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The GOP theme song in 2013


Dear MoveOn member,

Thanks to House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican caucus, the “Do-Nothing Congress” was so awful this year that I decided it deserved its own theme song.

Check it out:

I had fun putting together this video—which also calls out some uplifting wins MoveOn members and other progressives were able to achieve this year despite the “Do-Nothing Congress.” I hope you’ll take just a minute to watch and, if you enjoy it, pass it on.

Thanks for all you do—and all the best in 2014.

Robert Reich

Congress .. .meets debates votes … debt ceiling 8/1


The Senate Convened at  10:30amET August 1, 2011

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.627, the legislative vehicle for the debt limit increase.
  • The Senate will recess from 11:00am until 12:30pm to accommodate a Democratic caucus meeting.
  • At 12:30pm, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to concur with respect to the House message to S.627 with the time until 2:00pm equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Senator Rockefeller asked unanimous consent the Senate pass H.R.2533 with a Rockefeller-Hutchison amendment, which is at the desk and is a clean extension of the Federal Aviation Administration. Senator Hatch objected to Senator Rockefeller’s request.

Senator Hatch then asked unanimous consent the Senate pass H.R.2533, as passed by the House, which includes policy riders and with a Hatch amendment, which adds the House language regarding National Mediation Board. Senator Rockefeller objected to Senator Hatch’s request.

The Senate has reached a unanimous consent agreement to conduct a roll call vote at 12:00pm on Tuesday, August 2nd on the Reid motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.365, the legislative vehicle for the debt limit increase with a 60-vote threshold.

 The details of the agreement are below.

 When the Chair lays before the body the House message to accompany S.365 on Tuesday August 2nd, the Majority Leader will be recognized to move to concur in the House amendments with the time until noon for debate on the motion to concur, equally divided, between the two Leaders, or their designees. At noon, the Senate will proceed to vote on the Reid motion to concur; the motion to concur will be subject to a 60 vote threshold; no amendments, points of order or other motions will be in order to the message prior to the vote.

 For the information of all Senators, it is the Majority Leader’s intention to have the Chair lay before the Senate the House Message to accompany S.365 at 9:30am, Tuesday, August 2nd.

Passed S.1466 Faster FOIA Act of 2011

Passed H.R.2715, a bill to provide the Consumer Product Safety Commission with greater authority and discretion in enforcing the consumer product safety laws.

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF AUGUST 1, 2011
112TH CONGRESS – FIRST SESSION


7:36 P.M. – SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches, without prejudice to the possible return to legislative business.

7:34 P.M. – Mr. Poe (TX) asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Monday, August 1, 2011, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Agreed to without objection.

7:33 P.M. – Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China – Pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 6913, and the order of the House of January 5, 2011, the Speaker appointed Mr. Smith, New Jersey, Chairman .

H.R. 2480:
to amend title 5, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Administrative Conference of the United States for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014, and for other purposes 

7:32 P.M. – On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 382 – 23(Roll no. 691).Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

7:16 P.M. – Considered as unfinished business.

H. Con. Res. 70:
Correcting the enrollment ofS. 365 

7:15 P.M. – Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

Considered as privileged matter.

S. 365:
to make a technical amendment to the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 

7:08 P.M. – Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.On passage Passed by recorded vote: 269 – 161(Roll no. 690).

6:49 P.M. – Call of the House Quorum responded: 419 present(Roll no. 689).

S. 365:
to make a technical amendment to the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 

6:26 P.M. – The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

5:01 P.M. – DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate onS. 365.

5:00 P.M. – Rule provides for consideration ofS. 365with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. The amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted. All points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived.Considered under the provisions of ruleH. Res. 384.

4:59 P.M. – On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 304 – 115, 1 Present(Roll no. 688).

4:47 P.M. – UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal which further proceedings had been postponed.

H. Res. 384:
providing for consideration of the bill (S. 365) to make a technical amendment to the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 249 – 178(Roll no. 687).

4:31 P.M. – On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 242 – 184(Roll no. 686).

2:57 P.M. – DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate onH. Res. 384.Considered as privileged matter.

2:54 P.M. – Mr. Dreier filed a report from the Committee on Rules onH. Res. 384.

