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Care: EMERGENCY DISASTER ALERT

Cyclone Devastates Island Nation Vanuatu

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There are 8 confirmed deaths and dozens more are feared dead as a result of Cyclone Pam’s destruction of Vanuatu. But it could take days or even weeks to reach the most remote parts of the island nation and see the extent of the devastation. Please give now and help their recovery.

Category Five Cyclone Pam devastated the entire Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, leaving its 267,000 residents in crisis.

Please donate now and help our team on the ground bring immediate relief to the people of Vanuatu and where it’s needed most around the world.

“Homes have been blown to pieces and even evacuation shelters, where people had sought refuge, have been flooded and left exposed to Cyclone Pam,” said Charlie Damon, program manager for CARE International in Vanuatu. “If this is the level of impact in communities where emergency shelters were an option, we are deeply concerned about what has happened in remote communities without them.”

CARE is helping the Vanuatu government assess the level of destruction and the most immediate relief needs. We will deploy specialists in clean water and sanitation, shelter and food to support staff on the ground and to plan for the longer-term recovery process. But we need your help.

please give now and we’ll respond to the physical and emotional needs of those people impacted by Cyclone Pam and other survivors of disasters, war and extreme poverty around the world.

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the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 7/22 ~~ the House


Obama Launches DNC Campaign Tour At Illinois State Capitol

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the Republicans controlling the first hour and the Democrats controlling the second hour.

As a reminder, there will be a special Democratic Caucus Luncheon from 12:30 to 2:15p.m.

The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair.

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.22, the legislative vehicle for the Highway bill, upon reconsideration; invoked: 62-36.

Legislative Business

Passed Calendar #151, S.1599, Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2015, with a committee-reported substitute.

Executive Business

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Last Floor Action:
5:22:57 P.M. -H.R. 1734
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 369, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Adams amendment No. 5.

Last Floor Action:
10:01:06 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.

