the senate July 24 -31 **CONGRESS** 2017 the house


Wrap Up July 28 2017 Roll Call Votes Daines amendment #340, as modified (Medicare For All Act); not agreed to: 0-57, with 43 senators present. Motion to waive re: Strange amendment #389 (low-income premiums); not agreed to: 50-50. Passage of H.R.3364 (Russia, Iran, North Korea Sanctions); passed: 98-2. Schumer motion to commit (“Cadillac Tax”); not agreed to: 43-57. Heller amendment… MORE

Wrap Up July 26 2017 Roll Call Votes Adoption of Paul amendment #271 (ACA repeal); not agreed to: 45-55. Donnelly motion to commit (protecting Medicaid); not agreed to: 48-52. Casey motion to commit (protecting individuals with disabilities); not agreed to: 48-51. Heller motion to waive re: Heller amendment #288 (Sense of Senate re: Medicaid); not agreed to: 10-90.   No… MORE

Wrap Up July 24 2017 Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Executive Calendar #100, David Bernhardt, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior; confirmed: 53-43.   No Legislative Business   No Executive Business MORE

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House Activity 7/28/2017

9:00:21 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:26 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Pastor Scott Poling, Harvest New Beginnings Church, Oswego, IL.
9:01:46 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:01:48 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. DelBene to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:01 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.
9:03:16 A.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 27, 2017 at 6:33 p.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 3364.
9:03:20 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House resumed one minute speeches.
9:17:01 A.M. H. Res. 480 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 480 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (S. 114) to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
9:18:15 A.M. H. Res. 480 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 480.
9:35:00 A.M. H. Res. 480 The previous question was ordered without objection.
9:35:10 A.M. H. Res. 480 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
9:35:14 A.M. H. Res. 480 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
9:35:54 A.M. H. Res. 481 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 481 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3180) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes; waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules; and providing for proceedings during the period from July 31, 2017, through September 4, 2017.”
9:38:51 A.M. H. Res. 481 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 481.
10:03:18 A.M. H. Res. 481 The previous question was ordered without objection.
10:28:30 A.M. H. Res. 481 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 224 – 186 (Roll no. 436).
10:28:32 A.M. H. Res. 481 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10:29:21 A.M. Mr. Hensarling filed a report from the Committee on Financial Services on H. Res. 442.
10:30:53 A.M. S. 114 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 480S. 114 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
10:30:58 A.M. S. 114 Rule provides for consideration of S. 114 with 1 hour of general debate. Motion to recommit with or without instructions allowed. The resolution provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the Rules Committee report shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.
10:32:13 A.M. S. 114 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 114.
10:59:42 A.M. S. 114 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
11:00:54 A.M. S. 114 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on S. 114, the Chair put the question on passage of the bill and by voice vote, announced that the aye had prevailed. Mr. Roe(TN) demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of passage until later in the legislative day.
11:00:55 A.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
11:02:01 A.M. H.R. 95 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 95 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide child care assistance to veterans receiving certain medical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
11:02:03 A.M. H.R. 95 Considered under suspension of the rules.
11:02:05 A.M. H.R. 95 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 95.
11:07:43 A.M. H.R. 95 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
11:07:44 A.M. H.R. 95 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:08:13 A.M. H.R. 2772 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2772— “To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for requirements relating to the reassignment of Department of Veterans Affairs senior executive employees.”
11:08:25 A.M. H.R. 2772 Considered under suspension of the rules.
11:08:26 A.M. H.R. 2772 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2772.
11:12:24 A.M. H.R. 2772 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
11:12:26 A.M. H.R. 2772 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:12:28 A.M. H.R. 3262 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3262— “To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide educational assistance to certain former members of the Armed Forces for education and training as physician assistants of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to establish pay grades and require competitive pay for physician assistants of the Department, and for other purposes.”
11:12:58 A.M. H.R. 3262 Considered under suspension of the rules.
11:12:59 A.M. H.R. 3262 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3262.
11:23:52 A.M. H.R. 3262 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
11:23:54 A.M. H.R. 3262 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:23:56 A.M. H.R. 3262 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
11:25:03 A.M. H.R. 873 Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 873 — “To authorize the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation to establish the National Global War on Terrorism Memorial as a commemorative work in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.”
11:25:04 A.M. H.R. 873 Considered under suspension of the rules.
11:25:06 A.M. H.R. 873 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 873.
11:51:48 A.M. H.R. 873 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
11:51:50 A.M. H.R. 873 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:52:30 A.M. H.R. 3180 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 481H.R. 3180 — “To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes.”
11:52:35 A.M. H.R. 3180 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3180 with 1 hour of general debate. The resolution provides for a closed rule. The resolution provides for an amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted, and the bill as amended, shall be considered as read.
11:53:55 A.M. H.R. 3180 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3180.
12:21:15 P.M. H.R. 3180 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
12:46:13 P.M. H.R. 3180 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 380 – 35 (Roll no. 437).
12:46:15 P.M. H.R. 3180 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:46:16 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on passage of S. 114 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
12:46:28 P.M. S. 114 Considered as unfinished business. S. 114 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
12:53:37 P.M. S. 114 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 414 – 0 (Roll no. 438).
12:53:41 P.M. S. 114 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:53:43 P.M. S. 114 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
12:55:30 P.M. S. 371 Mr. Royce (CA) asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
12:55:45 P.M. S. 371 Considered by unanimous consent. S. 371 — “To make technical changes and other improvements to the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017.”
12:56:03 P.M. S. 371 An amendment, offered by Mr. Royce (CA), to strike all after the enacting clause and insert the following new text entitled the “Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017, Improvements Act”
12:56:08 P.M. S. 371 On agreeing to the Royce (CA) amendment; Agreed to without objection.
12:56:15 P.M. S. 371 On passage Passed without objection.
12:56:18 P.M. S. 371 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:56:27 P.M. Mr. Katko filed a report from the Committee on Homeland Security on H. Res. 447.
12:56:47 P.M. Mr. Shuster filed a report from the Committee on Transportation on H. Res. 437.
12:57:37 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
1:11:37 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
1:27:19 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification stating that the national emergency with respect to Lebanon that was declared in Executive Order 13441 of Aug. 1, 2007, is to continue in effect beyond Aug. 1, 2017. – referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-59).
1:27:20 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed with Special Order speeches.
2:26:45 P.M. Mr. Holding asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, July 28, 2017, it adjourn to meet at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Agreed to without objection.
2:26:46 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed with Special Order speeches.
2:40:58 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
2:41:28 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
2:41:29 P.M. Pursuant to the previous order of the House, and consistent with the fourth clause in section 5 of article I of the Constitution, and notwithstanding section 132 of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, the House stands adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