H.R. 1933:
to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the requirements for admission of nonimmigrant nurses in health professional shortage areas 

2:53 P.M. – Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 407 – 17(Roll no. 685).

2:45 P.M. – Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 398:
to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to toll, during active-duty service abroad in the Armed Forces, the periods of time to file a petition and appear for an interview to remove the conditional basis for permanent resident status, and for other purposes 

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 426 – 0(Roll no. 684).

2:27 P.M. – Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 2715:
to provide the Consumer Product Safety Commission with greater authority and discretion in enforcing the consumer product safety laws, and for other purposes 

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 421 – 2(Roll no. 683).

2:02 P.M. – Considered as unfinished business.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of August 1.

1:10 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

H.R. 2715:
to provide the Consumer Product Safety Commission with greater authority and discretion in enforcing the consumer product safety laws, and for other purposes 

1:09 P.M. – 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.

12:49 P.M. – DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate onH.R. 2715.Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mrs. Bono Mack moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

H.R. 2480:
to amend title 5, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Administrative Conference of the United States for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014, and for other purposes 

12:47 P.M. – 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.

12:39 P.M. – DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate onH.R. 2480.Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H.R. 1933:
to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the requirements for admission of nonimmigrant nurses in health professional shortage areas 

12:38 P.M. – 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.

12:33 P.M. – DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate onH.R. 1933.Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H.R. 398:
to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to toll, during active-duty service abroad in the Armed Forces, the periods of time to file a petition and appear for an interview to remove the conditional basis for permanent resident status, and for other purposes 

12:32 P.M. – 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.

12:26 P.M. – DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate onH.R. 398.Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

12:25 P.M. – The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.

12:03 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.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mrs. Miller of MI to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

12:02 P.M. – POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Wilson (SC) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Wilson (SC) objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.

12:01 P.M. – Pursuant to section 4 of H.Res. 375, the Speaker announced that legislative business is not dispensed with on this day.Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.

12:00 P.M. – The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of August 1.

10:18 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.

10:01 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.

10:00 A.M. – The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

 

Congress: the House is on break until 2/8 – the Senate will be in Session on 1/27 –the snow is a problem


the Senate Convenes: 10:30amET January 27, 2011

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of several resolutions relating to changing the Senate rules, en bloc. There will be up to 8 hours for debate equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. If all time is used, at approximately 7:15pm there will be a series of up to 5 roll call votes in relation to the following resolutions:

-The Senate will recess from 1pm until 2:15pmET to allow for the Democratic caucus meeting.

Votes:

Series of up to 5 roll call votes expected to begin around 4:30pm:

2: S.Res.28 (Wyden), to establish as a standing order of the Senate that a Senator publicly disclose a notice of intent to objecting to any measure or matter (60-vote threshold); Adopted: 92-4

3: S.Res.29 (Udall (CO)), to permit the waiving of the reading of an amendment if the text and adequate notice are provided (60-vote threshold); Adopted: 81-15

4: S.Res.8 (Harkin), amending the Standing Rules of the Senate to provide for cloture to be invoked with less than a three-fifths majority after additional debate (67-vote threshold); Not Adopted: 12-82

5: Now voting on S.Res.10 (Udall (NM)), as amended by Udall (NM) amendment #1, to improve the debate and consideration of legislative matters and nominations in the Senate (67-vote threshold);Not Adopted 44-51 and

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6: S.Res.21 (Merkley), as amended by Merkley amendment #2: (substitute) (67-vote threshold); Not Agreed to: 46-49

 Unanimous Consent:

Adopted S.Res31: a resolution commemorating the 110th anniversary of the United States Army Nurse Corps.

Adopted S.Res.32: a resolution designating the month of February 2011 as “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month”.

Adopted S.Res.33, a resolution recognizing the 150th anniversary of the admittance of the state of Kansas to the United States as the 34th state.

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The next meeting in the House is scheduled for Febuary 8, 2011

 

lame duck in Session -Congress …updates as needed


The Senate will Convene at 9:30amET December 1, 2010

Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each. The Republicans will control the first 30 minutes and the majority will control the next 30 minutes.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 3:30pm to allow for the Democratic caucus meeting.

Unanimous Consent:
Passed S.3998, Criminal History Background Checks Pilot Extension Act.

