Weekly Address: Make 2015 the Year for Quality, Affordable Health Insurance


 

In this week’s address, the Vice President wished Americans a Happy New Year, and asked that as we make resolutions to get healthier in 2015, we take the time to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Millions of people have already signed up for quality, affordable health care under the law, and there is still time to secure the peace of mind that comes with getting covered.

From now until February 15, you can sign up by logging on to HealthCare.gov; by speaking to someone on the phone through the 24/7 call center at 1-800-318-2596, where you can get assistance in 150 languages; or by going in person to an enrollment event in your community.

Watch the Vice President’s Weekly Address here.

Watch the Vice President's address here.

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Inspiration for Our Future: The White House Internship Program

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The Senate ~~~ CONGRESS 1/13 ~~~ The House


redpeacesignThe Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume the motion to proceed to S.1 until 12:30 with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 – 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meeting. All time during morning business, recess, and adjournment will count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1.

 

 

The Senate has reached an agreement to yield back all remaining post-cloture time and vote (voice vote) on adoption of the motion to proceed to S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Further, that the Murkowski amendment #2 (substitute) be offered. The following amendments are in order to be offered in the order listed during this week’s session by Senators Cantwell and Murkowski or their designees:

 

 

And that consideration of these amendments and the bill be for debate only during this week’s consideration of the bill.

 

Senator Murkowski said that she has discussed the process of going forward on this bill with the Majority Leader and Senator Cantwell, and it is her intention to work together so that the two bill managers or their designees continue to offer amendments in an alternating fashion.

 

  1. 1, the Keystone bill, and the Murkowski amendment #2 (substitute ) are now pending. The next vote is expected to occur on Tuesday, January 20th, but nothing has been scheduled yet.

The following amendments are pending to S.1, Keystone XL pipeline:

 

Murkowski #2 (substitute)

Markey #13 (Keep Oil in America)

Portman-Shaheen #3 (Energy Efficiency)

Franken #17 (Keep Jobs in America).

 

WRAP  UP

Roll Call Votes

  1. The Senate adopted the motion to proceed to S.1 by voice vote.

Legislative Business

Adopted H.Con.Res.7: Joint meeting for the State of the Union

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.33, Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act

Discharged S.32 from Finance and referred it to Committee on the Judiciary.

Executive Business

 

 

 

 

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Last Floor Action:
12:45:05 P.M. -H. Res. 27
DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 27.

 

The House of Representatives

Last Floor Action:
9:50:54 P.M. – The House adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on January 13, 2015.

10:00:25 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:35 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:01:17 A.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.
10:48:38 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:16 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 13.
12:00:20 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:02:00 P.M. POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS ON APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. LaMalfa demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. LaMalfa demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.
12:02:29 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Boustany to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:03:00 P.M. H. Res. 29 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 29 — “Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.”
12:03:16 P.M. H. Res. 29 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
12:03:36 P.M. H. Res. 29 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:03:49 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.
12:40:29 P.M. H. Res. 27 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 27 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 37) to make technical corrections to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to enhance the ability of small and emerging growth companies to access capital through public and private markets, to reduce regulatory burdens, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 185) to reform the process by which Federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 240) making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes.”
12:45:05 P.M. H. Res. 27 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 27.