House Activity 7/27/2017

10:00:03 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:20 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Matt Gaetz to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:42 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.
11:08:11 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:00 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 27.
12:00:10 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Dr. George Dillard, Peachtree Christian Church, Peachtree City, Georgia.
12:01:50 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 Mr. Faso 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.
12:35:01 P.M. H. Res. 478 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 478 — “Providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 3219) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.”
12:38:28 P.M. H. Res. 478 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 478.
1:41:50 P.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 3298, with an amendment.
1:42:00 P.M. H. Res. 478 DEBATE – The House resumed debate on H. Res. 478.
2:09:13 P.M. H. Res. 478 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 233 – 185 (Roll no. 426).
2:16:05 P.M. H. Res. 478 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 230 – 196 (Roll no. 427).
2:16:07 P.M. H. Res. 478 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:16:30 P.M. H.R. 3219 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3219 — “Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.”
2:16:47 P.M. H.R. 3219 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
2:16:55 P.M. H.R. 3219 UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on adoption of amendments, which were debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.
2:21:32 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the Blackburn amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 140 – 285, 1 Present (Roll no. 428).
2:26:04 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the Perry amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 177 – 248 (Roll no. 429).
2:26:14 P.M. H.R. 3219 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3219 as unfinished business.
2:27:08 P.M. H.R. 3219 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3219 — “Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.”
2:27:09 P.M. H.R. 3219 Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 478, the House proceeded with further consideration of H.R. 3219.
2:28:08 P.M. H.R. 3219 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 478 and Rule XVIII.
2:31:12 P.M. H.R. 3219 Amendments en bloc offered by Ms. Granger, comprised of the following amendments printed in Part B of House Report 115-261 as en bloc No. 1: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 40, 44, 46, 49, 50, 52, 53, and 54.
2:31:19 P.M. H.R. 3219 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 478, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Granger en bloc amendment No. 1.
2:40:18 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the Granger amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.
2:40:39 P.M. H.R. 3219 An amendment, offered by Mr. Langevin, numbered 8 printed in Part B of House Report 115-261 to support the reinvigoration of the DOD Cyber Scholarship Program.
2:40:41 P.M. H.R. 3219 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 478, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Langevin amendment No. 8.
2:47:29 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the Langevin amendment Agreed to by voice vote.
2:48:00 P.M. H.R. 3219 An amendment, offered by Mr. Suozzi, numbered 10 printed in Part B of House Report 115-261 to increase Environmental Restoration, Navy funding by $34,734,000 and decrease Operations and Maintenance, Defense-Wide by $34,734,000.
2:48:02 P.M. H.R. 3219 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 478, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Suozzi amendment No. 10.
2:54:34 P.M. H.R. 3219 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Suozzi amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Suozzi demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
2:55:13 P.M. H.R. 3219 An amendment, offered by Mr. Boyle, Brendan F., numbered 12 printed in Part B of House Report 115-261 to increase by $30 million each the Navy Environmental Restoration Account and the Air Force Environmental Restoration Account for the purpose of remediating perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) drinking water contamination and outreach and engagement with local communities with impacted drinking water systems.
2:55:14 P.M. H.R. 3219 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 478, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Brendan F. Boyle amendment No. 12.
3:02:27 P.M. H.R. 3219 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Brendan F. Boyle amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Brendan F. Boyle demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
3:02:55 P.M. H.R. 3219 An amendment, offered by Mr. Grothman, numbered 13 printed in Part B of House Report 115-261 to reduce the Operation and Maintenance, Defense-wide account by $30 million and increase the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle account by $30 million.
3:02:56 P.M. H.R. 3219 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 478, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grothman amendment No. 13.
3:06:30 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the Grothman amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:07:06 P.M. H.R. 3219 An amendment, offered by Mr. Dunn, numbered 31 printed in Part B of House Report 115-261 to reduce the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force account by $30 million and increase the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force to accelerate deployment of Air Force Major Range Test Facility Base (MRTFB) open-air range capabilities in the Eastern Gulf.
3:07:07 P.M. H.R. 3219 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 478, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Dunn amendment No. 31.
3:12:14 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the Dunn amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:12:25 P.M. H.R. 3219 An amendment, offered by Ms. Speier, numbered 35 printed in Part B of House Report 115-261 to specify that $25 million appropriated for Defense Health Program research, development, test and evaluation may be used to award grants to medical researchers and universities to support research into early detection of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
3:12:26 P.M. H.R. 3219 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 478, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Speier amendment No. 35.
3:19:54 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the Speier amendment; Failed by voice vote.
3:20:16 P.M. H.R. 3219 An amendment, offered by Mr. Nadler, numbered 38 printed in Part B of House Report 115-261 to strike sections 8094 and 8095, relating to the release or transfer detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay to secure facilities in the United States and allow for funding to construct, acquire, or modify domestic facilities to host these relocated detainees.
3:20:19 P.M. H.R. 3219 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 478, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Nadler amendment No. 38.
3:29:52 P.M. H.R. 3219 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Nadler amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Nadler demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
3:31:39 P.M. H.R. 3219 An amendment, offered by Mr. Foster, numbered 42 printed in Part B of House Report 115-261 to prohibit the use of funds to develop a space-based ballistic missile intercept layer.
3:32:28 P.M. H.R. 3219 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 478, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Foster amendment No. 42.
3:42:06 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the Foster amendment; Failed by voice vote.
3:42:18 P.M. H.R. 3219 An amendment, offered by Mr. Cartwright, numbered 43 printed in Part B of House Report 115-261 to prohibit the use of funds be used to plan for, begin, continue, complete, process, or approve a public-private competition to determine whether Federal civilian jobs should be outsourced.
3:42:37 P.M. H.R. 3219 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 478, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cartwright amendment No. 43.
3:48:25 P.M. H.R. 3219 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Cartwright amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Cartwright demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
3:48:59 P.M. H.R. 3219 An amendment, offered by Mr. Davidson, numbered 45 printed in Part B of House Report 115-261 to prohibit use of funds with respect to military action in Yemen to the extent that such action is inconsistent with the War Powers Resolution.
3:49:27 P.M. H.R. 3219 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 478, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Davidson amendment No. 45.
3:56:58 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the Davidson amendment; Failed by voice vote.
3:57:39 P.M. H.R. 3219 An amendment, offered by Mr. DeSantis, numbered 47 printed in Part B of House Report 115-261 to prohibit funds from being used to purchase heavy water from Iran.
3:58:02 P.M. H.R. 3219 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 478, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the DeSantis amendment No. 47.
4:03:51 P.M. H.R. 3219 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the DeSantis amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. DeSantis demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
4:03:52 P.M. H.R. 3219 VACATED PROCEEDINGS – Mr. Visclosky asked unanmious consent to vacate the proceedings for a recorded vote on the DeSantis amendment No. 47, to the end that the Chair put the question on the amendment de novo. Agreed to without objection.
4:10:03 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the DeSantis amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:10:04 P.M. H.R. 3219 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.
4:42:24 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the Suozzi amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 214 – 211 (Roll no. 430).
4:47:34 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the Boyle, Brendan F. amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 256 – 169 (Roll no. 431).
4:52:01 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the Nadler amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 172 – 252 (Roll no. 432).
4:57:46 P.M. H.R. 3219 On agreeing to the Cartwright amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 253 – 172 (Roll no. 433).
4:57:53 P.M. H.R. 3219 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 3219.
4:58:54 P.M. H.R. 3219 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
4:59:01 P.M. H.R. 3219 The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
5:00:06 P.M. H.R. 3219 Ms. Roybal-Allard moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Appropriations.
5:03:44 P.M. H.R. 3219 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Roybal-Allard 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 strike the division of the underlying bill that appropriates $1.6 billion in funds to begin construction of border wall along the U.S. Mexico border.
5:07:26 P.M. H.R. 3219 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
5:14:11 P.M. H.R. 3219 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 193 – 234 (Roll no. 434).
5:20:24 P.M. H.R. 3219 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 235 – 192 (Roll no. 435).
5:20:26 P.M. H.R. 3219 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:21:22 P.M. H.R. 3298 Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker’s Table and agree to the Senate amendment.
5:22:06 P.M. H.R. 3298 On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to without objection.
5:22:07 P.M. H.R. 3298 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:23:07 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:26:53 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
6:16:25 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 27.
6:16:30 P.M. Ms. Cheney filed reports from the Committee on Rules, H. Res. 480 and H. Res. 481.
6:18:02 P.M. Ms. Cheney moved that the House do now adjourn.
6:18:03 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
6:18:05 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on July 28, 2017.

