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FDA/USDA ~ Recalls, Market Withdrawals&Safety Alerts ~~ Jan 2014


FDA (trade union)
FDA (trade union) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
01/31/2014 08:51 AM EST
YoungYou International (“YoungYou”) is voluntarily recalling Mega Slim Herbal Appetite Management, one pill a day, sold from September 15, 2013 through January 23, 2014 at the consumer level. Mega Slim Herbal Appetite Management was found to contain DMAA.

YoungYou International Issues Voluntary Recall of Mega Slim Herbal Appetite Management Pills Due to Presence of DMAA

01/31/2014 08:51 AM EST
YoungYou International (“YoungYou”) is voluntarily recalling Mega Slim Herbal Appetite Management, one pill a day, sold from September 15, 2013 through January 23, 2014 at the consumer level. Mega Slim Herbal Appetite Management was found to contain DMAA.

Arkansas Firm Recalls Frozen Chicken Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
George’s Inc., a Springdale, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 1.25 million pounds of frozen par-fried chicken tender products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The products are formulated with wheat, a known allergen, which was not properly declared on the labels.

01/28/2014 02:13 PM EST
Pringles is recalling a small quantity of 5.68‐ounce cans of its Original crisps. The crisps are being recalled because they may have been inadvertently exposed to seasoning containing milk, which is not listed as an ingredient on the label.

PMI Nutrition, LLC Recalls Red Flannel® Cat Food Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

01/26/2014 04:58 PM EST
PMI Nutrition, LLC (PMI), Arden Hills, Minn., has initiated a voluntary recall of its 20 lb. bags of Red Flannel® Cat Formula cat food for possible Salmonella contamination. There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date.

Winn-Dixie Recalls Instant Chocolate Drink Mix Sold in Florida

01/24/2014 06:41 PM EST
Winn-Dixie today announced an immediate recall of the 30 oz. canister of Winn-Dixie Instant Chocolate Drink Mix, with expiration date code of JUL 14 15B, from shelves in all stores throughout Florida. The recall does not affect stores in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana or Mississippi.

FDA’s MedWatch Safety Alerts: December 2013

01/24/2014 8:30 AM EST
FDA warns consumers about ADHD medications with a risk of long-lasting erections, dietary supplements that contain undeclared ingredients, a nipple aspirate test claiming to be a substitute for a breast biopsy or mammography and more.

UPDATED: Allergy Allert – Undeclared Milk in Five Kinnikinnick Foods Products

01/23/2014 10:14 PM EST
Kinnikinnick Foods of 10940 120 Street, Edmonton, AB is expanding previous recalls of January 10 & 15th. Kinnikinnick has determined that an ingredient used in the production of these products contained MILK allergens that were not listed by the manufacturer of that ingredient and may be present in these finished products.

FDA’s MedWatch Safety Alerts: December 2013

01/24/2014 8:30 AM EST
FDA warns consumers about ADHD medications with a risk of long-lasting erections, dietary supplements that contain undeclared ingredients, a nipple aspirate test claiming to be a substitute for a breast biopsy or mammography and more.

 Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 003-2014, North Dakota Firm Recalls Beef Franks Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen (Jan 15, 2014).

01/22/2014 12:52 PM EST

Lochiel Enterprises Limited of Sherbrooke, NS is voluntarily recalling 56 lbs of ST MARY’S RIVER SMOKEHOUSES OVEN SMOKED ATLANTIC SALMON STIX, CHILI MANGO FLAVOR, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and still births among pregnant women.

Flat Creek Farm & Dairy Recalls Cheese Because of Possible Health Risk Update to Correcy Lot Number Information

01/22/2014 01:50 PM EST

On December 23, 2013, Flat Creek Farm & Dairy of Swainsboro, GA announced a recall of its Heavenly Blue Cheese and Aztec Cheddar cheese. The purpose of this updated press release is to provide the correct lot number for the Aztec Cheddar cheese.

Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 002-2014, California Firm Recalls Various Meat Products Produced Without The Benefit Of Full Inspection (Jan 13/16, 2014).