Passed S.987, International protecting Firls by Preventing Child Marriage ACt (with Durbin amendment).

Passed Cal. #658, H.R.4387 is an act to designate the Federal building located at 100 North Palafox Street in Pensacola, FL, as the “Winston E. Arnow Federal Building.”

Passed Cal. #659, H.R.5651 is an act to designate the Federal building and US courthouse located at 515 9th Street in Rapid City, SD, as the “Andrew W. Bogue Federal Building and United States Courthouse.”

Passed Cal. #660, H.R.5706 is an act to designate the building occupied by the Government Printing Office located at 31451 East United Avenue in Pueblo, CO, as the “Frank Evans Government Printing Office Building.”

Passed Cal. #661, H.R.5773 is an act to designate the Federal building located at 6401 Security Boulevard in Baltimore, MD, commonly known as the Social Security Administration Operations Building, as the “Robert M. Ball Federal Building.”

Adopted S.Res.686, a resolution designating December 11, 2010, as “Wreaths Across America Day”.

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF DECEMBER 1, 2010
111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

8:39 P.M. –
Mr. King (IA) moved that the House do now adjourn.

 

6:43 P.M. –

SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed Special Order speeches.

Mr. Polis (CO) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 1745.

5:20 P.M. –

SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

5:19 P.M. –

Mrs. Schmidt requested the following general leaves to address the House on December 8: Mr. Poe of TX for 5 min and Mr. Jones for 5 min.

5:17 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

H. Res. 1669:

congratulating the National Air Transportation Association for celebrating its 70th anniversary

5:15 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

5:07 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1669.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Carnahan moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended.

S. 3250:

to provide for the training of Federal building personnel, and for other purposes

5:06 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

4:49 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 3250.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Carnahan moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

H.R. 6184:

to amend the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 to extend and modify the program allowing the Secretary of the Army to accept and expend funds contributed by non-Federal public entities to expedite the evaluation of permits, and for other purposes

4:48 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

4:35 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6184.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Johnson, E. B. moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

S. Con. Res. 75:

authorizing the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for an event marking the 50th anniversary of the inaugural address of President John F. Kennedy

4:34 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

4:31 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. Con. Res. 75.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mrs. Davis (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

S. 1421:

to amend section 42 of title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the importation and shipment of certain species of carp

4:30 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

4:16 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 1421.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Conyers moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

H.R. 5283:

to provide for adjustment of status for certain Haitian orphans paroled into the United States after the earthquake of January 12, 2010

4:15 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

3:58 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5283.

Mr. Conyers moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.

S. 1338:

to require the accreditation of English language training programs, and for other purposes

3:57 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

3:50 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 1338.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Conyers moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

3:46 P.M. –

The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.

H. Res. 1724:

commending the City of Jacksonville, Arkansas, for its outstanding support in creating a unique and lasting partnership with Little Rock Air Force Base, members of the Armed Forces stationed there and their families, and the Air Force

3:45 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 411 – 0 (Roll no. 595).

3:37 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

3:35 P.M. –

MOMENT OF SILENCE – The House observed a moment of silence in remembrance of our brave men and women in uniform who have given their lives in the service of our Nation in Iraq and in Afghanistan and their families, and all who serve in our Armed Forces and their families.

H. Res. 1217:

honoring Fort Drum’s soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division for their past and continuing contributions to the security of the United States

3:34 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 415 – 0 (Roll no. 594)

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H. Res. 1217:

honoring Fort Drum’s soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division for their past and continuing contributions to the security of the United States

3:17 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Roll Call 594 – 2/3 Recorded vote pending.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

S. 3307:

to reauthorize child nutrition programs, and for other purposes

3:16 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conslustion of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions, the Chair announced that further proceedings on S. 3307 would be postponed.

The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.

3:05 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions.

Mr. Kline (MN) moved to recommit with instructions to Education and Labor.

Considered as unfinished business.

H.J. Res. 101:

making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes

3:02 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: (Roll No. 593).

2:34 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

2:33 P.M. –

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the question on passage of H.J.Res. 101 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.

S. 3307:

to reauthorize child nutrition programs, and for other purposes

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on S. 3307, the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.

1:23 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 3307.

