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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.

During the opening, Senate Reid renewed 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.

The Senate has reached an agreement to consider the Debt Limit/CR and to go to conference on the Budget resolution. There will be a series of 2 roll call votes beginning momentarily.

By consent, the Senate will now begin consideration of H.R.2775, agree to the substitute amendment, which is the text of the debt limit and CR deal, and immediately proceed to a cloture vote on the bill, as amended. If cloture is invoked, the Senate would immediately proceed to vote on passage of the bill, as amended.

The Senate also agreed that if the senate passes H.R.2775, as amended, the Senate go to conference on the Budget resolution and authorized the Chair to appoint conferees with a ratio of 12 Democrats and 10 Republicans. The conferees are instructed to report back a conference report by December 13, 2013. It is not in order for the Senate to consider a conference report if it includes reconciliation instructions to raise the debt limit. If the House fails to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R.2775 (Debt Limit/CR), the agreement to go to conference on the Budget would be vitiated.

2 roll call votes at approx. 7:30pm:

–       Cloture on H.R.2775, as amended (60 vote threshold); and

–       Passage of H.R.2775, as amended, Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 (majority vote threshold).

Agreement to go to conference on Budget resolution

Murray:           I ask unanimous consent that if the Senate passes H.R.2775, as amended, the Senate then proceed to the consideration of Calendar #33, H.Con.Res.25; that the amendment at the desk, which is the text of S.Con.Res.8, the budget resolution passed by the Senate, be agreed to and the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table; that H.Con.Res.25, as amended, be agreed to; the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table; that the motion for the Senate to insist on its amendment, be agreed to; that the Senate request a conference with the House on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses and authorize the Chair to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate, with a ratio of 12 Democrats and 10 Republicans; that the conferees be instructed to report back a conference report by December 13, 2013; that if the Senate receives from the House a request to go to conference on S.Con.Res.8, that this agreement be modified so that the Senate agree to the request to go conference on S.Con.Res.8, with the remaining provisions related to the conference remaining in effect; further, that it not be in order for the Senate to consider a conference report with respect to H.Con.Res.25 or S.Con.Res.8, if it includes reconciliation instructions to raise the debt limit; and that all of the above occur with no intervening action or debate; finally, that H.Con.Res.25, as amended, and passed, be held at the desk until a message is received from the House relative to H.R.2775 and if the House fails to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R.2775, this agreement be vitiated.

Without objection.

Agreement on CR/Debt Limit

Reid:                I ask unanimous consent the Senate proceed to the consideration of Calendar #193, H.R.2775; that the substitute amendment, which is at the desk, be agreed to (text of debt limit until February 7, 2014 and CR through January 15, 2014); that a cloture motion on the bill, as amended, which is at the desk, then be read; that the mandatory quorum required under rule 22 be waived; that no other amendments, points of order or motions be in order to the bill; that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be yielded back and the bill, as amended, be read a third time and the Senate proceed to vote on passage of the bill, as amended; that if the bill, as amended, is passed, that a title amendment, which is at the desk be agreed to; finally, that if cloture is not invoked, the action above with respect to the amendment to the bill be vitiated and the bill be returned to the calendar.

Without objection.

At 7:33pm the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R.2775, as amended (Debt Limit/CR);

Invoked: 83-16

7:56pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on passage of H.R.2775, as amended (Debt Limit/CR);

Passed: 81-18

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Last Floor Action:
10:43:49 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess.

The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.

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Congress: the Republican led House did 3minutes of work for We the People – the Senate &S.1813,the Surface Transportation Act – Tell Republicans to DO WHAT IS RIGHT


the Senate Convenes at 2:00pmET March 9, 2012

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1813, the Surface Transportation Act. As previously announced, there will be no roll call votes on Monday. Senators should expect several votes beginning Tuesday morning in order to complete action on the Transportation bill.

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTES

1) Vitter amendment #1535 (OCS) (60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 44-54

2) Baucus amendment #1825 (Rural Schools) (60-vote threshold); Agreed To: 82-16

3) Collins amendment #1660 (Boiler MACT) (60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 52-46

4) Coburn amendment #1738 (OMB/Duplicative Programs) (60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 52-46

5) Nelson(FL) amendment #1822 (RESTORE) (60-vote threshold); Agreed To: 76-22

6) Wyden amendment #1817 (Keystone Pipeline) (60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 33-65

7) Hoeven amendment #1537 (Keystone Pipeline) (60-vote threshold); Not Agreed To: 56-42

8) Boxer motion to waive Corker Budget Act points of order; Waived: 66-31

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Adopted S.Res.393, Designating March 11, 2012, as “World Plumbing Day”.