House Activity 7/26/2017

10:00:26 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.10:00:32 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Mike Coffman to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:59 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.11:19:55 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.12:00:04 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 26.12:00:06 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend William D. Johnson, Jr., Harbour Lake Baptist Church, Goose Creek, South Carolina12:01:19 P.M.The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.12:01:22 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Lowenthal to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.12:01:44 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.12:32:12 P.M.H. Res. 473Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 473 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3219) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.”12:36:21 P.M.H. Res. 473DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 473.1:56:35 P.M.H. Res. 473On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 230 – 193 (Roll no. 414).2:03:09 P.M.H. Res. 473On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 232 – 192 (Roll no. 415).2:03:11 P.M.H. Res. 473Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:03:48 P.M.Mr. Cole asked unanimous consent that the instructions in each amendments numbered 60, 61, and 66 printed in House Report 115-259 be modified by striking “the division” and inserting “division D”. Agreed to without objection.2:04:14 P.M.The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.2:06:17 P.M.H.R. 3210Mr. Mitchell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3210— “To require the Director of the National Background Investigations Bureau to submit a report on the backlog of personnel security clearance investigations, and for other purposes.”2:06:32 P.M.H.R. 3210Considered under suspension of the rules.2:06:33 P.M.H.R. 3210DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3210.2:21:25 P.M.H.R. 3210On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.2:21:28 P.M.H.R. 3210Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:22:03 P.M.H.R. 2370Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2370 — “To authorize Escambia County, Florida, to convey certain property that was formerly part of Santa Rosa Island National Monument and that was conveyed to Escambia County subject to restrictions on use and reconveyance.”2:22:18 P.M.H.R. 2370Considered under suspension of the rules.2:22:20 P.M.H.R. 2370DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2370.2:30:09 P.M.H.R. 2370On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.2:30:12 P.M.H.R. 2370Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:30:18 P.M.H.R. 1927Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1927 — “To amend title 54, United States Code, to establish within the National Park Service the African American Civil Rights Network, and for other purposes.”2:30:36 P.M.H.R. 1927Considered under suspension of the rules.2:30:38 P.M.H.R. 1927DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1927.2:40:00 P.M.H.R. 1927On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.2:40:01 P.M.H.R. 1927Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:41:24 P.M.H. Res. 317Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 317 — “Calling for the unconditional release of United States citizens and legal permanent resident aliens being held for political purposes by the Government of Iran.”2:41:39 P.M.H. Res. 317Considered under suspension of the rules.2:41:44 P.M.H. Res. 317DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 317.3:10:28 P.M.H. Res. 317On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.3:10:29 P.M.H. Res. 317Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.3:11:32 P.M.H.R. 3219Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 473H.R. 3219 — “Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.”3:11:37 P.M.H.R. 3219Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3219 with 2 hours of general debate. The resolution provides that an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-30 shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.3:11:48 P.M.H.R. 3219House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 473 and Rule XVIII.3:11:49 P.M.H.R. 3219The Speaker designated the Honorable Mike Bost to act as Chairman of the Committee.3:12:02 P.M.H.R. 3219GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with two hours of general debate on H.R. 3219.5:06:55 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Connolly, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase funding for the Government Accountability Office (GAO).5:07:02 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Connolly amendment No. 1.5:15:21 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Connolly amendment; Failed by voice vote.5:15:37 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mrs. Love, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-259 to expand the permissible uses of MRA funds that have been designated for Member security to include residential security systems that do not constitute structural improvements to Members’ homes.5:15:39 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Love amendment No. 2.5:24:02 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Love amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.5:24:18 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Kildee, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase the House Wounded Warrior Program by $250,000.5:24:20 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment No. 3.5:30:12 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Kildee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.5:30:30 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Perry, numbered 4 printed in House Report 115-259 to reduce the appropriation to the Congressional Budget Office.5:30:33 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Perry amendment No. 4.5:41:22 P.M.H.R. 3219POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Perry amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Ryan(OH) demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.5:41:50 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Griffith, numbered 5 printed in House Report 115-259 to eliminate the Budget Analysis Division of the Congressional Budget Office and transfer the duties of that division to the Office of the Director of CBO.5:41:52 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Griffith amendment No. 5.5:59:05 P.M.H.R. 3219POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Griffith amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Griffith demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.5:59:28 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Cicilline, numbered 6 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase funds in order to provide designated baby changing stations for members of the public who visit publicly accessible buildings controlled by the Architect of the Capitol, including in both male and female publicly accessible bathrooms5:59:31 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cicilline amendment No. 6.6:04:46 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Cicilline amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.6:05:06 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Takano, numbered 7 printed in House Report 115-259 to appropriate $2.5 million to re-institute the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), offset from funds from the Architect of the Capitol’s Capital Construction and Operations Account.6:05:14 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Takano amendment No. 7.6:13:23 P.M.H.R. 3219POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Takano amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Takano demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.6:13:52 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Ms. Shea-Porter, numbered 8 printed in House Report 115-259 to prohibit the use of funds from Members Representational Allowances to mail any unsolicited mass mailing larger than the size of a standard US postcard.6:13:54 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Shea-Porter amendment No. 8.6:21:12 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Shea-Porter amendment; Failed by voice vote.6:21:35 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Russell, numbered 9 printed in House Report 115-259 to prohibit the printed distribution of the Federal Register to House offices, unless an office requests a printed copy.6:21:37 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Russell amendment No. 9.6:26:06 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Russell amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.6:27:02 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Bergman, numbered 11 printed in House Report 115-259 to reduce the Veterans Benefits Administrations General Operating Expenses account by $30,000,000 and increase the Information Technology Systems Development, Modernization, and Enhancement account by the same amount.6:27:04 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bergman amendment No. 11.6:29:58 P.M.H.R. 3219By unanimous consent, the Bergman amendment was withdrawn.6:32:05 P.M.H.R. 3219Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Dent, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-259 as en bloc No. 1: 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 25, and 26.6:32:12 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Dent en bloc amendment No. 1.6:38:57 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Dent amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.6:39:15 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Green, Al, numbered 13 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase Homeless Veteran Treatment by $70 million, and decrease General expenses account by $70 million.6:39:18 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Al Green amendment No. 13.6:43:47 P.M.H.R. 3219By unanimous consent, the Green, Al amendment was withdrawn.6:48:46 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Ratcliffe, numbered 20 printed in House Report 115-259 to prohibit funds from being used to propose, plan, or execute a new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).6:48:48 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ratcliffe amendment No. 20.6:54:28 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Ratcliffe amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.6:54:52 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Brat, numbered 21 printed in House Report 115-259to prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from spending money on a study that causes significant pain or distress to dogs. Amendment also clarifies that training programs or studies of service dogs are not included in the ban on funding.6:54:54 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Brat amendment No. 21.7:03:01 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Brat amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.7:03:37 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. King (IA), numbered 23 printed in House Report 115-259 to ensure that no funds are used to implement, administer, or enforce the Davis-Bacon Act.7:03:38 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the King (IA) amendment No. 23.7:14:48 P.M.H.R. 3219POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the King (IA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Wasserman Schultz demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.7:17:02 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Bergman, numbered 27 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase the Investigations account under the Army Corps of Engineers by $1,000,000 and reduces Army Corps Expenses by the same amount.7:17:03 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bergman amendment No. 27.7:23:07 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Bergman amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.7:28:19 P.M.H.R. 3219Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Simpson, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-259 as en bloc No 2: 29, 30, 33, 34, 45, 47, 48, 66, 67, 68, and 69.7:28:25 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Simpson en bloc amendment No. 2.7:31:05 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Simpson amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.7:42:22 P.M.H.R. 3219Mr. Simpson moved that the Committee rise.7:43:54 P.M.H.R. 3219On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.7:44:02 P.M.H.R. 3219Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3219 as unfinished business.7:44:50 P.M.ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. Simpson asked unanimous consent that during further consideration of H.R. 3219, pursuant to H. Res. 473, amendments numbered 32 and 35 printed in House Report 115-259 may be offered out of sequence. Agreed to without objection.7:45:11 P.M.H.R. 3219Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3219 — “Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.”7:45:23 P.M.H.R. 3219The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.7:46:53 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Mitchell, numbered 36 printed in House Report 115-259 to reduce by 10% the general administrative expense accounts of the USACE, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Department of the Interior, and Department of Energy. Amendment also transfers the savings to the Spending Reduction Account.7:46:55 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mitchell amendment No. 36.7:54:41 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Mitchell amendment; Failed by voice vote.7:55:03 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Mast, numbered 32 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase Aquatic Plant Control Research Program by $500,000.00 and aims to (1) provide science-based guidance on developing or using new technologies for managing, preventing, and monitoring aquatic invasive species; (2) improve the efficacy and diversity of available management options; (3) reduce the impacts of aquatic invasive species on federally listed (threatened and endangered) species; (4) reduce operations and maintenance costs associated with aquatic invasive species management; and (5) develop solutions regarding these species based on field needs.7:55:05 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to a previous special order of the House, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mast amendment No. 32.8:00:32 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Mast amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.8:00:58 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Heck, numbered 35 printed in House Report 115-259 to provide funding for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on the extent to which the agency has used low impact development to comply with Sec. 