Edison R. Wato Jr., Membership Program Manager


Corona Panels with Washington MonumentIt is not just cherry blossoms that are blooming in Washington, DC

April is always an exciting time of year in Washington, D.C., as thousands flock to the city to experience the blossoming of the Yoshino Cherry trees. This year the peak bloom was April 11-14th according to the National Park Service.

Yet on April 14th the National Museum of African American History and Culture also had some exciting things blossoming. The first of the building’s exterior panels for the Museums Corona have been hung! NMAAHC

Each panel is roughly 3’ by 5’, and approximately 3,600 are required to clad the entire building. The design of the panels is our architect David Adjaye’s modern interpretation of slave-made New Orleans ornamental iron work. The panels are made of cast aluminum with a custom artisan painted finish and weigh from 95-130 pounds each, depending on the opacity of the design. There are four opacities ranging from 10% open to 35% open for the panels on each side of the building. This opacity will allow a certain amount on sunlight into the building helping to regulate the temperature of the building. This will help establish the buildings LEED Gold Certification for an energy efficient building.

The installation of the panels is slated for completion towards the end of June or early July. Once completed, the corona will visually define the Museum inside and out. Sunlight entering through the panels will gently illuminate the Museum’s wood-covered interior walls. And at night, light reflecting off the corona’s spectacular exterior will make the Museum truly stand out on the National Mall — as it reaches to the heavens to express the faith, hope and resilience of the African American spirit.

We wanted to take this chance to thank YOU for all your support, and helping to make this Museum become a reality! These construction milestones would not have been possible without the steadfast commitment from our amazing Charter Members!

Corona Panels on Building

We hope if you live in the area or will be visiting in the next few months, you will stop by our construction site to go see this amazing milestone in progress.

Sincerely,
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Edison R. Wato Jr.
Membership Program Manager

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Or join as a Charter Member of the Museum!

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The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business with the time equally divided until 10:30am. At 10:30am, the Senate will recess subject to the call of the Chair to allow for the Joint Meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister. When the Senate reconvenes following the Joint Meeting, it will resume consideration of H.R.1191, the legislative vehicle for the Iran Congressional Review Act.

As a reminder, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., His Excellency Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, will address a Joint Meeting of Congress from the Hall of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol. Senators should begin gathering in the Senate Chamber at 10:35 a.m. to depart as a body at 10:40 a.m. for the Hall of the House.

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

  1. Barrasso amendment #1147 (terrorism certification); not agreed to: 45-54.

Legislative Business

Executive Business

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Last Floor Action:
10:59:00 A.M. – JOINT MEETING – The House reconvened in Joint Meeting with the Senate to receive an address by His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.