Kentucky Firm Recalls Cheeseburger Mac Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
Truitt  Brothers Inc., an East Bernstadt, Ky. establishment is recalling  approximately 1.77 million pounds of shelf-stable pasta and ground beef  products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
California Firm Recalls Various Meat Products Produced Without the Benefit of Full Inspection
Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma, Calif., establishment, is expanding its recall to include an additional 420 pounds of product that was produced without the benefit of full federal inspection, making it unfit for human food.
Colorado Firm Recalls Beef and Pork Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
European Meat Products Inc., a Lakewood, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 130,000 pounds of fresh and ready-to-eat beef and pork products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen
Illinois Firm Recalls Sliced Spiral Hams for Possible Listeria Contamination
Gusto Packing, a Montgomery, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 67,113 pounds of sliced, spiral ham products due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Colorado Firm Recalls Beef and Pork Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
European Meat Products Inc., a Lakewood, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 130,000 pounds of fresh and ready-to-eat beef and pork products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
01/16/2014 06:22 PM EST The Mentholatum Company announced today it is conducting a voluntary recall to the retail level of Rohto® Arctic, Rohto® Ice, Rohto® Hydra, Rohto® Relief and Rohto® Cool eye drops Made in Vietnam. This recall includes ONLY lots of product that were manufactured in Vietnam and DOES NOT include eye drops made in Japan.

California Firm Recalls Various Meat Products Produced Without the Benefit of Full Inspection
Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 41,683 pounds of various meat products because they were produced without the benefit of full federal inspection.

North Dakota Firm Recalls Beef Franks Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
Cloverdale Foods Co., a Mandan, N.D., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,664 pounds of beef franks due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.  The products were formulated with milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

Acetaminophen Prescription Combination Drug Products with more than 325 mg: FDA Statement – Recommendation to Discontinue Prescribing and Dispensing

AUDIENCE: Consumer, Dentistry, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pharmacy, Pain Management, Surgery

Midwest Wholesale Issues Voluntary Recall of Boost Ultra, XZone Gold, Sexy Monkey, Triple MiracleZen Platinum, Magic for Men, “New” Extenze, and New XZen Platinum Marketed as a Dietary Supplements Due to the Presence of Undeclared Drug Ingredients

01/10/2014 08:31 PM EST

Nipro Diagnostics, Inc. Initiates Voluntary Recall of Certain TRUEbalance and TRUEtrack Blood Glucose Meters

01/07/2014 06:52 PM EST
Nipro Diagnostics, Inc. today announced it is initiating a voluntary recall and replacement of a limited number of TRUEbalance and TRUEtrack Blood Glucose Meters distributed both in the United States and outside the United States. The company has determined that certain isolated TRUEbalance and TRUEtrack Blood Glucose Meters distributed in the United States have an incorrect factory-set unit of measure that displays the glucose result in mmoi/L rather than mg/dl.

Tonia’s Biscotti II LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Wheat, Milk, and Soy in Tonia’s Biscotti Sampler Bags, Lemon Biscotti Dipped in White Chocolate Bags, and Individually Wrapped Biscotti of All Flavors

01/07/2014 04:48 PM EST
Tonia’s Biscotti II LLC of Homer, AK is recalling Sampler Bags, Lemon Biscotti dipped in White Chocolate Bags, and individually wrapped biscotti of all flavors because they may contain undeclared wheat, milk, and soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat, milk, and/or soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Baxter Initiates Nationwide Voluntary recall Of Select Lots of Premix Parenteral Nutrition

01/03/2014 06:10 PM EST
Baxter International Inc. announced today it has initiated a voluntary recall in the United States of two lots of CLINIMIX and one lot of CLINIMIX E Injection parenteral nutrition products to the user level due to complaints of particulate matter found in the products. For detailed information pertaining to this Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts message, please click the link at the beginning of this bulletin
1/2/2014 10:00 AM EST
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to avoid products marketed as dietary supplements that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These claims are not backed by scientific evidence and FDA is concerned that false assurances of a faster recovery will convince someone who has suffered a concussion to resume activities too early to be safe.
In December 2013, FDA issued a warning letter to Star Scientific, Inc., for marketing its product Anatabloc with claims to treat TBIs.