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.8:01:20 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to a previous special order of the House, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Heck amendment No. 35.8:05:47 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Heck amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.8:06:29 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Ms. Kaptur, numbered 37 printed in House Report 115-259 to strike section 108 on page 277, line 12, which authorizes the Administr ator of the EPA and the Secretary of the Army to withdraw the WOTUS rule without regard to any provision of statue or regulation that establishes a requirement for such withdrawal.8:06:51 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kaptur amendment No. 37.8:14:56 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Kaptur amendment; Failed by voice vote.8:15:28 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Ms. Castor (FL), numbered 38 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $177,000,000 and reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $355,000,000.8:15:49 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castor (FL) amendment No. 38.8:24:07 P.M.H.R. 3219POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Castor(FL) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Castor(FL) demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.8:24:36 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Norcross, numbered 39 printed in House Report 115-259 to add $161.725 million to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for research and development to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.8:24:58 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Norcross amendment No. 39.8:34:12 P.M.H.R. 3219POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Norcross amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Norcross demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.8:34:40 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Quigley, numbered 40 printed in House Report 115-259 to cut $921 million from the Department of Energy nuclear weapons activities account and add $921 million to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.8:34:59 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Quigley amendment No. 40.8:42:24 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Quigley amendment; Failed by voice vote.8:42:53 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Polis, numbered 41 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase funds for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account by $986,292,000 and decrease funds for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $634,600,000 and reduce the National Nuclear Security Administration Weapons Activities account by $352,000,000.8:43:12 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Polis amendment No. 41.8:52:25 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Polis amendment; Failed by voice vote.8:52:49 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. McKinley, numbered 42 printed in House Report 115-259 to increases fossil energy funding to 2017 funding levels.8:53:09 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley amendment No. 42.9:02:09 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the McKinley amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.9:02:40 P.M.H.R. 3219Mr. Simpson moved that the committee rise.9:03:11 P.M.H.R. 3219On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.9:03:26 P.M.H.R. 3219Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3219 as unfinished business.9:03:35 P.M.Mr. Sessions filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 478.9:04:21 P.M.H.R. 3219Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3219 — “Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.”9:04:31 P.M.H.R. 3219The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.9:05:06 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Perry, numbered 43 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase funding for EERE by $15,000,000 and decrease funding for the Department of Energy departmental administration by $15,000,000.9:05:25 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Perry amendment No. 43.9:14:39 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Perry amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.9:14:52 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Ms. Esty (CT), numbered 44 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase funding to the Advanced Manufacturing Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $20 million by cutting $40 million from the Fossil Energy Research and Development.9:15:17 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Esty (CT) amendment No. 44.9:22:14 P.M.H.R. 3219POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Esty(CT) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Esty(CT) demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.9:22:55 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 49 printed in House Report 115-259 to redirect $1 million in funding within the Departmental Administration account in order to address environmental concerns in both urban and rural settings.9:23:24 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 49.9:26:55 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.9:27:31 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Ms. Lujan Grisham, M., numbered 50 printed in House Report 115-259 to prioritize funding for the construction of facilities that NNSA needs t o meet its mission.9:27:55 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) amendment No. 50.9:31:05 P.M.H.R. 3219By unanimous consent, the Lujan Grisham, M. amendment was withdrawn.9:31:26 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Foster, numbered 51 printed in House Report 115-259 to reduce the NNSA Weapons Account by $10,000,000 and increases the account by the same amount, to be used to fight bioterror.9:31:49 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Foster amendment No. 51.9:37:25 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Foster amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.9:37:45 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Garamendi, numbered 52 printed in House Report 115-259 to reduce the Weapons Activities–Recapitalization–Infrastructure to the Presidents Budget level and increases the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account by the same amount.9:37:50 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Garamendi amendment No. 52.9:48:20 P.M.H.R. 3219POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Garamendi amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Garamendi demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.9:49:04 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Ms. Rosen, numbered 53 printed in House Report 115-259 to transfer to the Spending Reduction Account funding for Department of Energy disposal of defense nuclear waste, including acquisition of real property or facility construction/expansion.9:49:06 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rosen amendment No. 53.9:54:09 P.M.H.R. 3219By unanimous consent, the Rosen amendment was withdrawn.9:55:00 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Ms. Pingree, numbered 54 printed in House Report 115-259 to strike section 505 on page 325 that pertains to National Ocean Policy and Ocean Planning.9:55:03 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pingree amendment No. 54.10:11:01 P.M.H.R. 3219POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Pingree amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Pingree demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.10:11:58 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Kihuen, numbered 55 printed in House Report 115-259 to strike language that would prohibit closure of the Yucca Mountain project.10:12:01 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kihuen amendment No. 55.10:20:49 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Kihuen amendment; Failed by voice vote.10:21:14 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 56 printed in House Report 115-259 to allocate an additional $3 million for post-disaster watershed assessment studies.10:21:17 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 56.10:25:35 P.M.H.R. 3219POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.10:26:49 P.M.H.R. 3219UNFINISHED 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.10:49:19 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Perry amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 107 – 314 (Roll no. 416).10:54:31 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Griffith amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 116 – 309 (Roll no. 417).10:58:20 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Takano amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 191 – 236 (Roll no. 418).11:01:22 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the King (IA) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 178 – 249 (Roll no. 419).11:04:31 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Castor (FL) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 181 – 246 (Roll no. 420).11:07:45 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Norcross amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 186 – 241 (Roll no. 421).11:10:36 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Esty (CT) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 203 – 224 (Roll no. 422).11:13:32 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Garamendi amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 180 – 247 (Roll no. 423).11:16:27 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Pingree amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 192 – 235 (Roll no. 424).11:21:27 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 234 – 192 (Roll no. 425).11:23:17 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 57 printed in House Report 115-259 to allocate an additional $100 million for Army Corps of Engineers construction projects related to flood control.11:23:20 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 57.11:27:18 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.11:27:35 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 58 printed in House Report 115-259 to prohibit use of funds in contravention of the Department of Energy Organization Act and address the need to increase programs that educate minorities in science, technology, engineering and math.11:27:38 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 58.11:30:45 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.11:31:05 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, numbered 59 printed in House Report 115-259 to prohibit the use of funds to prepare, propose, or promulgate any regulation or guidance related to the social cost of carbon.11:31:10 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment No. 59.11:37:41 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.11:38:04 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Ms. DelBene, numbered 60 printed in House Report 115-259 to ensure the Army Corps of Engineers is using taxpayer dollars on American-made anchor chain.11:38:07 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the DelBene amendment No. 60.11:42:09 P.M.H.R. 3219By unanimous consent, the DelBene amendment was withdrawn.11:42:17 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Burgess, numbered 61 printed in House Report 115-259 to state that limitation amendment pertaining to lightbulb energy efficiency regulations.11:42:19 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Burgess amendment No. 61.11:49:52 P.M.H.R. 3219On agreeing to the Burgess amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.11:50:20 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mrs. Blackburn, numbered 62 printed in House Report 115-259 to provide for a one percent across the board cut to the discretionary spending levels in Division D of the bill.11:50:22 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Blackburn amendment No. 62.11:58:15 P.M.H.R. 3219POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Blackburn amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mrs. Blackburn demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.11:58:46 P.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Perry, numbered 63 printed in House Report 115-259 to prohibit the use of funds to implement or enforce the final rule published by the Secretary of Energy entitled “Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps.”11:58:49 P.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Perry amendment No. 63.12:08:11 A.M.H.R. 3219POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Perry amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Kaptur demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.12:09:01 A.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Budd, numbered 64 printed in House Report 115-259 to prohibit the use of funds to be used to implement, administer, or enforce the prevailing wage requirements in subchapter IV of chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Davis-Bacon Act).12:09:03 A.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Budd amendment No. 64.12:11:37 A.M.H.R. 3219By unanimous consent, the Budd amendment was withdrawn.12:11:45 A.M.H.R. 3219An amendment, offered by Mr. Mitchell, numbered 70 printed in House Report 115-259 to ensure none of the funds in this act are used to delay the release of the USACE Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Brand Road Study.12:11:47 A.M.H.R. 3219DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mitchell amendment No. 70.12:21:18 A.M.H.R. 3219By unanimous consent, the Mitchell amendment was withdrawn.12:21:37 A.M.H.R. 3219Mr. Simpson moved that the Committee now rise.12:21:56 A.M.H.R. 3219On motion that the Committee now rise Agreed to by voice vote.12:22:17 A.M.H.R. 3219Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3219 as unfinished business.12:22:44 A.M.Mr. Simpson moved that the House do now adjourn.12:22:58 A.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.12:22:59 A.M.The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 27, 2017.