10:00:40 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:46 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Scott R. Tipton to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:01:06 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.
11:02:32 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:10 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 22.
12:00:14 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:02:02 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. McClintock 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. McClintock objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the approval of the Journal until a time to be announced.
12:02:10 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Judy Chu of CA to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:28 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.
12:28:13 P.M. H. Res. 369 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 369 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1599) to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to food produced from, containing, or consisting of a bioengineered organism, the labeling of natural foods, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1734) to amend subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to encourage recovery and beneficial use of coal combustion residuals and establish requirements for the proper management and disposal of coal combustion residuals that are protective of human health and the environment.”
12:32:58 P.M. H. Res. 369 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 369.
1:53:03 P.M. H. Res. 369 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 239 – 167 (Roll no. 450).
2:02:36 P.M. H. Res. 369 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 242 – 175 (Roll no. 451).
2:02:37 P.M. H. Res. 369 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:09:24 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by recorded vote: 249 – 169, 2 Present (Roll no. 452).
2:10:29 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
2:14:00 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 22.
2:15:05 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
4:00:00 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 22.
4:01:21 P.M. Mr. Shimkus asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on July 23. Agreed to without objection.
4:01:28 P.M. H.R. 1734 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 369. H.R. 1734 — “To amend subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to encourage recovery and beneficial use of coal combustion residuals and establish requirements for the proper management and disposal of coal combustion residuals that are protective of human health and the environment.”
4:01:33 P.M. H.R. 1734 Resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 1599 and H.R. 1734.
4:01:46 P.M. H.R. 1734 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 369 and Rule XVIII.
4:01:46 P.M. H.R. 1734 The Speaker designated the Honorable Randy Hultgren to act as Chairman of the Committee.
4:01:53 P.M. H.R. 1734 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1734.
4:57:54 P.M. H.R. 1734 An amendment, offered by Mr. Shimkus, numbered 1 printed in Part C of House Report 114-216 to update the reference to the final rule and instead of referencing the date it was signed by the Administrator it inserts the date the final rule was published in the Federal Register.
4:58:52 P.M. H.R. 1734 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 369, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Shimkus amendment No. 1.
5:00:16 P.M. H.R. 1734 On agreeing to the Shimkus amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:00:24 P.M. H.R. 1734 An amendment, offered by Mr. Pallone, numbered 2 printed in Part C of House Report 114-216 to preserve transparency requirements in EPA’s final coal ash rule to ensure public access to information and accountability.
5:01:00 P.M. H.R. 1734 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 369, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pallone amendment No. 2.
5:05:24 P.M. H.R. 1734 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Pallone amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Pallone demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:06:21 P.M. H.R. 1734 An amendment, offered by Ms. Castor (FL), numbered 3 printed in Part C of House Report 114-216 to preserve cleanup requirements in EPA’s final coal ash rule to protect public health and ensure that air and groundwater pollution is addressed quickly and effectively.
5:07:16 P.M. H.R. 1734 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 369, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castor (FL) amendment No. 3.
5:12:44 P.M. H.R. 1734 On agreeing to the Castor (FL) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:13:16 P.M. H.R. 1734 An amendment, offered by Mr. Connolly, numbered 4 printed in Part C of House Report 114-216 to require all inactive surface impoundments follow post-closure groundwater monitoring standards pursuant to section 257.104 subsections (b) and (c) of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations.
5:14:22 P.M. H.R. 1734 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 369, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Connolly amendment No. 4.
5:21:31 P.M. H.R. 1734 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Connolly amendment, the Chair put the 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 the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:22:07 P.M. H.R. 1734 An amendment, offered by Ms. Adams, numbered 5 printed in Part C of House Report 114-216 to require the owner or operator of a coal combustion residuals surface impoundment to survey all drinking water supply wells that are within a half mile and down-gradient of the established waste boundary. Also requires the owner or operator of a coal combustion residuals surface impoundment to supply an alternative source of safe drinking water within 24 hours if well water sampling exceeds groundwater standards.
5:22:57 P.M. H.R. 1734 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 369, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Adams amendment No. 5.
5:30:22 P.M. H.R. 1734 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Adams amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Adams demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:31:04 P.M. H.R. 1734 An amendment, offered by Mr. Butterfield, numbered 6 printd in Part C of House Report 114-216 to allow the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to prevent the legislation from going into effect if it is determined to have a negative impact on vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include infants, children, adolescents, pregnant women, the elderly, individuals with preexisting medical conditions, individuals who work at coal combustion residuals treatment or disposal facilities, members of any other appropriate population identified by the Administrator based on consideration of socioeconomic status, racial or ethnic background, or other similar factors identified by the Administrator.
5:31:27 P.M. H.R. 1734 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 369, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Butterfield amendment No. 6.
5:38:16 P.M. H.R. 1734 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Butterfield amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Butterfield demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:38:17 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of amendments which were debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.
6:11:06 P.M. H.R. 1734 On agreeing to the Pallone amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 177 – 244 (Roll no. 453).
6:16:15 P.M. H.R. 1734 On agreeing to the Connolly amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 177 – 245 (Roll no. 454).
6:21:02 P.M. H.R. 1734 On agreeing to the Adams amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 192 – 231 (Roll no. 455).
6:26:16 P.M. H.R. 1734 On agreeing to the Butterfield amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 180 – 240 (Roll no. 456).
6:26:31 P.M. H.R. 1734 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1734.
6:26:56 P.M. H.R. 1734 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
6:28:04 P.M. H.R. 1734 Mr. Foster moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
6:28:23 P.M. H.R. 1734 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Foster 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 require an agency implementing any coal ash permit ensure that all disposal sites meet criteria for design, construction, operation, and maintenance sufficient to prevent contamination of groundwater and sources of drinking water, including the Great Lakes. Subsequently, the reservation was removed.
6:36:07 P.M. H.R. 1734 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
6:43:19 P.M. H.R. 1734 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 184 – 240 (Roll no. 457).
6:50:02 P.M. H.R. 1734 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 258 – 166 (Roll no. 458).
6:50:03 P.M. H.R. 1734 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:50:19 P.M. Mr. Collins (GA) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 370.
6:51:27 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:00:00 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

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