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  • Taylor Farms Florida Recalls Salad with Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens Taylor Farms Florida, an Orlando, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 732 pounds of salads with chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
  • FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Poultry Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that poultry products produced by Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc., a Portland, Ore. establishment, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • King Soopers  has recalled deli broccoli salads and coleslaw that are sold in King Soopers and City Market stores, located in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming. The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  The deli broccoli salads and coleslaw are sold from the service case in the deli department at King Soopers and City Market. King Soopers and City Market have removed these items from store shelves and initiated their customer recall notification system that alerts customers who may have purchased recalled products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls.
  • Paragon Wholesale Foods Corp., of Warrendale, PA, is recalling several lots of 1.7 ounce Broccoli Florets in response to a nationwide recall by one of its suppliers, Mann Packing (Salinas, CA) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The recalled broccoli florets were distributed to multiple schools in the Greater Pittsburgh and Butler, PA areas between 10/9/2017 and 10/16/2017. These customers have all been contacted directly and the affected products were removed on Thursday, October 19, 2017 when the firm was first notified of the recall by their supplier. The product comes in a 1/2 cup (1.7 oz), clear plastic bag marked with the “Just Cut” logo on the front with a Best by date of 10/16/17 or 10/23/2017 stamped on the rear. This product was distributed in food service packages only and was not distributed to any retail locations. Mann Packing, the original supplier of the broccoli florets, conducted a nationwide recall of various cut vegetables due to a report that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s random sampling found a single positive result for Listeria monocytogeneson a Mann Packing Power Blend bagged salad product. No other products from Paragon Foods are involved at this time, and to date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this problem. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Edd Dwyer, Food Safety Manager at 724-741-9139. Phones will be monitored 7 days per week. Members of the media with questions regarding the recall can contact John McClelland, Chief Operating Officer, at (724) 741-9156.
  • 112-2017Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., Recalls Chili and Soup Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination (Oct 17, 2017).
  • Pacific Coast Fruit Company in Portland, Oregon is voluntarily recalling multiple types of bagged processed salads based on the potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Pacific Coast Fruit utilized a portion of the Mann Packing’s affected products in our retail and food service processed bagged salads. Please see attached list below for specific products entered into commerce, including UPC codes, Pacific Coast Fruit Item Numbers, and Best if Use By Dates or Production Dates.  Pacific Coast recalled products were distributed to selected grocery, restaurant and deli chains in Oregon and Washington. The recalled retail salads are packed in a 10 oz, 16 oz, 20 oz, 25 oz plastic clamshell style and value-added food service items are packed in 5 lbs – 20 lbs food service salad bags. Pacific Coast Fruit
    503-234-6411
  • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer is announcing a recall of various packaged Meijer brand produce items due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms like high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, a Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.  Meijer
    800-543-3704   The recall affects the following products sold in Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin purchased September 27, 2017 through October 20, 2017. The items will be in plastic containers or foam trays with printed labels with various sizes and weights.
  • ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Triple B Corporation of Anchorage, Alaska is voluntarily recalling broccoli florette’s, stir fry kit, vegie trays w/ cauliflower, and a veggie pack combo, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The broccoli used in processing these items has been recalled by our vendor Mann Packing of Salinas, California. Michael Ruff
    (206) 577-9852
  • Rochelle, IL. – BrightFarms is initiating a voluntary recall of packaged produce sold in Roundy’s Supermarkets due to the potential presence of E. coli at its Rochelle, Illinois (Ogle County) greenhouse farm. The affected BrightFarms branded products are sold at Mariano’s Markets in Illinois and Metro Market and Pick ‘n Save stores in Wisconsin. The recall includes the below salad products packaged in clear, plastic clamshells with best by dates located on the label of the package: 10/24/2017, 10/25/2017, 10/26/2017, 10/27/2017. BrightFarms
    info@brightfarms.com
    (646) 480-5262
  • SCA Pharmaceuticals LLC (“SCA Pharmaceuticals”) is voluntarily recalling all/the following lots of the below listed injectable products to the hospital level. The is a potential for the products to contain microbial contamination. Administration of a drug product, intended to be sterile, that may contain microbial contamination has the potential to result in serious adverse events which may include life-threatening infections. SCA Pharmaceuticals has not received any customer complaints or reports of adverse events related to this issue, but out of an abundance of caution, is voluntarily initiating this recall. SCA Pharmaceuticals 877-550-5059
  • Updated information- AUSTIN, Texas – In response to Mann Packing’s recall, Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling some salads from ten stores in Northern California out of an abundance of caution. Mann Packing issued the recall because the vegetables may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported to date. The Whole Foods Market recall includes Veggie Power Blend, Sesame Chicken Power Salad, and Mexican Chicken Power Salad that were sold by the pound on salad bars between September 28, 2017 and October 20, 2017. Whole Foods Market
    1-844-936-8255
  • Updated information- PLEASANTON, Calif. – In cooperation with the Mann Packing recall of minimally processed vegetable products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and Pak N’ Save stores in eight states are voluntarily recalling certain fresh vegetable trays and cups that include vegetables that are subject to the Mann Packing recall. Mann Packing
     888-470-2681
  • Updated information- In accordance with Mann Packing of Salinas, California, H-E-B announced today that it has issued a voluntary recall for certain H-E-B single-serving soups made with vegetable products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. As part of a larger recall affecting several retailers, Mann Packing recalled affected vegetable products on Oct. 19, which were supplied to H-E-B and used in H-E-B Asian Noodle Soup Cups Beef and Chicken
  • Updated information -Randalls, Tom Thumb and Albertsons Stores in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas Voluntarily Recall Ready. Chef. Go! Seafood Meal Bags in Cooperation with Voluntary Recall by Mann Packing Due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination
  •  Updated information is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for recalls:
  • SALINAS, Calif. – Mann Packing of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling minimally processed vegetable products listed below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Mann Packing is issuing this recall in response to a single positive result found on one of our products during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Mann Packing is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution. To date, public health officials have not reported any illnesses associated with these products. The recalled product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.  The recalled products were distributed throughout the United States and Canada with “best if used by” dates from October 11 to October 20 listed on the front of the packaging. For recalled products distributed at retail and foodservice, product names, UPC codes and “best if used by” dates are listed below.Mann Packing is fully cooperating with U.S. and Canadian health officials on this recall. Mann Packing is contacting all affected customers to confirm that the recalled product is removed from store shelves. Consumers who have purchased any recalled products listed below are urged not to consume them, discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with further questions may contact Mann Packing on our 24-hour consumer line at 888-470-2681 or visit veggiesmadeeasy.com/products.”As an owner of this company and a mom, providing safe and healthy foods to our consumers and their families is always our top priority,” said Gina Nucci, Director of Corporate Marketing. “This voluntary recall is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers.”MANN PACKING ITEMS AFFECTED BY 10.19.17 RECALL’BEST BY’ OR ‘BEST IF USED BY’ CODES RANGE: OCT 11 2017 – OCT 20 2017 OR JULIAN DATES 270-276
  • Injectable Products by SCA Pharmaceuticals: Recall – Potential Contamination

