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from 2011 to 2018 it’s all the same


In 2012, GOP Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty came right out and said that, in his opinion, doctors who perform abortions should be sent to prison. Now, he’s running again but for Governor of Minnesota …we all know republicans are disappointing everyone at this point

So, women should not have to worry about being deprived of cancer screenings … health services by anti-abortion crusaders.

Turns out Republicans aren’t giving up their ideological agenda to end Medicare — an agenda that helps the nation’s wealthiest at the expense of seniors.

288 reasons to fight


First they tried to shut down the government to defund women’s health.

Then two weeks ago they passed a budget that demolishes Medicare.

And all the while, GOP leaders in both houses are still pushing to give more huge tax cuts to big corporations that ship American jobs overseas — including handouts to Big Oil even before the first anniversary of BP’s Gulf Coast disaster.

There are reasons we need to keep fighting. In fact, 288 Republican members of the House and Senate mean we have 288 reasons. And if we aren’t strong enough or committed enough to stop their agenda, we will lose our country as we know it.

Your support is crucial as we challenge the Republican Party for the future of our nation. Help us fight their agenda by contributing $10, $20, $35, or more right now.

My biggest focus as I lead the Senate majority is helping families across the country weather this recession. There still are obstacles. College costs are rising faster than paychecks, too many Nevadans are still out of work, and not even our veterans are immune to falling on hard times — and just one homeless veteran is one too many.

These challenges tell us that we must do better. But we can’t reach the kind of success America is known for so long as Republicans in the House and Senate continue to line the pockets of their corporate buddies while letting their Tea Party wing lead an agenda of partisan wedge issues.

Our opposition is strong. There are 288 of them. They’re well-financed, and they have the resources to wreak havoc on our nation’s future if we don’t succeed in stopping them.

I know there’s still fight left in us. Chip in $10 today because there are 288 reasons we can’t stop standing up for what we know is important.

Thanks for everything,

Harry Reid

TGIF in Congress – lame duck calendar …


The Senate Convenes: 9:30amET December 17, 2010

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the New START Treaty. The treaty will be open to amendments tomorrow.

Senators are encouraged to come to the floor to offer and debate their amendments.

Roll call votes are possible to occur throughout the day.

As a reminder, Senator Reid filed cloture on the motion to concur with respect to HR5281, DREAM Act and on the motion to concur with respect to HR2965, DADT. The first cloture vote will occur early Saturday morning at a time to be determined.

Unanimous Consent:
Passed S.1481, Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2009.
Passed H.R.4973, National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Improvement Act of 2010.

Passed H.R.5901, Real Estate Jobs and Investment Act of 2010
(with Baucus substitute and title amendments)

Passed H.R.5116, COMPETE Act (with Hutchison substitute)

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF DECEMBER 17, 2010
111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

5:18 P.M. –

SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed with special order speeches.

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 5116 amended.

5:11 P.M. –

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

5:10 P.M. –

Mr. Burton of IN requested general leave to address the House for 5 minutes on December 21.

Mr. Burton of IN requested general leave to address the House for 5 minutes on December 20.

5:08 P.M. –

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

5:07 P.M. –

Mr. Garamendi asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, December 17, 2010, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21, 2010. Agreed to without objection.

5:06 P.M. –

The Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 6523.

H. Res. 1767:

commending the Wisconsin Badger football team for an outstanding season and 2011 Rose Bowl bid

5:05 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.

S. 3874:

to amend the Safe Drinking Act to reduce lead in drinking water

5:04 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): 226 – 109 (Roll no. 656).

4:53 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 5510:

to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to allow amounts under the Troubled Assets Relief Program to be used to provide legal assistance to homeowners to avoid foreclosure

4:52 P.M. –

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 210 – 145 (Roll no. 655).

4:31 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

4:30 P.M. –

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.

H.J. Res. 105:

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

4:28 P.M. –

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

On passage Passed by voice vote.

4:25 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 105.

Rule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 105 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. All points of order against consideration of the joint resolution are waived except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1776.

4:23 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 a message from the Secretary of the Senate on December 17, 2010 at 3:15 p.m. stating that that body had passed S. 1481 and H.R. 4973; passed H.R. 5901 with amendments.

H.R. 2142:

to require the review of Government programs at least once every 5 years for purposes of assessing their performance and improving their operations, and to establish the Performance Improvement Council

4:20 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 Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 212 – 131 (Roll no. 654).

