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the senate April 9-12 CONGRESS 2018 the house


April 12, 2018 Wrap Up for Thursday, April 12 2018
April 11, 2018 Wrap Up for Wednesday, April 11 2018
April 10, 2018 Wrap Up for Tuesday, April 10, 2018
April 9, 2018 Wrap Up for Monday, April 9, 2018

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House Activity 4/12/2018

10:00:06 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:12 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Steve Chabot to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:37 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.
11:02:50 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. today.
12:00:31 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 12.
12:00:35 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:50 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. Newhouse 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. Newhouse objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.
12:01:56 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mrs. Roby to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:17 P.M. MOMENT OF SILENCE – The Chair asks that the House observe a moment of silence in honor of those who have been killed or wounded in service to our country and all those who serve and their families.
12:02:49 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.
12:27:54 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
12:28:50 P.M. H.J. Res. 2 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the resolution. H.J. Res. 2 — “Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
12:29:00 P.M. H.J. Res. 2 Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:29:02 P.M. H.J. Res. 2 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 811, the House proceeded with 4 hours of debate on H.J. Res. 2.
4:41:33 P.M. H.J. Res. 2 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.
4:41:35 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Norma J. Torres. Mrs. Torres submitted her resignation from the Committee on Natural Resources. The resignation was accepted without objection.
4:42:27 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
5:00:24 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 12.
5:00:26 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.J. Res. 2, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
5:01:30 P.M. H.J. Res. 2 Considered as unfinished business. H.J. Res. 2 — “Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
5:30:17 P.M. H.J. Res. 2 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the resolution Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 233 – 184 (Roll no. 138).
5:31:39 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. The Clerk transmitted to the House a facsimile copy of the Certificate of Election received from the Honorable Tom Wolf, the Governor of Pennsylvania and the Honorable Robert Torres, the Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth, indicating that, at the Special Election held on March 13, 2018, the Honorable Conor Lamb was duly elected Representative in Congress for the 18th Congressional District, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
5:32:10 P.M. ADMINISTERING THE OATH OF OFFICE – Representative-elect Conor Lamb from the Eighteenth Congressional District, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, presented himself in the well of the House to take the Oath of Office administered by the Speaker of the House.
5:40:01 P.M. ADJUSTED WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the administration of the Oath of Office to the Gentleman from Pennsylvania, the whole number of the House is 430.
5:40:15 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and put the question de novo.
5:40:36 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.
5:43:37 P.M. H.R. 3336 ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP – Ms. Velazquez asked unanimous consent that she may hereafter be considered as the first sponsor of H.R. 3336, a bill originally introduced by former Representative Conyers, for purposes of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.
5:44:43 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
6:01:56 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
7:28:00 P.M. Mr. Green, Al moved that the House do now adjourn.
7:28:53 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
7:28:54 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on April 13, 2018.

