the Senate Convened at 10:00amET November 15, 2011
- Following the prayer and pledge, there will be a period of morning business until 11am, with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. The Majority will control the first half and the Republicans will control the next half.
- At 11am, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nominations of Sharon Gleason, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Alaska, and Yvonne Rogers, to be U.S. District Judge for the district of Northern California. There will be 1 hour for debate prior to votes on confirmation of the nominations. Therefore, senators should expect a series of 2 roll call votes to begin at noon.
- Following the votes, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
- At 2:15pm, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2354, the Energy and Water appropriations bill.
12:01pm The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Sharon Gleason, of Alaska, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Alaska. Confirmed: 87-8
12:28pm The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Yvonne Rogers, of California, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California. Confirmed: 89-6
Recess until 3pm for Caucus Mtgs
4:17pm Reid Substitute amendment to Energy and Water appropriations is pending
When the Senate resumed consideration of HR 2354, the Energy and Water appropriations bill, Senator Reid withdrew the committee reported substitute amendment. He then offered a new substitute amendment #956, which included the text of Energy and Water, Financial Services/General Government; and State/Foreign Operations appropriations. Senator Menendez raised a Rule 16 point of order that was well taken and the amendment fell.
Senator Reid then offered a new substitute (Reid amendment #957), which includes the 3 appropriations bills minus the offending Cuba related language.
The Divisions of the Reid substitute amendment #957 are as follows:
Division A: text of the withdrawn committee-reported amendment (Energy and Water appropriations)
Division B: text of Calendar #171, S.1573 with the exception of sections 620 and 624 (Financial Services/General Government appropriations minus the offending Cuba language)
Division C: text of Calendar #179, S.1601 (State/Foreign Operations appropriations)
Senator Reid then asked consent that HR 2434, as reported by the House Appropriations Committee and Division C of amendment #957 be deemed House passed text in HR 2354 for purpose of Rule 16 and that amendment #957 for the purposes of paragraph 1 Rule 16 be considered a committee amendment. In English, that means Senator Reid was seeking consent to use the following bills for defense of germaneness purposes: HR 2354 (Energy and Water), HR 2434 (Financial Services), S.1601 (State/Foreign Operations).
Senator Moran objected to Senator Reid’s request and Senator Vitter also spoke in opposition to the request.
Senator Reid then filled the amendment tree so that we can continue to work on an agreement to consider the Energy and Water appropriations bill.
ROLL CALL VOTES
1) Confirmation of Sharon Gleason, of AK, to be United States District Judge for the District of Alaska; Confirmed: 87-8
2) Confirmation of Yvonne Rogers, of CA, to be United States District Judge for the District of Northern California; Confirmed: 89-6
Discharged the HELP committee and adopted S.Res.241, a resolution expressing support for the designation of November 16, 2011, as National Information and Referral Services Day.
Adopted S.Res.323, recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the Welfare Program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
No EXECUTIVE ITEMS
CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF NOVEMBER 15, 2011
112TH CONGRESS – FIRST SESSION
-SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.2:57:07 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.2:54:35 P.M. -H. Res. 463Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:54:33 P.M. -H. Res. 463On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 271 – 153 (Roll no. 842).2:43:30 P.M. -H. Res. 463Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 463 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 822) to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a national standard in accordance with which nonresidents of a State may carry concealed firearms in the State.”2:43:29 P.M. -H.R. 2838Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:43:05 P.M. -H.R. 2838On passage Passed by voice vote.2:43:03 P.M. -H.R. 2838On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 189 – 235 (Roll no. 841).2:25:40 P.M. -H.R. 2838The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.2:20:00 P.M. -H.R. 2838DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Larsen(WA) motion to recommit with instructions, pending the reservation of a point of order. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to prohibit the Coast Guard from awarding a contract to anyone convicted of fraud or other specified criminal offenses. Subsequently, the reservation of a point of order was removed.2:18:51 P.M. -H.R. 2838Mr. Larsen (WA) moved to recommit with instructions to Transportation.2:17:47 P.M. -H.R. 2838The 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.2:17:37 P.M. -H.R. 2838The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.2:16:50 P.M. -H.R. 2838The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2838.2:16:27 P.M. -H.R. 2838On agreeing to the Pierluisi amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 322 – 100 (Roll no. 840).1:48:12 P.M. -H.R. 2838On agreeing to the Young (AK) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.1:47:05 P.M. -H.R. 2838DEBATE – Pursuant to provisions of H. Res. 455 and the previous order of the House, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Young(AK) amendment.1:47:04 P.M. -H.R. 2838An amendment, offered by Mr. Young (AK), pertaining to the the Conveyance of Decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter STORIS.1:46:50 P.M. -H.R. 2838POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on Pierluisi amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Larsen(WA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.1:42:27 P.M. -H.R. 2838DEBATE – Pursuant to provisions of H. Res. 455, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pierluisi amendment.1:42:04 P.M. -H.R. 2838An amendment, offered by Mr. Pierluisi, numbered 15 printed in House Report 112-267 to clarify the application of the Passenger Vessel Services Act to vessels operating in Puerto Rico that are not otherwise qualified to transport passengers for hire and that are more than 100 gross tons. Would allow such vessels to transport passengers between ports in Puerto Rico–a non-contiguous jurisdiction of multiple islands.1:40:38 P.M. -H.R. 2838By unanimous consent, the Landry amendment was withdrawn.1:40:35 P.M. -H.R. 2838An amendment, offered by Mr. Landry, numbered 13 printed in House Report 112-267 to clarify Coast Guard guidance regarding the ability of U.S. flagged offshore supply vessels to carry unlimited amounts of Grade D and Grade E cargo (combustible liquid) when said vessel is operating outside of U.S. waters, provided the vessel meets the safety requirements of the International Maritime Organization.1:32:15 P.M. -H.R. 2838The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.1:31:32 P.M. -H.R. 2838Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2838 — “To authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2012 through 2015, and for other purposes.”1:31:25 P.M. -H.R. 2838ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. LoBiondo asked unanimous consent that, during further consideration of H.R. 2838 in the Committee of the Whole pursuant to House Resolution 455, the amendment by Mr. Young(AK) at the desk be considered as though printed as the last amendment printed in House Report 112-267 and be debatable for 10 minutes. Agreed to without objection.1:30:02 P.M. -H. Res. 463POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 463, the Chair put the question on adoption of the resolution and by voice vote, announced the ayes had prevailed. Mr. McGovern 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.1:29:31 P.M. -H. Res. 463The previous question was ordered without objection.12:33:17 P.M. -H. Res. 463DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 463.12:32:25 P.M. -H. Res. 463Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 463 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 822) to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a national standard in accordance with which nonresidents of a State may carry concealed firearms in the State.”12:02:09 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.12:01:48 P.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Fudge to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.12:01:45 P.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.12:00:28 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.12:00:15 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 15.11:10:05 A.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.10:00:53 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.10:00:28 A.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Allen B. West to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:14 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.