    AUDIENCE: Pharmacy, Health Professional

    ISSUE: SCA Pharmaceuticals LLC (“SCA Pharmaceuticals”) is voluntarily recalling various lots of injectable products to the hospital level. The is a potential for the products to contain microbial contamination.  See the recall notice for a full list of products.

  • Fresh Foods Manufacturing Co. Recalls Chicken Products due to Possible Listeria Contamination
    Fresh Foods Manufacturing Co., a Freedom, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 701 pounds of heat-treated, not fully cooked, not shelf stable chicken products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Product May Be Contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes

    SALINAS, Calif. – Mann Packing of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling minimally processed vegetable products listed below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Mann Packing is issuing this recall in response to a single positive result found on one of our products during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Mann Packing is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution. To date, public health officials have not reported any illnesses associated with these products.

  • On October 13, 2017, Relish Foods, Inc of Culver City, California voluntarily initiated the recall of Frozen Newport Brand Tuna Loins. The recall was the result of sampling by FDA which revealed that the product has potential to contain the bacteria Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Relish Foods Inc is continuing the investigation with FDA as to what caused the problem. Product was distributed in Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Nevada, Idaho, and Arizona states between 8/15/2017 and 9/25/2017, through food service operations, retail stores, and restaurants. Product was distributed as 5 to 8 pound, vacuum packed, frozen whole tuna loins packed in 30 pound Newport brand master cases. Master cases are labeled with the production lot codes of MTNT 0947C, MTNT 0957B, MTNT 0967A, and MTNT 0977D. 888-730-3875On the retail side this product would have been distributed to retailers Basha’s, Randall’s Fine Meats, Yokes Fresh Market, CalMart, Raley’s, Concord Produce Market, Bel Air Market and Speedy Market and Nob Hill.
  • Les Chateaux De France, Inc. Recalls Bacon-Wrapped Scallops due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
    Les Chateaux De France, Inc., an Inwood, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,225 pounds of bacon-wrapped scallops due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
  • GB Green Gastronome, LLC Recalls Chicken And Pork Products Due To Misbranding And Undeclared Allergens
    GB Green Gastronome, LLC, a Jamaica, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,000 pounds of chicken and pork products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
  • Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., Recalls Chili and Soup Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
    Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., a Kenosha, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 16,320 pounds of chili and soup products that may be contaminated with foreign matter, specifically hard plastic.

