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The RNC Marches Along, With GOP Plans To Create Opportunity And Prosperity

After spending yesterday’s “Make America Work Again” night talking about Benghazi (again) instead of jobs and the economy, the Republican National Convention continues today with plans to “Make America First Again.” Now formally the Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump and his supporters plan to talk about how they will “lift people out of poverty by creating the conditions for opportunity and prosperity.” But Benghazi will probably fit into this theme too.

The reality is, Donald Trump has no substantive plans to help create conditions for opportunity and prosperity. Instead, he has said people are in poverty because they are “sitting there doing nothing.” From his calls to abolish the Department of Education to his claim that wages are “too high,” Trump has proven only to be concerned with protecting the opportunity and prosperity of a select few. Here are just a few ways Trump and the GOP would put opportunity and prosperity further out of reach for working families:

  • Trump vowed to abolish the Department of Education. If Trump followed through on his promise to “get rid” of the U.S. Department of Education, $68 billion would no longer be targeted to the most disadvantaged students—including those with disabilities, English Language Learners, from low-income families and students of color. This would mean 8 million college students would lose their Pell Grants,23.9 million students from low-income settings would lose their Title I funding, schools would lose funding to help ensure a quality education for 6.7 million students with disabilities, the fate of $1.2 trillion in student loans would be uncertain, and there would be no federal civil rights enforcement, including enforcement of Title IX.
  • Trump University scammed thousands, faces numerous lawsuits.You probably won’t hear much mention of Trump’s earlier promise to bring opportunity and prosperity to Americans—the unaccredited Trump University courses that cost up to $35,000 and tricked students into paying for courses that that failed to provide promised instruction on real-estate business techniques. Newly released documents from an ongoing lawsuit outlined a number of questionable business tactics and gave voters a glimpse of Trump’s potential approach to higher education.
  • Trump’s tax plan is a reckless and costly giveaway to the wealthiest few at the expense of everyone else. His tax plan would give the top 1 percent an average tax cut of over $275,000, while costing $9.5 trillion over the next decade. And it could increase the national debt by nearly 80 percent of gross domestic product by 2036.
  • Trump has yet to support raising the minimum wage. In fact he’s done quite the opposite: he’s claimed “wages are too high.” If Trump were president for 8 years and didn’t raise the federal minimum wage, it would be at its lowest level in 70 years—making it even harder for working families to get by, much less get ahead.

Trump’s Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence will also take the stage tonightto make the case that the two of them can, in fact, make America first. But Pence’s record makes it pretty clear that he is only interested in protecting opportunity for a select few. He was the first governor to sign a Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, or RFRA law, which allowed individuals and businesses to discriminate against LGBT people. And his education record is troubling too: wealthiest schools thrive under his new state budget while poor ones mostly get less and Pence has overseen an incredibly costly school voucher program that cost $135 million and reported a loss of $40 million.

BOTTOM LINE: Tonight, the Republican Party will try to make the case that “Under a Trump administration, America will once again be a beacon of progress and opportunity,” but the reality is that Trump is only concerned with creating opportunity and prosperity for a select few

the Senate Pro-Forma CONGRESS until September 6 the House


USflagSchedule for Pro Forma Sessions and Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The Senate stands adjourned to then convene for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted on the following dates and times:

Friday, July 15 at 11:30am

Tuesday, July 19 at 1:00pm

Friday, July 22 at 1:00pm

Tuesday, July 26 at 10:00am

Friday, July 29 at 10:00am

Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00am 

 

 Wrap UP for Jul 14, ’16 9:07 PM

Roll Call Votes Motion to invoke cloture on compound motion to go to conference on S.2943, NDA

A; invoked: 90-7. Shaheen motion to instruct the conferees (re: Afghan visas); agreed to: 84-12. Sullivan motion to instruct the conferees (re: military operations); agreed to: 85-12. Motion to invoke cloture upon reconsideration on the motion to proceed to…

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House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of July 25, 2016