9:00:10 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:14 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Dr. Jimmy Jackson, Whitesburg Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL.
9:01:45 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:01:49 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Brooks of AL to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:10 A.M. INTRODUCTION OF GUEST CHAPLAIN – The Chair recognized Mr. Brooks (AL) for the purpose of introducing today’s Guest Chaplain.
9:04:35 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The House will reconvene in Joint Meeting with the Senate for the purpose of receiving His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
10:59:00 A.M. JOINT MEETING – The House reconvened in Joint Meeting with the Senate to receive an address by His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.
12:09:50 P.M. JOINT MEETING DISSOLVED – The Speaker announced that the Joint Meeting was dissolved. The House remains in recess subject to the call of the Chair.
12:41:52 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 29.
12:42:03 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on April 29, 2015, at 11:10 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. 304.
12:42:43 P.M. PRINTING OF PROCEEDINGS PRINTED IN RECORD – Mr. Woodall asked unanimous consent that the proceedings had during the recess be printed in the Congressional Record of today. Agreed to without objection.
12:43:48 P.M. H. Res. 223 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 223 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2028) making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2029) making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes; and providing for proceedings during the period from May 4, 2015, through May 11, 2015.”
12:46:53 P.M. H. Res. 223 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 223.
1:47:01 P.M. H. Res. 223 The previous question was ordered without objection.
2:16:50 P.M. H. Res. 223 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 240 – 186 (Roll no. 176).
2:16:50 P.M. H. Res. 223 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:17:51 P.M. MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL – The House observed a moment of silence in solidarity with the citizens of Nepal after last weekend’s devastating earthquake.
2:18:30 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of a motion to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
2:18:35 P.M. H.R. 651 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 651 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 820 Elmwood Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island, as the “Sister Ann Keefe Post Office”.”
2:26:47 P.M. H.R. 651 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 423 – 0 (Roll no. 177).
2:26:47 P.M. H.R. 651 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:27:19 P.M. S. Con. Res. 11 Conference report H. Rept. 114-96 filed.
2:28:01 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Robert J. Dold. Mr. Dold submitted his resignation from the Committee on Financial Services. The resignation was accepted without objection.
2:28:43 P.M. H. Res. 229 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 229 — “Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.”
2:28:56 P.M. H. Res. 229 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
2:29:01 P.M. H. Res. 229 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:30:01 P.M. H.R. 2029 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 223. H.R. 2029 — “Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes.”
2:30:04 P.M. H.R. 2029 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2028 and H.R. 2029. Motion to recommit allowed. The resolution provides for a modified-open rule for both H.R. 2028 and 2029.
2:30:13 P.M. H.R. 2029 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 223 and Rule XVIII.
2:30:15 P.M. H.R. 2029 The Speaker designated the Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to act as Chairwoman of the Committee.
2:31:31 P.M. H.R. 2029 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 2029.
3:15:21 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Bishop (GA), to decrease and then increase funding for military construction, army, by $1; to increase funding for VHA medical services by $154,643,000; to increase funding for medical support and compliance by $69,691,000; to increase funding for medical facilities by $105,132,000; to increase funding for Departmental Administration by $10 million; to increase funding for information technology systems by $95 million; increase funding for major project construction by $582 million; and to strike Secs. 233, 238 and 240, each of which provides for a recession of funds.
3:16:32 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bishop (GA) amendment, pending reservation of a point of order.
3:18:39 P.M. H.R. 2029 Mr. Dent raised a point of order against the Bishop (GA) amendment. Mr. Dent stated that the amendment sought to strike portions of the bill not yet read. The Chair sustained the point of order.
3:21:02 P.M. H.R. 2029 Mr. Bishop (GA) appealed the ruling of the Chair. The question was then put on sustaining the ruling of the Chair.
3:46:23 P.M. H.R. 2029 On sustaining the ruling of the Chair. Agreed to by recorded vote: 237 – 180 (Roll no. 178).
3:47:33 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Ms. Stefanik, to reduce then increase funds for acquisition, construction, installation, and equipment by $30,000,000 for activities and agencies of the Department of Defense.
3:47:38 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Stefanik amendment.
3:53:00 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Stefanik amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:03:35 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to increase then reduce funds for hospital care and medical services within the VHA by $2,031,000.
4:03:37 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment, pending reservation of a point of order.
4:06:32 P.M. H.R. 2029 Mr. Dent raised a point of order against the Gosar amendment. Mr. Dent stated that the amendment sought to strike portions of the bill not yet read. The Chair sustained the point of order.
4:14:31 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. McNerney, to reduce funds for reimbursement of the General Services Administration for security guard services, and increase funds for construction for major projects.
4:14:37 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McNerney amendment.
4:22:06 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the McNerney amendment; Failed by voice vote.
4:22:17 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to reduce then increase funds for the Departmental Administration General Administration in the Department of Veterans Affairs by $8,000,000.
4:22:22 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.
