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The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, May 22, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1314. All time during adjournment will count post cloture. Upon the use or yielding back of the post-cloture time, the Senate will vote in relation to any remaining pending amendments and on the Hatch substitute. If all time is used, the post-cloture debate on the Hatch substitute would expire at approximately 5:00pm tomorrow, Friday, May 22.

Upon disposition of the Hatch substitute, there would be a cloture vote on the underlying bill. If cloture is invoked on the underlying bill, there would be an additional 30 hours of post-cloture debate time, but no further amendments would be in order prior to a vote on passage of H.R.1314, as amended, if amended.

As a reminder, this morning Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motions to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act, and S.1357, 2 month Patriot Act extension. Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the USA Freedom Act would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Saturday or upon disposition of the Trade bill, whichever is later.

Senator McConnell announced on the floor tonight that we will also consider a transportation bill before leaving for the Memorial Day recess

By a vote of 62-37, the Senate passed H.R.1314, as amended (Trade Act of 2015). Senator McConnell said that no agreement has been reached and as of right now the next vote will be at 1:00am. If that changes, another message will be sent.


Roll Call Votes

Legislative Business

Passed Calendar #89, H.R.2353 – 2 month highway extension

Passed Calendar #91, S.802 – Girls Count Act of 2015, with committee-reported amendment


Passed S.1463, to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the distance requirement for expanded availability of hospital care and medical services for veterans through the use of agreements with non-Department of Veterans Affairs entities.

Passed by voice vote H.R.2496, to extend the authorization for the replacement of the existing Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, to make certain improvements in the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, and for other purposes.

Adopted S.Res.156 – National Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month

Executive Business

Confirmed the following nominations by voice votes:

Executive Calendar #83 Peter Levine to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense

Executive Calendar #126 Paul Folmsbee to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mali

Executive Calendar #128 Stafford Fitzgerald Haney to be Ambassador to Costa Rica

All nominations placed on the Secretary’s Desk in the Foreign Service


Last Floor Action: 5/21
2:32:36 P.M. – The House received a message from the Clerk.

2:30:07 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.2:30:14 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Steve Womack to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.2:30:22 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.2:30:23 P.M. APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 5(a) of H. Res. 273, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings stands approved.2:32:00 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Polis to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.2:32:36 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk.

2:32:37 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 May 22, 2015, at 9:43 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. 261, S. 612 and S. 501.
2:33:58 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 5(b) of H. Res. 273.

The next meeting is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on May 26, 2015.



Recently introduced legislation (H.R.1599) would prohibit any state efforts to require labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs), overruling legislation already passed in Maine, Vermont and Connecticut as well as bills moving in many other states.1

That’s why I started a petition to the U.S. House of Representatives, which says:I urge you to reject Representative Mike Pompeo’s “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” (H.R.1599), which would prohibit states from requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods, or GMOs.

This bill, which is being promoted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, would prevent states from requiring GMO labels at any time. In fact, this bill is so anti-consumer it is commonly referred to as the “Deny Americans the Right to Know (or DARK) Act.”

I urge you to reject this industry bill. We have a right to know what is in our food so that we can make informed choices about the food we eat.

Sign Sarah’s petition

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, an industry group that represents Monsanto, Nestle, Dow, and Pepsi, is pushing this bill because it would let its members continue to keep quiet about their production and use of GMOs. 2

We need to make sure our members of Congress hear from their actual constituents, since they’re already hearing from the industry lobbyists. Over 90% of voters support required labels for GMOs.3 Industry should not use Congress to undermine the public’s right to know or the decisions of state legislatures that are responding to what their citizens want.

It’s our right to know what’s in our food, and corporations should not be allowed to keep us in the dark.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.




1. “State Labeling Legislation Map,” Center for Food Safety, Accessed May 18, 2015

2. “Monsanto Wants to Keep You in The DARK,” Food & Water Watch, March 25, 2015

3. Ibid.

This petition was created on MoveOn’s online petition site, where anyone can start their own online petitions. Food and Water Watch didn’t pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell the list.


Stand up to corporate bullies like Chevron! There is STRENGTH in NUMBERS !

It’s time to bring the truth to Chevron’s doorstep and we need your support!Amazon Watch's profile photo

Chevron is once again lashing out against anyone who dares to hold it accountable for its actions in Ecuador. Found guilty in 2011 for deliberately dumping over 18 billion gallons of toxic waste into the Ecuadorian Amazon and causing an environmental and public health crisis that has been called “Chernobyl in the Amazon,” the company was ordered to pay $9.5 billion to try to repair the damage. Instead it has spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to evade justice.

Recently Amazon Watch released videos provided to us by a Chevron whistleblower – videos that have now been viewed millions of times – showing Chevron finding and hiding toxic contamination during the trial. This “smoking gun” evidence infuriated Chevron’s leadership and in response, the company has once again targeted Amazon Watch.

Chevron’s strategy is to harass organizations critical of its operations not just in Ecuador but elsewhere. After the whistleblower videos were released, a “reporter” emailed false and misleading information about Amazon Watch to many of our largest funders in an apparent attempt to pressure them to withdraw their support. This is not the first time Chevron has tried to intimidate us, and it’s not likely to be the last. Previous attempts backfired as supporters responded with statements like, “such bullying was meant to shake our partnership with Amazon Watch, when in fact, it only reinforced it.”

Help us stand up to Chevron’s bullying. We are a small non-profit confronting one of the largest corporations in the world. I want to ask you each to make your own statement that you will not be intimidated. You can turn Chevron’s attack into a win for justice and the environment by donating to the campaign to Clean Up Ecuador today.

Next week Chevron must open its doors for its annual shareholder meeting. Amazon Watch will be there accompanying Humberto Piaguaje who will travel from the Ecuadorian Amazon to represent the 30,000 indigenous and campesino residents still living in the midst of Chevron’s toxic mess. Standing with us will be representatives from a growing alliance of organizations and individuals we have helped organize into the True Cost of Chevron Network. This network represents people from around the world including Nigeria, the Philippines and California standing strong to demand that Chevron stop harming our families, communities and environment.

Let’s end Chevron’s corporate culture of deception, corruption and destruction. Please donate today.

Paul Paz y Miño
Director of Outreach and Online Strategy

Veteran access to public parks


“My transition back to civilian life was challenging. I struggled with intrusive thoughts, anxiety, depression, and more. But I found peace in the outdoors — camping, hiking, and exploring natural wonders became a way of life.” – Iraq War Veteran, Garett Reppenhagen

Tell Congress you support legislation granting veterans free access to our national parks.
Thank you for adding your name to the 25,000 veterans, military family members, and VoteVets supporters who have taken action on this important issue.

Thank you,

The Team at VoteVets