How safe is your Tap Water ? repost


by MATT SCHNEIDERMAN

How Safe Is Your Tap Water?

Do you know what’s in that glass of water you’re drinking? Depending on where you live, what you don’t know could harm you.

Just ask the residents of Flint, Michigan, where what initially appeared to be simply a bad call on the part of government officials may result in an estimated $400 million in health care costs.

While those responsible for hiding reports showing high levels of toxic lead in Flint’s water now face criminal charges, the health crisis there has raised the alarm about everyone else’s water.

But before switching to bottled water for all your hydration needs, get the facts.

Flint, outside of Detroit, continues to feel repercussions of its catastrophic water crisis.
Flint, outside of Detroit, continues to feel repercussions of its catastrophic water crisis. Photo Credit MarieTDebs/iStock/Getty Images

U.S. Water Sets a Gold Standard ― Mostly

Americans actually enjoy the world’s safest drinking water supply. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which sets enforceable health standards regarding the contaminants in drinking water, reports that 90 percent of municipal water systems are in compliance with safety regulations.

To find out about your own city’s tap water, check out your water system’s Annual Water Quality Report. After July 1 of each year, water systems are required to provide this report by including it with your water bill or via a link. The report lists common contaminants and the levels at which they are found and are generally available online: Do a web search of your city’s name and “annual quality report.”

And you can go one step further by using a filter. Look for filters certified by the NSF International, which developed the national standards for reducing contaminants.

Read More: 12 Dangerous Chemicals to Avoid in Everyday Products

The Flint contamination crisis began in April 2014 when officials switched the public water source to the Flint River,
The Flint contamination crisis began in April 2014 when officials switched the public water source to the Flint River, Photo Credit Bill Pugliano/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Lead: Unsafe at Any Level

The crisis in Flint has brought widespread attention to the potential for lead contamination in our water supplies.

“There is no level of lead that is safe,” says Mary Grant, director of Public Water for All at nongovernmental organization and consumer rights group Food and Water Watch. “Cities like Jackson, Mississippi, and Sebring, Ohio, with older systems have lead service lines. We really shouldn’t have lead lines.”

According to a study by the National Resources Defense Council, 18 million people were served by water systems with lead violations in 2015. In addition to Flint, cities like Cleveland and Newark, New Jersey, have high levels of lead in their water systems as well, according to the New York Times.

“Each year in America there are roughly 90,000 low-level exposures (5–9 micrograms per deciliter), which commonly result from sources such as drinking water,” says Peter Muennig, an associate professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, in a letter to the journal Health Affairs. “These exposures rob children of IQ points, leading to lower economic productivity, higher welfare use, and additional criminal justice system costs.”

Read More: The 21 Most Lethal Places in America

Muennig goes on to note that because of the effort to save $5 million by switching water sources, Flint will suffer costs of $395 million, as well as “1,760 quality-adjusted life-years lost.”

In addition to water system safety concerns, lead can also be present closer to home. Older houses may have lead plumbing, in which case, your options include replacing your plumbing system ― a prohibitively expensive proposition for most homeowners ― buying a filter that can reduce lead or packing it in and moving to a newer house.

A short-term solution to avoid consuming lead from tap water is to use only water from the cold tap for drinking and cooking and to let the water run for 60 seconds before using it.

Chemicals from industrial spraying can find their way into water sources.
Chemicals from industrial spraying can find their way into water sources. Photo Credit fotokostic/iStock/Getty Images

Microorganisms, Bacteria and Parasites, Oh My!

There can be other contaminants in your water too: microorganisms like bacteria and parasites, chemicals from industrial waste or from spraying crops and nitrates used in fertilizers from runoff.

The EPA ensures that the amounts of these contaminants are below hazardous levels, but they can still be evident.

Unregulated Dangers in Tap Water

Then there are the contaminants the EPA doesn’t regulate, like drugs and hormones.

“These unregulated contaminants are a big concern,” Grant says. “Hormones have been found in surface waters. We’re not sure what the levels are.”

A recent Harvard study found that another class of contaminant — an obscure industrial pollutant associated with cancer and other severe health consequences — was found in unsafe levels in the drinking water of 6 million Americans.

This could be changing, though. The EPA is looking for new contaminants and ways to better regulate them. The agency currently has an unregulated contaminant list that it’s testing for in large cities, but it’s still in the review process.

