 7 votes at 2:30pm (only 3 roll calls expected):

 

1)      Flake amendment #3379 to H.R.803 (making the appointment and certification of a new local board permissible instead of required);

2)      Lee amendment #3380 to H.R.803 (evaluation report requirement);

3)      Managers’ technical amendment #3381 to H.R.803 (expected voice vote);

the substitute amendment, as amended, if amended, will be agreed to following disposition of the technical amendment

4)      Passage of H.R.803, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as amended.

5)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #499, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (expected voice vote);

6)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #501, Jamie Michael Morin, of Michigan, to be Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (expected voice vote); and

7)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #787, Thomas P. Kelly III, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the republic of Djibouti (expected voice vote).

 

If the bill is passed, the Murray-Isakson-Harkin-Alexander amendment #3382 to the title will be agreed to by unanimous consent.

 

Following the votes, the time until 4:30pm will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.

2:29pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Flake amendment #3379 to H.R.803 (making the appointment and certification of a new local board permissible instead of required).

Not Agreed to: 33-63

The next roll call votes will be 10 minute votes. Senators are encouraged to remain near the floor during the series of votes. The time following the final vote and until 4:30pm will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.

Next:

1)      Lee amendment #3380 to H.R.803 (evaluation report requirement);

2)      Managers’ technical amendment #3381 to H.R.803 (expected voice vote);

the substitute amendment, as amended, if amended, will be agreed to following disposition of the technical amendment

3)      Passage of H.R.803, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as amended.

 

We expect the remaining votes to be voice votes.

 

4)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #499, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (expected voice vote);

5)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #501, Jamie Michael Morin, of Michigan, to be Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (expected voice vote); and

6)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #787, Thomas P. Kelly III, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the republic of Djibouti (expected voice vote).

2:55pm The Senate began a 10-minute roll call vote on Lee amendment #3380 to H.R.803 (evaluation report requirement);

Not Agreed to: 40-58

At 3:13pm, the Senate began a 10-minute roll call vote on passage of H.R.803, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as amended.

Passed: 95-3

Prior to adjourning today, Senator Reid filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #384, S.2363, a bill to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting (Sportsman’s bill). The cloture vote is expected to occur at 5:30pm on Monday, July 7.

Prior to adjourning today, Senator Reid filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #384, S.2363, a bill to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting (Sportsman’s bill). The cloture vote is expected to occur at 5:30pm on Monday, July 7.

The Senate has reached an agreement to vote on confirmation of the Wright, Morin, and Kelly nominations upon disposition of H.R.803.

At 2:30pm today, there will be up to 7 votes (with 3 roll call votes and 4 voice votes expected):

 

1)      Flake amendment to H.R.803 (making the appointment and certification of a new local board permissible instead of required);

2)      Lee amendment to H.R.803 (evaluation report requirement);

3)      Managers’ technical amendment to H.R.803 (expected voice vote);

the substitute amendment, as amended, if amended, will be agreed to following disposition of the technical amendment

4)      Passage of H.R.803, as amended, Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act (WIOA)

5)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #499, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (expected voice vote);

6)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #501, Jamie Michael Morin, of Michigan, to be Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (expected voice vote); and

7)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #787, Thomas P. Kelly III, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the republic of Djibouti (expected voice vote).

This morning, Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent that the only amendments in order to the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency bill be 5 Republican amendments related to energy policy, and the Senate proceed to vote on passage of the bill (S.2262) as amended, if amended, with a 60 vote threshold on adoption of the amendments and the bill. Senator Reid asked that the request be modified to allow a vote on the Shaheen-Portman bill and a vote on the Keystone Pipeline bill, each subject to 60-affirmative vote thresholds. Senator McConnell objected to the modification. Senator Reid objected to the original request.

The Senate has begun consideration of H.R.803, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

 

Under the previous order, the time until 2:30pm will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. The substitute amendment #3378 is pending. The Flake and Lee amendments now have amendment numbers and those numbers are listed below.

 

Up to 7 votes at 2:30pm (only 3 roll calls expected):

 

1)      Flake amendment #3379 to H.R.803 (making the appointment and certification of a new local board permissible instead of required);

2)      Lee amendment #3380 to H.R.803 (evaluation report requirement);

3)      Managers’ technical amendment #3381 to H.R.803 (expected voice vote);

the substitute amendment, as amended, if amended, will be agreed to following disposition of the technical amendment

4)      Passage of H.R.803, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as amended.

5)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #499, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (expected voice vote);

6)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #501, Jamie Michael Morin, of Michigan, to be Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (expected voice vote); and

7)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #787, Thomas P. Kelly III, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the republic of Djibouti (expected voice vote).

