the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 12/12 ~~ the House


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Session Continued

12:51am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #346, the nomination of Cornelia T.L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia;

Confirmed: 51-44

Following the Pillard vote, the Senate will proceed to a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If cloture is invoked on the Feldblum nomination, there would be up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

1:19am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Invoked: 57-39

At 9:00am today, there will be 2 roll call votes:

  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • Live Quorum (no roll call vote expected)
  • Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York (2 hours of equally divided post-cloture time)

Once cloture is invoked on the Wolford nomination, there will be up to 2 hours of debate.  If all Majority time is yielded back, the next roll call vote could occur as early as 10:40am. That vote will be on confirmation of the Wolford nomination followed by a live quorum and a cloture vote on Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire (2 hours). 

9:00am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Confirmed: 54-41

9:28am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York

Invoked: 55-41

Cloture was invoked on the Wolford nomination by a vote of 55-41.  57 minutes of the Majority time was yielded back.  As a result, at 10:55am, there will be 2 roll call votes:

 * Confirmation of Wolford nomination

 Live Quorum

 * Cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire (2 hours of equally divided post-cloture time);

10:55am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of NY, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York

Confirmed: 70-29

11:26am The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire (2 hours of equally divided post-cloture time);

Invoked: 58-40, 1 voted present

The Majority’s time has been yielded. The next vote is expected to begin at approximately 12:45pm. That vote will be on confirmation of the McCafferty nomination.

The Senate has reached an agreement that if the Senate receives H.R.3548 from the House of Representatives and the bill is identical to S.1689, as introduced, then the bill be considered as having been read three times and passed.

 S.1689/H.R.3548, Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification Act

At 12:49pm the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire McCafferty nomination

 Next: Live Quorum

 Then: Roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #361, Patricia M. Wald, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (8 hours)

 And then: up to 8 hours for debate (expect 4 hours to be yielded back)

6:06pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana

Confirmed: 57-40

If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 8 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination

6:06pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana

Confirmed: 57-40

If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 8 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination

5:35pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #361, Patricia M. Wald, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board;

Confirmed: 57-41

Next: Live Quorum and Cloture on Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 2 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the Morris nomination. We expect the Majority’s hour to be yielded back.

Remaining votes:

  • Confirmation of Morris nomination (7:15-ish tonight range)
  • Live Quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana

 

(up to 2 hours for debate);

  • Confirmation of Watters nomination (9-ishpm tonight range)
  • Live Quorum
  • Confirmation of James nomination
  • Live Quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #444, Heather Anne Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources (8 hours);
  • Confirmation of Higginbottom nomination
  • Live quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #406, Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs) (8 hours);
  • Confirmation of Patterson nomination
  • Live Quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #450, Jeh Charles Johnson, of New Jersey, to be Secretary of Homeland Security (30 hours).
  • Confirmation of Johnson nomination

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On Thursday, December 12, the Senate continues to be in Executive Session to consider the nominations listed below. Roll call votes are expected to occur throughout the day and into the evening.

1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #346, the nomination of Cornelia T.L. Pillard

Live Quorum

2)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #378, Chai Rachel Feldblum, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (8 hours);

3)      Confirmation of Feldblum

Live Quorum

4)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #330, Elizabeth A. Wolford, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Western District of New York (2 hours);

5)      Confirmation of Wolford nomination

Live Quorum

6)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Landya B. McCafferty, of New Hampshire, to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire (2 hours);

7)      Confirmation of McCafferty nomination

Live Quorum

8)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #361, Patricia M. Wald, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (8 hours);

9)      Confirmation of Wald nomination

Live Quorum

10)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana (2 hours);

11)  Confirmation of Morris nomination

Live Quorum

12)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana (2 hours);

13)  Confirmation of Watters nomination

Live Quorum

14)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force (8 hours);

15)  Confirmation of James nomination

Cloture was invoked on the Morris nomination 57-40. Senator Reid then yielded back the Majority’s time.

The next set of votes will begin at approximately 7:30pm. Those votes will be on the following:

  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana.
    • Live Quorum
    • Cloture on Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana.