Completed the Rule 14 process of S.2173, National Right-to-Work Act. (DeMint)

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The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on March 9, 2012.

CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MARCH 9, 2012

 112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

-The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on March 13, 2012.11:03:01 A.M. -The House received a communication from John L. Mica, Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Mr. Mica notified the House that on March 8, 2012, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met in open session to consider resolutions to authorize 11 lease prospectuses included in the General Services Administration‘s FY2011 and FY2012 Capital Investment and Leasing Programs and one resolution to request an information report pursuant to section 3315(a) of Title 40. The Committee adopted the resolutions on March 8, 2012.11:02:29 A.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.11:02:25 A.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.11:01:24 A.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.11:01:03 A.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Adrian Smith to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.11:00:44 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

Congress: the Republican led House – the Senate continues to consider S.1813,the Surface Transportation bill


 the Senate Convened at 10:00amET March 7, 2012

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business for one hour with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Majority controlling the final half.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1813, the Surface Transportation bill. We continue to work on a path forward to complete action on the Surface Transportation bill.
  • The Senate will recess from 5pm to 6pm to accommodate a Senators-only briefing.

There will be no roll call votes on Monday, March 12, 2012.

There will be no roll call votes on Monday, March 19. 2012

State Work Period April 2-13, 2012

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MARCH 7, 2012

 112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

-SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.6:41:55 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.6:38:35 P.M. -Mr. Hensarling asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, it adjourn to meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Agreed to without objection.6:37:51 P.M. -H.R. 3606Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3606 as unfinished business.6:37:49 P.M. -H.R. 3606On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.6:37:44 P.M. -H.R. 3606Mr. Hensarling moved that the Committee rise.6:36:38 P.M. -H.R. 3606On agreeing to the Connolly (VA) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 185 – 236 (Roll no. 106).6:32:30 P.M. -H.R. 3606On agreeing to the Waters amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 161 – 259 (Roll no. 105).6:24:48 P.M. -H.R. 3606On agreeing to the Ellison amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 169 – 244 (Roll no. 104).6:20:54 P.M. -H.R. 3606On agreeing to the Himes amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 164 – 245 (Roll no. 103).5:55:51 P.M. -H.R. 3606UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.5:55:05 P.M. -H.R. 3606On agreeing to the McCarthy (CA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.5:49:07 P.M. -H.R. 3606DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 572, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McCarthy (CA) amendment No. 10.5:49:05 P.M. -H.R. 3606An amendment, offered by Mr. McCarthy (CA), numbered 10 printed in House Report 112-409 to clarify that general advertising under this provision should only apply to Regulation D rule 506 offerings, allow for general solicitation in the secondary sale of these securities so long as only qualified institutional buyers purchase the securities, and provide consistency in interpretation that general advertising should not cause these offerings to be considered public offerings.5:48:20 P.M. -H.R. 3606POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Connolly (VA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Connolly (VA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.5:38:14 P.M. -H.R. 3606DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 572, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Connolly (VA) amendment No. 9.5:38:11 P.M. -H.R. 3606An amendment, offered by Mr. Connolly (VA), numbered 9 printed in House Report 112-409 to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to perform a study, in consultation with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, of the effects on emerging growth companies of financial speculation on domestic oil and gasoline prices and to forward the results of that study to Congress.5:36:55 P.M. -H.R. 3606By unanimous consent, the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment was withdrawn.5:36:12 P.M. -H.R. 3606DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 572, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 8.5:36:09 P.M. -H.R. 3606An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee (TX), numbered 8 printed in House Report 112-409 to establish new filing fee for Reg S-K Forms to discourage frivolous filings.5:35:47 P.M. -H.R. 3606On agreeing to the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment; Failed by voice vote.5:26:04 P.M. -H.R. 3606DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 572, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 7.5:26:00 P.M. -H.R. 3606An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee (TX), numbered 7 printed in House Report 112-409 to strike language that allows an emerging growth company or its underwriter to communicate with “institutions that are accredited investors.”5:25:58 P.M. -H.R. 3606POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Waters amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mrs. Waters demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.5:13:17 P.M. -H.R. 3606DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 572, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Waters amendment No. 6.5:13:15 P.M. -H.R. 3606An amendment, offered by Ms. Waters, numbered 6 printed in House Report 112-409 to provide that if a broker or dealer is underwriting an initial public offering (IPO) for an emerging growth company (EGC) and providing research to the public about such IPO, those research reports need to be filed with the SEC, and the broker or dealer shall be held to stricter liability for their comments. Would also provide that if EGCs are communicating, either orally or in writing, with potential investors before or following an offering, they need to file those communications with the SEC.5:12:59 P.M. -H.R. 3606POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Ellison amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Ellison demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.5:00:32 P.M. -H.R. 3606DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 572, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ellison amendment No. 5.5:00:27 P.M. -H.R. 3606An amendment, offered by Mr. Ellison, numbered 5 printed in House Report 112-409 to require Emerging Growth Companies to fully comply with say-on-pay and golden parachute shareholder votes.5:00:07 P.M. -H.R. 3606On agreeing to