Are you an Amazon worker or an Amazon customer? and that’s before this whole HQ2 thing


We are Working Washington

Are you an Amazon worker or an Amazon customer? Let us know what you think about one of the biggest and richest companies around getting more than $1 billion in public money — and then asking for even more.

Did you see this ?

Researchers recently totaled up all the public money Amazon has already received for all their different facilities across the country.

It adds up to $1.2 billion.

In public money.

For a multi-billion-dollar company that’s owned by one of the richest people in the world.

And that’s before this whole HQ2 thing, which is totally taking it to the next level. They actually made different cities publicly compete against other on how much they’re willing to offer to be considered as the site of the company’s new second headquarters.

Amazon subsidies

Research & map via Puget Sound Business Journal; scroll down for source.

Now sure, different people can have different opinions about the different good and bad impacts of Amazon on places where they do business and on the economy as a whole — and that’s a good thing! We like to see healthy conversation about the different forces at work in our changing economy.

But no matter what you think about all that, here’s one thing that maybe we can all agree on: multi-billion-dollar companies shouldn’t get multi-million-dollar subsidies just for setting up shop.


Where are you coming from on this issue?


Amazon isn’t just any corporate giant — they’re based right here in our state. That’s why we know the company has done some positive things, like creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs in Seattle, fighting the Trump administration’s travel ban, and implementing a company-wide paid family leave policy that covers warehouse workers and corporate staff too.

It’s also why we’ve worked to hold them accountable, from winning better conditions in their distribution centers, to moving them to stop funding right-wing policy shop ALEC, to standing up for the rights of the security officers who work at the company’s headquarters.

And it’s also why we know there are plenty of people who work at Amazon who are right here with us on all this stuff too.

So no matter where you work and no matter where you shop, we want to hear what you think about billions in public money for Amazon — take our quick survey at this link here.

Thanks for being a part of this,

Working Washington

Source: Tracking Amazon’s rapidly expanding footprint, Business Journals, October 11, 2017

“This is a travesty of justice”


Recently, an important member of my community, Maria Mendoza Sanchez, was deported. Maria left behind her three daughters,one of which is only 16 years old, and is currently under the legal care of her 23 year old sister. These girls are too young to survive on their own; they need their mother back.

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced a bill that calls for the return of Maria along with her husband and young son who were deported with her. Will you sign my petition supporting this bill?

Bills like these that seek to help individuals stay in or return to the United States are only introduced to Congress under special circumstances – the individuals they seek to protect must make valuable contributions to society, and be needed by family here in the U.S. Maria is undoubtedly one of these individuals.

Sign my petition now to help bring Maria back to the United States.

Maria began her career as a nursing home housekeeper and went on to become a respected oncology nurse who served underprivileged patients in California. She owned a home here, and neither her or her husband hold criminal records.

Now, Maria is in Mexico, along with her 12 year old son who has never been to the country before. Her family is torn apart, and my local community feels her absence. Please, sign my petition to reunite Maria with her family in the U.S.

Thank you for your support,

Nancy MacKinnon

THE SENATE OCTOBER 23rd-26TH **CONGRESS** 2017 THE HOUSE


October 26, 2017 Wrap Up for Thursday, October 26, 2017
October 25, 2017 Wrap Up for Wednesday, October 25, 2017
October 24, 2017 Wrap Up for Tuesday, October 24, 2017
October 23, 2017 Wrap Up for Monday, October 23, 2017
October 19, 2017 Wrap Up for Thursday, October 19, 2017

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House Activity 10/27/2017

10:00:01 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:11 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:24 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. Dan C. Cummins, Peoples Church, Jacksonville, Texas
10:02:07 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
10:02:09 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
10:02:34 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on October 31, 2017.

House Activity 10/26/2017

9:00:03 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:07 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:35 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:01:36 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Gabbard to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:01:52 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.
9:10:31 A.M. H. Con. Res. 71 Mrs. Black moved that the House agree to the Senate amendment.
9:10:43 A.M. H. Con. Res. 71 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 580, the House proceeded with one hour of debate on the Senate amendment to H. Con. Res. 71.
10:33:58 A.M. H. Con. Res. 71 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
11:00:16 A.M. H. Con. Res. 71 On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 216 – 212 (Roll no. 589).
11:00:18 A.M. H. Con. Res. 71 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:00:55 A.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 1698, as amended, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
11:01:03 A.M. H.R. 1698 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1698 — “To expand sanctions against Iran with respect to the ballistic missile program of Iran, and for other purposes.”
11:07:20 A.M. H.R. 1698 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 423 – 2 (Roll no. 590).
11:07:21 A.M. H.R. 1698 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:10:38 A.M. COLLOQUY ON HOUSE SCHEDULE – The Chair recognized Mr. Hoyer for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy with Mr. McCarthy on the expectations regarding the legislative schedule for the House for the upcoming week.
11:35:34 A.M. Mr. McCarthy asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on October 27. Agreed to without objection.
11:35:46 A.M. Mr. McCarthy asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, October 27, 2017, it adjourn to meet at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 for Morning-Hour Debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.
11:36:21 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
11:46:28 A.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 1329.
11:46:50 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House resumed with one minute speeches.
12:01:58 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
1:21:07 P.M. Mr. Hill moved that the House do now adjourn.
1:21:14 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
1:21:15 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 27, 2017.

