- Long-Term Implications of the 2013 Future Years Defense Program
- CBO Projects That DoD’s Future Defense Plans Will Cost More Than DoD Estimates
- Status of Discretionary Appropriations: FY 2013 House
As ordered reported by the House Committee on the Judiciary on June 28, 2012
CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 3120 would have no significant cost to the federal government. Enacting the bill could affect direct spending and revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, CBO estimates that any effects would be insignificant for each year.
New York University History Professor Linda Gordon argues that there were few controversies regarding birth control until political pressure for women’s suffrage began 175 years ago. She gives a brief history of the controversies, including the re-emergence of birth control as an issue during the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination process. This interview was recorded at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians. More Info »
American Artifacts: Alice Paul & the Women’s Suffrage Movement Sunday, December 12, 2010 Washington, DC
Women in Politics and the 1970s Thursday, July 5, 2012 Denver, Colorado
3,000 megawatt Wyoming wind energy project and Rhode Island, Massachusetts Wind Energy Area take key steps forward
Contact: Adam Fetcher (DOI) 202-208-6416
Theresa Eisenman (BOEM) 202-208-5387
Serena Baker (BLM) 307-212-0197
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to developing the nation’s vast renewable energy resources, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that two major wind energy initiatives have completed important environmental reviews, clearing the way for public comment and final review.
Onshore, Salazar announced the release of final environmental impact statements for a proposed wind power complex in Wyoming that would generate up to 3,000 megawatts of power, making it the largest wind farm facility in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world.
Offshore, Salazar announced the publication of an environmental assessment for commercial wind leases and site assessment activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Today’s step puts Interior in position to offer this area as one of the nation’s first offshore competitive lease sales before the end of the year.
“When it comes to wind energy, we’re making significant progress both onshore and offshore to diversify our nation’s domestic energy portfolio and stand up a clean energy economy,” Salazar said. “Today, as we take the next steps toward realizing what could be the largest wind energy project in the world and holding a competitive offshore wind lease sale, we are really at the forefront of a renewable energy revolution.”
The proposed Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Farm would contain up to 1,000 turbines and generate enough power for up to 1 million American homes. The project would be built on public, private and state land in Carbon County, Wyoming. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is reviewing the proposed wind project, as well as a proposed amendment to the Rawlins Resource Management Plan to accommodate the facility. For more information on the proposed project, click here and for a map, click here.
“Wyoming has incredible wind resources and this proposed wind energy project has potential to generate jobs and bring a record amount of clean power to market throughout the West,” said Acting BLM Director Mike Pool. “We look forward to hearing from the public as we work to ensure that this proposal, if approved, would be built in the right way and in the right place to minimize environmental impacts.”
The proposed wind energy project is under consideration as part of Interior’s initiative to advance smart development of renewable energy on public lands. Since 2009, Interior has approved 31 utility-scale wind, solar, and geothermal projects that, if built by the companies, will provide approximately 7,200 megawatts of power to communities across the West, or enough to power nearly 2.5 million homes. These achievements build on the historic expansion of renewable energy under President Obama, with energy from sources like wind and solar doubling since the President took office.
The environmental assessment for the Rhode Island/Massachusetts Wind Energy Area will be used by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to inform future leasing decisions as part of the Administration’s “Smart from the Start” offshore wind energy initiative. The Wind Energy Area (WEA) comprises approximately 164,750 acres within the area of mutual interest identified by the two states. BOEM leadership will host public information sessions on July 16 and 17 to further engage stakeholders and consider public comments on the environmental assessment in determining whether to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact, or conduct additional analysis under NEPA in order to hold a lease sale for commercial offshore wind development. For more information, click here.
“This environmental assessment is the first of its kind in the northeast and is based on thorough scientific and technical analysis and substantial stakeholder input to identify the most suitable location for commercial wind energy activities in this area offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts,” said BOEM Director Tommy Beaudreau. “We will continue to seek public participation in our process, including comments on this environmental assessment as we move forward with an innovative, targeted leasing approach to offshore wind.”
In November 2010, Salazar launched the “Smart from the Start” wind energy initiative for the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to facilitate the siting, leasing and construction of new projects. A critical piece of the strategy includes the identification of Wind Energy Areas, done in consultation with BOEM’s intergovernmental renewable energy task forces and other federal agencies, and the development of the environmental assessment to simplify the leasing process.