12:30:03 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:30:15 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Mac Thornberry to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:30:36 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Michael Tyrrell, Jesuit Conference, Washington, DC
12:31:38 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to section 8(a) of H. Res. 820, the Journal stands approved.
12:31:52 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:32:11 P.M. S. Con. Res. 50 Considered as privileged matter. S. Con. Res. 50 — “Providing for an adjournment of the House of Representatives.”
12:33:25 P.M. S. Con. Res. 50 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
12:33:30 P.M. S. Con. Res. 50 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:34:07 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 the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the White House on July 22, 2016, at 5:56 p.m., said to contain a veto message from the President whereby he returns without his signature H.R. 1777, the “Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2016.”
12:34:08 P.M. H.R. 1777 The Chair laid before the House the veto message from the President.
12:34:36 P.M. H.R. 1777 The Chair announced that the objections of the President to H.R. 1777 would be spread at large upon the Journal and the veto message would be printed as a House document (114-155).
12:34:56 P.M. Further consideration of the veto message and the bill, H.R. 1777, is postponed until the legislative day of September 23, 2016
12:37:19 P.M. Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico – Pursuant to section 409(b) of the Puerto Rico Overisght, Management, and Economic Stability Act, and the order of the House of January 6, 2015, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico: Mr. Duffy and Mr. MacArthur.
12:37:36 P.M. Congressional Task Force on Economic Grwoth in Puerto Rico – Pursuant to section 409(d) of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, and the order of the House of January 6, 2015, the Speaker appointed Mr. Hatch of Utah, as its Chair.
12:37:55 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to S. Con. Res. 50. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on September 6, 2016.

 

House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of July 21, 2016

9:00:30 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:40 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
9:01:06 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Vincent De Rosa, St. Peters Catholic Church, Washington, DC
9:02:20 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to section 8(a) of H. Res. 820, the Journal stands approved.
9:02:45 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:03:38 A.M. ADJUSTMENT OF WHOLE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of rule XX, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the passing of the gentleman from Hawaii, Mr. Takai, the whole number of the House is 433.
9:04:05 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 8(b) of H. Res. 820. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on July 25, 2016.

House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of July 18, 2016


2:30:13 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
2:30:19 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Luke Messer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
2:30:59 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, Retired Chaplain, United States Navy, Washington, DC.
2:32:21 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to section 8(a) of H. Res. 820, the Journal was approved.
2:32:27 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:32:28 P.M. The House received a communication from Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader. Pursuant to section 409(b) of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), Ms. Pelosi notified the House that she had appointed the following Members to the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico: Ms. Velazquez of New York, and Mr. Pierluisi of Puerto Rico.
2:33:02 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 July 15, 2016 at 9:57 a.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 4904 and S. 1935.
2:34:12 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 July 15, 2016 at 1:07 p.m.: That the Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 50, and H. Con. Res. 142, and passed H.R. 2607, H.R. 3700, H.R. 3931, H.R. 3953, H.R. 4010, H.R. 4425, H.R. 4747, H.R. 4761, H.R. 4777, H.R. 4877, H.R. 4925, H.R. 4975, H.R. 4987, H.R. 5028, and H.R. 5722.
2:35:15 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 July 15, 2016 at 2:20 p.m.: That the Senate passed S. 3282, S. 2854, S. 2614, S. 3283, S. 3028, S. 818, S. 817, S. 1443, S. Con. Res. 41, and S. Con. Res. 46.
2:36:18 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Under Clause 2(g) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she herewith designates Mr. Robert Reeves, Deputy Clerk and Mr. Robert Borden, Legal Counsel, to sign any and all papers and do all other acts for her under the name of the Clerk of the House which they would be authorized to do by virtue of this designation, except such as are provided by statute, in case of her temporary absence or disability, which shall remain in effect for the 114th Congress or until modified by the Clerk.
2:37:26 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 8(b) of H. Res. 820. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on July 21, 2016.

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