the senate March 27th -31st CONGRESS 2017 the house


Wrap Up for Wednesday, March 29, 2017 No Roll Call Votes   Legislative Business Adopted S.Res.98, designating the first week of April 2017, as “National Asbestos Awareness Week”.   Adopted S.Res.103, designating March 29, 2017, as “Vietnam Veterans Day”   Passed H.R.353 with Cantwell amendment and Thune substitute amendment, to improve the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration’s weather research   No Executive…  More

Wrap Up for Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Roll Call Votes Ratification of Executive Calendar #1, Treaty 114-12, Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Montenegro; agreed to: 97-2.   Legislative Business Adopted S.Res.95, designating March 22, 2017, as “National Rehabilitation Counselors Appreciation Day”.   Adopted S.Res.101, authorizing the printing of a collection of the rules of the…    More

Wrap Up Monday,March 27, 2017 Roll Call Votes Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #1, Treaty 114-12, Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Montenegro; invoked: 97-2.   Legislative Business Passed S.J.Res.30, providing for the reappointment of Steve Case as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.   Passed…  More

 Wrap Up for Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Last Floor Action: 3/30
12:30:05 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on April 3, 2017.

9:00:08 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:14 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Virginia Foxx to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
9:00:31 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:38 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:01:43 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Kilmer to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:04 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:13:59 A.M. H.R. 1431 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 233. H.R. 1431 — “To amend the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to provide for Scientific Advisory Board member qualifications, public participation, and for other purposes.”
9:14:04 A.M. H.R. 1431 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1431 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.
9:14:29 A.M. H.R. 1431 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1431.
9:54:31 A.M. H.R. 1431 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
9:55:14 A.M. H.R. 1431 Mr. Foster moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
9:55:30 A.M. H.R. 1431 Floor summary: DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Foster motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment to prohibit members of the Science Advisory Board from being employed by any corporate entity that has an interest before the Board during that members service, and for three years following that members service.
10:03:33 A.M. H.R. 1431 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
10:30:15 A.M. H.R. 1431 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 189 – 233 (Roll no. 207).
10:41:06 A.M. H.R. 1431 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 229 – 193 (Roll no. 208).
10:41:08 A.M. H.R. 1431 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10:42:04 A.M. COLLOQUY ON HOUSE SCHEDULE – The Chair recognized Mr. Hoyer for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy with Mr. McCarthy on the expectations regarding the legislative schedule for the House during the upcoming week.
10:51:12 A.M. Mr. McCarthy asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Thursday, March 30, 2017, it adjourn to meet on Monday, April 3, 2017 at noon for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.
10:51:18 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
11:03:28 A.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
11:58:48 A.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 353 amended, and H.J. Res. 67.
11:58:49 A.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed with Special Order Speeches.
12:30:00 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
12:30:01 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
12:30:05 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on April 3, 2017.

House Activity 3/29

10:00:03 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:20 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:41 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.
11:00:58 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:05 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 29.
12:00:31 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Robert Dillingham, Farina United Methodist Church, Farina, IL.
12:01:49 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:53 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Stefanik to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:12 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.
12:26:00 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 March 29, 2017, at 9:28 a.m.: Appointments: Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress.
12:26:24 P.M. H. Res. 233 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 233 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1431) to amend the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to provide for Scientific Advisory Board member qualifications, public participation, and for other purposes.”
12:27:29 P.M. H. Res. 233 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 233.
1:37:21 P.M. H. Res. 233 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 232 – 191 (Roll no. 203).
1:44:22 P.M. H. Res. 233 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 232 – 188 (Roll no. 204).
1:44:24 P.M. H. Res. 233 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:45:50 P.M. H.R. 1430 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 229. H.R. 1430 — “To prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.”
1:45:55 P.M. H.R. 1430 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1430 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.
1:46:36 P.M. H.R. 1430 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1430.
2:44:17 P.M. H.R. 1430 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
2:44:50 P.M. H.R. 1430 Mr. McEachin moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
2:45:09 P.M. H.R. 1430 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McEachin motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to require the administrator of the EPA to use the best available science when responding to any threats to public health.
2:52:01 P.M. H.R. 1430 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
2:52:28 P.M. H.R. 1430 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the McEachin motion to recommit, the Chair put the question on adoption of the motion to recommit and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. McEachin demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the motion to recommit until a time to be announced.
2:52:55 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
4:20:30 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 29.
4:20:33 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the question on the motion to recommit on H.R. 1430 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:21:23 P.M. H.R. 1430 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1430 — “To prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.”
4:45:57 P.M. H.R. 1430 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 189 – 232 (Roll no. 205).
4:55:21 P.M. H.R. 1430 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 228 – 194 (Roll no. 206).
4:55:23 P.M. H.R. 1430 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:56:10 P.M. Mr. Smith (TX) asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow, March 30, 2017. Agreed to without objection.
4:57:38 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:16:14 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
6:14:59 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting notification of the continuance of the national emergency with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities. – referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-26).
6:15:00 P.M. Mr. Raskin moved that the House do now adjourn.
6:15:02 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
6:15:05 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on March 30, 2017.