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Cities with the best water include New York, San Francisco and New Orleans.
Cities with the best water include New York, San Francisco and New Orleans. Photo Credit Riccardo Lennart Niels Mayer/iStock/Getty Images

The “Champagne” of Tap Water

Many of us are fortunate enough to live in cities that test water systems thousands of times a year and exceed the safety levels required by the EPA. A few cities with the best water are New York, San Francisco and New Orleans.

“New York has the champagne of tap water,” Grant says. “It’s a model of source protection. They make sure the contaminants don’t enter in the first place.”

Going further, the American Water Works Association has annual tap water taste tests. The 2016 winner for best-tasting tap water is Bloomington, Minnesota.

Who Has the Worst Tap Water?

On the other end of the spectrum, problematic water systems abound in underserved communities.

“The worst water is found in systems that serve Native American populations,” Grant says. “And small, private systems have bad water quality.”

Concerned about your tap water quality? You can call the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 to find out about your drinking water, or you can use its Consumer Confidence Reports search tool to find reports or to connect to your local water supplier to get a copy of the report.

Read More: 10 Things to Know in Case of a Health Emergency

A water treatment plant doesn't necessarily remove some unregulated contaminants.
A water treatment plant doesn’t necessarily remove some unregulated contaminants. Photo Credit Huntstock/DisabilityImages/Getty Images

What’s in the Water?

Lead: On its way to your faucet, water may pass through corroded plumbing that can allow lead to leach into it. Lead-related health risks include neurological damage, kidney and liver problems and developmental delays in children.

Chlorine: Chlorine is added to water to kill bacteria and viruses, but it can react with other materials in the water and form byproducts that have been linked to increased cancer risk.

Fluoride: Added to water in some areas to promote dental health, fluoride in excess may result in bone disease.

Pharmaceuticals: These compounds are increasingly appearing in trace amounts in drinking water, and there’s growing concern that certain drugs or combinations of drugs may harm humans over time. While no known effects on humans have been reported (yet), exposure to estrogen-like substances in the Potomac River have produced fish with both male and female characteristics, with some fish having both testes and ovaries.

Nitrates: Farm runoff can introduce nitrates from fertilizer into a water source. Nitrates interfere with the oxygen-carrying capacity of newborns’ blood.

Polyfluoroalkyl and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAs): These chemicals are used in a range of commercial products. Some are linked to health problems, including high cholesterol, immune deficiency, hormone disruption and kidney and testicular cancers.

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What Do YOU Think?

Do you have concerns about your own communities tap water? Have your local officials been forthcoming about how safe your water is? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

the senate April 24 ~28th ** CONGRESS ** the house 2017


Wrap Up for Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Roll Call Votes Motion to invoke cloture on Alexander Acosta (Labor); invoked: 61-39.   Legislative Business Adopted S.Res.123, designating May 20, 2017, as “Kids to Parks Day”.   No additional Executive Business

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Wrap Up for Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Rod J. Rosenstein to be Deputy Attorney General; confirmed: 94-6.   Legislative Business Adopted S.Res.105 – Centennial of the 41st Division   Adopted S.Res.122 – 911 Education Month   Adopted S.Res.128 – CDH Awareness Month   Adopted S.Res.129 – Second Chance Month   Adopted S.Res.130 – U.S. Entry into WWI…

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Monday, April 24 at 5:30pm – 2 roll call votes

  1. Confirmation of Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Rod J. Rosenstein to be Deputy Attorney General

5pm vote on confirmation of Rosenstein nomination (Deputy AG)

At 5:00pm today, there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #34, the nomination of Rod J. Rosenstein to be Deputy Attorney General. Following the vote, the Senate will resume consideration of the Acosta nomination, to be Secretary of Labor. MORE

The Senate stands adjourned to then convene for pro forma sessions only with no business conducted on the following dates and times:

Monday, April 10 at 1:30pm;

Thursday, April 13 at 8:30am;

Monday, April 17 at 4:30pm; and

Thursday, April 20 at 7:20pm.

When the Senate adjourns on Thursday, April 20, it will next convene at 3:00pm on Monday, April 24.

On Monday, following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for consideration of Calendar #31, the nomination of Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture. The time until 5:30pm will be equally divided.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Perdue nomination.