Salazar launched the competitive leasing process for the Rhode Island/Massachusetts Wind Energy Area with a Call for Information and Nominations in August 2011 that invited developers to identify locations within the area of mutual interest in which they seek commercial leases for wind projects.
31st Time the Charm? Nope.
Republicans refuse to get over the fact that they flat out lost the fight over health care — first in Congress, then at the Supreme Court. They just won’t move on to other things like, say, jobs and the economy.
This bizarre obsession with health care played out once again today as the House of Representatives took its 31st — yes, 3-1 — vote on repealing Obamacare.
All Repeal, No Replace
Just as they have for the last two years, Republicans promised to replace Obamacare with something else. The only problem with that is that they’ve been promising to do the same thing for the past two years yet have made approximately zero actual effort to do so.
Check out the GOP’s Groundhog Day-style promises about replacing Obamacare:
A Tax Increase on Millions of Americans
Republicans have been busy falsely claiming that the health care mandate is a tax. Even if that were true, it would be a tax that impacted less than one percent of Americans.
In reality, Obamacare is a sizable tax cut for millions of Americans. The average household buying insurance through the new exchanges will get a tax credit of $5,210. Just to put that into perspective, that’s more than twice as large as the value of the Bush tax cuts for the average middle class family.
IN ONE SENTENCE: It’s time for Republicans to get over their obsession with health care and move on to helping middle class Americans instead of raising their taxes.
Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed
NAACP members said Romney was “patronizing” and “totally disconnected” from the concerns of regular people.
Romney’s tax plan would raise taxes on at least 2.2 MILLION African American families, and is likely to increase taxes on everyone but the very wealthiest Americans.
Under Obama, taxes are at a 30-year low.
An amazing new video series: public lands, private profits.
After they finished wasting time repealing Obamacare today, Republicans turned their attention to another important topic: golf.
GOP to the uninsured: drop dead.
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Jul 9, 2012: You’re Being Held Hostage
It’s Time for the GOP to Set the Middle Class Free Republicans are at it again. They’re taking middle class tax cuts hostage in order to protect tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans — including millionaires and billionaires. Today, President Obama and Democrats called for an immediate extension of the Bush tax cuts for everyone making [...]
Jul 6, 2012: Economic Sabotage, Explained
Putting Today’s Jobs Report Into Perspective Today’s monthly employment report brought the disappointing news that the economy created 84,000 private sector jobs in June, with the unemployment rate remaining at 8.2 percent. Let’s take a closer at how we got here and why we’re not moving forward more quickly. As the election nears, we’re reminded [...]
Jul 5, 2012: Do You Own a Secret Corporation in Bermuda?
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- Convenes: 9:30amET July 12, 2012
- Following the prayer and pledge, the Majority Leader will be recognized.
- The first hour will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees with the Majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.
- As a reminder, cloture was filed on the Landrieu substitute amendment #2521 and S.2237, the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act on Wednesday. As a result, the filing deadline for first degree amendments the Landrieu substitute amendment and to S.2237 is 1:00pm on Thursday.
- Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture votes will be on Friday but Senator Reid announced we hope to come to an agreement to have them tomorrow.
As a reminder, the filing deadline for first degree amendments to S.2237, the Small Business Jobs bill, is 1pm today.
During his opening remarks this morning, Senator Reid announced he has a general agreement with the Republican Leader that we will try to schedule the cloture votes on the Landrieu substitute amendment #2251 and the underlying Small Business Jobs bill today. If no agreement can be reached, those votes would occur tomorrow. Senators will be notified when any votes are scheduled.
This morning Senator Reid moved to proceed to S.3369, a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs and other entities (DISCLOSE Act).
The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a series of 3 roll call votes beginning at 2pm today. Those votes will be in relation to the following items:
- Motion to invoke cloture on Landrieu amendment #2521 (Substitute) (If cloture on the substitute is invoked, all post-cloture debate time would be yielded back and the amendment would be agreed to)
- Motion to invoke cloture on of S.2237, the Small Business Jobs bill
There will be 2 minutes for debate equally divided between the votes. All after the first vote will be 10 minutes in duration.