House Activity 3/28

10:00:03 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:20 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:41 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.
11:00:58 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:05 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 29.
12:00:31 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Robert Dillingham, Farina United Methodist Church, Farina, IL.
12:01:49 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:53 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Stefanik to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:12 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.
12:26:00 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 March 29, 2017, at 9:28 a.m.: Appointments: Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress.
12:26:24 P.M. H. Res. 233 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 233 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1431) to amend the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to provide for Scientific Advisory Board member qualifications, public participation, and for other purposes.”
12:27:29 P.M. H. Res. 233 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 233.
1:37:21 P.M. H. Res. 233 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 232 – 191 (Roll no. 203).
1:44:22 P.M. H. Res. 233 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 232 – 188 (Roll no. 204).
1:44:24 P.M. H. Res. 233 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:45:50 P.M. H.R. 1430 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 229. H.R. 1430 — “To prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.”
1:45:55 P.M. H.R. 1430 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1430 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.
1:46:36 P.M. H.R. 1430 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1430.
2:44:17 P.M. H.R. 1430 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
2:44:50 P.M. H.R. 1430 Mr. McEachin moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
2:45:09 P.M. H.R. 1430 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McEachin motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to require the administrator of the EPA to use the best available science when responding to any threats to public health.
2:52:01 P.M. H.R. 1430 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
2:52:28 P.M. H.R. 1430 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the McEachin motion to recommit, the Chair put the question on adoption of the motion to recommit and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. McEachin demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the motion to recommit until a time to be announced.
2:52:55 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
4:20:30 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 29.
4:20:33 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the question on the motion to recommit on H.R. 1430 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:21:23 P.M. H.R. 1430 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1430 — “To prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.”
4:45:57 P.M. H.R. 1430 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 189 – 232 (Roll no. 205).
4:55:21 P.M. H.R. 1430 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 228 – 194 (Roll no. 206).
4:55:23 P.M. H.R. 1430 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:56:10 P.M. Mr. Smith (TX) asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow, March 30, 2017. Agreed to without objection.
4:57:38 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:16:14 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
6:14:59 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting notification of the continuance of the national emergency with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities. – referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-26).
6:15:00 P.M. Mr. Raskin moved that the House do now adjourn.
6:15:02 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
6:15:05 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on March 30, 2017.

Last Floor Action:
8:29:57 P.M. – The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on March 28, 2017.

