the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 9/28 ~~ the House


beaseedforchangestickersGREENThe Senate stands adjourned until 4:30pm on Monday, September 28, 2015.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.719 with the time until 5:30pm equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.

As a reminder, during Thursday’s session Senator McConnell moved to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.719, with further amendment (SA #2689), and filled the amendment tree with date change amendments. The underlying bill is the TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2015. McConnell amendment #2689 is a Continuing Resolution to fund the government through December 11, 2015. Senator McConnell then filed cloture on the motion to concur with an amendment.

Monday at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote

1.      Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.719, with further amendment (SA #2689 – clean CR through Dec. 11, 2015).

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Last Floor Action:
7:20:33 P.M. – SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

Last Floor Action: 9/25/2015
12:26:58 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on September 28, 2015.

WRAP  UP

Roll Call Votes

1.      Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.719, with further amendment (SA #2689 – clean CR through Dec. 11, 2015); not invoked: 77-19.

Legislative Business

Passed Calendar #180, S.599, to extend and expand the Medicaid emergency psychiatric demonstration project, with committee-reported substitute.

Agreed to S.Res.271, recognizing the 100th anniversary of Dinosaur National Monument and designating October 4, 2015, as “Dinosaur National Monument Day”.

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.2089, American Energy Innovation.

Executive Business

Confirmed by unanimous consent all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, and Navy;

Executive Calendar #196, Brian J. Maggi, to be Lieutenant Commander; and

Executive Calendar #197, Anna W. Hickey, to be Commander and Kimberly C. Young-Mclear to be Lieutenant.