House Activity 7/25/2017

10:00:08 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:18 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Mike Johnson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:58 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.
10:41:47 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:28 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 25.
12:00:30 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Lonnie Mitchell, Sr., Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Spokane, WA.
12:01:55 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:57 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Banks of IN to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:17 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.
12:30:02 P.M. H. Res. 468 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 468 — “Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 111) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Arbitration Agreements”.”
12:31:01 P.M. H. Res. 468 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 468.
1:31:55 P.M. H. Res. 468 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 229 – 184 (Roll no. 410).
1:38:41 P.M. H. Res. 468 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 233 – 188 (Roll no. 411).
1:38:43 P.M. H. Res. 468 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:39:04 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
1:41:54 P.M. H.R. 3178 Mr. Brady (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3178 — “To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the delivery of home infusion therapy and dialysis and the application of the Stark rule under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.”
1:42:12 P.M. H.R. 3178 Considered under suspension of the rules.
1:42:14 P.M. H.R. 3178 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3178.
2:14:08 P.M. H.R. 3178 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:14:10 P.M. H.R. 3178 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:14:43 P.M. H.R. 2182 Mr. Donovan moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2182 — “To require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit a report to Congress on the alternatives for the final disposition of Plum Island, including preservation of the island for conservation, education, and research, and for other purposes.”
2:14:57 P.M. H.R. 2182 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:14:58 P.M. H.R. 2182 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2182.
2:32:51 P.M. H.R. 2182 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
2:32:53 P.M. H.R. 2182 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:35:01 P.M. H.R. 3364 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3364 — “To provide congressional review and to counter aggression by the Governments of Iran, the Russian Federation, and North Korea, and for other purposes.”
2:35:04 P.M. H.R. 3364 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:35:06 P.M. H.R. 3364 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3364.
3:23:35 P.M. H.R. 3364 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.
3:24:51 P.M. H.J. Res. 111 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 468H.J. Res. 111 — “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Arbitration Agreements”.”
3:24:56 P.M. H.J. Res. 111 Rule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 111 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.
3:25:39 P.M. H.J. Res. 111 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 111.
4:42:57 P.M. H.J. Res. 111 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
5:07:21 P.M. H.J. Res. 111 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 231 – 190 (Roll no. 412).
5:07:23 P.M. H.J. Res. 111 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:07:24 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
5:07:25 P.M. H.R. 3364 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3364 — “To provide congressional review and to counter aggression by the Governments of Iran, the Russian Federation, and North Korea, and for other purposes.”
5:14:07 P.M. H.R. 3364 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 419 – 3 (Roll no. 413).
5:14:08 P.M. H.R. 3364 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:15:36 P.M. ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP – Mr. Johnson (LA) asked unanimous consent that he may hereafter be considered as the first sponsor of H.R. 391, a bill originally introduced by Representative Chaffetz, for the purpose of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.
5:18:03 P.M. Health Information Technology Advisory Committee – Pursuant to section 4003(e) of the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed Ms. Cynthia A. Fisher, Newton, MA.
5:18:04 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:26:32 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:00:14 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
9:39:55 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 25.
9:39:57 P.M. Mr. Cole filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 473.
9:40:01 P.M. Mr. Cole moved that the House do now adjourn.
9:40:03 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
9:40:07 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 26, 2017.

