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On National Voter Registration Day, A Look At The Importance Of Registering To Vote

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and like all the best holidays it’s easy to celebrate! Today you can visit this website to register to vote or check your state’s Secretary of State or State Board of Elections website, which may allow you to check your status, update your address, or register to vote. Then, spread the word!

The United States has notoriously low levels of voter turnout and things aren’t looking up. In the 2014 midterms, our most recent national election, voter turnout was the lowest ever recorded since the Census Bureau began collecting voting data in 1978. In 43 states, less than half of eligible voters actually turned out.

Even more drastic is the significantly lower turnout rates among low-income Americans and people of color. White, affluent voters continue to be overrepresented in American elections and this can have a big effect on public policy. According to a report from Demos, non-registered people were far more progressive than registered voters on every issue examined, from free community college to raising the minimum wage. By excluding so many eligible voters, our political system tunes out a diversity of viewpoints in our electorate that has a big effect on public policy. For more on the turnout gap, check out this report.

One important step in closing the turnout gap is getting people registered to vote. This is a particularly important National Voter Registration day because 2016 is the first year in United States history that the Rising American Electorate—young people, people of color, and unmarried women—are expected to cast over half of all the ballots in the election. About 57 percent of the eligible-voter population is a part of the Rising American Electorate, but a huge portion of that group is not registered to vote. In fact, in 2014, more than four in ten RAE members were not registered to vote. The chart below gives a more detailed breakdown:

BOTTOM LINE: Registering to vote is an important step in ensuring that our voting population is actually representative of the American population. Representation starts with registration, so celebrate National Voter Registration Day!

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 9/22 ~~ the House


HCHumanRight0108The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, with the time until 11:00am equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. At 11:00am the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.36. Senators should expect a second vote relative to the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2685, Defense Appropriations, upon reconsideration.

Tuesday, September 22 at 11:00am – Up to 2 roll call votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.36, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2685, Defense Appropriations, upon reconsideration.

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.36, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; not invoked: 54-42.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2685, Defense Appropriations, upon reconsideration; not invoked: 54-42.

Legislative Business

Passed Calendar #175, S.1632 – requires a regional strategy to address the threat posed by Boko Haram, with Lankford amendment and committee-reported substitute amendment, as amended.

Passed Calendar #194, S.986 – Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act.

Passed Calendar #233, S.1170 – Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2015.

Agreed to S.Res.263 – National Retirement Security Week.

Agreed to S.Res.264 – designating September 23, 2015, as “National Falls Prevention Awareness Day”.

Agreed to S.Res.265 – honoring the life, accomplishments, and legacy of Congressman Louis Stokes.

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.3134, Planned Parenthood Federation of American Funding Moratorium (Republican request).

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.3504, Born Alive Abortion Services Protection Act (Republican request).

Executive Business

Confirmed by voice vote Executive Calendar #298, Kathryn Matthew, to be Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities.

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House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of September 22, 2015

Last Floor Action:
4:06:04 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on September 24, 2015.
4:00:04 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
4:00:28 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Barbara Comstock to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
4:00:53 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Cloer, Chaplain, United States Navy, Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains, Washington, DC.
4:02:28 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
4:02:33 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Smith of NJ to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
4:03:11 P.M. H. Res. 50 Mr. Smith (NJ) asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:03:33 P.M. H. Res. 50 Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 50 — “Calling for the release of Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was captured by Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine and has been held illegally in a Russian prison since July 2014.”
4:03:48 P.M. H. Res. 50 An amendment, in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Smith (NJ), to the text of the resolution.
4:04:13 P.M. H. Res. 50 On agreeing to the Smith (NJ) amendment; Agreed to without objection.
4:04:25 P.M. H. Res. 50 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
4:04:30 P.M. H. Res. 50 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:04:31 P.M. H. Res. 50 An amendment, offered by Mr. Smith (NJ), to the preamble.
4:05:31 P.M. H. Res. 50 On agreeing to the Smith (NJ) amendment; Agreed to without objection.
4:05:32 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 September 22, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 2051 with an amendment and that the Senate passed S. 1109.
4:06:01 P.M. Mr. Smith (NJ) moved that the House do now adjourn.
4:06:03 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
4:06:04 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on September 24, 2015.

Joy Behind The Door


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When joy knocks on your door will you answer? Your opportunity  to be free from hurt, pain and bondage patiently waits for your arrival. Will you let joy in? The truth is that many times we dont. We allow the obstacles that we face to discourage us and turn our backs on joy. Well i am ready fo let joy in. Imagine living in a world where your spirit is at peace. Now this idea may seem foreign  to us because trials will
come but we must dig deeper. What if there was more to life than what you see? Life is more of an internal experience that a physical one if you really think about it. So lets dig a little deeper. I dare you to strip away what you see externally and see yourself real and raw. See yourself for who you truly are and seperate yourself from…

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Thought of the Night: Anxiety


 

tumblr_nq3nfgZ94D1s5djgpo1_250Today I am proud to say that I officially beat my anxiety and I am going to share my secret. You can throw away all of those books and tune out all of those motivational videos because trust me, they will never work. You can’t beat anxiety by simply repeating a phrase or doing any steps. Don’t get so caught up in man made philosophies because men are flawed. Its like the blind leading the blind and could only fix the exterior of the issue.

As I read empowerment novels and watched motivational videos it only encouraged me to get back up. If you know anxiety like I do then you would know that without a solid foundation it will knock you right back down. I found my foundation in God. As I studied the bible and gained an understand of his word he showed me who I am. Now that I…

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