60 votes needed
2:50pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S.2237, the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act; Not Invoked: 53-44
ROLL CALL VOTES
2) Motion to invoke cloture on Landrieu amendment #2521 (Substitute) Not Invoked: 57-41
3) Motion to invoke cloture on of S.2237, the Small Business Jobs bill; Not Invoked: 53-44
Passed H.R.3902, the District of Columbia Special Election Reform Act by voice vote.
Discharged the Banking Committee and passed H.R.2527, the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act with a Gillibrand substitute amendment.
Began the Rule 14 process of H.R.6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act. (Republican request)
No EXECUTIVE ITEMS
At 5pm on Monday, there will be 30 minutes for debate on Executive Calendar #662, the nomination of Kevin McNulty, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.
Senator Reid filed cloture on the motion to proceed to S.3369, the DISCLOSE Act. By consent, following the 5:30pm vote on the McNulty nomination, there will be 10 minutes for debate prior to the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.3369.
The House is scheduled to meet at 9:15amET July 12, 2012
the House adjourned at 1:55pmET
|9:00:16 A.M.||The House convened, starting a new legislative day.|
|9:00:30 A.M.||The Speaker designated the Honorable Shelley Moore Capito to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.|
|9:00:44 A.M.||Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.|
|9:02:12 A.M.||The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.|
|9:02:17 A.M.||PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Hultgren to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.|
|9:03:03 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.|
|9:14:52 A.M.||H.R. 4402||Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 726. H.R. 4402 — “To require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to United States economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness.”|
|9:14:57 A.M.||H.R. 4402||Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4402 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 makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 112-26. All points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived.|
|9:15:23 A.M.||H.R. 4402||House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 726 and Rule XVIII.|
|9:15:24 A.M.||H.R. 4402||The Speaker designated the Honorable Shelley Moore Capito to act as Chairwoman of the Committee.|
|9:15:55 A.M.||H.R. 4402||GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4402.|
|10:23:21 A.M.||H.R. 4402||An amendment, offered by Mr. Tonko, numbered 1 printed in House Report 112-590 to narrow the scope of the underlying bill to include strategic and critical minerals only.|
|10:23:26 A.M.||H.R. 4402||DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tonko amendment No. 1.|
|10:33:00 A.M.||H.R. 4402||POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Tonko amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Tonko demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.|
|10:33:59 A.M.||H.R. 4402||An amendment, offered by Mr. Hastings (FL), numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-590 to give the lead agency, in the event of new or unforeseen information, the authority to extend by two six-month periods the arbitrary 30 month time limit the bill imposes on permit approval.|
|10:34:02 A.M.||H.R. 4402||DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hastings (FL) amendment No. 2.|
|10:42:23 A.M.||H.R. 4402||POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Hastings (FL) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Hastings (FL) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.|
|10:43:02 A.M.||H.R. 4402||An amendment, offered by Mr. Markey, numbered 3 printed in House Report 112-590 to require a royalty payment of 12.5% of the value of hardrock minerals mined on federal lands. Revenue generated by the royalty payment would be dedicated to cleaning up abandoned hardrock mines.|
|10:43:04 A.M.||H.R. 4402||DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Markey amendment No. 3.|
|10:54:26 A.M.||H.R. 4402||POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Markey amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Markey demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.|
|10:54:58 A.M.||H.R. 4402||An amendment, offered by Mr. Young (AK), numbered 4 printed in House Report 112-590 to allow the lead agency, as established under this bill, to exempt existing Mineral Prescriptions for strategic and critical materials within federally administered national forests from the procedures detailed at and all rules promulgated under part 294 of title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations. In addition, the amendment would extend this exemption to areas integral to access of the Mineral Prescriptions, and the construction, operation, maintenance, and restoration of any existing Mineral Prescriptions.|
|10:55:00 A.M.||H.R. 4402||DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Young (AK) amendment No. 4.|