the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.4:52:56 P.M. -H.R. 3606DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 572, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 4.4:52:43 P.M. -H.R. 3606An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee (TX), numbered 4 printed in House Report 112-409 to add a requirement that a company not be considered an “emerging growth company” if it has issued more than $1 billion in non-convertible debt over the prior three years.4:52:35 P.M. -H.R. 3606POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Himes amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Himes demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.4:40:56 P.M. -H.R. 3606DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 572, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Himes amendment No. 3.4:40:53 P.M. -H.R. 3606An amendment, offered by Mr. Himes, numbered 3 printed in House Report 112-409 to lower the gross annual revenue cap from $1,000,000,000 to $750,000,000 for emerging growth companies to remain eligible for the regulatory on-ramp and to strike the public float requirement for the on-ramp.4:40:27 P.M. -H.R. 3606On agreeing to the McIntyre amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.4:36:16 P.M. -H.R. 3606DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 572, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McIntyre amendment No. 2.4:36:12 P.M. -H.R. 3606An amendment, offered by Mr. McIntyre, numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-409 to adjust the Emerging Growth Company definition for inflation, resulting in providing more flexibility for businesses.4:35:58 P.M. -H.R. 3606On agreeing to the Fincher amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.4:33:03 P.M. -H.R. 3606DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 572, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Fincher amendment No. 1.4:32:41 P.M. -H.R. 3606An amendment, offered by Mr. Fincher, numbered 1 printed in House Report 112-409 to make technical changes to the underlying bill.3:55:57 P.M. -H.R. 3606GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole resumed general debate on H.R. 3606.3:55:45 P.M. -H.R. 3606The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.3:55:25 P.M. -H.R. 3606Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3606 — “To increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies.”3:53:47 P.M. -H.R. 3606RULING OF THE CHAIR – After review, the Chair ruled that the remarks constituted a personality directed towards an indentifiable Member and announced that, without objection, said remarks would be stricken from the record. Subsequently, the Chair announced that the Committee of the Whole would resume its sitting.3:53:46 P.M. -H.R. 3606Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3606 as unfinished business.3:35:32 P.M. -H.R. 3606WORDS TAKEN DOWN – During the course of debate, exception was taken to certain words used and a demand was made to have words taken down. Subsequently, the words were reported to the Committee of the Whole and the Chair announced that the Committee would rise.3:00:43 P.M. -H.R. 3606GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 3606.3:00:29 P.M. -H.R. 3606The Speaker designated the Honorable Robert J. Dold to act as Chairman of the Committee.3:00:29 P.M. -H.R. 3606House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 572 and Rule XVIII.3:00:13 P.M. -H.R. 3606Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3606 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. Specified amendments are in order. The resolution provides that an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of text of Rules Committee Print 112-17 shall be considered as adopted. The resolution waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.3:00:08 P.M. -H.R. 3606Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 572. H.R. 3606 — “To increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies.”2:59:48 P.M. -H. Res. 572Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:59:47 P.M. -H. Res. 572On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 252 – 166 (Roll no. 102).2:48:58 P.M. -H. Res. 572On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 244 – 177 (Roll no. 101).2:42:20 P.M. -H. Res. 572Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 572 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3606) to increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies.”2:42:00 P.M. -H.R. 2842Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:41:59 P.M. -H.R. 2842On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 265 – 154 (Roll no. 100).2:33:26 P.M. -H.R. 2842On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 182 – 237 (Roll no. 99).2:16:49 P.M. -H.R. 2842The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.2:06:51 P.M. -H.R. 2842DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Garamendi motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to require that all materials used to install conduit hydropower generation under this Act to be manufactured in the United States.2:06:31 P.M. -H.R. 2842Mr. Garamendi moved to recommit with instructions to Natural Resources.2:05:09 P.M. -H.R. 2842The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.2:04:31 P.M. -H.R. 2842The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.2:04:19 P.M. -H.R. 2842The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2842.2:03:50 P.M. -H.R. 2842On agreeing to the Napolitano amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 168 – 253 (Roll no. 98).1:38:37 P.M. -H.R. 2842UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of an amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.1:38:21 P.M. -H.R. 2842The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.1:38:08 P.M. -H.R. 2842Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2842 — “To authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law, and for other purposes.”1:37:32 P.M. -H. Res. 572POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 572, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Polis demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.12:46:04 P.M. -H. Res. 572DEBATE – The House resumed debate on H. Res. 572.12:45:53 P.M. -The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 4105 without amendment.12:31:00 P.M. -H. Res. 572DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 572.12:30:31 P.M. -H. Res. 572Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 572 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3606) to increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies.”12:02:36 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.12:02:01 P.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Thompson of PA to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.12:01:57 P.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.12:00:33 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.12:00:17 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 7.11:09:40 A.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.10:10:00 A.M. -MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House continued with further Morning-Hour debate.10:09:47 A.M. -The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 1886.10:01:01 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.10:00:29 A.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Daniel Webster to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:17 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