 

Then there will be up to 2 hours for debate (expect to yield back Majority’s time) followed 2 votes in the 9:15pm range:

  • Confirmation of Watters nomination (MT District Judge)
  • Live Quorum

Up to 8 hours for debate 

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed H.R.3547, Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act, with a Nelson amendment which is the text of S.1753, and an amendment to the title.

7:30pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #348, Brian Morris, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana;

Confirmed: 75-20

At 7:57pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana;

Invoked: 58-39

Cloture on the Watters nomination (MT District Judge) was invoked 58-39.

The next set of votes are expected to begin at approximately 9:15pm. Those votes would be on the following:

  • Confirmation of Watters nomination (MT District Judge)
  • Live Quorum
  • Cloture on Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force
  • 9:15pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Calendar #349, Susan P. Watters, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana;Confirmed: 77-19
  • 9:45am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force;Invoked: 58-39

    The next set of votes is expected to begin at 7:00am on Friday, December 13.

    7am tomorrow:

    -          Confirmation of nomination was confirmed 77-19. At 9:46pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #358, Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force.

    Live quorum

     

    -          Cloture on Executive Calendar #444, Heather Anne Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources (8 hours)

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Last Floor Action:
12:38:36 P.M. -H. Res. 438
DEBATE -
The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 438.

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Surging


Obamacare Enrollment Gaining Steam

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the enrollment figures for Obamacare through the end of November. Unsurprisingly, about four times more people enrolled during the month of November as did during October, when HealthCare.gov was largely non-functional. Reports indicate that enrollment has continued to surge over the past two weeks ahead of the December 23 deadline to purchase coverage taking effect January 1, 2014.

Here are the topline numbers to know:

  • 110,410 Americans signed up for private coverage through HealthCare.gov just last month.
  • 1,900,000 people have made it through the process but have yet to select a plan.
  • 364,682 Americans selected plans through the state-run or federal insurance marketplaces (137,204 through HealthCare.gov and 227,478 in state-run exchanges).

The surge resembles Massachusetts’ successful launch of Commonwealth Care, where most people signed up later in the open enrollment period:

OctNovEnrollment

Enrollment for Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Care in 2007:

MA2007

In other good Obamacare news, a report out today found that the number of women who are receiving birth control at no additional cost — a key Obamacare benefit — has jumped 25 percent since the requirement went into effect last year.

“This data confirms that the Affordable Care Act is already working for millions of women and their families — and we expect that number to keep growing,” said the president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Cecile Richards.

For their part, Republicans continued to attack the law during another predictably one-sided hearing.

Things did not go so well for Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), who botched an attempt to compare HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to North Korea’s totalitarian dictator and then totally freaked out. A Democratic Member admonished Shimkus, who was shouting at Sebelius, to allow her to actually answer his questions. “I do not have to allow her to answer the question!” Shimkus screamed in reply.

ShimkusFreakout

(Shimkus was attacking the aforementioned no-cost preventive care benefits under Obamacare, which include birth control and cancer screenings.)

BOTTOM LINE: Obamacare is working and more than a million Americans have gained access to health coverage because of the law, many for the very first time.

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Getting federal aid for Maine shrimpersseafoodsource

Maine shrimp traps will be gathering nothing but snow this season with the news that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted for the first time in 20 years to close the Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery.

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Arlington Cemetery is 35,000 wreaths short


VoteVets.org

Every year during the holiday season, volunteers lay wreaths atop the tombstones honoring the fallen heroes laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

They’re traditionally funded by individual donations, but this year they are about 35,000 wreaths short.

VoteVets would like to help them close that shortfall.

Each wreath costs about $15 to make before they’re driven down to Virginia and placed in front of a headstone.

Can you contribute $15 today to pay for a single wreath, and we will write a check to Wreaths Across America from the VoteVets community?

http://action.votevets.org/wreaths

There’s a story of sacrifice and sadness beneath every headstone at Arlington. During this time of year, we’d like to remind the families that their loved ones will never be forgotten.