 

If the bill is passed, the Murray-Isakson-Harkin-Alexander amendment #3382 to the title will be agreed to by unanimous consent.

 

Following the votes, the time until 4:30pm will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.

The Senate reached an agreement to vote on confirmation of several nominations at 1:45pm tomorrow, Thursday, June 26. We expect a roll call vote on one of the nominations (Jones to be Ambassador to Iraq) and voice votes on the remaining nominations.

 

As a result of the agreement, at 1:45pm tomorrow, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the following nominations:

 

  1. Executive Calendar #897 Stuart E. Jones, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Iraq (roll call);
  2. Executive Calendar #896 Robert Stephen Beecroft, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Arab Republic of Egypt (voice vote expected);
  3. Executive Calendar #654 Karen Dynan, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (voice vote expected);;
  4. Executive Calendar #557 Esther Puakela Kia’aina, of Hawaii, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior (voice vote expected);;
  5. Executive Calendar #620 Vincent G. Logan, of New York, to be Special Trustee, Office of Special Trustee for American Indians, Department of the Interior (voice vote expected); and
  6. Executive Calendar #503 Jo Emily Handelsman, of Connecticut, to be an Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (voice vote expected).

WRAP UP

 

Roll Call Votes

1)     Lee amendment #3380 to H.R.803 (evaluation report requirement); Not Agreed to: 33-63

2)     Flake amendment #3379 to H.R.803 (making the appointment and certification of a new local board permissible instead of required); Not Agreed to: 40-58

3)      Passage of H.R.803, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as amended; Passed: 95-3

 

Additional Legislative items

Adopted S.Res.484, a resolution recognizing and honoring the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Yosemite Grant Act.

 

Adopted S.Res.485, congratulating the San Antonio Spurs for winning the 2014 National Basketball Association Championship.

 

Began the Rule 14 process of the following bill in order to place it on the calendar: H.R.3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act (Republican request).

 

Executive items

Confirmed the following by voice vote:

Executive Calendar #499, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness,

Executive Calendar #501, Jamie Michael Morin, of Michigan, to be Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, and

Executive Calendar #787, Thomas P. Kelly III, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the republic of Djibouti.

 

Confirmed the following by unanimous consent:

all nominations placed on the Secretary’s desk in the Air Force, Army, and Navy

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #600 Col. Donald R. Lindberg – to be Brigadier General

 

MARINE CORPS

Executive Calendar #872 to be Brigadier General:

Colonel Julian D. Alford

Colonel Norman L. Cooling

Colonel Karsten S. Heckl

Colonel William M. Jurney

Colonel Tracy W. King

Colonel Michael E. Langley

Colonel Christopher J. Mahoney

Colonel Austin E. Renforth

Colonel Paul J. Rock, Jr.

Colonel Joseph F. Shrader

 

NAVY

Executive Calendar #873 Capt. Shane G. Gahagan – to be Rear Admiral (lower half)

Executive Calendar #874 Rear Adm. (lh) Raquel C. Bono – to be Rear Admiral

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #875 Maj. Gen. John F. Thompson – to be Lieutenant General

 

NAVY

Executive Calendar #876 Rear Adm. (lh) Mathias W. Winter – to be Rear Admiral

Executive Calendar #877 Capt. Thomas W. Luscher – to be Rear Admiral (lower half)

Executive Calendar #878 Rear Adm. (lh) Eric C. Young – to be Rear Admiral

Executive Calendar #879 Capt. Keith M. Jones – to be Rear Admiral (lower half)

Executive Calendar #880 Rear Adm. (lh) Janet R. Donovan – to be Rear Admiral

Executive Calendar #881 to be Rear Admiral

Rear Adm. (lh) Martha E. G. Herb

Rear Adm. (lh) John F. Weigold

Executive Calendar #882 to be Rear Admiral

Rear Adm. (lh) Althea H. Coetzee

Rear Adm. (lh) Valerie K. Huegel

Executive Calendar #883 to be Rear Admiral (Lower Half)

Captain Kevin C. Hayes

Captain Daniel B. Hendrickson

Captain Thomas G. Reck

Captain Linda R.D. Wackerman

Captain Matthew A. Zirkle

Executive Calendar #884 to be Rear Admiral

Rear Adm. (lh) Sean S. Buck

Rear Adm. (lh) Mark W. Darrah

Rear Adm. (lh) Michael M. Gilday

Rear Adm. (lh) Jeffrey A. Harley

Rear Adm. (lh) Kevin J. Kovacich

Rear Adm. (lh) Dietrich H. Kuhlmann, III

Rear Adm. (lh) Victorino G. Mercado

Rear Adm. (lh) John C. Scorby, Jr.

