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The Week in Crazy … and a Reminder for 2014 Voters


This is a repost from June 2013 …

10 Crazy Things the Right Did … This Week

By  ThinkProgress War Room

Another week of the insane, inane, and outright offensive. Here’s your top ten:

  1. House Republicans pass plan to deport DREAMers. Just as the Senate is about to consider a bipartisan immigration reform plan, House Republicans, led by virulently anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King (R-IA), passed a mean-spirited plan to deport DREAMers. Boos filled the chamber as the vote was gaveled.
  2. GOP Senator says we can’t pass immigration reform because of government spying programs. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) used the revelations regarding the NSA’s spying programs as his latest excuse for not passing immigration reform.
  3. Republican-appointed federal judge says blacks and Hispanics are “predisposed to crime.” Judge Edith Jones, a member of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, a circuit overseeing a large number of death penalty cases, made her outrageous comments about minorities during a speech earlier this year. The judge, who has a long history of troubling behavior, added that the death penalty is a public service because it’s the only way an inmate can “make peace with God.”
  4. Congressman loses it on the House floor. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) lost it during a rant on the House floor during which he accused the president of “dishonesty, incompetence, vengefulness and lack of moral compass [that] lead many to suggest that he is not fit to lead.”
  5. Senator suggests porn is to blame for military sexual assaults. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), most recently known for being the chief opponent of immigration reform, suggested that porn is responsible for the epidemic of sexual assault plaguing the military.
  6. Republican governor schedules costly special election to lower Democratic turnout during the general election. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) is far head in the polls in his bid for re-election, yet he appears to have scheduled a special election to fill the seat of recently deceased Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) to keep Democratic turnout low the day he and Republican state legislators will be on the ballot. The election will cost $12 MILLION or more and is taking place less than a month before the November general election.
  7. Fox Business refuses to run an ad critical of Fox contributors. After a spate of male Fox contributors made disparaging and sexist comments about female breadwinners, the group UltraViolet sought to run an ad on Fox Business critical of their comments. The network refused to air it.
  8. Anti-Obamacare states pass up billions in funds meant to help the poor get health insurance. The red states that are refusing to expand Medicaid under Obamacare are set to lose out on $8 BILLION in funding, which will cause them to leave an additional 3.6 MILLION Americans uninsured simply out of spite.
  9. Wall Street Journal editorial board member says bike share is a “totalitarian” plot. Dorothy Rabinowitz assailed the newly unveiled bike share plan being rolled out in New York City. She complained that the city’s best neighborhoods were being “begrimed” by the bikes put in place by “totalitarian” Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She also described the “bike lobby” as an “all-powerful enterprise.”
  10. Congressional inquisitor-in-chief goes overboard on CNN. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been endlessly pursuing conspiracy theories and alleged Obama administration scandals for years, but he went more overboard than usual this week. During an appearance on CNN, Issa called White House Press Secretary Jay Carney “a paid liar.” Issa’s fellow Republicans reportedly told him to cool it following the incident.

BONUS: A Texas jury acquitted a man for the murder of a woman he hired as an escort, after his lawyers claimed he was authorized to use deadly force because she refused sex.

HR634 S.156 S.507 and more


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H.R. 634, Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act of 2013

As ordered reported by the House Committee on Financial Services on May 7, 2013

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S. 156, Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use Act

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on May 16, 2013

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H.R. 801, Holding Company Registration Threshold Equalization Act of 2013 As ordered reported by the House Committee on Financial Services on May 7, 201

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S. 507, Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on May 16, 2013

S. 476, a bill to amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on May 16, 2013

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H.R. 1063, National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013

As ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on May 15, 2013

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H.R. 677, Inter-Affiliate Swap Clarification Act

As ordered reported by the House Committee on Financial Services on May 7, 2013

Bills & Hearings in the House 3/19


 

