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Virginia’s “ultrasound bill” a repost from 2012


Last week, I told you Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was getting ready to sign the “ultrasound bill,” an atrocious proposal that would force all women considering abortions to get ultrasounds and require their doctors to ask if they’d like a picture.

Well, he signed it.

We didn’t stop the bill this time, but we did make sure the entire country knew exactly what was going down in Virginia.

There are still 450 other bills on birth control and abortion in state legislatures across the country. With a far-right faction of the GOP holding a majority in many of them, it’s unclear how many we can stop. But let me just say this: We need to be prepared to win in November.

As long as women’s rights are being attacked, we’re going to keep fighting back — in Congress and in the states.

Say that you’re ready to stand with Democrats as we stand up for women. Add your name today.

We’re taking on this fight both nationally and in the states. In Virginia, that meant helping to fund the state party’s rapid response communications team — they pushed back on the ultrasound legislation, supported the Democrats who opposed it, and publicized peaceful protests of it at the capitol. That work helped put this bill on the national radar.

Right now, New Hampshire, Florida, Arizona, Ohio, and many other states are considering similar legislation.

The Texas legislature is in the midst of a bitter fight to eliminate state support for a wide range of women’s health services. They’ve already eliminated two-thirds of their funding for women’s health, closing more than half of the state’s Planned Parenthood and other clinics. And now they’re voting to reject aid for the Medicaid Women’s Health Program. They claim they’re doing this to fight abortion, but what they’re actually doing is denying hundreds of thousands of women access to basic health care.

Clearly, this fight is about more than abortion and birth control.

I won’t stop speaking out across the country about a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, and Democrats in the states won’t stop pushing back against these bills.

I hope you won’t stop fighting either.

Support the fight state by state and nationwide. Stand with the Democrats today:

http://my.democrats.org/Stand-for-Women

Thanks,

Debbie

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Chair
Democratic National Committee

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 12/12 ~~ the House


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Session Continued

12:51am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #346, the nomination of Cornelia T.L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia;

Confirmed: 51-44

Following the Pillard vote, the Senate will proceed to a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If cloture is invoked on the Feldblum nomination, there would be up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

1:19am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Invoked: 57-39

At 9:00am today, there will be 2 roll call votes:

  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • Live Quorum (no roll call vote expected)
  • Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York (2 hours of equally divided post-cloture time)

Once cloture is invoked on the Wolford nomination, there will be up to 2 hours of debate.  If all Majority time is yielded back, the next roll call vote could occur as early as 10:40am. That vote will be on confirmation of the Wolford nomination followed by a live quorum and a cloture vote on Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire (2 hours). 

9:00am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Confirmed: 54-41

9:28am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York

Invoked: 55-41

Cloture was invoked on the Wolford nomination by a vote of 55-41.  57 minutes of the Majority time was yielded back.  As a result, at 10:55am, there will be 2 roll call votes:

 * Confirmation of Wolford nomination

 Live Quorum

 * Cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire (2 hours of equally divided post-cloture time);

10:55am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of NY, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York

Confirmed: 70-29

11:26am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire (2 hours of equally divided post-cloture time);

Invoked: 58-40, 1 voted present

The Majority’s time has been yielded. The next vote is expected to begin at approximately 12:45pm. That vote will be on confirmation of the McCafferty nomination.

The Senate has reached an agreement that if the Senate receives H.R.3548 from the House of Representatives and the bill is identical to S.1689, as introduced, then the bill be considered as having been read three times and passed.

 S.1689/H.R.3548, Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification Act

At 12:49pm the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire McCafferty nomination

 Next: Live Quorum

 Then: Roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #361, Patricia M. Wald, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (8 hours)

 And then: up to 8 hours for debate (expect 4 hours to be yielded back)

6:06pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana

Confirmed: 57-40

If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 8 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination

6:06pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana

Confirmed: 57-40

If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 8 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination

5:35pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #361, Patricia M. Wald, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board;

Confirmed: 57-41

Next: Live Quorum and Cloture on Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 2 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the Morris nomination. We expect the Majority’s hour to be yielded back.

Remaining votes:

  • Confirmation of Morris nomination (7:15-ish tonight range)
  • Live Quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana

 

(up to 2 hours for debate);

  • Confirmation of Watters nomination (9-ishpm tonight range)
  • Live Quorum
  • Confirmation of James nomination
  • Live Quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #444, Heather Anne Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources (8 hours);
  • Confirmation of Higginbottom nomination
  • Live quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #406, Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs) (8 hours);
  • Confirmation of Patterson nomination
  • Live Quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #450, Jeh Charles Johnson, of New Jersey, to be Secretary of Homeland Security (30 hours).
  • Confirmation of Johnson nomination

***********************************

On Thursday, December 12, the Senate continues to be in Executive Session to consider the nominations listed below. Roll call votes are expected to occur throughout the day and into the evening.

1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #346, the nomination of Cornelia T.L. Pillard

Live Quorum

2)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (8 hours);

3)      Confirmation of Feldblum

Live Quorum

4)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York (2 hours);

5)      Confirmation of Wolford nomination

Live Quorum

6)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire (2 hours);

7)      Confirmation of McCafferty nomination

Live Quorum

8)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #361, Patricia M. Wald, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (8 hours);

9)      Confirmation of Wald nomination

Live Quorum

10)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana (2 hours);

11)  Confirmation of Morris nomination

Live Quorum

12)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana (2 hours);

13)  Confirmation of Watters nomination

Live Quorum

14)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force (8 hours);

15)  Confirmation of James nomination

Cloture was invoked on the Morris nomination 57-40. Senator Reid then yielded back the Majority’s time.

The next set of votes will begin at approximately 7:30pm. Those votes will be on the following:

  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana.
    • Live Quorum
    • Cloture on Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana.

 

Then there will be up to 2 hours for debate (expect to yield back Majority’s time) followed 2 votes in the 9:15pm range:

  • Confirmation of Watters nomination (MT District Judge)
  • Live Quorum

Up to 8 hours for debate 

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed H.R.3547, Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act, with a Nelson amendment which is the text of S.1753, and an amendment to the title.

7:30pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana;

Confirmed: 75-20

At 7:57pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana;

Invoked: 58-39

Cloture on the Watters nomination (MT District Judge) was invoked 58-39.

The next set of votes are expected to begin at approximately 9:15pm. Those votes would be on the following:

  • Confirmation of Watters nomination (MT District Judge)
  • Live Quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force
  • 9:15pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana;Confirmed: 77-19
  • 9:45am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force;Invoked: 58-39

    The next set of votes is expected to begin at 7:00am on Friday, December 13.

    7am tomorrow:

    –          Confirmation of nomination was confirmed 77-19. At 9:46pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force.

    Live quorum

     

    –          Cloture on Executive Calendar #444, Heather Anne Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources (8 hours)

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Last Floor Action:
12:38:36 P.M. -H. Res. 438
DEBATE –
The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 438.

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