House Activity 10/25/2017

10:00:04 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:11 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Scott Perry to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:33 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.
11:01:50 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 October 25.
12:00:09 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata, St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas, TX
12:02:15 P.M. SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Wilson (SC) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Wilson (SC) demanded the Yeas and Nays and the Chair announced that further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal would be postponed until later in the legislative day.
12:02:24 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Pittenger to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:04:29 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 received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on October 25, 2017, at 9:07 a.m.: that the Senate passed S. 226 and S. 1766; that the Senate agreed to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2266, that the Senate passed H.J. Res. 111, and appointments: United States Holocaust Memorial Council and Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Council.
12:05:21 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.
12:28:18 P.M. H. Res. 580 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 580 — “Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 71) establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027.”
12:29:27 P.M. H. Res. 580 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 580.
1:58:39 P.M. H. Res. 580 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 229 – 188 (Roll no. 582).
2:05:52 P.M. H. Res. 580 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 233 – 188 (Roll no. 583).
2:05:53 P.M. H. Res. 580 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:05:54 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal, on which further proceedings had been postponed.
2:11:48 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 230 – 180, 2 Present (Roll no. 584).
2:12:02 P.M. S. Con. Res. 26 Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker’s table and consider.
2:12:02 P.M. S. Con. Res. 26 Considered by unanimous consent. S. Con. Res. 26 — “Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for the unveiling of the American Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Chair of Honor.”
2:12:42 P.M. S. Con. Res. 26 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
2:12:43 P.M. S. Con. Res. 26 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:13:14 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 received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on October 25, 2017, at 11:47 a.m.: that the Senate passed H.R. 304, with an amendment and agreed to H. Con. Res. 85.
2:13:56 P.M. Mr. Royce (CA) asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on October 26. Agreed to without objection.
2:14:22 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
2:22:08 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
2:31:22 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 25.
2:31:23 P.M. H.R. 1698 ANNOUNCEMENT – Mr. Royce asked to withdraw the motion to suspend the rules previously offered due to technical issues in the House Chamber.
2:33:04 P.M. H.R. 1698 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1698 — “To expand sanctions against Iran with respect to the ballistic missile program of Iran, and for other purposes.”
2:33:24 P.M. H.R. 1698 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:33:25 P.M. H.R. 1698 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1698.
3:03:15 P.M. H.R. 1698 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.
3:03:28 P.M. H.R. 3342 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3342 — “To impose sanctions on foreign persons that are responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights by reason of the use by Hizballah of civilians as human shields, and for other purposes.”
3:03:39 P.M. H.R. 3342 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:03:41 P.M. H.R. 3342 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3342.
3:40:45 P.M. H.R. 3342 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:40:46 P.M. H.R. 3342 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:41:07 P.M. H.R. 3329 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3329 — “To amend the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 to impose additional sanctions with respect to Hizballah, and for other purposes.”
3:41:09 P.M. H.R. 3329 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:41:11 P.M. H.R. 3329 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3329.
4:00:50 P.M. H.R. 3329 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:00:57 P.M. H.R. 3329 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:01:00 P.M. H. Res. 359 Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 359 — “Urging the European Union to designate Hizballah in its entirety as a terrorist organization and increase pressure on it and its members.”
4:01:08 P.M. H. Res. 359 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:01:11 P.M. H. Res. 359 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 359.
4:15:53 P.M. H. Res. 359 On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:16:00 P.M. H. Res. 359 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:21:19 P.M. H.R. 469 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 577H.R. 469 — “To impose certain limitations on consent decrees and settlement agreements by agencies that require the agencies to take regulatory action in accordance with the terms thereof, and for other purposes.”
4:21:24 P.M. H.R. 469 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 469 and H.R. 732. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. Rule provides for one hour of general debate for H.R. 469. The rule also provides for consideration of amendments printed in part A of the report. The rule provides for one hour of general debate for H.R. 732. The rule provides for consideration of amendments printe in part B of the report.
4:21:43 P.M. H.R. 469 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 577 and Rule XVIII.
4:21:43 P.M. H.R. 469 The Speaker designated the Honorable John J. Duncan, Jr. to act as Chairman of the Committee.
4:22:18 P.M. H.R. 469 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 469.
5:02:46 P.M. H.R. 469 An amendment, offered by Mr. Collins (GA), numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-363 to clarify the application of 5 USC 552a (The Privacy Act) to the bill.
5:02:48 P.M. H.R. 469 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 577, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Collins (GA) amendment No. 1.
5:08:22 P.M. H.R. 469 On agreeing to the Collins (GA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:08:43 P.M. H.R. 469 An amendment, offered by Mr. Conyers, numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 115-363 to call for exception for consent decrees or settlement agreements relating to the enforcement of civil rights laws.
5:08:44 P.M. H.R. 469 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 577, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Conyers amendment No. 2.
5:15:36 P.M. H.R. 469 On agreeing to the Conyers amendment; Failed by voice vote.
5:15:59 P.M. H.R. 469 An amendment, offered by Mr. Johnson (GA), numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 115-363 to exempt any consent decree or covered settlement agreement pertaining to a deadline established by Congress to significantly improve access to high-speed broadband in under-served markets, such as low-income and rural communities; and to facilitate economic development in locations without sufficient access to such service.
5:16:00 P.M. H.R. 469 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 577, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Johnson (GA) amendment No. 3.
5:24:35 P.M. H.R. 469 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Johnson (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Johnson (GA) demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:25:13 P.M. H.R. 469 The Committee rose informally.
5:25:40 P.M. H.R. 469 Subsequently, the Committee resumed its sitting.
5:26:18 P.M. H.R. 469 An amendment, offered by Mr. McEachin, numbered 4 printed in Part A of House Report 115-363 to exempt any consent decree or settlement agreement pertaining to the improvement or maintenance of air or water quality.
5:26:20 P.M. H.R. 469 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 577, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McEachin amendment No. 4.
5:32:39 P.M. H.R. 469 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the McEachin amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. McEachin demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:33:13 P.M. H.R. 469 An amendment, offered by Mr. Cartwright, numbered 6 printed in Part A of House Report 115-363 to create additional exception for consent decrees or settlement agreements entered into pursuant to Meese Policy (28 C.F.R. Sec. 0.160-0.163 (2017)).
5:33:14 P.M. H.R. 469 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 577, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cartwright amendment No. 6.
5:39:28 P.M. H.R. 469 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 a time to be announced.
5:39:54 P.M. H.R. 469 UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on adoption of amendments, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:06:17 P.M. H.R. 469 On agreeing to the Johnson (GA) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 185 – 231 (Roll no. 585).
6:10:39 P.M. H.R. 469 On agreeing to the McEachin amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 187 – 226 (Roll no. 586).
6:15:23 P.M. H.R. 469 On agreeing to the Cartwright amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 186 – 232 (Roll no. 587).
6:15:53 P.M. H.R. 469 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 469.
6:16:21 P.M. H.R. 469 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
6:16:52 P.M. H.R. 469 The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
6:28:07 P.M. H.R. 469 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 234 – 187 (Roll no. 588).
6:28:08 P.M. H.R. 469 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:29:36 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
6:55:05 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:32:56 P.M. Mr. Butterfield moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:33:04 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:33:05 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on October 26, 2017.