The Cultured Kitchen Voluntarily Recalls Cashew Cheese Due To Possible Risk Of Contamination From Salmonella

12/31/2013 06:45 PM EST
The Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento, CA is voluntarily recalling all flavors of their non-dairy cashew cheese product due to a risk of contamination from Salmonella. The non-dairy cashew cheese was distributed in Northern California and Nevada at various natural foods stores and farmers markets in the Sacramento Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, and Reno.
12/31/2013 08:32 PM EST
Campbell Soup Company is voluntarily recalling approximately 300 cases of 24-ounce jars of Prego Traditional Italian sauce because of a risk of spoilage. The affected product was manufactured on December 15, 2013 and can be identified by the Best By date of June 16, 2015 and a four-digit, military time code ranging from CT BJ ZV 0330 through CT BJ ZV 0449.
01/01/2014 02:07 PM EST
Vital Signs Devices, a GE Healthcare Company, has initiated a voluntary field corrective action of the disposable Multi Absorber Original after becoming aware of a potential safety issue due to air leakage associated with the CO2 Multi Absorber. The Multi Absorber Original may have a thin wall condition which may lead to small holes in the water (drain tube). This may result in a loss of anesthetic gases, ventilation and oxygenation.

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Shut it, you long-haired hippie
An “anti-public service” message from Donny Rico

An 'anti-public service' message from Donny Rico

Donny Rico here to deliver a message to all you long-haired hippie activist types complaining about the environment and human rights. Be warned: things have changed in America and you need to keep your mouths shut. Corporations are the top of the food chain and you need to keep your place or you’ll be what’s for dinner. Got it?

See, me and Chevron are paving the way for corporate freedom in America. Freedom from accountability, freedom from watchdog punks and freedom from caring about how our actions affect the rest of yous. When those pesky Ecuadorians spouted off about the fact that Chevron did a piece of work and chose to dump billions of gallons of toxic waste in their rainforest, we decided to turn the tables and it worked like a real charm. Chevron’s tired of being the victim just because over a thousand people died of cancer in Ecuador and we wrecked the Amazon rainforest.

Now, I hear some of you babbos got it in your heads to call on the U.S. Senate to investigate or some such garbage and try to put a stop to this. That ain’t gonna work. But go ahead and try and see what Chevron has to say about you and your 36 environmental, human rights and corporate accountability groups getting involved. You’re just asking for us to label you as “co-conspirators” and sue your asses under RICO, too!

See, RICO ain’t just some law to go after the mob, it’s the wave of the future. Thanks to RICO, anyone, and I DO MEAN ANYONE who speaks up about Chevron’s… ahhh… problems in Ecuador is a “co-conspirator” in the RICO world. That means we can drag yous all to court, subpoena all your emails and documents, and force you to shell out boatloads of cash to lawyers just to defend yourselves. And your reputation? Fuggetaboutit! See we got enough cash to crush your reputations. We’ll just call all your friends and tell ‘em you’re extortionists. You guys already gotta ask people for money just to stay afloat, so who’s gonna give it to ya if we make you look like crooks?

So be smart. Keep quiet and let Chevron do its thing. Oh, and that goes for all of yous activist types and do-good lawyers. If you think big energy companies are gonna let you organize people who got a beef with fracking and new pipelines – think again. We got enough legal muscle and friendly judges out there to go after anyone who does anything to threaten our bottom line. So if you go tellin’ people not to buy our products and instead get some organic-vegan-cotton throw pillow or some such tree-hugging junk, well then you’re conspiring to cost us money. And THAT is a RICO crime, got it?

If you still don’t get the message, watch my little video and you’ll learn real fast. See, this ain’t gonna end with Chevron. Once we get away with charging our own victims in Ecuador as crooks, there’s no limit to who we can go after. Freedom of speech don’t mean you can say things we don’t like – you’ve been warned.

Donny Rico, out!

FDA Alerts & Recalls ~~ Nov 2013


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11/27/2013 04:38 PM EST
Flat Creek Farm and Dairy of Swainsboro, GA has recalled 200 pounds of Heavenly Blue cheese, because of potential contamination. As of November 27, 2013 at 11:00am, according to Flat Creek records, all of the purchasers have been notified and more than 90% of the product has been collected or destroyed.

Zip International Group LLC Recalls Herring Fillet in Oil Due to Potential Health Risk

11/27/2013 10:07 AM EST
ZIP INTERNATIONAL GROUP LLC, 160 Raritan Center Parkway #6, Edison, NJ 08837, is recalling herring fillet in oil (FOSFOREL, ATLANTIKA) 400 gram in plastic packaging due to Listeria contamination.