House Activity 3/27

12:00:32 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:46 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Denham to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:01:08 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.
12:01:44 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:16 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 27.
2:00:18 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:38 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:01:42 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Messer to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:02:07 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:05:48 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 5:00 P.M. today.
5:01:00 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 27.
5:02:23 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
5:02:31 P.M. H.R. 1117 Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1117 — “To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster.”
5:02:48 P.M. H.R. 1117 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:02:50 P.M. H.R. 1117 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1117.
5:10:29 P.M. H.R. 1117 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.
5:10:31 P.M. H.R. 1214 Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1214 — “To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a program to use simplified procedures to issue public assistance for certain projects under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, and for other purposes.”
5:11:07 P.M. H.R. 1214 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:11:09 P.M. H.R. 1214 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1214.
5:17:21 P.M. H.R. 1214 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:17:23 P.M. H.R. 1214 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:17:24 P.M. H.R. 654 Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 654 — “To direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to carry out a plan for the purchase and installation of an earthquake early warning system for the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and for other purposes.”
5:17:47 P.M. H.R. 654 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:17:49 P.M. H.R. 654 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 654.
5:23:37 P.M. H.R. 654 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.
5:24:47 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 a message from the Secretary of the Senate on March 27, 2017, at 2:41 p.m. stating that that body had made appointments to the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy and the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.
5:24:57 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 p.m. today.
6:30:13 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 27.
6:30:17 P.M. Ms. Cheney filed reports from the Committee on Rules, H. Res. 229 and H. Res. 230.
6:31:05 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.
6:31:26 P.M. H.R. 1117 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1117 — “To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster.”
6:54:29 P.M. H.R. 1117 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 408 – 0 (Roll no. 195).
6:54:30 P.M. H.R. 1117 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:55:16 P.M. NOTIFICATION OF INTENT TO OFFER RESOLUTION – Ms. Lofgren notified the House of her intent to offer a privileged resolution pursuant to clause 2(a)(1) of rule IX, Subsequently, the Chair did not determine whether the resolution constituted a question of privilege. The Chair announced that a determination will be made at the time designated for consideration of the resolution.
7:06:00 P.M. H.R. 654 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 654 — “To direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to carry out a plan for the purchase and installation of an earthquake early warning system for the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and for other purposes.”
7:14:19 P.M. H.R. 654 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 395 – 11 (Roll no. 196).
7:14:20 P.M. H.R. 654 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:14:54 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:27:30 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:29:45 P.M. Mr. Veasey moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:29:56 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:29:57 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on March 28, 2017.

House Activity 3/24

9:00:12 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:17 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:17 A.M. SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Thompson (PA) 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. Thompson (PA) objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.
9:01:44 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Kildee to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:00 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:12:49 A.M. Mr. Sessions filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 228.
9:14:23 A.M. H. Res. 228 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 228 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1628) to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017.”
9:14:34 A.M. H. Res. 228 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 228.
10:55:18 A.M. H. Res. 228 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 236 – 186 (Roll no. 191).
11:03:18 A.M. H. Res. 228 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 230 – 194 (Roll no. 192).
11:03:20 A.M. H. Res. 228 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:03:21 A.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the motion to suspend the rules on H.R. 1365, as amended, if ordered and the Speaker’s approval of the Journal, if ordered.
11:03:47 A.M. H.R. 1365 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1365 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require certain acquisition innovation, and for other purposes.”
11:12:05 A.M. H.R. 1365 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 424 – 0 (Roll no. 193).
11:12:06 A.M. H.R. 1365 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:18:45 A.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 218 – 201, 1 Present (Roll no. 194).
11:19:47 A.M. H.R. 1628 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 228. H.R. 1628 — “To provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017.”
11:20:31 A.M. H.R. 1628 DEBATE – The House proceeded with four hours of debate on H.R. 1628.
3:30:32 P.M. H.R. 1628 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – Pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, further consideration of H.R. 1628 is postponed.
3:31:36 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
4:30:00 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 24.
4:30:01 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 1302, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:30:05 P.M. H.R. 1302 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1302 — “To require an exercise related to terrorist and foreign fighter travel, and for other purposes.”
4:30:42 P.M. H.R. 1302 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:30:44 P.M. H.R. 1302 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:31:03 P.M. Mr. Bergman asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Friday, March 24, 2017, it adjourn to meet on Monday, March 27, 2017 at noon for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.
4:31:25 P.M. Mr. Bergman moved that the House do now adjourn.
4:31:32 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
4:31:33 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on March 27, 2017.

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Wealth care, or health care? This Week in the Resistance


 

Pi Day + attacks on health care coverage = emotional eating, anyone?

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Wealth Care vs. Health Care

Days after Republican leaders released their proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and radically change the Medicaid program, a nonpartisan review by the Congressional Budget Office confirmed our worst fears: their bill would prove disastrous, stripping health insurance from 24 million people while radically increasing health care costs for seniors and low-income women and families. Apparently, the majority party would rather give a massive tax cut to people who don’t need it than ensure the rest of us can afford the care we need to stay alive and be healthy.

#HandsOffMyBC

Remember that time HHS Secretary Tom Price said there wasn’t a single woman who couldn’t afford birth control?

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We haven’t forgotten, and we won’t let him forget either. We’re flooding his office with calls letting him know that we won’t tolerate attacks on affordable birth control.

Resistance Must-Dos:

Resistance Must-Reads

 

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FACTS: Medicare Beneficiary Costs Will Rise if ACA … a repost from 2016


Medicare Has Already Been Privatized. And That’s Not Good News.

As Drew Altman of Kaiser Family Foundation wrote in the Wall Street Journal (4/15/2016):
“To some degree many changes long sought by conservatives are already happening incrementally: More than half of Medicaid beneficiaries are in private managed-care plans. Almost one-third of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in private Medicare Advantage Plans this year, rather than the traditional program, and the share is projected to grow to more than 40% by 2026. The same is true of private health insurance. Conservatives complain about the ACA, but their preferred vision of health insurance–with high deductibles and lots of “skin in the game” plans–is dominating in the marketplace. The trend is reinforced by many of the policies being sold in the ACA’s insurance marketplaces.”

 Health Care CasualtiesAnd Private Medicare plans will be paid more

With all the talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare), many people miss the impact repeal would have on Medicare, older and disabled adults, and their families. ACA added preventive benefits to Medicare, decreased Part D cost-sharing for prescription drugs, and increased the long-term solvency of Medicare by about 11 years.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation:

” Full repeal would increase spending primarily by restoring higher payments to health care providers and Medicare Advantage plans. The increase in Medicare spending would likely lead to higher Medicare premiums, deductibles, and cost sharing for beneficiaries, and accelerate the insolvency of the Medicare Part A trust fund. Policymakers will confront decisions about the Medicare provisions in the ACA in their efforts to repeal and replace the law.”

http://kff.org/health-reform/issue-brief/what-are-the-implications-of-repealing-the-affordable-care-act-for-medicare-spending-and-beneficiaries/

Policy-makers and people who rely on Medicare should think twice before supporting legislation that will give windfalls to private insurance companies, while reducing coverage and increasing costs for older and disabled people.

Medicare is NOT “Going Broke” – Center Medicare for Advocacy


Medicare is not in crisis. It is on solid financial footing, and, in fact, is stronger than was predicted before the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare Part A is mostly paid for with payroll taxes which go into a trust fund. Prior to the enactment of the ACA, the Part A trust fund was expected to be insolvent in 2017. As a result of the ACA and the recession, the trust fund is not expected to be insolvent until 2028.[1]  However, even if Medicare Part A were to become insolvent by spending more than it is taking in, the program will still be able to pay out 87 percent of its benefits.[2]  While not ideal, this is a far cry from “bankruptcy.”  Further, the date of projected insolvency is not set in stone, and could easily change. The trust fund largely reflects the health of the economy. At various times since 1970, the trustees have projected Trust Fund insolvency in as few as 4 years or as many as 28 years.[3]

Importantly, funding for Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D comes from beneficiary premiums and the government’s “General Fund” –  they are a federal budget item, just like, for example, the Defense Department. Whether to, and how much to, fund these items is a purely political decision.

Let’s not let our elected officials make the wrong decisions about Medicare.

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[1] Board of Trustees, Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Health Insurance Trust Funds. “2016 Annual Report.” 22 June 2016. https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/ReportsTrustFunds/downloads/tr2016.pdf (site visited November 15, 2016). P.5.
[2] Ibid.
[3] Phil Galewitz and Marilyn Werber Sarafini. “Trustees Issue Warnings on Medicare But Make No Changes to Solvency Projections.” Kansas Health Institute. 24 April 2012. http://www.khi.org/news/article/trustees-issue-warnings-medicare-make-no-changes-s (site visited November 16, 2016).

FEMA – What it does … why it shouldn’t be cut slashed or burned


FEMA’s…

Mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

A Nor’easter in March

Winter isn’t over yet. A look at the term nor’easter and what you should do to be safe.

Southeast Severe Storms and Tornadoes

Find up-to-date resources and information on the federal response to the severe storms in Louisiana, Georgia (DR-4297, DR-4294) and Mississippi.

Youth Preparedness Council

The application period for our Youth Preparedness Council is now open. Learn more and apply today. Deadline: March 31, 2017.

National Advisory Council Membership Applications

We’re accepting applications for 13 open positions on the National Advisory Council. Learn more about the open positions and how to apply. Deadline: March 15, 2017.

Spanish Toolkit for Disaster Response

Share information about disaster assistance, safety, and preparedness with Spanish-speaking communities on social media.