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The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.178, Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, with the time equally divided until 11:00am. The filing deadline for all second degree amendments to the Cornyn amendment #1120 is 10:30am. By rule, the cloture vote on the Cornyn amendment will begin at approximately 11:00am (1 hour after the Senate convenes including Leader remarks).

At 2:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #1, Russell Deyo, to be Under Secretary for Management, DHS, and Executive Calendar #51, Jonodev Chaudhuri, to be Chairman of National Indian Gaming Commission.

Approximately 11:00am—1 roll call vote

1.      Motion to invoke cloture on the Cornyn amendment #1120 to S.178

Approximately 2:00pm—1 roll call vote, 1 voice vote expected

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1, Russell Deyo, of New Jersey, to be Under Secretary for Management, DHS

2.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #51, Jonodev Chaudhuri, of Arizona, to be Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (voice vote expected)

The cloture vote on Cornyn amendment #1120 has been vitiated. As a result, there will not be a vote at 11:00am. Discussions on the Trafficking bill continue. The next vote will occur at 2:00pm.

Approximately 2:00pm—1 roll call vote, 1 voice vote expected

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1, Russell Deyo, of New Jersey, to be Under Secretary for Management, DHS

2.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #51, Jonodev Chaudhuri, of Arizona, to be Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (voice vote expected)

2:02pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Russell C. Deyo to be Under Secretary for Management, DHS

Confirmed: 95-2

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1, Russell Deyo, of New Jersey, to be Under Secretary for Management, DHS; confirmed: 95-2.

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.137, 70th anniversary of Roosevelt University.

Adopted S.Res.138, Providence College Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

Adopted S.Res.139, 20th anniversary of the attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business the following bills, en bloc:

H.R.636, H.R.644, H.R.1295, H.R.1314, and S.984.

Executive Business

Confirmed by voice vote Executive Calendar #51, Jonodev Chaudhuri, of Arizona, to be Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission.

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Last Floor Action:
2:19:51 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on April 17, 2015.

9:00:31 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:35 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:02:01 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:02:02 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Collins of GA to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:20 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches, which by direction of the Chair would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:15:57 A.M. ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. Smith (NE) asked unanimous consent that the question of adopting a motion to recommit on H.R. 1105 may be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 of rule 20. Agreed to without objection.
9:16:03 A.M. H.R. 1105 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 200. H.R. 1105 — “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes, and for other purposes.”
9:16:08 A.M. H.R. 1105 This resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 622, H.R. 1105, and H.R. 1195.
9:16:45 A.M. H.R. 1105 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1105.
10:33:34 A.M. H.R. 1105 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
10:33:51 A.M. H.R. 1105 Mr. Nolan moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Ways and Means.
10:35:09 A.M. H.R. 1105 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions, pending a reservation of a point of order. 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 at the end of the bill titled Benefits Disallowed in Cases of Gift and Estate Tax Evasion. Subsequently, the reservation of a point of order was withdrawn.
10:43:28 A.M. H.R. 1105 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
10:43:40 A.M. H.R. 1105 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions, the Chair put the question on adopting the motion and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Nolan demanded the yeas and nays and pursuant to the order of the House of today, the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption until a time to be announced.
10:44:33 A.M. H.R. 622 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 200. H.R. 622 — “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the deduction of State and local general sales taxes.”
10:44:38 A.M. H.R. 622 This resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 622, H.R. 1105, and H.R. 1195.
10:45:24 A.M. H.R. 622 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 622.
11:05:10 A.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate disagreed to the House amendment, agreed to a request for conference, and appointed conferees to S. Con. Res. 11
11:05:23 A.M. H.R. 622 DEBATE – The House continued with debate on H.R. 622.
11:07:30 A.M. H.R. 622 Mr. Neal moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Ways and Means.
11:08:11 A.M. H.R. 622 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions, pending a reservation of a point of order. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to strike section 2 of the bill and replace it with a new section prohibiting an increase in the deficit or a delay or weakening of efforts to adopt a permanent extension of the election to deduct State and local sales taxes so long as such an extension is accomplished in a fiscally responsible manner. The amendment also adds a section to extend the deduction of state and local general sales tax for one year. Subsequently, the point of order was withdrawn.
11:15:45 A.M. H.R. 622 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
11:46:48 A.M. H.R. 622 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 179 – 243 (Roll no. 158).
11:55:44 A.M. H.R. 622 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 272 – 152 (Roll no. 159).
11:55:45 A.M. H.R. 622 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:56:07 A.M. H.R. 1105 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1105 — “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes, and for other purposes.”
12:03:08 P.M. H.R. 1105 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 186 – 232 (Roll no. 160).
12:11:38 P.M. H.R. 1105 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 240 – 179 (Roll no. 161).
12:11:38 P.M. H.R. 1105 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:12:40 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 2702, the Clerk notified the House of her reappointment of Dr. Sharon Leon, Fairfax, VA, as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress.
12:16:07 P.M. COLLOQUY ON HOUSE SCHEDULE – The Chair recognized Representative Hoyer for the purpose of yielding to Representative McCarthy for discussion of the House schedule for the upcoming week.
12:37:27 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
12:48:48 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
1:13:22 P.M. Mr. Woodall asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10:30 a.m. on April 17. Agreed to without objection.
1:13:44 P.M. Mr. Woodall asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Friday, Apr. 17, 2015, it adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 20, 2015, and that the order of the House of Jan. 6, 2015, regarding Morning-Hour debate not apply on that day. Agreed to without objection.
1:13:49 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed Special Order speeches.
1:46:20 P.M. CANADA-UNITED STATES INTERPARLIAMENTARY GROUP – Pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 276d and the order of the House of January 6, 2015, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the CANADA-UNITED STATES INTERPARLIAMENTARY GROUP: Mr. Huizenga of MI.
1:46:30 P.M. The House received a communication from Gabriela Marquez, District Director for the Hon. Tony Carden as. Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Ms. Marquez notified the House that she has received a grand jury subpoena issued by the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and that after consultation with the Office of General Counsel regarding the subpoena, she will make determinations required under Rule VIII.
1:47:16 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has resumed Special Order speeches.
2:19:39 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
2:19:50 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
2:19:51 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on April 17, 2015.

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(Estate) Tax Day


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We Don’t Need Another Permanent Tax Cut For Millionaires And Billionaires

Tax Day: The day that most Americans are reminded that they offer a good chunk of their hard-earned money to the government as part of their responsibility as citizens of our fine democracy. But the GOP is taking this opportunity to remind us of more than that: In the next few days, Republicans will vote to repeal the estate tax, giving yet another tax windfall for the wealthy few. And they will vote to do this even as they push to cut support for middle- and working-class families.

The estate tax only ever applies to the very richest Americans, and as more and more of America’s wealth gets concentrated at the top, it is one of a few tools we have to put a check on inequality. It only kicks in when an estate is worth more than $5.43 million; the median household net worth was only $81,200 in 2014. And while conservatives work on giving the wealthiest Americans a giant tax break, House Republicans have also proposed cutting $125 billion from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), costing the economy 286,000 jobs, as our graphic demonstrates below:

Here are a few more things that repealing the estate tax would do:

  • Repealing the estate tax would cost the U.S. $269 billion over 10 years.
  • Repealing the estate tax would only benefit the very wealthiest 5,400 estates in America.
  • Only 0.2% of estates would benefit from an estate tax repeal.

Just one week of the proposed estate tax cuts for millionaires could feed more than 337,000 children for a year.

While conservatives focus on how to make the wealthiest even wealthier, across the country, American workers are taking action today to demand higher wages. In 230 cities, fast food workers walked off of the job for the Fight for 15 campaign. Despite record low unionization rates, workers are still demanding that their voices are heard and that they deserve a fair wage for fair work.

BOTTOM LINE: This year’s tax day couldn’t provide a better contrast between progressive and conservative visions for America. Conservatives really believe that the economy grows from the top down – that if we give more to millionaires and billionaires by cutting their estate tax, it will trickle down to the rest of us. Meanwhile, progressive advocates are cheering on the fast food workers, childcare workers, home care providers, and thousands of others who are taking a risk to fight for a living wage so that their families can get ahead. Trickle down policy doesn’t work: it has left middle and worker class families with less, and destabilized our entire economy. The real engine of the economy is a strong middle class.

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