Congress: the Republican led House – the Senate debates S.1813,Surface Infrastructure bill&Sen.RoyBlunt wages war on women with Amendment#1520


the Senate Convened at 10:00amET February 28, 2012

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business until 12:30pm.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • The Senate may resume consideration of S.1813, the Surface Infrastructure bill, during Tuesday’s session.

The following amendments are pending to S.1813, the Surface Transportation Act:

  • Reid amendment #1730 (Banking, Finance and Commerce titles)
  • Blunt amendment #1520 (moral objections to health care services)

The following amendments have been considered to S.1813, the Surface Transportation Act:

  • Johnson-Shelby #1515 (banking title); withdrawn
  • Reid amendment #1633 (Banking, Finance and Commerce titles); withdrawn
  • Reid amendment #1634 (date change); withdrawn
  • Reid motion to commit with instructions (date change); withdrawn
  • Reid amendment #1636 to the motion to commit (date change); withdrawn
  • Reid amendment #1637 to #1636 (date change); withdrawn

The Senate has resumed consideration of S.1813, the Surface Infrastructure bill.

The Senate has reached an agreement that it be in order for the Blunt amendment #1520 (contraception) to be called up. Further, at a time to be determined on Thursday, March 1, the Senate will proceed to a vote in relation to the Blunt amendment. No other amendments are in order prior to the vote in relation to the Blunt amendment.

The Blunt amendment is now pending

WRAP UP

No ROLL CALL VOTES

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Adopted S.Res.381, authorizing the taking of the official photograph of the Senate in the 112th Congress on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 2:15pm in the Chamber of the U.S. Senate.

Completed the Rule 14 process of H.R.1173, an act to repeal the CLASS program.