4:24:21 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:24:47 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Ms. Titus, to reduce then increase funds for the womens health center within the VHA by $500,000.
4:24:50 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Titus amendment.
4:29:14 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Titus amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:30:06 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to redirect $2,000,000 in funding with in the Departmental Administration General Administration in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
4:30:07 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.
4:32:23 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:32:30 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Ms. Sinema, to reduce then increase funds for the General Services Administration by $50,000.
4:32:32 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Sinema amendment.
4:33:08 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Sinema amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:36:00 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to reduce funding for the Departmental Administration for the Department of Veterans Affairs by $3,200,000 and increase the Information Technology Systems by a similar amount.
4:36:24 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.
4:38:06 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:39:27 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Ruiz, to redirect $5 million in funding within the General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration account.
4:39:55 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ruiz amendment.
4:43:55 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Ruiz amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:44:22 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Walberg, to reduce and then increase funding for the General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration account by $5 million.
4:45:15 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Walberg amendment.
4:48:56 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Walberg amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:49:04 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Ms. Brownley (CA), in the Department of Veterans Affairs- Departmental Administration- Construction, Major Projects account, strike the aggregate dollar amount and insert $1,143,800,000.
4:53:31 P.M. H.R. 2029 By unanimous consent, the Brownley (CA) amendment was withdrawn.
5:00:59 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. LaMalfa, to make sundry corrections to the bill.
5:01:01 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the LaMalfa amendment.
5:02:25 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the LaMalfa amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:09:28 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Benishek, to add a new section to the bill requiring a report describing the status, including the timeline for completion, of each Community-Based Outpatient Clinic to be established by the Department of Veterans Affairs, through construction or lease, that is not yet complete be submitted to Congress.
5:09:31 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Benishek amendment.
5:12:15 P.M. H.R. 2029 Mr. Dent raised a point of order against the Benishek amendment. Mr. Dent stated that the amendment seeks to change existing law and constitutes legislation in an appropriations bill The Chair sustained the point of order.
5:15:24 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Mulvaney, to strike title IV which overseas Contingency Operations Department of Defense.
5:15:46 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mulvaney amendment.
5:20:55 P.M. H.R. 2029 Mr. Dent raised a point of order against the Mulvaney amendment. Mr. Dent stated that the amendment seeks to amend portions of the bill not yet read for consideration. The Chair sustained the point of order.
5:24:17 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Van Hollen, to strike the pending paragraph pertaining to the Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps.
5:24:46 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Van Hollen amendment.
5:32:02 P.M. H.R. 2029 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Van Hollen amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Van Hollen demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:33:50 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Mulvaney, to strike the pending paragraph pertaining to the Military Construction, Air Force.
5:34:40 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the First Mulvaney amendment.
5:37:46 P.M. H.R. 2029 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Mulvaney amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the had noes prevailed. Mr. Mulvaney demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:38:28 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Mulvaney, to strike the pending paragraph pertaining to the Military Construction, Defense-Wide.
5:39:18 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Second Mulvaney amendment.
5:41:53 P.M. H.R. 2029 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the second Mulvaney amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Mulvaney demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:44:57 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Nadler, to strike section 512 from the bill pertaining to the United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
5:45:16 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Nadler amendment.
5:54:02 P.M. H.R. 2029 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Nadler amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Nadler demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:56:23 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Boustany, to prohibit funds to be used to pay any bonus or monetary award under chapter 45 or 53 or title 5, United States Code, to an employee of the Chief Business Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs who is responsible for processing emergency medical care claims until the percentage of emergency medical care claims processed within 30 days reaches 90 percent.
5:57:45 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Boustany amendment.
5:59:33 P.M. H.R. 2029 By unanimous consent, the Boustany amendment was withdrawn.
5:59:40 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, to add a new section to the end of the bill revising amounts provided by the bill by reducing the amount made available for Department of Veterans Affairs- Departmental Administration- Information Technology Services and by increasing the amount made available for Veterans Health Administration- Medical Services by $2,000,000.
5:59:44 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment.
6:03:46 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:03:53 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Jolly, to prohibit the use of funds to carry out the closure or transfer of the United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