House Activity 7/24/2017

12:00:00 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:07 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable James Comer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:30 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.
12:06:33 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:03 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 24.
2:00:13 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:28 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:01:30 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Walz to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:01:53 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:02:15 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 20, 2017, at 2:52 p.m.: Appointments: Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
2:03:36 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 from the White House on July 20, 2017, at 5:14 p.m. a sealed envelope to contain a message from the President whereby he submitted a notice continuing the national emergency with respect to significant transnational criminal organizations.
2:03:38 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification stating that the national emergency with respect to transnational criminal organizations is to continue in effect beyond July 24, 2017. This message supersedes the notice regarding this topic submitted to the Federal Register on July 19, 2017. – referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-57).
2:03:39 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
2:03:40 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
2:11:11 P.M. S. 114 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. S. 114 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
2:11:13 P.M. S. 114 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:11:15 P.M. S. 114 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 114.
2:47:14 P.M. S. 114 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.
2:49:35 P.M. Mr. Cole filed a report from the Committee on Appropriations on H.R. 3358.
2:50:01 P.M. H.R. 3218 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3218— “To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
2:50:16 P.M. H.R. 3218 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:50:17 P.M. H.R. 3218 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3218.
3:24:44 P.M. H.R. 3218 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.
3:25:01 P.M. H.R. 282 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 282 — “To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to authorize spouses of servicemembers to elect to use the same residences as the servicemembers.”
3:25:25 P.M. H.R. 282 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:25:27 P.M. H.R. 282 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 282.
3:30:14 P.M. H.R. 282 At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Walz objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
3:30:21 P.M. H.R. 1058 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1058— “To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the role of podiatrists in the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
3:30:32 P.M. H.R. 1058 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:30:34 P.M. H.R. 1058 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1058.
3:36:47 P.M. H.R. 1058 At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Walz objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
3:37:25 P.M. H.R. 1690 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1690— “To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
3:37:30 P.M. H.R. 1690 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:37:31 P.M. H.R. 1690 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1690.
3:43:40 P.M. H.R. 1690 At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Walz objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
3:44:20 P.M. H.R. 1848 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1848— “To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program on the use of medical scribes in Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.”
3:44:29 P.M. H.R. 1848 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:44:30 P.M. H.R. 1848 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1848.
3:48:30 P.M. H.R. 1848 At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Walz objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
3:53:00 P.M. H.R. 2006 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2006 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the procurement practices of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
3:53:02 P.M. H.R. 2006 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:53:04 P.M. H.R. 2006 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2006.
3:53:10 P.M. H.R. 2006 At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Walz objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
3:54:01 P.M. H.R. 2749 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2749— “To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the oversight of contracts awarded by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans, and for other purposes.”
3:54:02 P.M. H.R. 2749 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:54:03 P.M. H.R. 2749 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2749.
3:58:17 P.M. H.R. 2749 At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Walz objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
3:58:28 P.M. H.R. 2781 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2781— “To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to certify the sufficient participation of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and small business concerns owned by veterans with service-connected disabilities in contracts under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, and for other purposes.”
3:58:46 P.M. H.R. 2781 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:58:50 P.M. H.R. 2781 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2781.
4:12:02 P.M. H.R. 2781 At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Walz objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
4:13:38 P.M. H.R. 2333 Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2333 — “To amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to increase the amount of leverage made available to small business investment companies.”
4:13:53 P.M. H.R. 2333 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:13:59 P.M. H.R. 2333 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2333.
4:26:09 P.M. H.R. 2333 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:26:11 P.M. H.R. 2333 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:26:15 P.M. H.R. 2056 Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2056 — “To amend the Small Business Act to provide for expanded participation in the microloan program, and for other purposes.”
4:26:30 P.M. H.R. 2056 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:26:32 P.M. H.R. 2056 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2056.
4:40:15 P.M. H.R. 2056 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:40:17 P.M. H.R. 2056 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:40:30 P.M. H.R. 2364 Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2364 — “To amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to increase the amount that certain banks and savings associations may invest in small business investment companies, subject to the approval of the appropriate Federal banking agency, and for other purposes.”
4:40:45 P.M. H.R. 2364 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:40:47 P.M. H.R. 2364 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2364.
4:51:39 P.M. H.R. 2364 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:51:40 P.M. H.R. 2364 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:52:20 P.M. H.R. 3298 Mr. Davis, Rodney moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3298 — “To authorize the Capitol Police Board to make payments from the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund to employees of the United States Capitol Police who have sustained serious line-of-duty injuries, and for other purposes.”
4:52:38 P.M. H.R. 3298 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:52:40 P.M. H.R. 3298 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3298.
5:27:27 P.M. H.R. 3298 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:27:30 P.M. H.R. 3298 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:28:21 P.M. H.R. 3180 Mr. Nunes moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3180 — “To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes.”
5:28:36 P.M. H.R. 3180 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:28:37 P.M. H.R. 3180 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3180.
5:43:28 P.M. H.R. 3180 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.
5:43:55 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.
6:30:27 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 24.
6:30:39 P.M. Mr. Buck filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 468.
6:30:40 P.M. H. Res. 469 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 469 — “Requesting the Senate to return to the House of Representatives House Joint Resolution 76.”
6:30:50 P.M. H. Res. 469 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
6:31:00 P.M. H. Res. 469 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:32:04 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 debate earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:32:32 P.M. H.R. 3180 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3180 — “To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes.”
6:55:30 P.M. H.R. 3180 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 241 – 163 (Roll no. 407).
6:55:59 P.M. S. 114 Considered as unfinished business. S. 114 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
7:03:54 P.M. S. 114 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 219 – 186 (Roll no. 408).
7:04:00 P.M. MOMENT OF SILENCE – The House observed a moment of silence in memory of Officer Jacob J. Chestnut and Detective John M. Gibson.
7:05:52 P.M. H.R. 3218 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3218 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
7:12:46 P.M. H.R. 3218 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 405 – 0 (Roll no. 409).
7:12:47 P.M. H.R. 3218 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:13:33 P.M. Mr. Rogers (KY) filed a report from the Committee on Appropriations on H.R. 3362.
7:14:01 P.M. H.R. 282 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 282 — “To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to authorize spouses of servicemembers to elect to use the same residences as the servicemembers.”
7:14:24 P.M. H.R. 282 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
7:14:27 P.M. H.R. 282 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:14:29 P.M. H.R. 1058 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1058 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the role of podiatrists in the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
7:14:41 P.M. H.R. 1058 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
7:14:44 P.M. H.R. 1058 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:14:47 P.M. H.R. 1058 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
7:14:52 P.M. H.R. 1690 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1690 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
7:15:21 P.M. H.R. 1690 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
7:15:25 P.M. H.R. 1690 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:15:30 P.M. H.R. 1848 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1848 — “To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program on the use of medical scribes in Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.”
7:15:54 P.M. H.R. 1848 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
7:15:57 P.M. H.R. 1848 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:15:59 P.M. H.R. 1848 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
7:16:03 P.M. H.R. 2006 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2006 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the procurement practices of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
7:16:26 P.M. H.R. 2006 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
7:16:30 P.M. H.R. 2006 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:16:33 P.M. H.R. 2749 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2749 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the oversight of contracts awarded by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans, and for other purposes.”
7:17:01 P.M. H.R. 2749 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
7:17:03 P.M. H.R. 2749 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:17:06 P.M. H.R. 2781 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2781 — “To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to certify the sufficient participation of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and small business concerns owned by veterans with service-connected disabilities in contracts under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, and for other purposes.”
7:17:27 P.M. H.R. 2781 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
7:17:40 P.M. H.R. 2781 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:17:57 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:44:23 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:54:03 P.M. Mr. Deutch moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:54:10 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:54:11 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 25, 2017.