2:22:59 P.M. H. Res. 27 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 242 – 181 (Roll no. 20).
2:31:23 P.M. H. Res. 27 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 242 – 180 (Roll no. 21).
2:31:24 P.M. H. Res. 27 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:38:45 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 261 – 160, 1 Present (Roll no. 22).
2:38:56 P.M. H.R. 185 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 27. H.R. 185 — “To reform the process by which Federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents.”
2:39:01 P.M. H.R. 185 All points of order against consideration of the bills are waived. H.R. 37 H.R. 185 shall be debatable for 1 hour, and H.R. 240 shall be debatable for 2 hours the previous question considered orderedwithout intervening motions except one motion to recommit. For H.R. 185, only those amendments printed in Part A of the report shall be in order. For H.R. 240, only those amendments printed in Part B of the report shall be in order.
2:39:14 P.M. H.R. 185 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 27 and Rule XVIII.
2:39:16 P.M. H.R. 185 The Speaker designated the Honorable Lynn A. Westmoreland to act as Chairman of the Committee.
2:39:28 P.M. H.R. 185 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 185.
3:46:06 P.M. H.R. 185 An amendment, offered by Mr. McKinley, numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 114-2 to ensure that the Agencies, when developing regulations, take into consideration and account for low-income populations. Furthermore, the Amendment provides that no particular class or race is excluded when it comes to looking at costs and benefits of the regulation.
3:46:10 P.M. H.R. 185 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 27, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley Part A amendment No. 1.
3:57:53 P.M. H.R. 185 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the McKinley amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. McKinely demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
3:58:32 P.M. H.R. 185 An amendment, offered by Mr. Johnson (GA), numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 114-2 to exempt from H.R. 185 all rules or guidance that the Director of the Office of Management and Budget determines would result in net job creation.
3:58:35 P.M. H.R. 185 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 27, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Johnson (GA) Part A amendment No. 2.
4:06:23 P.M. H.R. 185 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Johnson (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Johnson (GA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
4:06:55 P.M. H.R. 185 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 114-2 to exempt all rules promulgated by the Department of Homeland Security.
4:06:58 P.M. H.R. 185 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 27, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee Part A amendment No. 3.
4:14:09 P.M. H.R. 185 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
4:14:46 P.M. H.R. 185 An amendment, offered by Mr. Connolly, numbered 4 printed in Part A of House Report 114-2 to exempt any rule or guidance pertaining to public health or safety.
4:14:48 P.M. H.R. 185 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 27, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Connolly Part A amendment No. 4.
4:22:07 P.M. H.R. 185 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Connolly amendment, the Chair put t he question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Connolly demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
4:22:53 P.M. H.R. 185 UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on adoption of amendments, which had been debated earlier, and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:50:22 P.M. H.R. 185 On agreeing to the McKinley amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: (Roll no. 23).
4:57:57 P.M. H.R. 185 On agreeing to the Johnson (GA) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 24).
5:02:13 P.M. H.R. 185 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 25).
5:07:14 P.M. H.R. 185 On agreeing to the Connolly amendment; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 26).
5:07:26 P.M. H.R. 185 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 185.
5:08:01 P.M. H.R. 185 The House adopted the amendment as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
5:08:28 P.M. H.R. 185 Miss Rice (NY) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary.
5:09:10 P.M. H.R. 185 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rice (NY) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to add a section to the bill prohibiting the application of any rules or guidance by the Act or amendments that prevent terrorism and crime; protect wages of workers; save tax dollars; provide assistance to small business; or prevent discrimination.
5:15:03 P.M. H.R. 185 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
5:22:40 P.M. H.R. 185 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 27).
5:30:26 P.M. H.R. 185 On passage Passed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 28).
5:30:28 P.M. H.R. 185 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:30:59 P.M. H. Res. 30 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 30 — “The title of this measure is not available.”
5:31:18 P.M. H. Res. 30 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
5:31:21 P.M. H. Res. 30 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:31:59 P.M. H.R. 240 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 27. H.R. 240 — “Making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes.”
5:32:04 P.M. H.R. 240 All points of order against consideration of the bills are waived. H.R. 37 H.R. 185 shall be debatable for 1 hour, and H.R. 240 shall be debatable for 2 hours the previous question considered ordered without intervening motions except one motion to recommit. For H.R. 185, only those amendments printed in Part A of the report shall be in order. For H.R. 240, only those amendments printed in Part B of the report shall be in order. in Part B of the report shall be in order.
5:32:11 P.M. H.R. 240 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 27 and Rule XVIII.
5:32:11 P.M. H.R. 240 The Speaker designated the Honorable Randy Hultgren to act as Chairman of the Committee.
5:32:41 P.M. H.R. 240 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with two hours of general debate on H.R. 240.

7:07:49 P.M. H.R. 240 SENATE MESSAGE – The Committee of the Whole rose informally to receive a message from the Senate. The Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 7. Subsequently, the Committee resumed its sitting.
7:07:50 P.M. H.R. 240 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole continued with General Debate on H.R. 240.
8:02:34 P.M. H.R. 240 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 240 as unfinished business.
8:05:38 P.M. H.R. 37 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 27. H.R. 37 — “To make technical corrections to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to enhance the ability of small and emerging growth companies to access capital through public and private markets, to reduce regulatory burdens, and for other purposes.”
8:05:43 P.M. H.R. 37 All points of order against consideration of the bills are waived. H.R. 37 H.R. 185 shall be debatable for 1 hour, and H.R. 240 shall be debatable for 2 hours the previous question considered ordered without intervening motions except one motion to recommit. For H.R. 185, only those amendments printed in Part A of the report shall be in order. For H.R. 240, only those amendments printed in Part B of the report shall be in order. in Part B of the report shall be in order.
8:06:02 P.M. H.R. 37 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 37.

9:12:07 P.M. H.R. 37 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
9:12:44 P.M. H.R. 37 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – The Chair announced that pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, further proceedings on H.R. 37 would be postponed.
9:13:06 P.M. Mr. Hensarling asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on January 14. Agreed to without objection.
9:13:21 P.M. Select Committee on the Events surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi – pursuant to section 4(a) of H. Res. 5, 114th Congress, and the order of the House of January 6, 2015, the Speaker appointed the following Members of the House to the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi: Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. Jordan, Mr. Roskam, Mr. Pompeo, Mrs. Roby, and Mrs. Brooks of IN.
9:13:50 P.M. Mr. Schweikert moved that the House do now adjourn.
9:14:02 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
9:14:04 P.M. The House adjournedpursuant to a previous special order.The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on January 14, 2015.

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