6:05:53 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jolly amendment.
6:08:17 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Jolly amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:08:51 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Blumenauer, to prohibit the use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce Veterans Health Administration directive 2011-004 with respect to the prohibition on “VA providers for completing forms seeking recommendations or opinions regarding a Veteran’s participation in a State marijuana program”.
6:11:23 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Blumenauer amendment.
6:26:54 P.M. H.R. 2029 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Blumenauer amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Blumenauer demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
6:27:28 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Babin, numbered 1 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to carry out the Appraised Value Offer program of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
6:28:40 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Babin amendment.
6:33:14 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Babin amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:34:01 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Ms. Adams, under the General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration account for FY 2016 may be used by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide discretionary competitive grants for State and local governments to establish or expand technology systems that develop a coordinated network of private, public and nonprofit services and resources to better serve veterans and their family members.
6:34:05 P.M. H.R. 2029 By unanimous consent, the Adams amendment was withdrawn.
6:34:50 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Rothfus, numbered 2 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds used by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay a performance award under section 5384 of title 5, United States Code.
6:36:28 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rothfus amendment.
6:43:10 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Rothfus amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:43:30 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, to prohibit the use of funds for benefits for homeless veterans and training and outreach programs maybe be used by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in contravention of subchapter III of chapter 20 of title 38, United States Code.
6:45:29 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment.
6:47:34 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:48:10 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Roe (TN), No. 6 printed in the Congressional Record to provide that not more than $4,400,000 of the funds provided may be used for the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, and the amount provided under that heading is reduced by $1.5 million.
6:48:22 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Roe amendment No. 6.
6:54:37 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Roe (TN) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:55:04 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Pocan, to prohibit use of funds to withold any report of an Inspector General from any member of Congress in any case where the member of Congress has requested that such report be provided.
6:55:08 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pocan amendment, pending reservation of a point of order.
6:58:00 P.M. H.R. 2029 Mr. Dent raised a point of order against the Pocan amendment. Mr. Dent stated that the provisions of the Pocan amendment sought to change existing law by imposing new duties and constituted legislation in an appropriations bill. The Chair sustained the point of order.
6:59:45 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mrs. Noem, to prohibit use of funds to end, suspend, or relocate, hospital-based services with respect to a VA health care facility that is the subject of an environmental impact statement, designated as a National Historic Landmark, or located in a highly rural area.
6:59:49 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Noem amendment.
7:02:42 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Noem amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
7:03:05 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Pocan, to prohibit use of funds to enter into a contract with any person whose disclosures of a proceeding with a disposition listed in the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System include the term “Fair Labor Standards Act”.
7:03:07 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pocan amendment.
7:12:13 P.M. H.R. 2029 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Pocan amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Pocan demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
7:13:04 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Ratcliffe, to prohibit use of funds in the bill for a new round of Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC).
7:13:16 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ratcliffe amendment.
7:18:22 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Ratcliffe amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
7:19:01 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Grayson, to prohibit use of funds to enter into contracts with any individual convicted of fraud.
7:19:04 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grayson amendment.
7:19:44 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Grayson amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
7:20:45 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Hurd (TX), to prohibit the use of funds in contravention of subtitle D of title VIII of the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.
7:20:47 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hurd amendment.
7:21:54 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Hurd (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
7:22:33 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Roe (TN), to prohibit use of funds to pay an award or bonus to any employee of the Office of Construction and Facilities in VA, specifically in the locations of Denver, Orlando, Las Vegas and New Orleans.
7:22:36 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Roe amendment.
7:29:13 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Roe (TN) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
7:29:44 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Stivers, to prohibit use of funds to be used as salaries of othotists and prosthetists who are not certified by a nationally accredited body.
7:29:47 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Stivers amendment.
7:32:35 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Stivers amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