House Activity 10/24/2017 

10:00:03 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:13 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Trey Hollingsworth to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:29 A.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.
10:49:21 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 October 24.
12:00:09 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner, Temple Emanu-El, Closter, NJ
12:01:43 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:47 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Kildee to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:04:07 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.
12:15:16 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Jeff Duncan. Mr. Duncan (SC) submitted his resignation from the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security. The resignation was accepted without objection.
12:15:54 P.M. H. Res. 579 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 579 — “Electing a Member to a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives.”
12:16:04 P.M. H. Res. 579 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
12:16:09 P.M. H. Res. 579 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:16:11 P.M. H. Res. 577 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 577 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 469) to impose certain limitations on consent decrees and settlement agreements by agencies that require the agencies to take regulatory action in accordance with the terms thereof, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 732) to limit donations made pursuant to settlement agreements to which the United States is a party, and for other purposes.”
12:20:30 P.M. H. Res. 577 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 577.
1:38:07 P.M. H. Res. 577 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 228 – 189 (Roll no. 572).
1:45:21 P.M. H. Res. 577 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 227 – 190 (Roll no. 573).
1:45:23 P.M. H. Res. 577 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:45:45 P.M. MOMENT OF SILENCE – The House observed a moment of silence for the victims of the wildfires in California.
1:49:02 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 2142, as amended which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
1:49:03 P.M. H.R. 2142 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2142 — “To improve the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to interdict fentanyl, other synthetic opioids, and other narcotics and psychoactive substances that are illegally imported into the United States, and for other purposes.”
1:56:37 P.M. H.R. 2142 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 412 – 3 (Roll no. 574).
1:56:38 P.M. H.R. 2142 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:56:39 P.M. H.R. 469 ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. Collins(GA) asked unanimous consent that during consideration of H.R. 469, pursuant to H. Res. 577, the amendment at the desk be in order in lieu of the amendment printed in part A of House Report 115-363 and numbered 2. Agreed to without objection
1:58:13 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
1:58:28 P.M. H.R. 3972 Mr. Barr moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3972 — “To clarify that family offices and family clients are accredited investors, and for other purposes.”
1:58:41 P.M. H.R. 3972 Considered under suspension of the rules.
1:58:43 P.M. H.R. 3972 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3972.
2:11:14 P.M. H.R. 3972 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:11:16 P.M. H.R. 3972 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:11:31 P.M. H.R. 3898 Mr. Barr moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3898 — “To require the Secretary of the Treasury to place conditions on certain accounts at United States financial institutions with respect to North Korea, and for other purposes.”
2:11:47 P.M. H.R. 3898 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:11:49 P.M. H.R. 3898 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3898.
2:50:08 P.M. H.R. 3898 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.
2:50:53 P.M. H.R. 3101 Mr. McCaul moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3101 — “To enhance cybersecurity information sharing and coordination at ports in the United States, and for other purposes.”
2:51:09 P.M. H.R. 3101 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:51:11 P.M. H.R. 3101 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3101.
3:02:59 P.M. H.R. 3101 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:03:02 P.M. H.R. 3101 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:03:41 P.M. H.R. 732 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 577H.R. 732 — “To limit donations made pursuant to settlement agreements to which the United States is a party, and for other purposes.”
3:03:46 P.M. H.R. 732 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 469 and H.R. 732. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. Rule provides for one hour of general debate for H.R. 469. The rule also provides for consideration of amendments printed in part A of the report. The rule provides for one hour of general debate for H.R. 732. The rule provides for consideration of amendments printe in part B of the report.
3:04:11 P.M. H.R. 732 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 577 and Rule XVIII.
3:04:12 P.M. H.R. 732 The Speaker designated the Honorable Frank D. Lucas to act as Chairman of the Committee.
3:04:35 P.M. H.R. 732 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 732.
