The Senate Convenes at 10:00amET May 5, 2011
Following any leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for debate only until 5:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the first hour equally divided and controlled between the Leaders or their designees, with the Republicans controlling the first 30 minutes and the Majority controlling the next 30 minutes.
The next roll call vote is expected at 5:30pm on Monday, May 9. That vote will be in relation to a nomination.
The Senate reached the following agreement with respect to Executive Calendar #61, the nomination of Edward Milton Chen, of CA, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of California:
At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, there will be 3 hours of debate on the Chen nomination, with the time equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Chen nomination.
Discharged HELP and adopted S.Res.158, National Charter Schools week w/ an amendment to the preamble.
Adopted S.Res.166, commemorating May 8, 2011, as the 66th anniversary of V-E Day.
Adopted S.Res.167, recognizing the historical significance of the Mexican Holiday of Cinco de Mayo.
Adopted S.Res.168, commemorating and acknowledging the dedication and sacrifice made by Federal, State, and local law enforcement officers killed and injured in the line of duty.
Adopted S.Res.169, a resolution to authorize testimony, documents and legal representation in the case of Social Security Administration v. Charlotte N. White.
CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MAY 5, 2011
112TH CONGRESS – FIRST SESSION
3:41 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on May 6, 2011.
On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
2:08 P.M. – SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
2:00 P.M. – ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
MEXICO-UNITED STATES INTERPARLIAMENTARY GROUP – Pursuant to 22 U.S.C 276h, and the order of the House of January 5, 2011, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the MEXICO-UNITED STATES INTERPARLIAMENTARY GROUP: Mr. Pastor of AZ.
1:59 P.M. – Mr. Stearns asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, May 6, 2011, it adjourn to meet at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, for Morning-Hour Debate. Agreed to without objection.
Mr. Stearns asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Thursday, May 5, 2011, it adjourn to meet at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011. Agreed to without objection.
1:58 P.M. – ADJUSTED WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of rule XX, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentleman from Nevada, Mr. Heller, the whole number of the House will be 432.
The House received a communication from Representative Heller wherein he resigns as a member of the House of Representatives effective at 1:30 p.m. on May 9, 2011.
H.R. 1230: to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain offshore oil and gas lease sales, and for other purposes
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
On passage Passed by recorded vote: 266 – 149 (Roll no. 298).
1:38 P.M. – On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 171 – 238 (Roll no. 297).
1:21 P.M. – The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
1:14 P.M. – DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes on the Lujan motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House with an amendment to require the 4 leases that would be offered for sale in the underlying bill to specify that all oil and natural gas produced from such leases is offered for sale in the United States and not exported, pending reservation of a point of order. Subsequently, the reservation was removed.
1:13 P.M. – Mr. Lujan moved to recommit with instructions to Natural Resources.
The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
1:12 P.M. – The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1230.
On agreeing to the Connolly (VA) amendment Failed by recorded vote: 176 – 240 (Roll no. 296).
1:05 P.M. – On agreeing to the Holt amendment Failed by recorded vote: 174 – 240 (Roll no. 295).
12:41 P.M. – POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Connolly amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Connolly demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
12:31 P.M. – DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 245, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Connolly amendment.
12:30 P.M. – Amendment offered by Mr. Connolly (VA). An amendment numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 112-73 to ensure that Lease Sale 220 does not interfere with Naval or other DOD operations.
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Holt amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Holt demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
12:19 P.M. – DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 245, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Holt amendment.
Amendment offered by Mr. Holt.
An amendment numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 112-73 to remove provisions in the bill that would `deem’ the safety and environmental review done in 2007, prior to the BP spill, sufficient for new offshore oil and gas leasing. The amendment would allow lease sales to go forward, but require new environmental and safety reviews, following the BP spill.
11:06 A.M. – GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1230.
The Speaker designated the Honorable Steve Womack to act as Chairman of the Committee.
House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 245 and Rule XVIII.
Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1229 and H.R. 1230. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. H.R. 1229 and H.R. 1230 shall each be debatable for not to exceed one hour, equally divided and controlled. In each case, the previous question shall be considered as ordered and in each case, a motion to recommit, with or without instructions is allowed.
Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 245.
H. Res. 245: providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 1229) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to facilitate the safe and timely production of American energy resources from the Gulf of Mexico, and providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 1230) to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain offshore oil and gas lease sales, and for other purposes
11:05 A.M. – Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 245 – 167 (Roll no. 294).
10:58 A.M. – On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 241 – 171 (Roll no. 293).
9:19 A.M. – DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 245.
9:14 A.M. – Considered as privileged matter.
9:02 A.M. – ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches, which by direction of the Chair would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:01 A.M. – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Sanchez, Loretta of CA to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:00 A.M. – Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend William Byrne, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Washington DC.
The House convened, starting a new legislative day.