7:32:58 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Byrne, to prohibit use of funds to transfer any funds from the Veterans Choice Fund.
7:33:00 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Byrne amendment.
7:36:33 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Byrne amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
7:37:11 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to prohibit use of funds to carry out the memorandum from the Veterans Benefit Administration known as Fast Letter 13-10, or to create or maintain any patient record-keeping system other than those currently approved by the Department.
7:37:15 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.
7:41:37 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
7:41:56 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Hill, to prohibit use of funds to carry out any new Key Renewable VA Energy Project under the Department’s Green Management Programs.
7:42:10 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hill amendment.
7:46:36 P.M. H.R. 2029 By unanimous consent, the Hill amendment was withdrawn.
7:49:09 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Farenthold, to prohibit use of funds to pay the salary of any VA employee who received an unsatisfactory work performance review in FY 2015.
7:49:16 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Farenthold amendment.
7:54:08 P.M. H.R. 2029 By unanimous consent, the Farenthold amendment was withdrawn.
7:54:47 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. LaMalfa, to provide that for an additional amount for Department of Veterans Affairs-Departmental Administration-General Operating Expenses, Veterans Administration, there is hereby appropriated, and the amount otherwise provided by this Act is hereby reduced by $5 million.
7:54:50 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the LaMalfa amendment.
7:56:46 P.M. H.R. 2029 On agreeing to the LaMalfa amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
7:57:19 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. Hice, Jody B., to prohibit use of funds to pay a Federal Employee for any period of time during which such employee is using official time under U.S. Code.
7:57:23 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hice (GA) amendment.
8:06:28 P.M. H.R. 2029 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Hice (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Bishop (GA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
8:07:15 P.M. H.R. 2029 An amendment, offered by Mr. King (IA), to prohibit use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce the prevailing wage requirements under what is commonly known as the Davis-Bacon Act.
8:07:17 P.M. H.R. 2029 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provsions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the King (IA) amendment No. 3.
8:15:44 P.M. H.R. 2029 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the King (IA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. King (IA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
8:20:18 P.M. H.R. 2029 Mr. Dent moved that the Committee rise.
8:20:34 P.M. H.R. 2029 On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
8:20:43 P.M. H.R. 2029 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 2029 as unfinished business.
8:21:07 P.M. Mr. Woodall filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 231.
8:22:52 P.M. H.R. 2028 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 223. H.R. 2028 — “Making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes.”
8:22:57 P.M. H.R. 2028 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2028 and H.R. 2029. Motion to recommit allowed. The resolution provides for a modified-open rule for both H.R. 2028 and 2029.
8:23:11 P.M. H.R. 2028 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 223 and Rule XVIII.
8:23:12 P.M. H.R. 2028 The Speaker designated the Honorable Doug Collins to act as Chairman of the Committee.
8:23:23 P.M. H.R. 2028 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 2028.
9:02:16 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to increase funding for Investigations by $1 million and to reduce funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount.
9:02:18 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.
9:04:13 P.M. H.R. 2028 On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:07:45 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to increase funding for Construction by $3 million and to reduce funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount.
9:07:48 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.
9:10:54 P.M. H.R. 2028 On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:11:37 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Murphy (FL), to increase funding for Army Corps of Engineers Construction by $1 million and reduce funding for Expenses by a similar amount.
9:11:39 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Murphy (FL) amendment.
9:16:51 P.M. H.R. 2028 On agreeing to the Murphy (FL) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:17:12 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Duffy, to first decrease then increase Army Corp of Engineers funding for Construction by $10 million for the support of GLFER.
9:17:15 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Duffy amendment.
9:22:06 P.M. H.R. 2028 On agreeing to the Duffy amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:23:53 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Crawford, to increase funding for Mississippi River and Tributaries by $27 million and reduce EERE by $96 million.
9:23:56 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Crawford amendment, pending reservation of a point of order. Subsequently, the reservation was withdrawn.
9:26:48 P.M. H.R. 2028 By unanimous consent, the Crawford amendment was withdrawn.
9:27:45 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Huizenga (MI), to increase Operations and Maintenance by $36,306,000 and reduce funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount.
9:27:48 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Huizenga amendment.
9:39:12 P.M. H.R. 2028 On agreeing to the Huizenga (MI) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:40:38 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Rice (SC), to decrease Regulatory funding by $4,500,000 and increase funding for Operations and Maintenance by a similar amount.
9:40:41 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rice (SC) amendment.
9:45:48 P.M. H.R. 2028 By unanimous consent, the Rice (SC) amendment was withdrawn.
9:47:30 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to reduce funding for Regulatory Program by $424,000 and increase funding for the Office of Inspector General by a similar amount.
9:47:34 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.
9:50:08 P.M. H.R. 2028 On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:51:38 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. McClintock, to reduce funding for sundry accounts and to apply the aggregate savings of $128,920,000 to the spending reduction account.