4:07:01 P.M. H.R. 732 An amendment, offered by Mr. Goodlatte, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 115-363 to prohibit Cy Pres distributions in cases where money is simply left over and the settlement contains no specific provision on its disposition. Amendment also clarifies that payments made must not only be remedial but must actually go to the victims who suffered the injury.
4:07:03 P.M. H.R. 732 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 577, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Goodlatte amendment No. 1.
4:13:34 P.M. H.R. 732 On agreeing to the Goodlatte amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:13:58 P.M. H.R. 732 An amendment, offered by Mr. Cohen, numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 115-363 to exempt settlement agreements based on race, religion, national origin, or any other protected category.
4:14:02 P.M. H.R. 732 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 577, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cohen amendment No. 2.
4:18:50 P.M. H.R. 732 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Cohen amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Johnson (LA) demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:20:07 P.M. H.R. 732 An amendment, offered by Mr. Johnson (GA), numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 115-363 to exempt a settlement agreement that directs funds to remediate the indirect harms caused by the manipulation of emission standards on automobiles.
4:20:09 P.M. H.R. 732 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 577, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Johnson (GA) amendment No. 3.
4:28:33 P.M. H.R. 732 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Johnson (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Johnson (LA) demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:29:09 P.M. H.R. 732 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 115-363 to exempt settlement agreements that pertain to providing restitution for a State.
4:29:10 P.M. H.R. 732 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 577, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 4.
4:37:25 P.M. H.R. 732 POSTPONED 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 a time to be announced.
4:38:23 P.M. H.R. 732 An amendment, offered by Mr. Cicilline, numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 115-363 to exempt settlements in relation to the predatory or fraudulent conduct involving residential mortgage-backed securities.
4:38:24 P.M. H.R. 732 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 577, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cicilline amendment No. 5.
4:46:16 P.M. H.R. 732 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Cicilline amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Cicilline demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:46:58 P.M. H.R. 732 An amendment, offered by Mr. Conyers, numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 115-363 to exempt settlements that direct funds to remedy the indirect harms of unlawful conduct resulting in an increase in the amount of lead in public drinking water.
4:46:59 P.M. H.R. 732 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 577, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Conyers amendment No. 6.
4:55:34 P.M. H.R. 732 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Conyers amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Conyers demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:22:29 P.M. H.R. 732 On agreeing to the Cohen amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 187 – 233 (Roll no. 575).
5:27:30 P.M. H.R. 732 On agreeing to the Johnson (GA) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 183 – 235, 1 Present (Roll no. 576).
5:31:53 P.M. H.R. 732 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 185 – 234 (Roll no. 577).
5:36:56 P.M. H.R. 732 On agreeing to the Cicilline amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 189 – 231 (Roll no. 578).
5:41:02 P.M. H.R. 732 On agreeing to the Conyers amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 191 – 229 (Roll no. 579).
5:41:33 P.M. H.R. 732 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 732.
5:42:02 P.M. H.R. 732 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
5:42:15 P.M. H.R. 732 The House adopted the amendment as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
5:48:51 P.M. H.R. 732 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 238 – 183 (Roll no. 580).
5:48:52 P.M. H.R. 732 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:48:57 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 3898, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
5:49:10 P.M. H.R. 3898 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3898 — “To require the Secretary of the Treasury to place conditions on certain accounts at United States financial institutions with respect to North Korea, and for other purposes.”
5:54:51 P.M. H.R. 3898 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 415 – 2 (Roll no. 581).
5:54:52 P.M. H.R. 3898 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:54:55 P.M. H.R. 3898 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
5:55:39 P.M. Mr. Sessions filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 580.
5:56:20 P.M. ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP – Mr. Mullin asked unanimous consent that he may hereafter be considered as the first sponsor of H.R. 3545, a bill originally introduced by Representative Murphy (PA), for the purpose of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.
5:57:23 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
6:16:52 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
7:55:54 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
7:56:01 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
7:56:02 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 25, 2017.