No EXECUTIVE ITEMS

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF FEBRUARY 28, 2012

112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

-SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed with Special Order speeches.5:55:47 P.M. -The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting the text of a Presidential Policy Directive establishing procedures to implement section 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81) – referred to the Committee on Armed Services and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 112-91).5:10:26 P.M. -SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.5:06:12 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.5:05:49 P.M. -The House received a communication from Sandra Hanlon, District Representative, Office of Steve King Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Ms. Hanlon notified the House that she had been served with a trial subpoena ad testificandum issued by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa and that after consultation with the Office of General Counsel, she will determine whether compliance with the subpoena is consistent with the privileges and rights of the House.5:05:30 P.M. -H.R. 1433Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:05:21 P.M. -H.R. 1433On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.4:31:40 P.M. -H.R. 1433DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1433.4:31:38 P.M. -H.R. 1433Considered under suspension of the rules.4:31:26 P.M. -H.R. 1433Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1433 — “To protect private property rights.”4:30:49 P.M. -The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.4:29:55 P.M. -Mr. Bishop (UT) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 566.4:29:42 P.M. -H.R. 2117Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.4:29:41 P.M. -H.R. 2117On passage Passed by recorded vote: 303 – 114 (Roll no. 79).4:23:00 P.M. -H.R. 2117On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 176 – 241 (Roll no. 78).3:58:12 P.M. -H.R. 2117DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Capps motion to recommit. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment which adds a provision entitled “PROTECTING STUDENTS FROM HIGHER LOAN COSTS AND A DEVALUED EDUCATIONAL DEGREE”.3:58:00 P.M. -H.R. 2117Mrs. Capps moved to recommit with instructions to Education and the Workforce.3:56:43 P.M. -H.R. 2117The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.3:56:02 P.M. -H.R. 2117The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2117.3:55:40 P.M. -H.R. 2117On agreeing to the Polis amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 199 – 217 (Roll no. 77).3:50:51 P.M. -H.R. 2117On agreeing to the Bishop (NY) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 160 – 255 (Roll no. 76).3:44:12 P.M. –MOMENT OF SILENCE – The House observed a moment of silence in honor of those who lost their lives, their families, and the staff at the high school in the City of Chardon.3:42:30 P.M. -H.R. 2117On agreeing to the Grijalva amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 170 – 247 (Roll no. 75).3:17:04 P.M. -H.R. 2117UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.3:16:36 P.M. -H.R. 2117The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.3:16:03 P.M. -H.R. 2117Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2117 — “To prohibit the Department of Education from overreaching into academic affairs and program eligibility under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.”3:15:02 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 28.2:53:59 P.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.2:53:31 P.M. -H.R. 2117Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 2117 as unfinished business.2:52:59 P.M. -H.R. 2117On motion that the committe rise Agreed to by voice vote.2:52:52 P.M. -H.R. 2117Ms. Foxx moved that the committee rise.2:52:51 P.M. -H.R. 2117POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Polis amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Foxx demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.2:45:45 P.M. -H.R. 2117DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 563, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Polis amendment No. 5.2:45:31 P.M. -H.R. 2117An amendment, offered by Mr. Polis,  numbered 5 printed in House Report 112-404 to require the Secretary to present a plan to prevent waste, fraud and abuse to ensure effective use of taxpayer dollars.2:45:12 P.M. -H.R. 2117POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Bishop (NY) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Bishop (NY) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.2:39:01 P.M. -H.R. 2117DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 563, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bishop (NY) amendment No. 4.2:38:57 P.M. -H.R. 2117An amendment, offered by Mr. Bishop (NY),  numbered 4 printed in House Report 112-404 to strike the prohibition on the Secretary of Education from ever promulgating or enforcing any regulation or rule defining the term “credit hour”.2:38:06 P.M. -H.R. 2117On agreeing to the Polis amendment; Failed by voice vote.2:33:07 P.M. -H.R. 2117DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 563, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Polis amendment No. 3.2:33:03 P.M. -H.R. 2117An amendment, offered by Mr. Polis,  numbered 3 printed in House Report 112-404 to link state authorization regulations to student outcomes.2:30:58 P.M. -H.R. 2117On agreeing to the Foxx amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.2:28:27 P.M. -H.R. 2117DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 563, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Foxx amendment No. 2.2:28:25 P.M. -H.R. 2117An amendment, offered by Ms. Foxx,  numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-404 to repeal a section of the credit hour regulation impacting clock hour programs.2:27:50 P.M. -H.R. 2117POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Grijalva amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Grijalva demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.2:22:40 P.M. -H.R. 2117DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 563, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grijalva amendment No. 1.2:22:37 P.M. -H.R. 2117An amendment, offered by Mr. Grijalva,  numbered 1 printed in House Report 112-404 to retain the requirement that states have a process to hear and take appropriate action on student complaints regarding institutions as part of the state authorization.1:26:09 P.M. -H.R. 2117GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 2117.1:25:43 P.M. -H.R. 2117The Speaker designated the Honorable Candice S. Miller to act as Chairwoman of the Committee.1:25:42 P.M. -H.R. 2117House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 563 and Rule XVIII.1:25:31 P.M. -H.R. 2117Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2117 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. Specified amendments are in order. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed in the bill.1:25:26 P.M. -H.R. 2117Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 563. H.R. 2117 — “To prohibit the Department of Education from overreaching into academic affairs and program eligibility under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.”1:24:41 P.M. -H. Res. 563Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.1:24:31 P.M. -H. Res. 563On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 244 – 171 (Roll no. 74).12:58:41 P.M. -H. Res. 563The previous question was ordered without objection.12:28:30 P.M. -H. Res. 563DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 563.12:25:42 P.M. -H. Res. 563Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 563 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2117) to prohibit the Department of Education from overreaching into academic affairs and program eligibility under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.”12:04:32 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.12:04:21 P.M. -Pursuant to section 287a of title 2, United States Code, the Chair appointed Thomas J. Wickham, Jr. as Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives to succeed John V. Sullivan, resigned.12:02:50 P.M. -The House received a communication from The Honorable John V. Sullivan wherein he resigns as the Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives effective March 31, 2012.12:02:11 P.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Connolly of VA to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.12:02:00 P.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal.  Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.12:00:49 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Adam McHugh, Vitas Hospice Center, Covina, California12:00:47 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 28.10:31:08 A.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.10:01:04 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.10:00:53 A.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael G. Fitzpatrick to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:00 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

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.