Kris Kobach isn’t getting out of the way for Sam Brownback’s successor


The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

Leading Off

• KS-Gov: As far back as March, there’ve been reports that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback would bail on his home state of Kansas before his term expires in early 2019 for a Trump administration position. On Wednesday, those reports came to fruition when the State Department announced that Trump had nominated Brownback to serve as his “ambassador for religious freedom.” It’s not the most prestigious job, shall we say, but the incredibly unpopular governor is probably just happy to get out of Dodge. The Senate will need to confirm Brownback, however, so Kansas is stuck with him for at least a while longer.

Assuming the Senate (where Brownback served before his disastrous governorship) signs off, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer would take over as governor. Colyer, a close Brownback ally, has not announced if he’ll run for governor next year, but he seems to be leaning in that direction. Colyer, who made a fortune as a plastic surgeon, was Brownback’s running mate during both his campaigns. But while his personal wealth could boost his future prospects, it’s also caused him some trouble. In early 2015, for reasons that were never clear, a grand jury began looking into three loans made to the Brownback-Colyer campaign that added up to $1.5 million. Prosecutors announced that there would be no charges a few months later, but it’s possible this matter could come up again.

A number of other Republicans had already entered the race to succeed Brownback before the ambassadorship news, even though they’ve known for months that they could wind up facing a Gov. Colyer. The most prominent declared candidate is Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is spearheading Trump’s infamous “Election Integrity Commission,” and he doesn’t seem at all inclined to defer to Colyer. Just after Brownback’s nomination was announced, Kobach told the New York Times that while Colyer is “a good guy,” he doesn’t think his likely promotion “fundamentally changes the dynamic of the 2018 race regardless.”

And while Kansas is a very conservative state, Democrats may nevertheless have an opening here. Brownback’s reactionary tax cuts—which the Republican-led legislature just repealed over his veto—have done lasting damage to the state budget and have left Brownback as one of the most unpopular governors in the nation. If Colyer takes over the reins and makes it to the general election, his biggest challenge will be to establish an identity independent of the man he’s about to succeed. And if Kansans are still disgusted with the status quo, Colyer may have a very tough time convincing voters that he’s not just a continuation of Brownback’s tenure.

Senate

• MI-Sen: Singer-songwriter Robert Ritchie (aka Kid Rock) insists he’s serious about a possible bid against Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and says he’ll hold a press conference “in the next 6 weeks or so” to “address this issue amongst others.” In the meantime, the vocal Trump supporter says he plans to launch a non-profit to register voters, including at his concerts.

• WV-Sen: In case there was any doubt, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin confirmed that he would seek re-election this week.

Gubernatorial

• GA-Gov: While state House Speaker David Ralston made some noise about entering the GOP primary back in March, he’s since then sounded very unlikely to run. Unsurprisingly, Ralston confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week that he would stay out of the race.

• IA-Gov, IL-Gov: It’s generic ballot day for Midwestern gubernatorial races! We seldom spend a lot of time delving into generic ballot polling (for reasons we’ve detailed in the past), but data’s been scant, so we’ll take what we can get for now. A good piece of news for Democrats comes in Illinois, where zillionaire Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner just got his butt handed to him in an epic budget showdown with the legislature. There, a Normington Petts survey for the DGA finds Rauner trailing an unnamed Democratic opponent 49-37, with a brutal 34-63 job approval rating.

Meanwhile, in Iowa, newly elevated Gov. Kim Reynolds, who became the state’s chief executive after fellow Republican Terry Branstad was confirmed as Trump’s ambassador to China, has a 44-39 edge versus a generic Democrat in a month-old survey—neither great nor awful. This poll, conducted by 20-20 Insight, wasn’t commissioned with the governor’s race in mind, though. Rather, it was taken for Democrat Jim Mowrer, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in both 2014 and 2016 and is considering a bid for secretary of state. In that contest, he leads GOP incumbent Paul Pate 38-33, but it’s still very early.

In both states, the Democratic field of candidates remains very unsettled, and it’s even possible Reynolds won’t be her party’s nominee next year as she faces a challenge, too. So that’s a good reminder that the kinds of numbers you see in these polls will likely change once we substitute an actual Democrat for a hypothetical one.

House

• CA-48, CO-06: In a paywalled piece at Politico, Scott Bland observes that the DCCC has steered clear of directly endorsing in House primaries so far this year, seemingly content to let the huge influx of Democratic candidates sort itself out on its own. However, notes Bland, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, who chairs the committee, has made donations to half a dozen challengers via his personal PAC, and in a couple of cases, these recipients’ races feature contested primaries. Of course, we can’t know if Lujan’s support actually foretells future D-Trip involvement—it may just be that both of these races will play without with any D.C.-directed effort to pick winners—but for now, here’s what we know.

One beneficiary of Lujan’s largesse is biologist Hans Keirstead, who is running against GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in California’s 48th District—as are at least three other notable Democrats. The roster includes businessman Harley Rouda, architect Laura Oatman, and Nestlé executive Michael Kotick. Keirstead, Rouda, and Oatman all raised between $103,000 and $133,000 in the second quarter of the year, while Kotick only entered the race recently, so there’s no obvious frontrunner. This is a district where Democrats will want to consolidate behind one standard-bearer, though, lest they risk getting locked out of the general electionthanks to California’s top-two primary and the presence of a second, self-funding Republican candidate.

The other person facing a competitive primary who’s earned Lujan’s seal of approval is attorney and Army veteran Jason Crow in Colorado’s 6th District. Crow far outraised the only other Democrat who announced before the end of the quarter, attorney Dave Aarestad, but former Department of Energy official Levi Tillemann joined the race late last month, while state Sen. Rhonda Fields has reportedly spoken to EMILY’s List about a bid. For their part, Republicans have been treating Crow like the leading contender: GOP Rep. Mike Coffman has repeatedly tried to troll Crow and his supporters, to little avail.