Following disposition of the Perdue nomination, the Senate will immediately vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #34, the nomination of Rod J. Rosenstein to be Deputy Attorney General.

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House Activity 4/27/2017

Last Floor Action:
3:55:35 P.M. – SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

10:00:01 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:13 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Paul Mitchell to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:34 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.
10:49:29 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:58 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 27.
12:01:22 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Pastor Melissa Hatch, Prosper United Methodist Church, Prosper, TX
12:02:54 P.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. Wilson (SC) 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. Wilson (SC) 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.
12:03:40 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Budd to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:03:51 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.
12:34:08 P.M. H. Res. 280 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 280 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1694) to require additional entities to be subject to the requirements of section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Freedom of Information Act), and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules.”
12:37:30 P.M. H. Res. 280 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 280.
2:00:02 P.M. H. Res. 280 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 230 – 193 (Roll no. 229).
2:08:41 P.M. H. Res. 280 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 226 – 192 (Roll no. 230).
2:08:43 P.M. H. Res. 280 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:08:44 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that unfinished business was the question on the motion to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
2:09:03 P.M. S. 496 Considered as unfinished business. S. 496 — “To repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform”.”
2:18:01 P.M. S. 496 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 417 – 3 (Roll no. 231).
2:18:02 P.M. S. 496 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:18:32 P.M. H.R. 1694 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 280. H.R. 1694 — “To require additional entities to be subject to the requirements of section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Freedom of Information Act), and for other purposes.”
2:18:37 P.M. H.R. 1694 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1694 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. Specified amendments are in order. It shall be in order at any time through the legislative day of April 29, 2017, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules.
2:18:49 P.M. H.R. 1694 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 280 and Rule XVIII.
2:18:50 P.M. H.R. 1694 The Speaker designated the Honorable Doug Collins to act as Chairman of the Committee.
2:20:23 P.M. H.R. 1694 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1694.
2:33:25 P.M. H.R. 1694 An amendment, offered by Mr. Ross, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 115-96 to make technical and conforming changes to the bill.
2:33:54 P.M. H.R. 1694 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 280, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ross amendment No. 1.
2:36:47 P.M. H.R. 1694 On agreeing to the Ross amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
2:37:01 P.M. H.R. 1694 An amendment, offered by Mr. Johnson (GA), numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 115-96 to ensure that the traditional Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemptions apply to the subsection pertaining to the Rule of Construction.
2:37:20 P.M. H.R. 1694 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 280, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Johnson (GA) amendment No. 2.
2:39:56 P.M. H.R. 1694 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Johnson(GA) amendment No. 2, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Clay demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceeding until a time to be announced.
2:40:31 P.M. H.R. 1694 An amendment, offered by Mr. Clay, numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 115-96 to clarify that nothing in the bill may be construed to preclude or restrict disclosure of information regarding new products or significant new product terms prior to loan purchasing.
2:40:50 P.M. H.R. 1694 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 280, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Clay amendment No. 3.
2:43:41 P.M. H.R. 1694 On agreeing to the Clay amendment Agreed to by voice vote.
2:43:54 P.M. H.R. 1694 Mr. Ross moved that the committee rise.
2:44:04 P.M. H.R. 1694 On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
2:44:25 P.M. H.R. 1694 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1694 as unfinished business.
2:44:51 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 3:00 P.M. today.
3:00:56 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 27.
3:01:09 P.M. H.R. 1694 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1694 — “To require additional entities to be subject to the requirements of section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Freedom of Information Act), and for other purposes.”
3:01:21 P.M. H.R. 1694 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
3:26:00 P.M. H.R. 1694 On agreeing to the Johnson (GA) amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 410 – 5 (Roll no. 232).
3:26:35 P.M. H.R. 1694 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1694.
3:26:45 P.M. H.R. 1694 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
3:26:56 P.M. H.R. 1694 The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
3:36:04 P.M. H.R. 1694 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 425 – 0 (Roll no. 233).
3:36:06 P.M. H.R. 1694 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:36:07 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal on which further proceedings had been postponed.
3:43:52 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by recorded vote: 249 – 163, 2 Present (Roll no. 234).
3:44:37 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
3:55:35 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

