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How … A Bill Becomes a Law


How a Bill Becomes a Law

When performing legislative research, it is important to understand the legislative process. The numerous steps that result in a bill becoming a law are described in this 24th edition of “How Our Laws Are Made.”

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the Senate ~~ CONGRESS ~~ the House


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The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

Following the prayer and pledge, it is expected the Majority Leader will renew his motion to proceed to S.1569, a bill to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until December 31, 2014. Senators will be permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.

 The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

WRAP UP

No ROLL CALL VOTES

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Began the Rule 14 process of H.J.Res.80, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, and Indian Health Service Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014.

No EXECUTIVE ITEMS

The Senate stands in adjournment until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.  Following any Leader remarks, Senators will be permitted to speak for up 10 minutes each.

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Last Floor Action:
7:35:44 P.M. – The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 16, 2013.

Last Floor Action:
9:33:20 P.M. – The House adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 15, 2013.

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Federal shutdown effects on Washington State


Washington State Convention Center
Washington State Convention Center (Photo credit: OZinOH)

NewsTribune.com

The federal government shutdown has prompted big cutbacks at the state Employment Security Department, which on Tuesday put half of its 1,669 staffers on furlough or reduced hours. About 833 workers are affected by the cutbacks, including about half who are working at 50 percent or 60 percent of full time and the other half who are furloughed…

SeattleTimes

OLYMPIA – More than 400 state workers were furloughed Tuesday and another 450 had their hours reduced because of the federal government shutdown, the state Employment Security Department said. The ESD, which processes unemployment claims, gets about 87 percent of its funding from the federal government, the Seattle Times said.

How does the federal shutdown affect Employment Security?

Employment Security is a state agency, but we get about 87 percent of our funding from the federal government – so our operations are closely tied to the fate of the federal budget.

Due to the federal shutdown, we’re no longer receiving federal funds to cover our unemployment-benefits and tax operations. In order to continue these critical services, we have laid off or reduced the hours of 50 percent of Employment Security staff who are not directly involved in processing benefit claims or collecting taxes. Only services that are funded, plus essential administrative support for the funded services, will be continued until a federal budget is approved.

Will unemployment benefits continue to be paid during the federal shutdown?

The federal government is continuing to provide money for unemployment benefits, but is not providing funds to cover the administrative cost of processing those claims. For the time being, we’ve decided to maintain these critical services using our limited state funds. Therefore, unemployment benefits will continue to be paid for at least a few more weeks.

Will WorkSource remain open?

WorkSource offices remain open for now, but with reduced capacity.

WorkSource is a partnership, where multiple state agencies and local organizations deliver a mix of employment and worker-training services throughout the state. The major partners are Employment Security and the 12 local workforce development councils. At this time:

  • Employment Security has federal funds available to maintain job-search services through next June, but some of our specialized funding streams are not available until Congress approves a budget (e.g., veterans employment services, labor-market information, etc.). Therefore, some of our capacity and expertise in the WorkSource centers was reduced beginning Oct. 8.
  • The workforce development councils also have lost access to much of their federal funding due to the federal shutdown. Contact them individually for information about their current status.

What isn’t getting done right now?

  • Unemployment-insurance fraud investigations are suspended.
  • Unemployment benefits overpayments and penalties aren’t being collected.
  • The second level of benefits appeals (Commissioner’s Review Office) is not available. Those appeals are on hold.
  • Claims staff can’t get assistance with benefits policy questions.
  • Labor-market data aren’t being updated, and reports aren’t being completed. (E.g., We won’t be able to release the September employment report next week.)
  • VISTA volunteers are still performing their community service, but they’re not getting their stipends.
  • Legislation isn’t getting implemented, including related communications and resources for employers and unemployed workers.
  • Most of our Lean improvement projects are inactive.
  • WorkSource employment services have been reduced by 15-25 percent in most WorkSource offices (with a few over 30%).
  • All veterans employment specialists have been furloughed.
  • Employer tax audits aren’t being conducted.
  • Only critical technology outages are being addressed. Technology improvements are on hold.
  • A wide range of federal reporting requirements aren’t being met, which could have repercussions down the line.
  • Technical assistance to workforce development councils is unavailable.
  • Unemployment-insurance orientation workshops have been suspended at WorkSource.

Please continue to monitor this website for updates.

the Senate considers S.1569 ~~ Congress 10/14 ~~ the House considers


WethePeople

SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013

The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, October 14.

When the Senate convenes, Senator Reid intends to renew the motion to proceed to S.1569, a bill to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until December 31, 2014.

At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #206, the nomination of Andrea Wood, of Illinois, to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; and Executive Calendar #207, the nomination of Madeline Haikala, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama. There will be 30 minutes for debate equally divided prior to a series of up 2 roll call votes on confirmation of the nominations

At approximately 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the following nominations:

–          Executive Calendar #206, the nomination of Andrea Wood, of Illinois, to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; and

–          Executive Calendar #207, the nomination of Madeline Haikala, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.

The Wood nomination is expected to be confirmed by voice vote and the Haikala nomination is expected to be confirmed by roll call vote.

Executive Calendar #206, the nomination of Andrea Wood, of Illinois, to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, was confirmed by voice vote.

5:31pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #207, the nomination of Madeline Haikala, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.

Confirmed: 90-0

There will be no further roll call votes today.

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTE

1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #207, the nomination of Madeline Haikala, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama; Confirmed: 90-0

No LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

EXECUTIVE ITEMS

Confirmed Executive Calendar #206, the nomination of Andrea Wood, of Illinois, to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois by voice vote.

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Last Floor Action:
12:37:54 P.M. – The House adjourned. 10/12

The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on October 14, 2013.

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the Senate considers S.1569,a bill to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the USgovt ~~ CONGRESS 10/12 ~~ the House considers, appropriations for the Bureau of Indian Affairs


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The Senate stands in adjournment until 11:00am on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

The time until noon will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.

 At noon, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1569, a bill to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until December 31, 2014.

By unanimous consent, the Senate confirmed Executive Calendar #340, the nomination of Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski, to be Lieutenant General in the Air Force.

12:00 noon The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1569, a bill to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until December 31, 2014;

Not Invoked: 53-45

Senator Reid changed his vote to no and entered a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote at a later time.

The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair

2:15pm The Senate has reconvened and has resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1569, a bill to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until December 31, 2014, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTE

1)      Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1569, a bill to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until December 31, 2014; Not Invoked: 53-46

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Discharged the Energy Committee and passed S.812, a bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to take actions to implement the Agreement between the United States of America and the United Mexican States Concerning Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Began the Rule 14 process of H.J.Res.76, National Nuclear Security Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014.

Completed the Rule 14 process of H.J.Res.79, Border Security and Enforcement Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014.

EXECUTIVE ITEMS

Confirmed Executive Calendar #340, the nomination of Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski, to be Lieutenant General in the Air Force.

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Last Floor Action:
8:28:20 P.M. – The House adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on October 12, 2013.

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.J. Res. 80.

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