2001 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would implement minimum federal election standards and provide funding to help states modernize their voting systems.


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On the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that effectively settled the 2000 presidential election, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation that would implement minimum federal election standards and provide funding to help states modernize their voting systems.

The bipartisan legislation would provide $2.65 billion in funding, including $400 million to replace punch card voting systems like the ones used in much of Florida last year. Several of those systems were the source of intense controversy, because of confusion and disagreement over what constituted a vote on the punch cards.

The bill passed by a vote of 362 to 63. It now heads to the Senate, where Democrats and Republicans have been negotiating an election reform measure of their own. Differences between House and Senate versions of the legislation would have to be resolved before a bill can be sent to President Bush for his signature.

White House Spokesman Ari Fleischer said Wednesday that Bush supports the legislation and considers it “a positive step forward.”
House Administration Committee Chairman Bob Ney, R-Ohio, and ranking member Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, crafted the measure after previous efforts at reform legislation faltered.

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U.S. Constitution – Article 2


U.S. Constitution – Article 2 Section 2

Article 2 – The Executive Branch
Section 2 – Civilian Power Over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

U.S. Constitution – Article 2 Section 3

Article 2 – The Executive Branch
Section 3 – State of the Union, Convening Congress

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

U.S. Constitution – Article 2 Section 4

Article 2 – The Executive Branch
Section 4 – Disqualification

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

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1870 – Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black lawmaker to be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.



“Hon. Joseph Haynes Rainey of S.C.” portrait. Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection.

 

Joseph Hayne Rainey was an American politician. He was the first black person to serve in the United States House of Representatives, the second black person to serve in the United States Congress and the first black presiding officer of the House of Representatives. Born into slavery in South Carolina, he was freed in the 1840s by his father purchasing the freedom of his entire family and himself.  He was also a Republican …  of the 1800’s

“I am contented to be what I am, so long as I have my rights.” -Joseph Rainey

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Dec 12, 1912 – The Mother’s Day International Association was incorporated with the purpose of furthering meaningful observations of Mother’s Day.


The first Mother’s Day proclamation was issued by the governor of West Virginia in 1910. Oklahoma celebrated Mother’s Day that year as well.

By 1911 every state had its own observances. By then other areas celebrating Mother’s Day included Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, South America and Africa.

The Mother’s Day International Association was incorporated on December 12, 1912, with the purpose of furthering meaningful observations of Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium. The day is used by children and husbands to honor mothers and grandmothers for all that they do in raising children.