CLR Medicals International Inc. Issues Nationwide Recall of Viscoelastic Products

11/25/2013 07:39 PM EST
CLR Medicals International Inc., initiated a nationwide recall of Viscocel and Viscocel Plus, in response to FDA inspectional findings of deficiencies in the Quality System regulations for Medical Device Manufacturers, 21 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 820 and lack of Premarket Approval (PMA) for devices sold or distributed in domestic commerce. The Viscoelastic products, intended for human and animal use, have been determined to be a public health concern due to distribution in the US without FDA approval, which evaluates the safety and efficacy of the product, and violations of the QSR regulations related to sterility, and biocompatibility that may result in the release of contaminated products.

Jayone Food Issues Voluntary Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Dried Seaweed Salad

11/23/2013 09:18 PM EST
Jayone Foods, inc. of Paramount, CA is voluntarily recalling All date codes of Trader Joe’s Dried Seaweed Salad with Spicy Dressing (SKU 97677), because it may contain traces of peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Recall expanded to include: Raspberry Lemonade OxyELITE Pro Super Thermo Powder

11/19/2013 08:44 PM EST
USPlabs LLC, Dallas, TX is voluntarily conducting a national recall of all lots and sizes of the OxyElite Pro dietary supplement products listed below. These products contain Aegeline, a synthesized version of a natural extract from the Bael tree.
11/19/2013 03:49 PM EST
Blount Fine Foods of Fall River, MA is recalling a single lot code of Wegman’s branded refrigerated New England Clam Chowder in 16 ounce retail cup pack size because of undeclared crab allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to crab run the risk of suffering serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.
11/18/2013 01:00 PM EST
FDA used new enforcement tools provided by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to act quickly in the face of a potential danger to public health.
 Following FDA actions, USPLabs on Nov. 9, 2013 recalled certain OxyElite Pro dietary supplements linked to dozens of cases of acute liver failure and hepatitis, including one death and illnesses so severe that several patients required liver transplants. Additionally, FDA will oversee the destruction of warehouse stocks of the supplement, with a retail value of about $22 million.
While FDA’s investigation is still ongoing, the agency continues to warn consumers to avoid using OxyElite Pro and VERSA-1. Both products contain a new dietary ingredient for which the company did not provide evidence of safety.
11/15/2013 08:59 PM EST
La Boulange Cafe & Bakery voluntarily initiated a product recall of 75 Soft Caramel Jams in 8.4 oz. jars with lot number 822713 as a precautionary measure. This product was sold exclusively in 20 La Boulange Café & Bakery stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.
11/15/2013 03:18 PM EST
S&M Enterprise of Bayonne, NJ is recalling all lots of Fruit of Wolfberry in 12 oz plastic bag packages. People who have allergies to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
11/14/2013 11:45 PM EST
Crunch Pak of Cashmere, Washington is voluntarily recalling 5,471 cases of Crunch Pak Apple Slices due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.
11/07/2013 10:50 AM EST
Bailey’s Choice LLC. in Waleska, GA is recalling its 5 oz. packages of chicken treats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
11/13/2013 04:52 PM EST
3 Fellers LLC is voluntarily initiating a product recall of 3 Fellers Chocolate Cream Pies with the UPC# 891796002732 as a precautionary measure. The recall was initiated after it was discovered by the company that the product may contain undeclared almonds.
11/12/2013 05:13 PM EST
Whole Foods Market’s Northern California region is recalling ready-to-eat Artichoke Wheatberry Salad and Southwest SooFoo®* Salad in response to a recall issued today by Glass Onion Catering. The salads are being recalled as a preventive measure because they have the potential to be contaminated with E. coli O157:h7, a bacteria that may cause illness.
11/08/2013 10:04 PM EST
Sequel Naturals Inc., dba “Vega,” announced today that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily withdrawing a limited quantity of its Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Sports Performance Protein products due to finding trace amounts of chloramphenicol (CAP), a naturally occurring antibiotic. Chloramphenicol is a prescription drug commonly used to treat typhoid fever and eye infections around the world. It should only be used under medical supervision.
11/10/2013 08:27 PM EST
Athertone Foods, Inc. of Richmond, CA is voluntary recalling “Best Buy” dates 9-23-13 through 11-14-13 of ready to eat salads and wraps because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. coli O157:H7). E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools.
11/11/2013 01:43 PM EST
Palmer Candy Company of Sioux City, IA is recalling 102 cases of HyVee Chocolate Caramel Clusters and 90 cases HyVee Chocolate Covered Caramels because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
11/09/2013 03:27 PM EST
Plum Organics is voluntarily recalling pouch products within its Baby Stage 2, Tots Mish Mash and Kids lines after discovering a manufacturing defect that may cause spoilage in some pouches. Recalled products can be identified by the “Best By” dates ranging from 08/05/14 to 12/08/14 and the letters “AT.”
11/05/2013 03:59 PM EST GOURMET EXPRESS, LLC VOLUNTARILY RECALLS 32 OUNCE PACKAGES OF “FUSIA CHICKEN LO MEIN” AND 21 OZ PACKAGES OF “BREMER 3 CHEESE CHICKEN” AND “BREMER GARLIC SHRIMP SKILLET MEALS DUE TO POSSIBLE UNDECLARED. People who have allergies to egg, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products
11/04/2013 01:32 PM EST
October 30, 2013 – Garden-Fresh Foods is initiating an expansion to our voluntary recall on various ready-to-eat salads, slaw, and dip products sold under various brands and code dates (see attachment). The products included in the expanded recall were produced between the dates of September 5, 2013 through October 16, 2013.
11/05/2013 03:59 PM EST
GOURMET EXPRESS, LLC VOLUNTARILY RECALLS 32 OUNCE PACKAGES OF “FUSIA CHICKEN LO MEIN” AND 21 OZ PACKAGES OF “BREMER 3 CHEESE CHICKEN” AND “BREMER GARLIC SHRIMP SKILLET MEALS DUE TO POSSIBLE UNDECLARED. People who have allergies to egg, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Teens and Steroids: A Dangerous Combo