• IN-06: With GOP Rep. Luke Messer finally kicking off his long-expected bid for Senate, the race for his southeastern Indiana congressional seat is now getting underway. The first candidate to announce is state Sen. Mike Crider, who joined the Republican primary on Thursday. The biggest name we’re waiting to hear from, though, belongs to Greg Pence, brother of Mike, who has not ruled out a bid. The 6th District voted for Trump by a punishing 68-27 margin, so all the action here will be on the GOP side.

• IN-09: This week, Indiana University professor Liz Watson, who served as a senior Democratic staffer on the U.S. House’s Committee on Education and the Workforce, entered the race to face GOP Rep. Trey Hollingsworth. This southern Indiana seat backed Trump 61-34, though the carpetbagging Hollingsworth won his first term by a considerably smaller, but still not close, 54-40 margin.

• NJ-11: Democrat Al Anthony, a town councilor in Livingston (population: 27,000) is the latest Democrat to express interest in challenging longtime GOP Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. However, unnamed sources tell Insider NJ that Anthony won’t run if Assemblyman John McKeon does.

Grab Bag

• Statehouse ActionThis Week In Statehouse Action: Bills’ and Laws’ Excellent Adventures edition features a landmark Democratic win in New Hampshire, a redistricting blast from the past in Wisconsin, bathroom bill flashbacks, bad time travel jokes, and more!

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The opening shot has been fired ~ Jamie Williams, The Wilderness Society


Donate Now

No president has ever acted to rescind a national monument. I never thought it could happen.

But the recent interim recommendation to revoke large swaths of Bears Ears National Monument shows us anything is possible. Millions of acres of public lands could be taken away from us, and from our children and grandchildren, if we don’t fight back now.

Donate Now

On August 24, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will announce the Trump Administration’s plan for 27 of our national monuments. There’s ample reason for concern.

For the first time in history, they could act to rescind a national monument. Or they could recommend the loss of millions more acres of public lands by shrinking existing monuments.

Whatever they do, WE have to be ready. I’m asking for your most generous donation so we can:

  • Continue our public mobilization in defense of public lands
  • Defend the Antiquities Act
  • Prepare for legal action if necessary

The Trump Administration has fired their opening shot. You can be sure, it won’t be their last attack on our public lands. The question is, will you help defend these national treasures for future generations, and for wildlife to thrive?

I will. And I’m hoping you will, too. Please make your most generous donation now.

The Trump-Zinke move to shrink Bears Ears National Monument must be a call to action! Don’t let them take what’s yours. It’s time to fight back. Are you with us?

Sincerely,


Jamie Williams
President, The Wilderness Society

What’s Trending … at The Progress Report


“Generous.” That’s what Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called Trump’s decision to donate his second-quarter salary—a total of $100,000—to the Department of Education. DeVos left out the fact that before donating that $100,000, Trump included a $9.2 billion cut to the department in his budget.

Stolen Guns. A gun is stolen every two minutes in the United States. And these stolen guns often enable violent crime, like the recent killing of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia. Congress can do something about it. The question is whether or not they will.

Bipartisanship. May not be trending at the federal level, but the states are stepping up. A bipartisan group of governors released a letter slamming the Senate’s “skinny” repeal bill and echoing Sen. McCain (R-AZ)’s call for the Senate to return to regular order.
Discrimination. The Trump administration is attacking the LGBTQ communityfrom all sides. Yesterday, just hours after Trump’s tweets calling to ban transgender people from the military, the Department of Justice filed an amicus brief saying that the Trump Administration doesn’t believe that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits anti-LGB employment discrimination. The DOJ doesn’t normally weigh in on private employment lawsuits like this – so Trump and Sessions are going out of their way to support workplace discrimination against LGBTQ people. Their position is way out of step with the EEOC, other federal courts, legal scholars, and Americans of all political affiliations who strongly support LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections.
Protect Trans Troops. Make your voice heard: send a letter to Trump telling him to protect trans troops.

 

They let Philando’s killer walk free. Now they’re going after his innocent cousin


The killer cop who murdered Philando Castile won’t serve any jail time and was just paid $48K severance. Yet Philando’s cousin is facing 10 years in prison simply because he attended a protest last year, will you sign the petition to have the charges dropped and read his story below?

–Arisha, and the rest of the Color Of Change team


 

First, they let Philando’s killer walk free. Now they’re going after his innocent cousin for attending a protest.

Louis Hunter doesn’t deserve to spend 10 years in jail. 

Tell the Ramsey County & Carver County DAs: Drop the charges.

TAKE ACTION

 

My name is Louis Hunter, and I could be the only person to serve jail time as a result of my cousin Philando Castile’s murder–while former officer, Jeronimo Yanez, walks free with a $48K severance check in his pocket.1

I am a loving father of four, a landscaper, and an active member of United Church of God in Christ. Last year, I attended the I-94 protest to stand against police violence and demand justice for Philando. And, like many that night, I chose to leave of my own accord rather than risk arrest. I never threw anything at the riot police; I would never do that. That’s not me. But to my surprise, the next day, cops surrounded my truck and arrested me on felony riot charges, making claims about things that I never did. They impounded my truck, leaving me unable to work as a landscaper. And my family and I were evicted from our home, five days after the arrest.2

Prosecutors let my cousin’s murderer go free, but are pursuing these harsh and cruel charges against me without any evidence. All I did was attend a protest. Clearly, these charges are an attempt to silence and punish dissent in response to a profound injustice. My case goes to trial on September 25th, and we don’t have much time to get the charges dropped. I’m asking you, please, will you stand in solidarity with me?

Tell the Ramsey and Carver County Attorney offices: Drop the charges against Louis Hunter. A 10-year prison sentence for protest is not justice for Philando.

The cops’ story has changed about three times since they arrested me. First, they said I threw a molotov cocktail. But when the evidence didn’t support their lie, they switched their claim and said I wielded a board against police officers. When they weren’t able to find evidence for that, they resorted to just alleging “riotous behavior.”

The media isn’t even mentioning the hardship my family faces merely because I attended a protest. Philando is gone, without justice. And I could be gone too–on a 10-year bid–for being in the right place at the wrong time, just like my cousin.

The prosecutor recently offered me a deal: plead guilty to gross misdemeanor riot, to be sentenced as a misdemeanor, including jail time. They thought it was a “generous offer,” but I refuse to plead guilty to something I didn’t do. They made that offer because their case is weak. I can’t agree to a charge that will set back everything I’ve worked for in my life: my business, a good place to live, providing for my family.

That’s why we need to pressure the prosecutor to drop these charges before it’s too late.

I didn’t do anything but stand up for justice. I don’t deserve to go to prison, while Philando’s murderer walks free.

Sign the petition.

Thank you for your support and solidarity,

— Louis Hunter, and the Color Of Change team.

References:

1. “Cop who killed Philando Castile to be paid $48,500 in buyout,” USAToday, 07-10-2017
https://act.colorofchange.org/go/8223?t=9&akid=7721%2E1174326%2ErlQsOi

2. “Support Louis Hunter,” supportlouishunter.org, 07-27-2017
https://act.colorofchange.org/go/8224?t=11&akid=7721%2E1174326%2ErlQsOi