House Activity 4/11/2018

10:00:10 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:13 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Don Bacon to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:51 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.
10:31:52 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:06 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 11.
12:00:24 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Chaplain Scott Foust, U.S. Air Force, Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
12:01:36 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. Thompson (PA) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Thompson (PA) objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.
12:02:04 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Higgins of NY to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:26 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.
12:02:27 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 had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on April 11, 2018 at 10:56 a.m.: That the Senate agreed S. Res. 455.
12:16:05 P.M. H. Res. 814 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 814 — “Electing a Member to a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives.”
12:16:36 P.M. H. Res. 814 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
12:16:44 P.M. H. Res. 814 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:17:41 P.M. H. Res. 811 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 811 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4790) to amend the Volcker rule to give the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System sole rulemaking authority, to exclude community banks from the requirements of the Volcker rule, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.”
12:19:38 P.M. H. Res. 811 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 811.
12:53:32 P.M. H. Res. 811 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 811, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. McGovern demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.
12:53:44 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
1:40:53 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 11.
1:40:56 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on ordering the previous question to H. Res. 811, which had been debated earlier and on which furhter proceedings had been postponed.
1:41:13 P.M. H. Res. 811 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 811 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4790) to amend the Volcker rule to give the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System sole rulemaking authority, to exclude community banks from the requirements of the Volcker rule, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.”
2:06:48 P.M. H. Res. 811 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 231 – 186 (Roll no. 133).
2:16:42 P.M. H. Res. 811 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 230 – 184 (Roll no. 134).
2:16:44 P.M. H. Res. 811 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:16:50 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and put the question de novo.
2:17:03 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.
2:18:03 P.M. H. Res. 816 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 816 — “Electing a Member to a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives.”
2:18:48 P.M. H. Res. 816 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
2:18:51 P.M. H. Res. 816 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:20:53 P.M. H.R. 4293 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 780H.R. 4293 — “To reform the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review process, the Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test process, and for other purposes.”
2:20:58 P.M. H.R. 4293 The resolution provides for one hour of debate on each measure. The rule provides for H.R. 4061 and H.R. 4293 to be considered under closed rules.
2:22:00 P.M. H.R. 4293 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 4293.
3:15:51 P.M. H.R. 4293 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
3:16:22 P.M. H.R. 4293 Ms. Waters, Maxine moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Financial Services.
3:16:46 P.M. H.R. 4293 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Maxine Waters motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment to require stronger semi-annual stress tests for any global systemically important bank holding company or subsidiary that has engaged in a pattern of unsafe banking practices or any other violations related to consumer harm.
3:24:24 P.M. H.R. 4293 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
3:24:35 P.M. H.R. 4293 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Maxine Waters motion to recommit with instructions, the Chair put the question on the motion to recommit and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Maxine Waters demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion to recommit until later in the legislative day.
3:24:54 P.M. H.R. 4061 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 780H.R. 4061 — “To amend the Financial Stability Act of 2010 to improve the transparency of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, to improve the SIFI designation process, and for other purposes.”
3:24:59 P.M. H.R. 4061 The resolution provides for one hour of debate on each measure. The rule provides for H.R. 4061 and H.R. 4293 to be considered under closed rules.
3:26:05 P.M. H.R. 4061 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 4061.
4:26:20 P.M. H.R. 4061 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
4:54:26 P.M. H.R. 4061 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 297 – 121 (Roll no. 135).
4:54:28 P.M. H.R. 4061 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:54:36 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the motion to recommit on H.R. 4293, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:55:22 P.M. H.R. 4293 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4293 — “To reform the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review process, the Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test process, and for other purposes.”
5:02:21 P.M. H.R. 4293 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 188 – 231 (Roll no. 136).
5:10:18 P.M. H.R. 4293 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 245 – 174 (Roll no. 137).
5:10:19 P.M. H.R. 4293 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:12:01 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:25:10 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
7:43:26 P.M. Mrs. Maloney, Carolyn B. moved that the House do now adjourn
7:43:41 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
7:43:42 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on April 12, 2018.

House Activity 4/10/2018

12:00:07 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:14 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Mimi Walters to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:28 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.
12:12:40 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:17 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 10.
2:00:19 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Sam Smucker, Worship Center, Lancaster, PA
2:01:32 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. Smucker 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. Smucker objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.
2:02:10 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Smucker to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:02:32 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:09:37 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 4:45 p.m. today.
5:00:37 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 10.
5:00:43 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
5:01:02 P.M. H.R. 4921 Mr. Mitchell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4921— “To require the Surface Board of Transportation to implement certain recommendations of the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation.”
5:01:04 P.M. H.R. 4921 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:01:06 P.M. H.R. 4921 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4921.
5:04:19 P.M. H.R. 4921 At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Mitchell 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.
5:05:06 P.M. H.R. 4925 Mr. Mitchell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 4925 — “To require the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration to implement certain recommendations for management and collection of railroad safety data.”
5:05:17 P.M. H.R. 4925 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:05:19 P.M. H.R. 4925 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4925.
5:10:38 P.M. H.R. 4925 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:10:40 P.M. H.R. 4925 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:13:00 P.M. H. Res. 128 Mr. Smith (NJ) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 128 — “Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.”
5:13:02 P.M. H. Res. 128 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:13:04 P.M. H. Res. 128 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 128.
5:43:24 P.M. H. Res. 128 On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:43:30 P.M. H. Res. 128 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:45:46 P.M. H.R. 2219 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2219 — “To increase the role of the financial industry in combating human trafficking.”
5:45:59 P.M. H.R. 2219 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:46:01 P.M. H.R. 2219 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2219.
6:12:44 P.M. H.R. 2219 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
6:14:04 P.M. H.R. 4203 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4203 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, with regard to stalking.”
6:14:07 P.M. H.R. 4203 Considered under suspension of the rules.
6:14:09 P.M. H.R. 4203 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4203.
6:29:38 P.M. H.R. 4203 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
6:30:20 P.M. Mr. Sessions filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 811.
6:30:21 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 April 10, 2018 at 12:22 p.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 3445, without an amendment and H.R. 3979, without an amendment.
6:31:50 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:32:01 P.M. H.R. 2219 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2219 — “To increase the role of the financial industry in combating human trafficking.”
6:57:54 P.M. H.R. 2219 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 408 – 2 (Roll no. 130).
6:57:55 P.M. H.R. 2219 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:58:12 P.M. H.R. 4203 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4203 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, with regard to stalking.”
7:06:40 P.M. H.R. 4203 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 409 – 2 (Roll no. 131).
7:06:45 P.M. H.R. 4203 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:06:46 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on approving the Speaker’s approval of the Journal of the last day’s proceedings, which the Chair put de novo.
7:14:57 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 231 – 166, 1 Present (Roll no. 132).
7:15:05 P.M. H.R. 4921 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4921 — “To require the Surface Board of Transportation to implement certain recommendations of the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation.”
7:15:35 P.M. H.R. 4921 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
7:15:38 P.M. H.R. 4921 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:15:41 P.M. H.R. 4921 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
7:16:00 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:36:35 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:36:01 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:36:09 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:36:10 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on April 11, 2018.