H. Res. 1776:

providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 105) making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes

4:12 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: 184 – 159 (Roll no. 653).

4:05 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Con. Res. 336:

providing for the sine die adjournment of the second session of the 111th Congress

4:04 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: 196 – 153 (Roll no. 652).

3:31 P.M. –

Considered as privileged matter.

H. Res. 1776:

providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 105) making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes

3:30 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H.Res. 1776, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the resolution, and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Sessions 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.

3:29 P.M. –

The previous question was ordered without objection.

3:19 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1776

Considered as privileged matter.

3:18 P.M. –

Mr. Polis (CO) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 1776.

3:17 P.M. –

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 17.

1:50 P.M. –

The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

1:49 P.M. –

INDIAN LAW AND ORDER COMMISSION – Pursuant to section 235 of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (PUB. L. 111-211), and the order of the House of January 6, 2009, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the INDIAN LAW AND ORDER COMMISSION: Ms. Herseth Sandlin and Mr. Pomeroy .

H.R. 628:

to establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges

1:48 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 recorded vote (2/3 required): 371 – 1 (Roll no. 651).

1:36 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 6523:

to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2011 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 341 – 48 (Roll no. 650).

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

1:27 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 1107:

to enact certain laws relating to public contracts as title 41, United States Code, “Public Contracts”

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

On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 385 – 0 (Roll no. 649).

1:19 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1377:

honoring the accomplishments of Norman Yoshio Mineta, and for other purposes

1:18 P.M. –

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

1:17 P.M. –

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 384 – 0 (Roll no. 648).

12:50 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

12:49 P.M. –

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 were postponed.

H.R. 6523:

to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2011 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, 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.

11:49 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6523.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

H.R. 5510:

to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to allow amounts under the Troubled Assets Relief Program to be used to provide legal assistance to homeowners to avoid foreclosure

11:47 A.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.

11:12 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5510.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

H.R. 6533:

to implement the recommendations of the Federal Communications Commission report to the Congress regarding low-power FM service, and for other purposes

11:10 A.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.

10:53 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6533.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

S. 3874:

to amend the Safe Drinking Act to reduce lead in drinking water

10:52 A.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.

10:27 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 3874.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

H. Con. Res. 335:

honoring the exceptional achievements of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and recognizing the significant contributions he has made to United States national security, humanitarian causes, and peaceful resolutions of international conflict

10:26 A.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.

10:01 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Con. Res. 335.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

H. Res. 1767:

commending the Wisconsin Badger football team for an outstanding season and 2011 Rose Bowl bid

9:59 A.M. –

At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Holt 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 withdrawn.

9:49 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1767.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Holt moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

H. Res. 1621:

recognizing the 100th anniversary of the historic founding of Catholic Charities USA

9:48 A.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.

9:39 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1621.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Cuellar moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

H.R. 2142:

to require the review of Government programs at least once every 5 years for purposes of assessing their performance and improving their operations, and to establish the Performance Improvement Council

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.

9:27 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the Senate amendment to H.R. 2142.

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

H. Res. 1733:

recognizing Mark Twain as one of America’s most famous literary icons on the 175th anniversary of his birth and the 100th anniversary of his death

9:25 A.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.

9:15 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1733.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

S. 3592:

to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Commerce Drive in Tyrone, Georgia, as the “First Lieutenant Robert Wilson Collins Post Office Building”

At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Cuellar 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 withdrawn.

9:08 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 3592.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

9:07 A.M. –

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

9:02 A.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.

9:01 A.M. –

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

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 4602, H.R. 5133, H.R. 5605, H.R. 5606, H.R. 5655, H.R. 5877, H.R. 6400, H.R. 6392, H.R. 2142, H.R. 5809, S. 3874, S. 4036, and S. 3592.

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

9:00 A.M. –

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

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

Thursday in Congress -debates & votes with updates when needed


The Senate Convenes: 9:30amET on December 9, 2010


Following any Leader remarks, Senator Durbin will be recognized to speak for up to 10 minutes. Following his remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.3992, the DREAM Act, with the time until 11:00am equally divided and controlled between the Leaders or their designees.

At 11:00am, the Senate will proceed to a series of at least 2 and possibly 3 roll call votes. Those votes will be on the following items.

– Cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #663, S.3992, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010 (DREAM Act); and
– Cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #641, H.R.847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.
– Senator Reid may reconsider the failed cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.3454, DoD Authorization.