Rear Adm. (lh) John W. Smith, Jr.

Rear Adm. (lh) Richard P. Snyder

Rear Adm. (lh) Scott A. Stearney

Rear Adm. (lh) Joseph E. Tofalo

 

ARMY

Executive Calendar #885 to be Brigadier General

Colonel Francis M. Beaudette

Colonel Paul Bontrager

Colonel Gary M. Brito

Colonel Scott E. Brower

Colonel Patrick W. Burden

Colonel Joseph R. Calloway

Colonel Paul T. Calvert

Colonel Welton Chase, Jr.

Colonel Brian P. Cummings

Colonel Edwin J. Deedrick, Jr.

Colonel Jeffrey W. Drushal

Colonel Rodney D. Fogg

Colonel Robin L. Fontes

Colonel Karen H. Gibson

Colonel David C. Hill

Colonel Michael D. Hoskin

Colonel Kenneth D. Hubbard

Colonel James B. Jarrard

Colonel Sean M. Jenkins

Colonel Mitchell L. Kilgo

Colonel Richard C. S. Kim

Colonel William E. King, IV

Colonel Ronald Kirklin

Colonel John S. Kolasheski

Colonel David P. Komar

Colonel Viet X. Luong

Colonel Patrick E. Matlock

Colonel James J. Mingus

Colonel Joseph W. Rank

Colonel Eric L. Sanchez

Colonel Christopher J. Sharpsten

Colonel Christipher L. Spillman

Colonel Michael J. Tarsa

Colonel Frank W. Tate

Colonel Richard M. Toy

Colonel William A. Turner

Colonel Brian E. Winski

 

MARINE CORPS

Executive Calendar #886 Maj. Gen. David H. Berger – to be Lieutenant General

 

ARMY

Executive Calendar #887 to be Major General

Brigadier General Daniel R. Ammerman

Brigadier General Scottie D. Carpenter

Brigadier General Phillip M. Churn, Sr.

Brigadier General Allan W. Elliott

Brigadier General A. C. Roper, Jr.

Brigadier General Tracy A. Thompson

to be Brigadier General

Colonel Sandra L. Alvey

Colonel James A. Blankenhorn

Colonel David E. Elwell

Colonel Steven T. Eveker

Colonel Carlton Fisher, Jr.

Colonel Darrell J. Guthrie

Colonel Mary-Kate Leahy

Colonel Frederick R. Maiocco, Jr.

Colonel Jonathan J. McColumn

Colonel Gregory J. Mosser

Colonel Barbara L. Owens

Colonel Joe D. Robinson

Colonel Alberto C. Rosende

Colonel Richard C. Staats

Colonel Christopher W. Stockel

Colonel Kelly E. Wakefield

Colonel Jason L. Walrath

Colonel Donna R. Williams

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #888 Col. Warren H. Hurst, Jr. – to be Brigadier General

 

NAVY

Executive Calendar #889 Rear Adm. Walter E. Carter, Jr. – to be Vice Admiral

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #890 Maj. Gen. William J. Bender – to be Lieutenant General

 

ARMY

Executive Calendar #891 to be Major General

Brigadier General Bradley A. Becker

Brigadier General Michael A. Bills

Brigadier General Peggy C. Combs

Brigadier General Bruce T. Crawford

Brigadier General Susan A. Davidson

Brigadier General James H. Dickinson

Brigadier General Duane A. Gamble

Brigadier General Ryan F. Gonsalves

Brigadier General Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr.

Brigadier General Steven R. Grove

Brigadier General Theodore C. Harrison

Brigadier General Daniel P. Hughes

Brigadier General Paul C. Hurley, Jr.

Brigadier General Clark W. LeMasters, Jr.

Brigadier General Ronald F. Lewis

Brigadier General James B. Linder

Brigadier General Michael D. Lundy

Brigadier General Todd B. McCaffrey

Brigadier General Brian J. McKiernan

Brigadier General John B. Morrison, Jr.

Brigadier General Paul A. Ostrowski

Brigadier General Walter E. Piatt

Brigadier General Mark R. Quantock

Brigadier General Laura J. Richardson

Brigadier General Michael C. Wehr

Brigadier General Eric P. Wendt

Brigadier General Robert P. White

Brigadier General Cedric T. Wins

 

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Last Floor Action:6/24
9:19:53 P.M. – The House adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on June 25, 2014.

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