House Activity 4 26 2017

10:00:04 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:12 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Rob Woodall to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:35 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.
10:43:58 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:13 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 26.
12:00:23 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Michael D. Gutierrez, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Baldwin Park, CA.
12:01:55 P.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. Wilson (SC) 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. Wilson (SC) 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.
12:02:23 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mrs. Beatty to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:03:32 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.
12:34:30 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 U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received a message from the Secretary of the Senate on April 26, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.: That the Senate made appointments to the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children.
12:34:38 P.M. H. Res. 275 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 275 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1695) to amend title 17, United States Code, to provide additional responsibilities for the Register of Copyrights, and for other purposes.”
12:37:13 P.M. H. Res. 275 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 275.
1:46:36 P.M. H. Res. 275 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 234 – 191 (Roll no. 224).
1:53:58 P.M. H. Res. 275 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 237 – 186 (Roll no. 225).
1:54:00 P.M. H. Res. 275 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:54:05 P.M. H. Res. 254 Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 275, H. Res. 254 is laid on the table.
1:56:11 P.M. H.R. 1695 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 275. H.R. 1695 — “To amend title 17, United States Code, to provide additional responsibilities for the Register of Copyrights, and for other purposes.”
1:56:16 P.M. H.R. 1695 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1695 with 1 hour of general debate. Motion to recommit with or without instructions allowed. The resolution makes in order an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-13.
1:56:23 P.M. H.R. 1695 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 275 and Rule XVIII.
1:56:23 P.M. H.R. 1695 The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Chairman of the Committee.
1:56:34 P.M. H.R. 1695 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1695.
2:40:01 P.M. H.R. 1695 An amendment, offered by Mr. Deutch, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-95 to require the Register of Copyrights to be capable of identifying and supervising a Chief Information Officer or similar official responsible for managing information technology systems.
2:40:05 P.M. H.R. 1695 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 275, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Deutch amendment No. 1.
2:46:41 P.M. H.R. 1695 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Deutch amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Goodlatte demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
2:47:16 P.M. H.R. 1695 An amendment, offered by Ms. Chu, Judy, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-95 to specify that nothing in the bill shall impact the mandatory deposit requirements of title 17.
2:47:19 P.M. H.R. 1695 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 275, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Chu amendment No. 2.
2:53:52 P.M. H.R. 1695 On agreeing to the Chu, Judy amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
2:54:16 P.M. H.R. 1695 UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
3:23:43 P.M. H.R. 1695 On agreeing to the Deutch amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 410 – 14 (Roll no. 226).
3:23:54 P.M. H.R. 1695 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1695.
3:24:47 P.M. H.R. 1695 The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
3:33:11 P.M. H.R. 1695 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 378 – 48 (Roll no. 227).
3:33:13 P.M. H.R. 1695 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:33:37 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal on which further proceedings had been postponed.
3:41:06 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 237 – 161, 2 Present (Roll no. 228).
3:43:15 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
3:59:02 P.M. HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE – Pursuant to section 4003(e) of the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255), the Democratic Leader appointed Dr. Steven Lane, Palo Alto, California.
3:59:26 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
4:49:00 P.M. Mr. Woodall filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 280.
4:49:58 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed Special Order speeches.
6:22:00 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
11:31:12 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 26.
11:31:17 P.M. Mr. McHenry moved that the House do now adjourn.
11:31:26 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
11:32:07 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on April 27, 2017.

 

House Activity 4/25/2017

Last Floor Action:
2:19:11 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 4:30 p.m. today.

12:00:15 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:20 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Luke Messer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:42 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.
12:10:22 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:39 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 25.
2:00:56 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:02:13 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:02:15 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Lance to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:02:38 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:16:47 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 April 25, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.: Appointment: Board of Directors of the Office of Compliance.
2:00:15 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:20 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Luke Messer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:42 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.
12:10:22 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:39 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 25.
2:00:56 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:02:13 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:02:15 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Lance to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:02:38 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:16:47 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 April 25, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.: Appointment: Board of Directors of the Office of Compliance.
2:19:11 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 4:30 p.m. today.