Following the votes, Senator Bennett will be recognized to speak for up to 20 minutes for his farewell speech.
Senator Bunning will be recognized at 1:00pm for up to 30 minutes for his farewell speech.
Senator Dorgan will be recognized at 2:00pm for up to 20 minutes for his farewell speech.

Votes:
268: Motion to table the motion to proceed to Calendar #663, S.3992, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010 (DREAM Act);
Not Invoked: 59-40

269: Cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #641, H.R.847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010;
Not Invoked: 58-42

270: Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.3454, DoD Authorization;
Not Invoked 58-40.

271: Reid motion to table the motion to refer with respect to HR4853, Middle Class Tax Relief;
Tabled: 65-11

There will be no further roll call votes during Thursday’s session of the Senate.

Unanimous Consent:
Passed H.R.5591, a bill to designate the airport traffic control tower located at Spokane Airport in Spokane, Washington, as the “Ray Daves Airport Traffic Control Tower”.

Passed S.841, the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act (with Kerry substitute amendment).

Passed S.1275, the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Establishment Act (with committee-reported substitute amendment).

Adopted S.Res.699, a resolution to authorize testimony and legal representation in City of St. Paul v. Irene Victoria Andrews, Bruce Jerome Berry, John Joseph Brau, David EugeneLuce, and Elizabeth Ann McKenzie.

Passed S.2925, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2010 (with committee-reported substitute amendment and two Wyden amendments)

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The next meeting in the House is scheduled for December 9, 2010 10:00amET

CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF DECEMBER 9, 2010
111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

1:38 P.M. –

Mr. Jackson (IL) asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Thursday, December 9, 2010, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 13, 2010. Agreed to without objection.

H.R. 6412:

to amend title 28, United States Code, to require the Attorney General to share criminal records with State sentencing commissions, and for other purposes

1:37 P.M. –

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): (Roll No. 627).

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

1:18 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

1:10 P.M. –

The Chair announced that it had been made aware of a valid basis for recognition, and accordingly recognized Ms. Waters to proceed for one hour.

H.R. 4994:

to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce taxpayer burdens and enhance taxpayer protections, and for other purposes

1:09 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 amendments Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): (Roll No. 626).

12:45 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.

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 9.

10:41 A.M. –

The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

H.R. 4994:

to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce taxpayer burdens and enhance taxpayer protections, and for other purposes

10:40 A.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.

10:14 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the motion to suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments to H.R. 4994.

Mr. Stark moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments.

10:13 A.M. –

The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until later in the legislative day.

10:02 A.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.

10:01 A.M. –

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 4337, with amendment, and S. 3167.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Buchanan 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.

10:00 A.M. –

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

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

what is going on in Congress -it’s in Session -lame duck


The Senate Convenes: 9:30amET on December 8, 2010

Following any Leader remarks, there will be a live quorum to resume the court of impeachment of Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr. Once a quorum is established, the Senate will proceed to a series of up to 5 roll call votes in relation to the impeachment motions and articles.

Motion that the Articles are improperly aggregated.
• Article I (improperly denied a motion to recuse based on a corrupt financial relationship)
Article II (alleges a pattern of corrupt conduct based on improper structuring of bail bonds)
Article III (intentionally made material false statements in a personal bankruptcy filing)
Article IV (knowingly made false statements to the Senate and FBI during his confirmation process)
Senators will be voting from their desks and they are encouraged to remain seated until all votes have been completed.
Upon conclusion of the court of impeachment, the Senate will recess subject to the call of the Chair in order to clear the chamber. Upon reconvening, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to Calendar #661, S.3991, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009, with the time until 12:30pm equally divided and controlled between the Leaders or their designees.

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

At 3:30pm, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3391. There will then be an additional 30 minutes of debate equally divided between the Leaders or their designees. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to a series of up to 4 roll call votes.

– Cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #662, S.3991, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009 (commonly known as Firefighters Collective Bargaining);
– Cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #655, S.3985, the Emergency Senior Citizens relief Act of 2010;
– Cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #663, S.3992, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010 (DREAM Act); and
– Cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #641, H.R.847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.

If cloture is invoked on a motion to proceed, there would then be up to 30 hours for debate.

If cloture fails on all 4 motions, there is a possibility that Senator Reid would reconsider the failed cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.3454, DoD Authorization.

Votes:
260: Motion that notwithstanding Impeachment Rule 23, the Senate shall disaggregate the articles of impeachment by holding preliminary votes on individual allegations in the articles;
Not Agreed To: 0-94.

261: Article I (improperly denied a motion to recuse based on a corrupt financial relationship);
Guilty: 96-0

262: Article II (alleges a pattern of corrupt conduct based on improper structuring of bail bonds)
Guilty: 69-27

263: Article III (intentionally made material false statements in a personal bankruptcy filing);
Guilty: 88-8

264: Article IV (knowingly made false statements to the Senate and FBI during his confirmation process)
Guilty: 90-6

265: Reid motion that Judge Porteous be disqualified from holding office at any time in the future of the United States;
Agreed To: 94-2

266: Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S.3991, Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009;
Not Invoked: 55-43

267: Now voting on Cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #655, S.3985, the Emergency Senior Citizens relief Act of 2010;
Not Invoked: 53-45

Not Invoked: 53-45

Unanimous Consent:
Passed H.R.4994, Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 (with a substitute amendment and an amendment to the title)

Passed H.R.4337, the Regulated Investment Company Modernization Act (with a Bingaman substitute amendment)

Passed S.3167, the Census Oversight Efficiency and Management Reform Act (with a Carper amendment)

Passed S.3036, the National Alzheimer’s Project Act

Adopted S.Res.697, a resolution recognizing the 15th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords

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The next meeting in the House is scheduled for 10:00amET on December 8, 2010

CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF DECEMBER 8, 2010
111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION


. 9:18 P.M. –

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

9:17 P.M. –

Mr. Poe of TX requested the following general leaves to address the House on December 15: himself for 5 min and Mr. Jones for 5 min.

9:10 P.M. –

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

H.R. 3353:

to provide for American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas to be treated as States for certain criminal justice programs

9:02 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.

Considered as unfinished business.

9:01 P.M. –

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

H.R. 5281:

to amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify and improve certain provisions relating to the removal of litigation against Federal officers or agencies to Federal courts, and for other purposes

9:00 P.M. –

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

On motion to to agree to the Senate amendments numbered 1 and 2, and that the House agree to the Senate amendment numbered 3 with an amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 216 – 198 (Roll no. 625).

8:34 P.M. –

The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

7:45 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House continued with further debate on H.R. 5281.

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 4994 amended, and S. 3036.

H.R. 5281:

to amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify and improve certain provisions relating to the removal of litigation against Federal officers or agencies to Federal courts, and for other purposes

6:55 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the Senate amendments to H.R. 5281.

6:54 P.M. –

Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1756, the House moved to agree to the Senate amendments numbered 1 and 2, and that the House agree to the Senate amendment numbered 3 with an amendment.

Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1756, the Chair recognized Mr. Conyers for a motion.

S. 3998:

to extend the Child Safety Pilot Program

6:51 P.M. –

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 401 – 2 (Roll No. 624).

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

6:44 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

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

H. Res. 1756:

providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill ( H.R. 5281) to amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify and improve certain provisions relating to the removal of litigation against Federal officers or agencies to Federal courts, and for other purposes

6:43 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: 211 – 208 (Roll no. 623).

6:34 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 3082:

making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes

6:33 P.M. –

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

On motion that the House agree with an amendment to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 212 – 206 (Roll no. 622).

6:05 P.M. –

The previous question was ordered without objection.

H. Res. 1756:

providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill ( H.R. 5281) to amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify and improve certain provisions relating to the removal of litigation against Federal officers or agencies to Federal courts, and for other purposes

6:03 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – The Chair put the question on adoption of the resolution and voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Foxx demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the resolution until a time to be announced.

The previous question was ordered without objection.

5:26 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1756

5:24 P.M. –

Considered as privileged matter.

5:22 P.M. –

Mr. Polis (CO) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 1756.

H.R. 3082:

making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on agreeing to the Senate amendment with an amendment to H.R. 3082, the Chair announced that further proceedings would be postponed.

4:18 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on agreeing to the Senate amendment with an amendment to H.R. 3082.

4:17 P.M. –

Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1755, the House moved to agree with an amendment to the Senate amendment.

H. Res. 1746:

recognizing and supporting the efforts of Welcome Back Veterans to augment the services provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs in providing timely and world-class care for veterans and members of the Armed Forces suffering from PTSD and related psychiatric disorders

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): 409 – 0 (Roll no. 621).