House Activity 10/23/2017

12:00:20 P.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.12:00:24 P.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable David Kustoff to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.12:00:35 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.12:13:51 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.2:00:11 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 23.2:00:19 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.2:01:31 P.M.SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Poe (TX) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Poe (TX) demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.2:02:06 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Comer to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.2:02:43 P.M.ADJUSTMENT OF WHOLE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentleman for Pennsylvania, Mr. Murphy, the whole number of the House is 433.2:02:57 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 received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on October 19, 2017, at 12:11 p.m.: that the Senate passed H.R. 2989 without amendment.2:03:27 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 received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on October 20, 2017, at 3:28 p.m.: that the Senate passed H. Con. Res. 71 with an amendment.2:03:52 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.2:11:18 P.M.The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification continuing the national emergency with respect to the situation in, or in relation to, the Democratic Republic of Congo. – referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-72).2:12:51 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 4:30 p.m. today.4:31:22 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 23.4:31:39 P.M.The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.4:31:50 P.M.H.R. 4038Mr. McCaul moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 4038 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reassert article I authorities over the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.”4:32:22 P.M.H.R. 4038Considered under suspension of the rules.4:32:24 P.M.H.R. 4038DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4038.4:38:39 P.M.H.R. 4038On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.4:38:41 P.M.H.R. 4038Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.4:39:11 P.M.H.R. 3328Mr. Katko moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3328 — “To require a study regarding security measures and equipment at Cuba’s airports, require the standardization of Federal Air Marshal Service agreements, require efforts to raise international aviation security standards, and for other purposes.”4:39:13 P.M.H.R. 3328Considered under suspension of the rules.4:39:14 P.M.H.R. 3328DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3328.4:51:24 P.M.H.R. 3328On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.4:51:25 P.M.H.R. 3328Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.4:52:28 P.M.H.R. 3551Ms. McSally moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3551— “To amend the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 to reauthorize the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program, and for other purposes.”4:52:42 P.M.H.R. 3551Considered under suspension of the rules.4:52:43 P.M.H.R. 3551DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3551.5:00:12 P.M.H.R. 3551At 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.5:00:15 P.M.S. 504Ms. McSally moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 504 — “To permanently authorize the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Program.”5:00:48 P.M.S. 504Considered under suspension of the rules.5:00:49 P.M.S. 504DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 504.5:06:21 P.M.S. 504At 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.5:07:18 P.M.H.R. 2142Mr. Fitzpatrick moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2142 — “To improve the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to interdict fentanyl, other synthetic opioids, and other narcotics and psychoactive substances that are illegally imported into the United States, and for other purposes.”5:07:20 P.M.H.R. 2142Considered under suspension of the rules.5:07:22 P.M.H.R. 2142DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2142.5:16:04 P.M.H.R. 2142At 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.5:17:03 P.M.H.R. 4010Mr. Issa moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4010 — “To amend the Revised Statutes of the United States and title 28, United States Code, to enhance compliance with requests for information pursuant to legislative power under Article I of the Constitution, and for other purposes.”5:17:04 P.M.H.R. 4010Considered under suspension of the rules.5:17:06 P.M.H.R. 4010DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4010.5:29:18 P.M.H.R. 4010On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.5:29:20 P.M.H.R. 4010Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:29:46 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 p.m. today.6:30:01 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 23.6:30:07 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of motions to suspend the rules, which had been debated earlier, and on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal, which further proceedings had been postponed.6:30:46 P.M.H.R. 3551Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3551 — “To amend the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 to reauthorize the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program, and for other purposes.”6:54:42 P.M.H.R. 3551On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 402 – 1 (Roll no. 569).6:54:43 P.M.H.R. 3551Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.6:54:49 P.M.S. 504Considered as unfinished business. S. 504 — “To permanently authorize the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Program.”7:02:20 P.M.S. 504On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 401 – 2 (Roll no. 570).7:02:21 P.M.S. 504Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.7:10:19 P.M.On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 236 – 158, 2 Present (Roll no. 571).7:10:38 P.M.Mr. Collins (GA) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 577.7:11:32 P.M.Ms. Cheney filed a report from the Committee on Natural Resources on H. Res. 555.7:13:17 P.M.MOMENT OF SILENCE – The House observed a moment of silence in memory of Jerry Kleczka.7:14:18 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.7:31:04 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.8:31:56 P.M.Mr. Veasey moved that the House do now adjourn.8:32:11 P.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.8:32:12 P.M.The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 24, 2017.