11/04/2013 11:00 AM EST Teens are particularly at risk for adverse effects associated with anabolic steroids—possible mood swings, aggressive behavior, heart and liver disease, shrinkage of the testes in males, and menstrual irregularities in women. Ali Mohamadi, M.D., a medical officer in the Food and Drug Administration’s Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products, warns teens and parents about the dangers of steroid use.

11/04/2013 01:32 PM EST
October 30, 2013 – Garden-Fresh Foods is initiating an expansion to our voluntary recall on various ready-to-eat salads, slaw, and dip products sold under various brands and code dates (see attachment). The products included in the expanded recall were produced between the dates of September 5, 2013 through October 16, 2013.
11/04/2013 01:07 PM EST
Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon is voluntarily expanding its October 22, 2013 recall of refrigerated ready-to-eat products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems.
11/04/2013 12:33 PM EST
Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods of Vallejo, California is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Trader Giotto’s Caesar Salad (SKU 05161) with a “Use By 11/03” date, because it may not list wheat, soy and fish (anchovy) in the ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat, soy and/or anchovy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
11/01/2013 05:53 PM EDT
Following the Reser’s Fine Foods (“Reser’s”) recall where select Reser’s products were recalled due to the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, Dutch Treat Salads, LLC, of Zeeland, MI, is voluntarily recalling one product, Mexicali Dip, that contains one ingredient recalled by Reser’s.
11/01/2013 10:18 PM EDT
The Perrigo Company (NYSE: PRGO; TASE) announced today that it has initiated a voluntary, nationwide product recall to the retail level of 18 batches of its acetaminophen infant suspension liquid, 160 mg/5 mL, sold in 2 oz. and 4 oz. bottles with syringes in a box under the store brand products listed below. The recall is being initiated because of the remote potential that a small number of packages might contain an oral dosing syringe without dose markings.
11/01/2013 04:07 PM EDT
Winn-Dixie today announced an immediate recall in all Winn-Dixie stores of the Taylor Farms Broccoli Crunch Salad sold in the full-service case in the deli department. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the reason for the recall is the potential that the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall is part of a larger recall issued by Taylor Farms Tennessee, Inc. and Taylor Farms Maryland, Inc. as a result of a recall of Reser’s Fine Food Inc. products.
11/01/2013 04:10 PM EDT
Winn-Dixie today announced an immediate recall of the Taylor Farms Spinach Antipasta Salad in all Winn-Dixie stores. This recall is an expansion of an earlier recall announced by Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc.

Congress: the Republican led House – the Senate Considers 2 US Dist Judges &HR2354,the Energy and Water appropriations bill


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

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

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

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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.