House Activity 4/9/2018

11:00:02 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
11:00:25 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Barbara Comstock to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
11:00:37 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Vincent DeRosa, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Washington DC.
11:01:34 A.M. SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 2(a) of H. Res. 796, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
11:01:43 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
11:02:53 A.M.

The House received a communication from Representative Farenthold wherein he resigned as a member of the House of Representatives effective at 5:00 p.m. on April 6, 2018.

10:00:06 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:12 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Steve Chabot to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:37 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.
11:02:50 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. today.
12:00:31 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 12.
12:00:35 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:50 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. Newhouse 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. Newhouse objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.
12:01:56 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mrs. Roby to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:17 P.M. MOMENT OF SILENCE – The Chair asks that the House observe a moment of silence in honor of those who have been killed or wounded in service to our country and all those who serve and their families.
12:02:49 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.
12:27:54 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
12:28:50 P.M. H.J. Res. 2 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the resolution. H.J. Res. 2 — “Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
12:29:00 P.M. H.J. Res. 2 Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:29:02 P.M. H.J. Res. 2 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 811, the House proceeded with 4 hours of debate on H.J. Res. 2.
4:41:33 P.M. H.J. Res. 2 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.
4:41:35 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Norma J. Torres. Mrs. Torres submitted her resignation from the Committee on Natural Resources. The resignation was accepted without objection.
4:42:27 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
5:00:24 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 12.
5:00:26 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.J. Res. 2, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
5:01:30 P.M. H.J. Res. 2 Considered as unfinished business. H.J. Res. 2 — “Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
5:30:17 P.M. H.J. Res. 2 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the resolution Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 233 – 184 (Roll no. 138).
5:31:39 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. The Clerk transmitted to the House a facsimile copy of the Certificate of Election received from the Honorable Tom Wolf, the Governor of Pennsylvania and the Honorable Robert Torres, the Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth, indicating that, at the Special Election held on March 13, 2018, the Honorable Conor Lamb was duly elected Representative in Congress for the 18th Congressional District, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
5:32:10 P.M. ADMINISTERING THE OATH OF OFFICE – Representative-elect Conor Lamb from the Eighteenth Congressional District, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, presented himself in the well of the House to take the Oath of Office administered by the Speaker of the House.
5:40:01 P.M. ADJUSTED WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the administration of the Oath of Office to the Gentleman from Pennsylvania, the whole number of the House is 430.
5:40:15 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and put the question de novo.
5:40:36 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.
5:43:37 P.M. H.R. 3336 ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP – Ms. Velazquez asked unanimous consent that she may hereafter be considered as the first sponsor of H.R. 3336, a bill originally introduced by former Representative Conyers, for purposes of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.
5:44:43 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
6:01:56 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
7:28:00 P.M. Mr. Green, Al moved that the House do now adjourn.
7:28:53 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
7:28:54 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on April 13, 2018.
11:03:34 A.M.

WHOLE NUMBER OF HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of Rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentleman from Texas, Mr. Farenthold, the whole number of the House is 429.

WHOLE NUMBER OF HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of Rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentleman from Texas, Mr. Farenthold, the whole number of the House is 429.
11:03:36 A.M.

The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 2(b) of H. Res. 796. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on April 10, 2018.

The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 2(b) of H. Res. 796. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on April 10, 2018.