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of the NMAAHC


Transforming Dance around the World

Lonnie G. Bunch III, museum director, historian, lecturer, and author, is proud to present A Page from Our American Stories, a regular on-line series for friends of the Museum. It showcases individuals and events in the African American experience, placing these stories in the context of a larger story—our American story.

Transforming Dance around the World

Portrait of Alvin Ailey, 1962

Portrait of Alvin Ailey, 1962

“Each movement is the sum total of moments and experiences.” These are the words of dance legend Alvin Ailey. The “moments and experiences” he expressed through his decades-long dance career reflected the African American journey, changed modern dance, and revolutionized African American participation in the art form.

Ailey was born in 1931 in Rodgers, Texas, during the Great Depression. Although he left the area for Los Angeles in 1942, his earliest experiences in rural Texas—from juke joints and his Southern Baptist church, to living with a survivalist mentality during the Jim Crow era—would go on to feature prominently in his work.

As a teenager in Los Angeles, Ailey was highly athletic, but didn’t find his primary mode of self-expression until he discovered dance. In 1949, classmate and future collaborator Carmen De Lavallade introduced him to the dance studio of renowned dancer Lester Horton. Horton’s studio heavily influenced Ailey’s lifelong emphasis on running a progressive, multiracial studio with a keen focus on research, preparation, and production values in lighting, music, costumes, and storytelling.

At first, Ailey resisted committing himself to the field and attended three different colleges before immersing himself in dance. By 1954, he moved to New York and just four years later founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, a dance company with a vision that would transform African American involvement in modern dance:

“The cultural heritage of the American Negro is one of America’s richest treasures. From his roots as a slave, the American Negro—sometimes sorrowing, sometimes jubilant but always hopeful—has touched, illuminated, and influenced the most preserves of world civilization. I and my dance theater celebrate this trembling beauty.”

– Alvin Ailey

Revelations

Revelations, 1961

In 1960, Ailey mesmerized the dance world with his masterpiece “Revelations.” It told the African American story from slavery to freedom and remains the best-known and most-performed work of modern dance today. Ailey was immediately recognized for his talent, and his dance company performed for eager audiences throughout the United States and around the world.

In 1962, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater toured the Far East, Southeast Asia, and Australia as part of President John F. Kennedy’s “President’s Special International Program for Cultural Presentations.” Other groundbreaking tours included countries for which the United States sought to build relationships, such as a 10-country tour of Africa for the State Department in 1967, the USSR in 1970, and China in 1985. In addition, it performed at the White House for Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter, as well as at memorable engagements like opening of the famed Studio 54, the Opening Ceremonies of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, and at 3:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day for the Prince of Morocco in 1978. Not surprisingly, the company gained the nickname “Cultural Ambassador to the World.”

Even with extensive travel, Ailey never strayed far from his roots. As his company embraced greater diversity and invited interracial perspectives into its performances, Ailey never lost his commitment to the African American community. In 1969, he established the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, which became the Ailey School; formed the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble; and pioneered programs promoting arts in education, particularly those that benefitted underserved communities.

Alvin Ailey Dancing

Rainbow Round My Shoulder

His artistic range included ballets, modern dances, and productions for television and musical theater. Ailey’s talents and contributions to the dance world earned him the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP, a Kennedy Center Honor, several honorary doctorates, the Samuel H. Scripps Award of the American Dance Festival for Lifetime Achievement, and the United Nations Peace Medal.

Ailey made an immeasurable impact around the world of dance. By weaving African American themes into his dances, he ushered in a new era of concert dance. In 2014, President Barack Obama selected Ailey to be a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Today, his influence prevails in a body of work that continues to be performed more than 50 years later and a dance theater company that continues to flourish.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is honored to possess the Jack Mitchell Ailey Collection. The collection is comprised of approximately 10,000 black and white negatives, 600 contact sheets, 1,300 color slides and transparencies, and 350 black and white prints that tell the story of Alvin Ailey and his lasting impact on American dance culture.

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Lonnie G. Bunch III
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