Rule provides for consideration of S. 3307 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. The resolution waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 of rule XXI.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1742.

H.J. Res. 101:

making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes

1:22 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H.J. Res. 101, the Chair put the question on adoption of the resolution and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Lewis (CA) demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the resolution until later in the legislative day.

1:21 P.M. –

The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

1:07 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 101.

Rule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 101 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. All points of order against consideration of the joint resolution are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. All points of order against provisions in the joint resolution are waived.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1741.

H. Res. 1430:

honoring and saluting golf legend Juan Antonio “Chi Chi” Rodriguez for his commitment to Latino youth programs of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

1:06 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 405 – 2 (Roll no. 592).

12:58 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1735:

condemning North Korea in the strongest terms for its unprovoked military attack against South Korea on November 23, 2010

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 403 – 2 (Roll no. 591).

12:51 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Con. Res. 323:

supporting the goal of ensuring that all Holocaust survivors in the United States are able to live with dignity, comfort, and security in their remaining years

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 406 – 0 (Roll no. 590).

12:44 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1741:

providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 101) making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 236 – 172 (Roll no. 589).

12:36 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that unfinished business was the question on adoption of H.Res. 1741 and motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

H. Res. 1742:

providing for consideration of the bill ( S. 3307) to reauthorize child nutrition programs, and for other purposes

12:35 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 230 – 174 (Roll no. 588).

12:28 P.M. –

On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 232 – 180 (Roll no. 587).

11:07 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1742

11:06 A.M. –

Considered as privileged matter.

H. Res. 1741:

providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 101) making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes

11:04 A.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At conclusion of debate on H.Res. 1741, the Chair put the question on adoption of the resolution and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Dreier demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the resolution until later in the legislative day.

11:03 A.M. –

The previous question was ordered without objection.

10:36 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1741

Considered as privileged matter.

10:04 A.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.

10:03 A.M. –

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 3987, S. 3386, H.R. 6162, and H.R. 6166.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Pascrell to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.

10:01 A.M. –

Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Tom Dore, Pastor Emeritus, St. Giles Parish, Oak Park, IL.

The Speaker designated the Honorable Henry Cuellar to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

10:00 A.M. –

The House convened, starting a new legislative day

S. 3307:

to reauthorize child nutrition programs, and for other purposes

1:23 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 3307.

Rule provides for consideration of S. 3307 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. The resolution waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 of rule XXI.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1742.

H.J. Res. 101:

making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes

1:22 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS.

1:21 P.M. –

The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

1:07 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 101.

Rule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 101 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. All points of order against consideration of the joint resolution are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. All points of order against provisions in the joint resolution are waived.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1741.

H. Res. 1430:

honoring and saluting golf legend Juan Antonio “Chi Chi” Rodriguez for his commitment to Latino youth programs of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

1:06 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 405 – 2 (Roll no. 592).

12:58 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1735:

condemning North Korea in the strongest terms for its unprovoked military attack against South Korea on November 23, 2010

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 403 – 2 (Roll no. 591).

12:51 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Con. Res. 323:

supporting the goal of ensuring that all Holocaust survivors in the United States are able to live with dignity, comfort, and security in their remaining years

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 406 – 0 (Roll no. 590).

12:44 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1741:

providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 101) making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 236 – 172 (Roll no. 589).

12:36 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that unfinished business was the question on adoption of H.Res. 1741 and motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

H. Res. 1742:

providing for consideration of the bill ( S. 3307) to reauthorize child nutrition programs, and for other purposes

12:35 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 230 – 174 (Roll no. 588).

12:28 P.M. –

On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 232 – 180 (Roll no. 587).

11:07 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1742

11:06 A.M. –

Considered as privileged matter.

H. Res. 1741:

providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 101) making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes

11:04 A.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At conclusion of debate on H.Res. 1741, the Chair put the question on adoption of the resolution and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Dreier demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the resolution until later in the legislative day.

11:03 A.M. –

The previous question was ordered without objection.

10:36 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1741

Considered as privileged matter.

10:04 A.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.

10:03 A.M. –

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 3987, S. 3386, H.R. 6162, and H.R. 6166.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Pascrell to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.

10:01 A.M. –

Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Tom Dore, Pastor Emeritus, St. Giles Parish, Oak Park, IL.