|11:06:39 A.M.||H.R. 4402||POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Young (AK) amendment, Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes 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.|
|11:07:27 A.M.||H.R. 4402||An amendment, offered by Mr. Cravaack, numbered 5 printed in House Report 112-590 to allow projects that have already applied for a permit access to the new expedited process under the bill.|
|11:07:55 A.M.||H.R. 4402||DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cravaack amendment No. 5.|
|11:17:23 A.M.||H.R. 4402||On agreeing to the Cravaack amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.|
|11:18:17 A.M.||H.R. 4402||An amendment, offered by Mr. Hastings (FL), numbered 6 printed in House Report 112-590 to create an exception for non-profit entities and individuals from the outright elimination (found in Section 205 of H.R. 4402) of the shifting of attorneys fees pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act.|
|11:18:24 A.M.||H.R. 4402||DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hastings (FL) amendment No. 6.|
|11:25:07 A.M.||H.R. 4402||On agreeing to the Hastings (FL) amendment; Failed by voice vote.|
|11:26:06 A.M.||H.R. 4402||An amendment, offered by Mr. Grijalva, numbered 7 printed in House Report 112-590 to exempt from the bill any mineral exploration or mining permit a lead agency determines would diminish opportunities for hunting, fishing, grazing, or recreation on public lands. By protecting the status of hunting, fishing, grazing and other recreational uses on federal lands, the amendment will guarantee that the multiple use mandate for federal lands is not compromised by the underlying bill.|
|11:26:12 A.M.||H.R. 4402||DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grijalva amendment No. 7.|
|11:34:54 A.M.||H.R. 4402||POSTPONED 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.|
|11:35:05 A.M.||H.R. 4402||UNFINISHED 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.|
|11:59:15 A.M.||H.R. 4402||On agreeing to the Tonko amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 162 – 251 (Roll no. 462).|
|12:04:14 P.M.||H.R. 4402||On agreeing to the Hastings (FL) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 162 – 252 (Roll no. 463).|
|12:08:41 P.M.||H.R. 4402||On agreeing to the Markey amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 163 – 253 (Roll no. 464).|
|12:12:35 P.M.||H.R. 4402||On agreeing to the Young (AK) amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 238 – 178 (Roll no. 465).|
|12:15:56 P.M.||H.R. 4402||On agreeing to the Grijalva amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 167 – 248 (Roll no. 466).|
|12:16:29 P.M.||H.R. 4402||The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 4402.|
|12:17:00 P.M.||H.R. 4402||The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.|
|12:17:10 P.M.||H.R. 4402||The 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.|
|12:18:07 P.M.||H.R. 4402||Ms. Slaughter moved to recommit with instructions to Natural Resources.|
|12:18:56 P.M.||H.R. 4402||DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Slaughter 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 prohibiting the issuance of permits for mining to persons, corporations or their subsidiaries that have failed to pay any state or federal taxes. The motion also sought to add provisions to Federal mining permits prohibiting the export of strategic and critical minerals to China and Iran, and sought to require, to the extent practicable, that all mining equipment used under mining permits be made in America and to prohibit the holder of the permit from outsourcing American jobs.|
|12:25:42 P.M.||The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 4155 and H.R. 3001.|
|12:25:43 P.M.||H.R. 4402||DEBATE – The House continued with debate on the Slaughter motion to recommit with instructions.|
|12:27:39 P.M.||H.R. 4402||The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.|
|12:44:51 P.M.||H.R. 4402||On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 181 – 231 (Roll no. 467).|
|12:51:39 P.M.||H.R. 4402||On passage Passed by recorded vote: 256 – 160 (Roll no. 468).|
|12:51:40 P.M.||H.R. 4402||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|12:54:25 P.M.||COLLOQUY ON UPCOMING HOUSE SCHEDULE – The Chair recognized Mr. Hoyer for the purpose of engaging Mr. Cantor in a colloquy on the schedule for the House during the upcoming week.|
|1:28:21 P.M.||Mr. Cantor asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on July 13. Agreed to without objection.|
|1:28:56 P.M.||Mr. Cantor asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, July 13, 2012, it adjourn to meet at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, for Morning-Hour Debate. Agreed to without objection.|
|1:29:33 P.M.||ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded further with one minute speeches.|
|1:31:46 P.M.||SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.|
|1:55:00 P.M.||Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.|
|1:55:20 P.M.||On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.|
|1:55:35 P.M.||The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 13, 2012.|