From Brownsville, Brooklyn to the Oval Office

Watch behind-the-scenes footage from the Humans of New York visit.

A couple of weeks ago, 13-year-old Vidal ran into Brandon Stanton, the creator of the blog “Humans of New York.” When Brandon asked Vidal who had influenced him the most, Vidal said it was his principal, Ms. Lopez.

“One time,” he recalled, “she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.”

Brandon met Ms. Nadia Lopez a few days later, and she explained to him why she pushes her students to succeed. “This is a neighborhood that doesn’t necessarily expect much from our children,” she said, “so at Mott Hall Bridges Academy we set our expectations very high.” Their Brownsville neighborhood has one of the highest crime rates in New York City.

After meeting Vidal, Brandon worked with Ms. Lopez to start a fundraiser to support her students. It’s already raised more than $1.2 million — more than 12 times their original goal. The story has captured countless headlines, inspiring people all around the country — including the President of the United States. And this week, Vidal, Ms. Lopez, and Brandon were all invited to the Oval Office.

Their story is nothing short of inspirational. Watch special behind-the-scenes footage from their visit, and make sure to pass this on.

the Senate ~~~ CONGRESS 2/10 ~~~ the House


The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 12:30pm, with the first hour equally divided and with the Democrats controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.






Last Floor Action:
12:19:24 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess.

The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.

12:00:18 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:37 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Dan Newhouse to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:53 P.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 2:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.
12:19:24 P.M.

The Speaker announced that the House do now recess.

The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.