The Speaker designated the Honorable Henry Cuellar to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

10:00 A.M. –

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

Congress -debates & votes 11/18


The Senate Convenes at 9:30am ET


Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business for 1 hour with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. The Republicans will control the first 30 minutes and the Majority will control the final 30 minutes.Following morning business, the Senate will resume the motion to proceed to S.510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, post-cloture. 

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 3:00pm to allow for a Democratic caucus meeting.

Time during any recess, adjournment or period of morning business will count post-cloture.

The Leaders will continue to work on an agreement to consider amendments to the Food Safety bill.

There will be no further roll call votes tonight. The next vote is expected to occur on Monday, November 29.

This evening, Senate Reid filed cloture on S.510, the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act, and the substitute amendment. The cloture vote on the substitute amendment will occur at 6:30pm on Monday, November 29.

Under the agreement reached this evening, if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture debate time will be yielded back except for the time specified in this agreement. The only amendments or motions in order are the ones specified below:

– Johanns motion to suspend Rule 22 for the purpose of proposing and considering amendment #4702 (1099 forms)
– Baucus motion to suspend Rule 22 for the purpose of proposing and considering amendment #4713 (1099 forms)

There will be a total of 60 minutes for debate with respect to these 2 motions with the time equally divided and controlled between Senators Baucus and Johanns.

– Coburn motion to suspend Rule 22 for the purpose of proposing and considering amendment #4696 (substitute)
– Coburn motion to suspend Rule 22 for the purpose of proposing and considering amendment #4697 (earmarks)

There will be a total of 4 hours for debate with respect to the Coburn motions with the time equally divided and controlled between Senators Coburn and Inouye or their designees.

Upon the use or yielding back of time specified in this agreement, the Senate will proceed to vote with respect to the motions to suspend in the order listed:
– Johanns (1099 forms)
– Baucus (1099 forms)
– Coburn (earmarks)
– Coburn (substitute)

If any motion is successful, then the Senate would proceed to vote immediately on the amendment. No further motions or amendments are in order. The substitute amendment, as amended, if amended, would be agreed to and the Senate would proceed to vote on passage of S.510, as amended. The cloture on the underlying bill will be withdrawn.

As a result of this agreement, the cloture vote on the substitute amendment will occur at 6:30pm on Monday, November 29.

If cloture is invoked, the motions to suspend would be in order. Upon the use or yielding back of debate time allotted by this agreement, the Senate would proceed to vote on the motions to suspend, any amendments if the motions are successful, and then on passage of S.510, as amended.

Votes:
251: Motion to proceed to S.510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act;
Agreed to: 57-27

Unanimous Consent:
Passed HR5712, with subst amdt (SGR extension)Confirmed the nomination of Jacob Lew, of New York, to be Director on the Office on Management and Budget

Unanimous Consent:
The Senate passed/adopted the following by unanimous consent:

• An act to provide for certain clarifications and extensions under Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (H.R.5712, as amended by Baucus amendment in the nature of a substitute (#4711) and Baucus amendment to amend the title (#4712), which were agreed to by unanimous consent.)

• A bill to authorize a single fisheries cooperative for the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands longline catcher processor subsector, and for other purposes. (S.1609)

• A concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the Rotunda for an event marking the 50th anniversary of the inaugural address of President John F. Kennedy. (S.Con.Res.75)

• A concurrent resolution to recognize and honor the commitment and sacrifices of military families of the United States. (S.Con.Res.76)

• A resolution expressing support for the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, and encouraging Americans to secure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children. (S.Res.647)

• A resolution recognizing the recent accomplishments of the people and government of Moldova and expressing support for free and transparent parliamentary elections on November 28, 2010. (S.Res.683)

• A resolution recognizing the 35th anniversary of the enactment of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975. (S.Res.684)

• A resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of sickle cell disease by Dr. James B. Herrick. (S.Res.685)

• A concurrent resolution providing for an additional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate. (H.Con.Res.332)

Confirmed the nomination of Jacob Lew, of New York, to be Director on the Office on Management and Budget

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF NOVEMBER 18, 2010
111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

2:25 P.M. –

SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

2:23 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

United States – China Economic and Security Review Commission – Pursuant to section 1238(b)(3) of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001, and the order of the House of January 6, 2009, the Speaker appointed Mr. Michael Wessel, Falls Church, Virginia .