12:00:16 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:22 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Denham to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:39 P.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 2:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.
12:08:14 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:10 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of September 28.
2:00:16 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:30 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:01:31 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Kildee to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:02:35 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:06:37 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 September 25, 2015 at 5:12 p.m.: That the Senate passed S. 2082.
2:07:01 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 3:00 P.M. today.
3:00:47 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of September 28.
3:01:00 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
3:02:14 P.M. H.R. 1624 Mr. Pitts moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1624 — “To amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to revise the definition of small employer.”
3:02:33 P.M. H.R. 1624 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:02:39 P.M. H.R. 1624 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1624.
3:14:29 P.M. H.R. 1624 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:14:32 P.M. H.R. 1624 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:15:19 P.M. S. 136 Mr. Walberg moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 136 — “To amend chapter 21 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that fathers of certain permanently disabled or deceased veterans shall be included with mothers of such veterans as preference eligibles for treatment in the civil service.”
3:15:39 P.M. S. 136 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:15:41 P.M. S. 136 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 136.
3:24:18 P.M. S. 136 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:24:20 P.M. S. 136 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:25:18 P.M. H.R. 313 Mr. Walberg moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 313 — “To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide leave to any new Federal employee who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rated at 30 percent or more for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disability, and for other purposes.”
3:25:28 P.M. H.R. 313 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:25:32 P.M. H.R. 313 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 313.
3:33:55 P.M. H.R. 313 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:33:58 P.M. H.R. 313 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:34:32 P.M. S. 565 Mr. Walberg moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 565 — “To reduce the operation and maintenance costs associated with the Federal fleet by encouraging the use of remanufactured parts, and for other purposes.”
3:34:54 P.M. S. 565 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:34:58 P.M. S. 565 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 565.
3:42:33 P.M. S. 565 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:42:35 P.M. S. 565 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:43:04 P.M. H.R. 3089 Mr. Walberg moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3089 — “To close out expired grants, and for other purposes.”
3:43:22 P.M. H.R. 3089 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:43:26 P.M. H.R. 3089 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3089.
3:49:52 P.M. H.R. 3089 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:49:54 P.M. H.R. 3089 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:51:11 P.M. H.R. 3614 Mr. LoBiondo moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3614 — “To amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.”
3:51:29 P.M. H.R. 3614 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:51:32 P.M. H.R. 3614 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3614.
4:08:44 P.M. H.R. 3614 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:08:45 P.M. H.R. 3614 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:09:14 P.M. H.R. 2061 Mr. Ryan (WI) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2061 — “To amend section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an additional religious exemption from the individual health coverage mandate, and for other purposes.”
4:09:39 P.M. H.R. 2061 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:09:46 P.M. H.R. 2061 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2061.
4:15:17 P.M. H.R. 2061 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:15:20 P.M. H.R. 2061 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:16:07 P.M. S. 139 Mr. Ryan (WI) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 139 — “To permanently allow an exclusion under the Supplemental Security Income program and the Medicaid program for compensation provided to individuals who participate in clinical trials for rare diseases or conditions.”
4:16:12 P.M. S. 139 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:16:21 P.M. S. 139 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 139.
4:29:14 P.M. S. 139 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:29:16 P.M. S. 139 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:30:05 P.M. H.R. 3594 Mr. Bishop (MI) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3594 — “To extend temporarily the Federal Perkins Loan program, and for other purposes.”
4:30:32 P.M. H.R. 3594 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:30:35 P.M. H.R. 3594 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3594.
4:45:55 P.M. H.R. 3594 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:45:58 P.M. H.R. 3594 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:47:02 P.M. H.R. 2617 Mr. Bishop (MI) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2617 — “To amend the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 to postpone a scheduled increase in the minimum wage applicable to American Samoa.”
4:47:35 P.M. H.R. 2617 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:47:39 P.M. H.R. 2617 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2617.
5:08:40 P.M. H.R. 2617 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:08:43 P.M. H.R. 2617 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:09:05 P.M. H.R. 2786 Ms. McSally moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2786 — “To require the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to submit a report on cross-border rail security, and for other purposes.”
5:09:24 P.M. H.R. 2786 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:09:26 P.M. H.R. 2786 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2786.
5:15:32 P.M. H.R. 2786 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
5:16:00 P.M. H.R. 2835 Ms. McSally moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2835 — “To actively recruit members of the Armed Forces who are separating from military service to serve as Customs and Border Protection Officers.”
5:16:13 P.M. H.R. 2835 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:16:15 P.M. H.R. 2835 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2835.
5:23:42 P.M. H.R. 2835 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
5:24:14 P.M. H.R. 2051 Mr. Conaway moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.
5:24:35 P.M. H.R. 2051 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 40 minutes of debate on the motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2051.
5:28:19 P.M. H.R. 2051 On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by voice vote.
5:28:20 P.M. H.R. 2051 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:28:41 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.
6:30:55 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of September 28.
6:31:13 P.M. Ms. Foxx filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 444.
6:32:03 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:32:31 P.M. H.R. 2835 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2835 — “To actively recruit members of the Armed Forces who are separating from military service to serve as Customs and Border Protection Officers.”
6:56:22 P.M. H.R. 2835 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 410 – 0 (Roll no. 519).
6:56:23 P.M. H.R. 2835 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:56:52 P.M. H.R. 2786 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2786 — “To require the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to submit a report on cross-border rail security, and for other purposes.”
7:05:25 P.M. H.R. 2786 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 412 – 0 (Roll no. 520).
7:05:25 P.M. H.R. 2786 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:06:59 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:20:33 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

8:51:52 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:51:59 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:52:00 P.M. The House adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on September 29, 2015.

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Take your pick … Jay Inslee


Washington has a choice.

jayinslee.com

We can continue to focus on issues that matter: growing an economy that works for everyone, ensuring all our children get the education they need to succeed, and protecting our environment.

Or, if my Republican opponents’ dark money allies have their way, our state will start denying voting rights to disenfranchised communities, defunding Planned Parenthood, and balancing the budget on the backs of the middle class. Make no mistake: those are their priorities — we’ve seen it happen in state after state across the country.

We know the consequences that will come our way if we make the wrong choice. Now, our campaign is up against a big end-of-quarter filing deadline on September 30, with a goal of raising $30,000. Which choice will you make for our state? Contribute $5 to my campaign today.

