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Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.754, Cybersecurity. The time following Leader remarks until the cloture vote will be equally divided between the Managers or their designees. Unless an agreement is reached, the cloture vote on the motion to proceed will occur one hour after the Senate convenes tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5.
No Roll Call Votes
Agreed to H.Con.Res.72, the Adjournment Resolution.
Passed H.R.212, Drinking Water Protection.
Passed S.1523, National Estuary Program with Whitehouse amendment.
Passed S.1707, to designate the Federal building located at 617 Walnut Street in Helena, Arkansas, as the “Jacob Trieber Federal Building, United States Post Office, and United States Court House”.
Passed Calendar #163, H.R.720 – Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act of 2015, with committee-reported substitute amendment.
Passed Calendar #167, S.1576 – Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act of 2015, with committee-reported amendments.
Passed Calendar #185, S.1347 – the treatment of patient encounters in ambulatory surgical centers in determining meaningful EHR use, with committee-reported amendment.
Passed Calendar #187, S.1362 – to clarify waiver authority regarding programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly, with committee-reported substitute amendment.
Passed Calendar #192, H.R.1531 – Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act of 2015.
Passed H.R.2131 – J. Waties Waring Judicial Center.
Passed H.R.2559 – PFC Milton A. Lee Medal of Honor Memorial Highway.
Adopted S.Res.228 – National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Adopted S.Res.230 – National Lobster Day.
Adopted S.Res.248 – Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on August 7, 2015 unless it sooner receives a message from the Senate transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 72, in which case the House stands adjourned pursuant to that resolution.
Last Floor Action:
12:06:56 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn. The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on August 7, 2015 unless it sooner receives a message from the Senate transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 72, in which case the House stands adjourned pursuant to that resolution.
Yesterday, President Obama announced the finalization of America’s Clean Power Plan, the biggest step we’ve ever taken to combat climate change. This plan sets the first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants, while providing states and utilities with the flexibility they need to meet those standards.
Just because this common-sense proposal will have huge benefits for hard-working Americans across the country, doesn’t mean some people won’t spread misinformation and launch false attacks. We’re setting the record straight.
Yesterday, President Obama delivered remarks at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship Presidential Summit.
by Elizabeth Stuart
Wild horses hovered nearby during a rally Tuesday protesting the federal government’s plans to round up and remove a well-loved herd from Tonto National Forest. (photos by Elizabeth Stuart)
The sun is slipping down in the sky on a 112-degree day in Tonto National Forest, casting long shadows over a small herd of horses. A dappled gray, a bay, a dun, and a knock-kneed colt with a star on her forehead snuffle through the underbrush, enjoying dinner to the sounds of chirping birds, buzzing bees, and several hundred people shouting: “Let them be! Wild and Free! Let them be! Wild and Free!”
The crowd gathered Tuesday at a recreation area near the Salt River, where between 65 and 100 such horses roam free, to protest the government’s plan to round them up and remove them from federal lands. Horses that are not claimed by Friday…
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The Obama Administration Formally Releases The U.S.’s Strongest Action Ever To Combat Climate Change
Undeniably, the climate is changing and human activity is causing it. Today, President Obama released a finalized version of the Clean Power Plan, a first-of-its-kind plan to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants. The Clean Power Plan is the most ambitious action yet taken in the United States to slow global warming, and is a key part of the president’s strategy in the global fight against climate change. A draft version of the plan was released last summer and the final version responds to more than 4.3 million comments from states, utilities, communities, and more. Here are a few key things to know about the finalized rule:
- 40 percent: Carbon-dioxide pollution is the leading contributor to climate change and power plants produce the largest amount of carbon-dioxide emissions in the United States, making up about 40 percent of all carbon pollution in the country.
- 32 percent: Under the finalized version of the Clean Power Plan, states will be required to reduce carbon pollution by 32 percent from 2005 levels—a nine percent increase from the previous target.
- $93 billion: The projected benefits far outweigh the costs of implementing the plan. The Clean Power Plan will lead to climate and health benefits of up to $93 billion by 2030.
- $85: The average American family will see annual savings of $85 on their energy bill in 2030, and between 2020 and 2030 consumers will save a total of $155 billion.
- 3,600: By 2030, the reduction in power plant pollution will prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths a year.
- 870 million: When the Clean Power Plan is fully in place in 2030, there will be 870 million tons less carbon pollution—that is the equivalent of the annual emissions of more than 166 million cars, or 70 percent of cars in the country.
The EPA has the legal authority to regulate carbon pollution because of the danger it poses to public health and the environment. The finalized plan offers an opportunity for each state to take a leading role in how it meets carbon reduction and renewable energy targets. “We’ll reward states that take actions sooner, rather than later, because time is not on our side,” Obama said at a press conference earlier today.
Unsurprisingly, the rule has been met with much criticism from conservatives. Promises of non-compliance and lawsuits challenging the rule have been flowing consistently since the draft rule was released more than a year ago. One of the chief conservative complaints against the law is that it will raise energy prices and kill jobs—two things that just aren’t true: a recent report by Georgia Tech last week found that the Clean Energy Plan will lower energy bills, and several studies project a net increases of tens of thousands jobs across the country.
BOTTOM LINE: The Clean Power Plan is more than just an initiative. It is a responsibility. It is the path forward to a cleaner, safer, and healthier country and is the greatest action on climate change ever taken in American history.