H. Res. 1677:

condemning the Burmese regime’s undemocratic upcoming elections on November 7, 2010

2:19 P.M. –

The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

Considered as unfinished business.

ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. Hastings (FL) asked unanimous consent to vacate the proceedings by which the yeas and nays were ordered on the question of the motion to suspend the rules and agree to H.Res. 1677 to the end that the resolution be considered as adopted in the form considered by the House on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. Agreed to without objection.

H. Con. Res. 329:

recognizing the 35th anniversary of the enactment of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975

2:18 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

Considered as unfinished business.

2:17 P.M. –

ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. Hastings (FL) asked unanimous consent to vacate the proceedings by which the yeas and nays were ordered on the question of the motion to suspend the rules and agree to H.Con.Res. 329 to the end that the concurrent resolution be considered as adopted in the form considered by the House on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. Agreed to without objection.

S. 3774:

to extend the deadline for Social Services Block Grant expenditures of supplemental funds appropriated following disasters occurring in 2008

2:16 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 366 – 40 (Roll no. 580).

2:08 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 to the gentleman from New York, the whole number of the House is 435.

2:03 P.M. –

Representative Peter King addressed the House and introduced Representative Tom Reed, Twenty Ninth District, New York.

2:02 P.M. –

OATH OF OFFICE – Representative-Elect Tom Reed the Twenty Ninth Congressional District, State of New York, presented himself in the well of the House to take the Oath of Office administered by the Speaker of the House.

2:01 P.M. –

The House received a message from the Clerk. The Clerk transmitted to the House a facsimile copy of a letter received from Mr. Todd D. Valentine and Mr. Robert A. Brehm, Co-Executive Directors of the New York State Board of Elections, indicating that, according to the unofficial returns of the Special Election held November 2, 2010, the Honorable Tom Reed was elected Representative to Congress for the Twenty-Ninth Congressional District, State of New York.

H.R. 6419:

to amend the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for the further extension of emergency unemployment benefits, and for other purposes

2:00 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 258 – 154 (Roll no. 579).

1:52 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 1722:

to improve teleworking in executive agencies by developing a telework program that allows employees to telework at least 20 percent of the hours worked in every 2 administrative workweeks, and for other purposes

1:24 P.M. –

On motion to agree to the Senate amendment Roll Call 578 – Yea and Nay vote pending.

The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

1:23 P.M. –

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to agree to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1722, and motions to suspend the rules, all of which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

H.R. 6419:

to amend the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for the further extension of emergency unemployment benefits, and for other purposes

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.

H.R. 6419:

to amend the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for the further extension of emergency unemployment benefits, and for other purposes

12:46 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6419.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Levin moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

12:45 P.M. –

The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until the conclusion of general debate on all suspensions.

H.R. 1722:

to improve teleworking in executive agencies by developing a telework program that allows employees to telework at least 20 percent of the hours worked in every 2 administrative workweeks, and for other purposes

12:44 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – Pursuant to H.Res. 1721, further proceedings on the motion to agree to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1722 has been postponed.

11:56 A.M. –

Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1721, the House proceeded with one hour of debate on the Lynch motion to agree to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1722.

11:55 A.M. –

Mr. Lynch moved that the House agree to the Senate amendment

11:54 A.M. –

Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1721, Mr. Lynch took from the Speaker’s table H.R. 1722 with the Senate amendment thereto, and was recognized for a motion.

H. Res. 1721:

providing for the consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill ( H.R. 1722) to require the head of each executive agency to establish and implement a policy under which employees shall be authorized to telework, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules

11:52 A.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 235 – 171 (Roll no. 577).

H. Res. 1721:

providing for the consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill ( H.R. 1722) to require the head of each executive agency to establish and implement a policy under which employees shall be authorized to telework, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules

11:43 A.M. –

On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 577 – Recorded vote pending.

On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (Roll No. 576).

10:25 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1721

Considered as privileged matter.

10:02 A.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 1421.

The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Wilson of SC to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

10:01 A.M. –

Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Daniel Coughlin.

10:00 A.M. –

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.