Take your pick:

Disenfranchising voters, eliminating common-sense gun control, increasing tax cuts for the wealthy, reducing environmental standards, and defunding Planned Parenthood. Growing an economy that works for everyone, funding education, making college affordable, taking action on climate change, increasing women's access to health care.

The choice is simple — together we can move our state forward or let my Republican opponents and their dark money allies move us backwards.

Today, national Republicans, including the Republican Governors Association, are targeting us for defeat. So, the choice is real, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. We need to reach this goal before our crucial deadline. Thank you, as always, for your support.

Very truly yours,

Jay Inslee

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NMAAHC Acquires Eyejammie Hip-Hop Photo Collection


NMAAHC -- National Museum of African American History and Culture

NMAAHC Acquires
Eyejammie Hip-Hop Photo Collection

Easy-E

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has acquired more than 400 photographs from the Eyejammie Hip-Hop Collection, originally compiled by Bill Adler, a pioneering music historian who has written about, advocated for and studied hip-hop since the 1980s. These images will contribute to the museum’s arts and entertainment collection, designed to explore how cultural movements like hip-hop influenced the nation.

The acquisition will be NMAAHC’s largest contemporary photography collection featured in its Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts, which houses an extensive collection of photographs, films, audio recordings and digital resources by and about African Americans. CAAMA will give visitors access to its vast media collection, produce public programs and present exhibitions to show the sweep of African American history and culture from the 19th century to the present.

Lil Kim and Foxy Brown

The Eyejammie Hip-Hop Photo Collection was exhibited at Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery in New York City between 2003 and 2007, featuring mostly black-and-white photographs taken from the early 1980s to 2004. The images represent the diversity of the individual photographer’s eye and of the hip-hop community. There are images of hip-hop’s major innovators, including Run DMC with Russell Simmons at the start of the group’s career, a young Nas in front of the Queensboro Bridge, the 1990s rap duo Black Sheep with the World Trade Towers in the background, LL Cool J during his first performance in the basement of Benjamin Franklin High School in New York City, early images of Public Enemy and photographs of female artists such as MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa, Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown, Yo-Yo and Queen Latifah, among many others.

For more information and to view additional images of the photo collection, please visit Smithsonian’s News Desk website to read the press release.

Breaking Down The Pope’s Address To Congress


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“Mr. Speaker, The Pope Of The Holy See!”

Today, Pope Francis made history yet again by becoming the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress. Speaking for nearly an hour on a range of issues, the pope’s overall message was one of peace, cooperation, and action. Pope Francis made sure to include members of Congress in his call to action, stating, “your own responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country, by your legislative activity, to grow as a nation.” Though he is the leader of the Catholic Church, today’s speech solidified Pope Francis’s role as a moral force for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

We’ve put together a summary of the key points in his speech. Head over to ThinkProgress for a complete run-down.

Immigration

Pope Francis spoke at length about immigration. He again reminded us that he is the son of immigrants and noted that “so many of you are also descended from immigrants.” The Pope called for people to treating immigrants with compassion and fairness, invoking the Golden Rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” He also urged us to reject “a mindset of hostility” towards immigrants, to welcome them, and help them seek opportunities. The pope said, “is this not what we want for our own children?”

Inequality

Throughout his speech, Pope Francis expressed his concern for the poor and his dismay at growing income inequality. He referred to his first papal exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, and emphasized the need to strive for a just distribution of income and a “modern, inclusive and sustainable” economy. Pope Francis even had a special message for lawmakers, urging them to pay attention especially to “those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk.” He declared that “the fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts.”

Climate

Pope Francis also discussed the dangers of climate change and the need to pass legislation to address it. He cited his own encyclical, Laudato Si, stating, “now is the time for courageous actions and strategies, aimed at implementing a ‘culture of care’ and ‘an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.’” The pope emphasized that US lawmakers have an “important role to play” in protecting the climate and noted that American research institutions can also make a vital contribution.

International Relations

The pope emphasized our need for international peace and cooperation. He recognized recent efforts in the United States to “help overcome historic differences linked to painful episodes of the past,” possibly referencing the normalization of relations with Cuba. Pope Francis also applauded efforts to open up dialogue, saying they require “courage and daring” but are worth it for they open “new opportunities” for all. He encouraged lawmakers and others to “end the many armed conflicts throughout our world,” citing the damaging role of the weapons trade in these conflicts.

Death Penalty

Some of the Pope’s strongest remarks concerned abolishing the death penalty. He reminded us that the Catholic Church has for centuries believed in protecting life at all stages. Pope Francis even called on Congress to abolish the death penalty, stating “a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.”

After the speech, Pope Francis greeted tens of thousands of admirers on the West Lawn of the Capitol. He then skipped lunch with Congress, choosing instead to eat lunch with Washington, D.C.’s homeless. “I want to be very clear,” the pope said. “We can’t find any social or moral justification, no justification whatsoever, for lack of housing.”

BOTTOM LINE: Pope Francis’s speech today was a historic moment in America and solidified his role as a global moral force for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. His remarks on issues ranging from immigration to climate change to poverty have reached many this week. They represent a call to action that all should heed.

Starbucks, Whole Foods and carbon pollution


 

10% of all carbon pollution comes from tropical deforestation, largely driven by palm oil production. We can stop it by pressuring corporations to use palm oil that doesn’t burn up forests—but only with your help.

Give now to fight global warming and protect tropical forests.

 

From French fries to face wash, everyday products are filled with palm oil, a lot of it produced by destroying tropical forests.

UCS members have helped convince some of the world’s largest users of palm oil—corporations you’d recognize in an instant—to buy from sources that don’t rely on destroying tropical forests.

But some companies are lagging behind—even a few that may surprise you: companies like Starbucks and Whole Foods. Based on our research, they’re not doing as well as McDonald’s or Subway.

We’ve made too much progress on deforestation to stop now. Will you help us turn up the heat on more corporations, and support the next phase of our campaign?

Make a tax-deductible gift to the Union of Concerned Scientists today.

Companies that make a show of corporate responsibility should be leading on palm oil, not lagging behind. Yet Starbucks has stopped at half-measures—relying on a palm oil certification system that still allows for forest clearance rather than pledging to eliminate deforestation entirely and only promising to use deforestation-free palm oil in its company-owned stores.1 Whole Foods promised to switch to deforestation-free palm oil three years ago, but hasn’t hit its targets.2

We’ve always known that science alone wouldn’t convince every major company to do the right thing on palm oil. That’s why, beyond meeting directly with executives to show them how deforestation-free palm oil won’t hurt their bottom lines, we’ve sent more than 750,000 letters to CEOs demanding action. So far, more than a dozen companies have answered our call—most recently, McDonald’s and Yum! Brands (owner of Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell).

If these fast food giants can commit to deforestation-free palm oil, there’s no excuse for companies like Starbucks and Whole Foods to hold out.

We have to turn up the pressure on companies dragging their feet on palm oil deforestation. Please, support our campaign with an urgent gift now.

You shouldn’t have to wonder if your Whole Foods groceries or Starbucks snack could be contributing to massive deforestation that’s decimating wildlife and releasing tons of global warming pollution.

Yet Whole Foods and Starbucks haven’t taken reasonable steps to make sure that their products don’t contribute to the wide-scale loss of tropical forests… to the plight of threatened wildlife like Sumatran orangutans and tigers… or to fires that have released hundreds of years’ worth of stored-up carbon into the air, burning for weeks or even months.3

Our efforts on palm oil are having a lasting impact on our planet. But it takes resources to organize hundreds of thousands of consumer activists and pressure global corporations to do the right thing. That’s why your gift today is so important.

Help fight global warming and environmental devastation by powering one of the most effective campaigns being run today.

I hope you’ll be a part of this truly historic effort. Thanks for your support.

Ken Kimmell Sincerely,
Ken Kimmell
Ken Kimmell
President
Union of Concerned Scientists

 

 

 

1.  http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2015/03/ucs-palm-oil-scoring-breakdown-2015.pdf, page 83
2.  Ibid
3.  http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/legacy/assets/documents/global_warming/palm-oil-and-global-warming.pdf, page 2