9:30 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – United States House of RepresentativesCommittee on Appropriations: Legislative Branch
10:00 am Hearing: CPA Part 1: Lawful Access to Stored ContentCommittee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations
10:00 am Hearing: DOD and DHS: Implementing Agency Watchdogs’ Recommendations Could Save Taxpayers BillionsCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee
10:00 am Hearing: RESCHEDULED-Threats from Space: A Review of U.S. Government Efforts to Track and Mitigate Asteroids and Meteors, Part 1Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee
10:00 am Hearing: Camp Announces Hearing on Tax Reform and Tax Provisions Affecting State and Local GovernmentsCommittee on Ways and Means: Full Committee
10:00 am Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1126Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
10:00 am Hearing: Homeland Security Grants: Measuring Our InvestmentsCommittee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications
10:00 am Hearing: Hearing entitled “Sustainable Housing Finance: An Update from the Federal Housing Finance Agency on the GSE Conservatorships”Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – General Services AdministrationCommittee on Appropriations: Financial Services and General Government
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – National Science Foundation and Youth Violence ResearchCommittee on Appropriations: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Top Management Challenges at the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services and EducationCommittee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
10:00 am Hearing: Budget Hearing – Department of Energy, Environmental ManagementCommittee on Appropriations: Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
10:00 am Hearing: American Energy Security and Innovation: The Role of Regulators and Grid Operators in Meeting Natural Gas and Electric Coordination ChallengesCommittee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Power
10:30 am Hearing: Health Information Technologies: Harnessing Wireless InnovationCommittee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
11:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing on “Authorization, standards, and procedures for whether, how, and when Indian tribes should be newly recognized by the federal government: Perspective of the Department of the Interior”Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs
12:30 pm Hearing: Public and Outside Witness HearingCommittee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
1:00 pm Hearing: The Release of Criminal Detainees by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Policy or Politics?Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee
1:00 pm Hearing: JOINT HEARING-After the Withdrawal: The Way Forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan -Part ICommittee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa
1:30 pm Hearing: Sequestration Oversight: Understanding the Administration’s Decisions on Spending Cuts and FurloughsCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee
1:30 pm Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Indian HealthCommittee on Appropriations: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
2:00 pm Hearing: Budget Hearing – Federal Bureau of InvestigationCommittee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
2:00 pm Hearing: DHS Information Technology: How Effectively Has DHS Harnessed IT to Secure Our Borders and Uphold Immigration Laws?Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
2:00 pm Hearing: Equipping, Modernizing, and Sustaining the National Guard and Reserve Components as an Operational Force in a time of Budget UncertaintyCommittee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
2:00 pm Hearing: Consistently Inconsistent: Challenges for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small BusinessesCommittee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
2:00 pm Hearing: RESCHEDULED: Oversight Hearing – Quality of Life in the MilitaryCommittee on Appropriations: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies
2:00 pm Hearing: Joint Subcommittee Hearing of the HVAC Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations & SBC Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce: Consistently Inconsistent: Challenges for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small BusinessesCommittee on Veterans’ Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
3:00 pm Hearing: The Department of Energy’s Strategy for Exporting Liquefied Natural GasCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee
3:30 pm Hearing: The U.S. Nuclear Deterrent: What Are the Requirements for A Strong Deterrent In an Era of Defense Sequester?Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

Bills & Hearings in the House


Watch Most Recent House Floor Activity

Bills for the Week of Mar. 11, 2013

Items that may be considered under suspension of the rules

H.R. 1035 To require a study of voluntary community-based flood insurance options and how such options could be incorporated into the national flood insurance program, and for other purposes           [PDF]
              Added              03/08/2013 at 12:48 PM
H.R. 749 Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act           [PDF]                  [XML]
              Added              03/08/2013 at 12:48 PM

Items that may be considered pursuant to a rule

H.R. 890 Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013           [PDF]                  [XML]
:: Rules Committee Print 113-3, showing the text of H.R. 890 as ordered reported by the Committee on Ways and Means and H.R. 987 as introduced.           [PDF]                  [XML]
H.R. 803 SKILLS Act           [PDF]                  [XML]
              Added              03/07/2013 at 02:01 PM
:: Rules Committee Print 113-4, showing the text of H.R. 803 as ordered reported by the Committee on Education and the Workforce           [PDF]                  [XML]
              Added              03/07/2013 at 02:01 PM