4:30:15 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 25.
4:30:29 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
4:31:02 P.M. H. Con. Res. 35 Mr. Ferguson moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Con. Res. 35 — “Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition.”
4:31:16 P.M. H. Con. Res. 35 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:31:18 P.M. H. Con. Res. 35 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Con. Res. 35.
4:35:26 P.M. H. Con. Res. 35 On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
4:35:30 P.M. H. Con. Res. 35 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:36:01 P.M. H. Con. Res. 36 Mr. Ferguson moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Con. Res. 36 — “Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.”
4:36:03 P.M. H. Con. Res. 36 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:36:05 P.M. H. Con. Res. 36 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Con. Res. 36.
4:47:12 P.M. H. Con. Res. 36 On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
4:47:16 P.M. H. Con. Res. 36 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:47:44 P.M. H.R. 455 Mr. Ferguson moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 455 — “To designate the United States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the “R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse”.”
4:47:54 P.M. H.R. 455 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:47:56 P.M. H.R. 455 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 455.
4:58:19 P.M. H.R. 455 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:58:20 P.M. H.R. 455 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:58:39 P.M. S. 496 Mr. Lewis (MN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 496 — “To repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform”.”
4:58:58 P.M. S. 496 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:59:10 P.M. S. 496 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 496.
5:08:53 P.M. S. 496 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.
5:09:16 P.M. H.R. 876 Mr. Katko moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 876 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reform programs of the Transportation Security Administration, and for other purposes.”
5:09:33 P.M. H.R. 876 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:09:45 P.M. H.R. 876 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 876.
5:18:17 P.M. H.R. 876 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.
5:18:33 P.M. H.R. 1372 Mr. Donovan moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1372 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to ensure that the needs of children are considered in homeland security planning, and for other purposes.”
5:18:46 P.M. H.R. 1372 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:18:55 P.M. H.R. 1372 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1372.
5:29:52 P.M. H.R. 1372 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:29:54 P.M. H.R. 1372 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:30:19 P.M. H.R. 534 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 534 — “To require the Secretary of State to take such actions as may be necessary for the United States to rejoin the Bureau of International Expositions, and for other purposes.”
5:30:33 P.M. H.R. 534 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:30:47 P.M. H.R. 534 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 534.
5:44:43 P.M. H.R. 534 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:44:45 P.M. H.R. 534 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:45:00 P.M. H. Res. 187 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 187 — “Relating to efforts to respond to the famine in South Sudan.”
5:45:00 P.M. H. Res. 187 Considered under suspension of the rules. H. Res. 187 — “Relating to efforts to respond to the famine in South Sudan.”
5:45:00 P.M. H. Res. 187 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 187.
6:21:00 P.M. H. Res. 187 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.
6:21:44 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
6:31:47 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 25.
6:32:11 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.
6:32:15 P.M. H. Res. 187 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 187 — “Relating to efforts to respond to the famine in South Sudan.”
6:54:47 P.M. H. Res. 187 On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 411 – 2 (Roll no. 222).
6:55:09 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. The Clerk transmitted to the House a copy of a letter from the Honorable Kris W. Kobach, Secretary of State of Kansas, indicating that, at the Special Election held on April 11, 2017, the Honorable Ron Estes was elected Representative to Congress for the Fourth Congressional District, State of Kansas.
6:55:36 P.M. OATH OF OFFICE – Representative-Elect Ron Estes, Fourth District, State of Kansas, presented himself in the well of the House to take the Oath of Office administered by the Speaker of the House.
6:56:37 P.M. The Dean of the Kansas delegation, Representative Lynn Jenkins, addressed the House and introduced Representative Ron Estes, Fourth District, Kansas.
7:00:00 P.M. ADJUSTED WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of administration of the oath to the gentleman from Kansas, the whole number of the House is 431.
7:01:47 P.M. H.R. 876 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 876 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reform programs of the Transportation Security Administration, and for other purposes.”
7:09:17 P.M. H.R. 876 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 409 – 0 (Roll no. 223).
7:09:18 P.M. H.R. 876 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:09:19 P.M. H.R. 876 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
7:09:31 P.M. Mr. Collins (GA) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 275.
7:10:59 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:38:26 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
7:59:13 P.M. Mr. Garamendi moved that the House do now adjourn.
7:59:21 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
7:59:22 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on April 26, 2017.

Birthers? …Flat Earthers? Deathers? Republicans and Conservatives- reminders


Birthers and Deathers in the Republican and Conservative party?

how crazy can this all get?

makes you wonder if the criteria for running for congress should change?

Tea baggers, birthers, rush limbaugh,  …Congressmen and women are provoking people and should not be in Public Service.

engaging in hate, fear and displaced trust is un- American