9:51:40 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McClintock amendment pending reservation of a point of order. Subsequently, the reservation was withdrawn.
10:05:23 P.M. H.R. 2028 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the McClintock amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. McClintock demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
10:06:49 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Beyer, to strike section 104 from the bill. Section 104 prohibits use of funds by the Corps of Engineers to develop, adopt, implement, administer, or enforce any change to the regulations pertaining to definitions of the terms “fill material” or “discharge of fill material”.
10:06:51 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Beyer amendment.
10:11:54 P.M. H.R. 2028 On agreeing to the Beyer amendment; Failed by voice vote.
10:12:33 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Beyer, to strike section 105 from the bill. Section 105 prohibits use of funds in the bill by the Corps of Engineers to develop, adopt, implement, administer, or enforce any change to the regulations and guidance pertaining to the definition of waters under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
10:12:50 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Beyer amendment.
10:18:49 P.M. H.R. 2028 On agreeing to the Beyer amendment; Failed by voice vote.
10:20:07 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Ruiz, to increase funding for Water and Related Resources by $5 million and to reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $20 million.
10:20:10 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate.
10:26:16 P.M. H.R. 2028 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Ruiz amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Ruiz demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
10:27:51 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Tipton, to increase funding for Water and Related Resources by $2 million and to reduce funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount.
10:27:54 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tipton amendment.
10:31:43 P.M. H.R. 2028 On agreeing to the Tipton amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:32:39 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Griffith, to increase funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $50 million and to reduce funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by a similar amount.
10:32:57 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Griffith amendment.
10:40:31 P.M. H.R. 2028 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Griffith amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Kaptur demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
10:41:55 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Ms. Castor (FL), to increase funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $266,161,000 and to reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $355,000,000.
10:41:57 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castor amendment.
10:47:13 P.M. H.R. 2028 On agreeing to the Castor (FL) amendment; Failed by voice vote.
10:48:42 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Lamborn, to first reduce and then increase funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $4 milllion.
10:48:44 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 233, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lamborn amendment.
10:50:18 P.M. H.R. 2028 On agreeing to the Lamborn amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:51:44 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Swalwell (CA), to increase funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $25,500,000 and to reduce funding for Fossil Energy by $34,000,000.
10:51:47 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Swalwell amendment.
10:56:55 P.M. H.R. 2028 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Swalwell amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Swalwell demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
10:57:39 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Perry, to increase funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $22,300,000 and to reduce funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount.
10:57:44 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Perry amendment.
11:02:54 P.M. H.R. 2028 By unanimous consent, the Perry amendment was withdrawn.
11:03:00 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Ms. Bonamici, to increase funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $9 million and to reduce funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount.
11:03:02 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bonamici amendment.
11:05:50 P.M. H.R. 2028 On agreeing to the Bonamici amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:06:37 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Cohen, to increase funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $2 million and to reduce funding for Departmental Administration by a similar amount.
11:06:39 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cohen amendment.
11:09:58 P.M. H.R. 2028 On agreeing to the Cohen amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:10:08 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. Byrne, to zero out funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and to apply the savings of $1,657,774,000 to the spending reduction account.
11:10:10 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Byrne amendment.
11:18:49 P.M. H.R. 2028 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Byrne amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Byrne demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
11:19:46 P.M. H.R. 2028 An amendment, offered by Mr. McClintock, to zero out funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, reduce Nuclear Energy by $691,886,000, and zero out funding for Fossil Energy and to apply the aggregate savings of $2,954,660,000 to the spending reduction account.
11:19:50 P.M. H.R. 2028 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 223, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McClintock amendment.
11:28:16 P.M. H.R. 2028 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the McClintock amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. McClintock demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
11:28:33 P.M. H.R. 2028 Mr. Simpson moved that the Committee rise.
11:28:35 P.M. H.R. 2028 On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
11:28:42 P.M. H.R. 2028 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 2028 as unfinished business.
11:29:30 P.M. Mr. Simpson moved that the House do now adjourn.
11:29:42 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
11:29:43 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on April 30, 2015.

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