HOUSE Hearings for MARCH 3/13

Time (EST) Session
9:30 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Water Infrastructure FinancingCommittee on Appropriations: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing on “The reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act”Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee
10:00 am Hearing: Examination of Litigation AbusesCommittee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution And Civil Justice
10:00 am Hearing: POSTPONED:Is U.S. Homeland Security Threatened by the European Union Not Designating Hezbollah as a Terrorist Organization?Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
10:00 am Hearing: Addressing Transparency in the Federal Bureaucracy: Moving Toward A More Open GovernmentCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee
10:00 am Hearing: STEM Education: Industry and Philanthropic InitiativesCommittee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Research
10:00 am Hearing: Chairman Nunes Announces Hearing on  U.S.-India Trade Relations: Opportunities and ChallengesCommittee on Ways and Means:
10:00 am Hearing: Meeting Patient Care Needs: Measuring the Value of VA Physician Staffing StandardsCommittee on Veterans’ Affairs: Subcommittee on Health
10:00 am Hearing: DHS Cybersecurity: Roles and Responsibilities to Protect the Nation’s Critical InfrastructureCommittee on Homeland Security: Full Committee
10:00 am Hearing: FBI Headquarters ConsolidationCommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
10:00 am Hearing: Public and Outside Witnesses HearingCommittee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
10:00 am Hearing: National Forest Management and its Impacts on Rural Economies and CommunitiesCommittee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Federal Emergency Management Agency – Hurricane Sandy FundingCommittee on Appropriations: Homeland Security
10:00 am Hearing: Hearing entitled “Mortgage Insurance: Comparing Private Sector and Government-Subsidized Approaches” Committee on Financial Services: Housing and Insurance
10:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection ServiceCommittee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
10:00 am Hearing: Impact of the Continuing Resolution, Sequestration, and Declining Operations and Maintenance Budgets on Military Personnel and Family Related ProgramsCommittee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel
10:00 am Hearing: DOE Management and Oversight of Its Nuclear Weapons Complex: Lessons of the Y-12 Security FailureCommittee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
10:00 am Hearing: “Keeping College Within Reach:  Examining Opportunities to Strengthen Federal Student Loan Programs”Committee on Education and the Workforce: Committee on the Education and the Workforce
10:15 am Hearing: Obamacare’s Impact on JobsCommittee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health
10:30 am Markup: Budget for Fiscal Year 2014Committee On The Budget: Full Committee
11:00 am Hearing: Oversight Hearing – National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationCommittee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
11:30 am Hearing: Investigating and Prosecuting 21st Century Cyber ThreatsCommittee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations
12:00 pm Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Syria (CLOSED)Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
2:00 pm Hearing: The Rebalance to Asia: Why South Asia Matters -Part IICommittee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
2:00 pm Hearing: Information Technology and Cyber Operations: Modernization and Policy Issues to Support the Future ForceCommittee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats & Capabilities
2:30 pm Hearing: Gulf War: What Kind of Care are Veterans Receiving 20 Years Later?Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
2:30 pm Hearing: urthering Asbestos Claim Transparency -FACT- Act of 2013Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law
2:45 pm Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Hurricane Sandy Supplemental ImplementationCommittee on Appropriations: Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
2:45 pm Hearing: Oversight Hearing – American Battle Monuments Commission, U.S. Court of Appeal for Veterans Claims, Armed Forces Retirement Home, and Army National Cemeteries Program Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
3:00 pm Hearing: Federal Financial Support for Energy Technologies: Assessing Costs and BenefitsCommittee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Energy
3:00 pm Hearing: H.R. 803—SKILLS ActCommittee on Rules: Full Committee

CONGRESS : the Republican led House : Scheduled to do only about 8days of work prior to Election2012 : the Senate led by Dems


the Senate Convenes: 10:00amET September 19, 2012

  • Following the prayer and pledge, the Majority Leader will be recognized.
  • Following the remarks of the two Leaders, the Senate will resume consideration of S.3457, the Veterans Jobs Corps Act. The time until 12:00pm will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.  It is in order for Senator McConnell or his designee to raise a budget point of order against the substitute amendment #2789.  If a budget point of order is raised, the Majority Leader, or his designee, will be recognized for a motion to waive the applicable budget points of orderAt 12:00pm, there will be a roll call voteon the motion to waive the budget act with respect to the substitute amendment.
  • Following the roll call vote, the Majority Leader will be recognized.  Following his remarks, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • At 2:15pm, there will be an additional roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.J.Res.117, the Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2013.