4:09 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 4501:

to require certain return policies from businesses that purchase precious metals from consumers and solicit such transactions through an Internet website

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 324 – 81 (Roll no. 620).

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

4:02 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

4:01 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.

H. Res. 1755:

providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill ( H.R. 3082) making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, 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: 207 – 206 (Roll no. 619).

3:28 P.M. –

The previous question was ordered without objection.

2:58 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1755

Considered as privileged matter.

2:57 P.M. –

Mr. McGovern filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 1755.

H. Res. 1704:

honoring the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon

2:56 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): 359 – 44, 5 Present (Roll no. 618).

2:49 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1402:

recognizing the 50th anniversary of the National Council for International Visitors, and expressing support for designation of February 16, 2011, as “Citizen Diplomacy Day”

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): 394 – 13, 1 Present (Roll no. 617).

2:41 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 6495:

to improve compliance with mine safety and health laws, empower miners to raise safety concerns, prevent future mine tragedies, and for other purposes

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 214 – 193 (Roll no. 616).

2:33 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1752:

waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules

2:32 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: 215 – 194 (Roll no. 615).

2:02 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of H.Res. 1752 and motions to suspend the rules, all of which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings has been postponed.

H.R. 6495:

to improve compliance with mine safety and health laws, empower miners to raise safety concerns, prevent future mine tragedies, and for other purposes

2:01 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.

1:28 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6495.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

S. 3817:

to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act of 1978, and the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act of 1988 to reauthorize the Acts, and for other purposes

1:27 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.

1:06 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 3817.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

H.R. 5012:

to amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch to establish a weekend and holiday feeding program to provide nutritious food to at-risk school children on weekends and during extended school holidays during the school year

1:05 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 pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

12:52 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5012.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

12:51 P.M. –

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

H. Res. 1752:

waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules

12:49 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – The Chair put the question on adoption of the resolution and voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the resolution until a time to be announced.

The previous question was ordered without objection.

12:34 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1752

12:33 P.M. –

Considered as privileged matter.

H. Res. 1531:

expressing support for designation of 2011 as “World Veterinary Year” to bring attention to and show appreciation for the veterinary profession on its 250th anniversary

12:31 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 recorded vote (2/3 required): 406 – 0 (Roll no. 614).

12:23 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1540:

supporting the goal of eradicating illicit marijuana cultivation on Federal lands and calling on the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy to develop a coordinated strategy to permanently dismantle Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating on Federal lands

12:22 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 the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 400 – 4 (Roll no. 613).

12:14 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1717:

congratulating imprisoned Chinese democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo on the award of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize

12:13 P.M. –

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 402 – 1 (Roll no. 612).

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

12:07 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 5987:

to ensure that seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities who receive Social Security and certain other Federal benefits receive a one-time $250 payment in the event that no cost-of-living adjustment is payable in 2011

12:06 P.M. –

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 254 – 153 (Roll no. 611).

11:32 A.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

11:31 A.M. –

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

H.R. 4501:

to require certain return policies from businesses that purchase precious metals from consumers and solicit such transactions through an Internet website

11:30 A.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.

11:23 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4501.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

H.R. 5470:

to exclude an external power supply for certain security or life safety alarms and surveillance system components from the application of certain energy efficiency standards under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act

11:22 A.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.

11:16 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5470.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

H. Res. 1746:

recognizing and supporting the efforts of Welcome Back Veterans to augment the services provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs in providing timely and world-class care for veterans and members of the Armed Forces suffering from PTSD and related psychiatric disorders

11:15 A.M. –

At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Donnelly (IN) 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 withdrawn.

11:05 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1746.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Donnelly (IN) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended.

S. 3789:

to limit access to social security account numbers

11:04 A.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.

10:53 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 3789.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

H.R. 5987:

to ensure that seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities who receive Social Security and certain other Federal benefits receive a one-time $250 payment in the event that no cost-of-living adjustment is payable in 2011

10:51 A.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.

10:29 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5987.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

10:27 A.M. –

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

10:05 A.M. –

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

10:04 A.M. –

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 3199, S. 3984, H.R. 2480, and H.R. 6184.

10:02 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.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Kagen 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 Lieutenant Christilene Whalen, Chaplain Corps, United States Navy, Patuxent River, Maryland

The Speaker designated the Honorable Ed Pastor to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

10:00 A.M. –

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.