All the best,

Jon Soltz
@JonSoltz
Iraq War Veteran & Chairman
VoteVets.org

Yelp and ALEC are partners ?


Yelp! is silencing thousands of its users who oppose its recent decision to join ALEC.ALEC protest in ChicagoAt our new site TELLYELP.NO, submit your own Yelp! “review” and we’ll deliver it directly to Yelp’s CEO.

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Friends ,

According to documents ColorOfChange obtained from the highly-secretive American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) last month, user-review site Yelp! joined ALEC — and gave the group at least $10,000 — during the opening week of George Zimmerman‘s murder trial.

More than 50 corporations have pulled their funding from ALEC over its responsibility for deadly so-called “Stand Your Ground” — or “Shoot First” — laws. It’s due to Shoot First that Zimmerman was not only acquitted of all criminal charges for his confessed killing of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin,1 but will likely be immune to any civil penalty for wrongful death.2

Pressed to explain the company’s bizarre decision to join ALEC now, Yelp!’s Director of Public Policy admitted he “can’t ignore” the damage ALEC has done.3 But the company is suppressing thousands of negative reviews posted to ALEC’s Yelp! page opposing the move, and Yelp!’s CEO has made every effort to sidestep the growing controversy. To cut through Yelp!’s filter and reach company decisionmakers directly, ColorOfChange is launching a new site — TELLYELP.NO — that drives home the harm Yelp! inflicts on our communities by funding ALEC.

Check out TELLYELP.NO now, and urge CEO Jeremy Stoppelman to withdraw Yelp!’s funding from ALEC.

In the wake of Zimmerman’s acquittal, Shoot First — with its legal presumption that subjective, racist fears are justifiable grounds for vigilante homicide — has served to paint a target on the backs of Black youth.4 Shoot First endangers millions of people living in more than two dozen states, and there is now eight years of available data on the laws’ racially-biased outcomes.5 But ALEC has taken no steps to repeal Shoot First laws in the states where they’re on the books — nor to stop ALEC legislators from continuing to introduce new ones. Ten Shoot First bills have been introduced so far in 2013, and two have passed.6

ALEC is a bill mill that thrives on millions in fungible corporate “membership,” “scholarship” and “sponsorship” monies;7 this explicit pay-to-play legislation pipeline ensures that ALEC will continue to produce extreme profit-driven laws8 that exploit and endanger our communities. By funding it, Yelp! is directly furthering all aspects of the ALEC legislative agenda, and is responsible for the harms caused by the laws that result.

Join us in urging Yelp!’s CEO to withdraw funding from ALEC and TELLYELP.NO now. And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same.

Thanks and Peace,

–Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Kim, Johnny and the rest of the ColorOfChange team
September 26th, 2013

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References

1. “Fox News Still Denying Role Of Stand Your Ground In Zimmerman Acquittal,” Media Matters for America, 08-20-13
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2975?t=10&akid=3138.1174326.5lrQmV

2. “‘Stand your ground’ law may snarl any civil suit vs. George Zimmerman,” Orlando Sentinel, 07-16-13
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2966?t=12&akid=3138.1174326.5lrQmV

3. “Agree: can’t ignore it,” @lutherlowe (Twitter), 08-15-13
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2967?t=14&akid=3138.1174326.5lrQmV

4. “Open season on black boys after a verdict like this,” The Guardian, 07-14-13
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2969?t=16&akid=3138.1174326.5lrQmV

5. “Uneven application, shocking outcomes,” Tampa Bay Times, 07-03-12
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2970?t=18&akid=3138.1174326.5lrQmV

6. “ALEC at 40: Turning Back the Clock on Prosperity and Progress,” Center for Media and Democracy, 08-08-13
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2971?t=20&akid=3138.1174326.5lrQmV

7. “How the ALEC corporate bill mill works,” Capital Times, 08-16-11
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2972?t=22&akid=3138.1174326.5lrQmV

8. “Big Money, ALEC and the Gun Agenda,” Truthout, 12-16-12
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2098?t=24&akid=3138.1174326.5lrQmV