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The next meeting in the House is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on September 18, 2012.  They were in Session for about 2 minutes

The next meeting is on September 19th

House hearings schedule below

9/19 10:00 am Hearing: Examining the Role of Rwanda in the DRC InsurgencyCommittee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights
9/19 11:00 am Hearing: Trade Adjustment Assistance for U.S. Firms: Evaluating Program Effectiveness and RecommendationsCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee
9/19 2:30 pm Hearing: The Economic Impact of Ending or Reducing Funding for the American Community Survey and other Government StatisticsJoint Economic Committee:
9/20 12:00 am Hearing: Sequestration: The Threat to Small Businesses, Jobs, and the Industrial BaseCommittee on Small Business: Full Committee
9/20 9:30 am Hearing: IG Report: The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General Examines the Failures of Operation Fast and FuriousCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform:
9/20 9:30 am Hearing: A Review of Amtrak Operations, Part III: Examining 41 Years of Taxpayer SubsidiesCommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Full Committee
9/20 10:00 am Hearing: Hearing entitled “The Semi-Annual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau”Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee
9/20 10:00 am Hearing: Forty Years after the Clean Water Act: Is it Time for the States to Implement Section 404 Permitting?Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
9/20 10:00 am Hearing:  The American Energy Initiative: A Focus on H.R. 6172Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Power
9/20 10:00 am Hearing: Chairmen Camp and Baucus Announce Joint Hearing on Tax Reform and the Tax Treatment of Capital GainsCommittee on Ways and Means:
9/20 10:00 am Hearing: Regulation Nation: The Obama Administration’s Regulatory Expansion vs. Jobs and Economic RecoveryCommittee on the Judiciary: Full Committee
9/20 10:00 am Hearing: The Department of Homeland Security: An Assessment of the Department and a Roadmap for its FutureCommittee on Homeland Security:
9/20 10:00 am Hearing: Hearing – Department of Homeland Security – Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) ProgramCommittee on Appropriations: Homeland Security
9/20 10:00 am Hearing: Hearing – United States Army – Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat OrganizationCommittee on Appropriations: Defense
9/20 10:00 am Hearing: Department of Defense Plans for Sequestration: The Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 Report and the Way ForwardCommittee on Armed Services: Full Committee
9/20 10:15 am Hearing: Veterans Affairs in the 112th Congress: Reviewing VA’s Performance and AccountabilityCommittee on Veterans’ Affairs: Full Committee
9/20 10:30 am Hearing: The Future of U.S.-Egypt RelationsCommittee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee
9/20 12:00 pm Business Meeting: Full Oversight Committee MarkupCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee
9/20 2:00 pm Hearing: SIGAR Report: Document Destruction and Millions of Dollars Unaccounted for at the Department of Defense. Part IICommittee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee
9/20 2:00 pm Hearing: The Impact of International Technology Transfer on American Research and DevelopmentCommittee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight
9/20 2:00 pm Hearing: International IP Enforcement: Opening Markets Abroad and Protecting InnovationCommittee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet
9/20 2:00 pm Hearing: Examining the Administration’s Failure to Prevent and End Medicaid OverpaymentsCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee
9/20 2:00 pm Hearing: Brady Announces Hearing on the Benefits of  Expanding U.S. Services Trade Through  an International Services AgreementCommittee on Ways and Means: Trade
9/20 2:00 pm Hearing: A Review of the Challenges Maintaining Legacy Assets Pose to United States Coast Guard Mission PerformanceCommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
9/20 2:00 pm Hearing: Examining the Re-Design of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP)Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
9/20 2:00 pm Hearing: Safeguarding Israel’s Security in a Volatile RegionCommittee on Foreign Affairs: Select…
9/21 9:00 am Hearing: DHS Acquisition Management Challenges: Solutions for Saving Taxpayer DollarsCommittee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management
9/21 9:30 am Hearing: Chairman Herger Announces Hearing on  Medicare Health PlansCommittee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Health
9/21 9:30 am Hearing: The LightSquared Network: An Investigation of the FCC’s RoleCommittee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
9/21 9:30 am Hearing: Hearing entitled “The Price of Money: Consequences of the Federal Reserve’s Zero Interest Rate Policy” Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology
9/21 10:00 am Hearing: Breaking Through the Backlog: Evaluating the Effectiveness of the New State Strike Force TeamCommittee on Veterans’ Affairs: Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs