the senate May 18-26 ~~CONGRESS~~ 2017 the house


Wrap Up for May 24, 2017

Roll Call Votes Confirmation of John Sullivan to be Deputy Secretary of State; confirmed: 94-6. Motion to invoke cloture on Amul Thapar to be US Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; invoked: 52-48.   Legislative Business Passed H.R.375, to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 719 Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee,… MORE

Wrap Up for May 23, 2017 Roll Call Votes Motion to invoke cloture on John Sullivan to be Deputy Secretary of State; invoked: 93-6.   No Legislative Business   No Executive Business MORE

Wrap Up for May 22, 2017 Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Terry Branstad to be Ambassador to China; confirmed: 82-13.   Legislative Business Adopted S.Res.156, recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster-care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster-care system.… MORE

Wrap Up for May 18, 2017 Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Rachel Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General; confirmed: 52-46. Motion to invoke cloture on Terry Branstad to be Ambassador to China; agreed to: 86-12.   Legislative Business Adopted S.Res.172, designating May 2017, as “Older Americans Month”.   Adopted S.Res.173, designating the week of May 15 through May 21,… MORE

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House Activity May 22 – 25, 2017

12:00:03 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:34 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Mike Gallagher to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:58 P.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 2:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.
12:18:12 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:19 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 22.
2:00:21 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:21 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:01:24 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Kildee to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:01:39 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:10:13 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 4:00 p.m. today.
4:03:58 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 22.
4:04:08 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
4:04:20 P.M. H.R. 1188 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1188 — “To reauthorize certain programs established by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, and for other purposes.”
4:04:46 P.M. H.R. 1188 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:04:50 P.M. H.R. 1188 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1188.
4:21:15 P.M. H.R. 1188 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:21:17 P.M. H.R. 1188 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:21:26 P.M. H.R. 1862 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1862 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to expand the scope of certain definitions pertaining to unlawful sexual conduct, and for other purposes.”
4:21:47 P.M. H.R. 1862 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:21:49 P.M. H.R. 1862 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1862.
4:53:10 P.M. H.R. 1862 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
4:53:24 P.M. H.R. 1842 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1842 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to include State crimes of violence as grounds for an enhanced penalty when sex offenders fail to register or report certain information as required by Federal law, to include prior military offenses for purposes of recidivist sentencing provisions, and for other purposes.”
4:53:36 P.M. H.R. 1842 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:53:37 P.M. H.R. 1842 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1842.
5:25:12 P.M. H.R. 1842 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
5:25:39 P.M. H.R. 883 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 883 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a certification process for the issuance of nondisclosure requirements accompanying certain administrative subpoenas, to provide for judicial review of such nondisclosure requirements, and for other purposes.”
5:25:47 P.M. H.R. 883 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:25:49 P.M. H.R. 883 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 883.
5:45:44 P.M. H.R. 883 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:45:46 P.M. H.R. 883 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:45:55 P.M. H.R. 695 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 695 — “To amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for certain individuals who, related to their employment, have access to children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities, and for other purposes.”
5:46:10 P.M. H.R. 695 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:46:12 P.M. H.R. 695 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 695.
6:06:48 P.M. H.R. 695 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
6:06:50 P.M. H.R. 695 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:07:25 P.M. H.R. 1625 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1625 — “To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to include severe forms of trafficking in persons within the definition of transnational organized crime for purposes of the rewards program of the Department of State, and for other purposes.”
6:07:26 P.M. H.R. 1625 Considered under suspension of the rules.
6:07:30 P.M. H.R. 1625 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1625.
6:31:08 P.M. H.R. 1625 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
6:31:11 P.M. H.R. 1625 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:31:26 P.M. Mr. Woodall filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 348.
6:31:27 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on motions to suspend the rules, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:32:21 P.M. H.R. 1862 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1862 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to expand the scope of certain definitions pertaining to unlawful sexual conduct, and for other purposes.”
6:58:00 P.M. H.R. 1862 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 372 – 30 (Roll no. 269).
6:58:01 P.M. H.R. 1862 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:58:16 P.M. H.R. 1842 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1842 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to include State crimes of violence as grounds for an enhanced penalty when sex offenders fail to register or report certain information as required by Federal law, to include prior military offenses for purposes of recidivist sentencing provisions, and for other purposes.”
7:05:33 P.M. H.R. 1842 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 371 – 30, 1 Present (Roll no. 270).
7:05:34 P.M. H.R. 1842 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:06:43 P.M. Library of Congress Trust Fund Board – Pursuant to section 1 of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board Act (2 U.S.C. 154), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed Ambassador Richard Fredericks, San Francisco, CA.
7:07:19 P.M. Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Pursuant to section 2(a) of the National Cultural Center Act (20 U.S.C. 76h(a)), amended by Public Law 107-117, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Mr. MacArthur.
7:07:45 P.M. Health Information Technology Advisory Committee – Pursuant to section 4003(e) of the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed Mr. Patrick Soon-Shion, Culver City, CA.
7:08:03 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:26:32 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:08:10 P.M. Mr. Bergman moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:08:25 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:08:26 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 23, 2017.
Time Bill Activity May 23, 2017
10:00:27 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:32 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Warren Davidson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:01:10 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.
10:24:00 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:06 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 23.
12:00:13 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:42 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:44 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Hill to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:05 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.
12:30:00 P.M. H. Res. 348 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 348 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 953) to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes.”
12:32:30 P.M. H. Res. 348 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 348.
1:34:20 P.M. H. Res. 348 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 229 – 191 (Roll no. 271).
1:34:53 P.M. MOMENT OF SILENCE – The House observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester, England.
1:43:09 P.M. H. Res. 348 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 232 – 189 (Roll no. 272).
1:43:11 P.M. H. Res. 348 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:43:29 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting hard copy volumes of the FY 2018 Budget – referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-3).
1:49:53 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
1:50:08 P.M. H.R. 1809 Mr. Lewis (MN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1809 — “To reauthorize and improve the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, and for other purposes.”
1:50:29 P.M. H.R. 1809 Considered under suspension of the rules.
1:50:31 P.M. H.R. 1809 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1809.
2:09:50 P.M. H.R. 1809 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:09:51 P.M. H.R. 1809 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:10:26 P.M. H.R. 1808 Mr. Guthrie moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1808 — “To amend and improve the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, and for other purposes.”
2:10:36 P.M. H.R. 1808 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:10:38 P.M. H.R. 1808 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1808.
2:38:14 P.M. H.R. 1808 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:38:15 P.M. H.R. 1808 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:38:42 P.M. H.R. 2288 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2288 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to reform the rights and processes relating to appeals of decisions regarding claims for benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
2:38:53 P.M. H.R. 2288 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:38:54 P.M. H.R. 2288 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2288.
3:06:27 P.M. H.R. 2288 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
3:06:44 P.M. H.R. 467 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 467 — “To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that each medical facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs complies with requirements relating to scheduling veterans for health care appointments, to improve the uniform application of directives of the Department, and for other purposes.”
3:06:53 P.M. H.R. 467 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:06:54 P.M. H.R. 467 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 467.
3:17:40 P.M. H.R. 467 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
3:18:17 P.M. H.R. 1005 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1005 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans.”
3:18:25 P.M. H.R. 1005 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:18:27 P.M. H.R. 1005 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1005.
3:27:10 P.M. H.R. 1005 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:27:11 P.M. H.R. 1005 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:27:34 P.M. H.R. 1162 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1162 — “To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide access to magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy to veterans.”
3:27:42 P.M. H.R. 1162 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:27:43 P.M. H.R. 1162 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1162.
3:35:26 P.M. H.R. 1162 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:35:27 P.M. H.R. 1162 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:36:01 P.M. H.R. 1545 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1545 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to disclose certain patient information to State controlled substance monitoring programs, and for other purposes.”
3:36:02 P.M. H.R. 1545 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:36:04 P.M. H.R. 1545 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1545.
3:48:42 P.M. H.R. 1545 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:48:43 P.M. H.R. 1545 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:49:03 P.M. H.R. 1725 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1725 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the treatment of medical evidence provided by non-Department of Veterans Affairs medical professionals in support of claims for disability compensation under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
3:49:04 P.M. H.R. 1725 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:49:05 P.M. H.R. 1725 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1725.
3:54:40 P.M. H.R. 1725 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:54:42 P.M. H.R. 1725 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:54:45 P.M. H.R. 1725 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
3:55:16 P.M. H.R. 1329 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1329 — “To increase, effective as of December 1, 2017, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, to improve the processing of claims by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
3:55:25 P.M. H.R. 1329 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:55:27 P.M. H.R. 1329 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1329.
4:06:46 P.M. H.R. 1329 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:06:48 P.M. H.R. 1329 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:06:51 P.M. H.R. 1329 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
4:07:12 P.M. H.R. 2052 Ms. McSally moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2052 — “To amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice to prohibit the wrongful broadcast or distribution of intimate visual images.”
4:07:28 P.M. H.R. 2052 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:07:29 P.M. H.R. 2052 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2052.
4:29:29 P.M. H.R. 2052 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
4:30:51 P.M. H.R. 366 Mr. McCaul asked unanimous consent to take from Speaker’s Table and agree to the Senate amendments.
4:31:20 P.M. H.R. 366 On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendments Agreed to without objection.
4:31:21 P.M. H.R. 366 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:32:01 P.M. H.R. 1370 Mr. McCaul moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1370 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue Department of Homeland Security-wide guidance and develop training programs as part of the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign, and for other purposes.”
4:32:03 P.M. H.R. 1370 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:32:08 P.M. H.R. 1370 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1370.
4:47:01 P.M. H.R. 1370 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:47:05 P.M. H.R. 1370 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:47:15 P.M. Mr. Buck filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 352.
4:48:12 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:48:27 P.M. H.R. 2288 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2288 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to reform the rights and processes relating to appeals of decisions regarding claims for benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
5:11:12 P.M. H.R. 2288 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 418 – 0 (Roll no. 273).
5:11:13 P.M. H.R. 2288 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:12:24 P.M. NOTIFICATION OF INTENT TO OFFER RESOLUTION – Ms. Linda T. Sanchez notified the House of her intent to offer a privilege resolution. The Chair subsequently announced that under rule IX, a resolution offer from the floor by a Member other than the Majority Leader or the Minority Leader as a question of the privileges of the House has immediate precedence only at a time designated by the Chair within 2 legislative days after the resolution is properly noticed. The Chair further announced that it would not, at that point, make the determination required by the rule.
5:20:37 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
5:20:59 P.M. H.R. 2473 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2473 — “To ensure compliance with the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, to make strides toward eradicating human trafficking, and for other purposes.”
5:21:46 P.M. H.R. 2473 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:21:48 P.M. H.R. 2473 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2473.
5:47:04 P.M. H.R. 2473 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:47:08 P.M. H.R. 2473 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:47:11 P.M. H.R. 2473 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
5:47:24 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:55:42 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:02:10 P.M. Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:02:26 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:02:27 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 24, 2017.

May 24, 2017

10:00:12 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.10:00:22 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Trey Hollingsworth to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:30 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.11:29:01 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.12:00:16 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 24.12:00:21 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Pastor Becky Tirabassi, Viewpoint Church, Newport Beach, CA.12:01:33 P.M.The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.12:01:37 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Connolly to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.12:01:56 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.12:28:02 P.M.The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on May 24, 2017, at 9:04 a.m.: Appointments to the Election Assistance Board of Advisors.12:28:28 P.M.H. Res. 352Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 352 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1973) to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1761) to amend title 18, United States Code, to criminalize the knowing consent of the visual depiction, or live transmission, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and for other purposes; and providing for proceedings during the period from May 26, 2017, through June 5, 2017.”12:33:20 P.M.H. Res. 352DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 352.12:56:25 P.M.H. Res. 352POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 352, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Slaughter demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.12:57:00 P.M.POINT OF PRIVILEGE – The Chair recognized Ms. Linda T. Sanchez for the purpose of rising to offer a resolution of privilege. Subsequently, the Chair ruled that the resolution did not constitute a question of privilege.1:06:35 P.M.Ms. Linda T. Sanchez appealed the ruling of the Chair.1:06:43 P.M.Mr. Buck moved to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair.1:32:12 P.M.On Motion to Table the Appeal of the Ruling of the Chair Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 225 – 187, 1 Present (Roll no. 274).1:32:14 P.M.Motion to reconsider laid on the table.1:32:55 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on ordering the previous question and adoption of H. Res. 352, and motions to suspend the rules, all of which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.1:33:04 P.M.H. Res. 352Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 352 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1973) to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1761) to amend title 18, United States Code, to criminalize the knowing consent of the visual depiction, or live transmission, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and for other purposes; and providing for proceedings during the period from May 26, 2017, through June 5, 2017.”1:40:11 P.M.H. Res. 352On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 231 – 188 (Roll no. 275).1:47:35 P.M.H. Res. 352On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 239 – 179 (Roll no. 276).1:47:37 P.M.H. Res. 352Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.1:47:41 P.M.H.R. 2052Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2052 — “To amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice to prohibit the wrongful broadcast or distribution of intimate visual images.”1:54:41 P.M.H.R. 2052On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 418 – 0 (Roll no. 277).1:54:42 P.M.H.R. 2052Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.1:54:56 P.M.H.R. 467Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 467 — “To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that each medical facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs complies with requirements relating to scheduling veterans for health care appointments, to improve the uniform application of directives of the Department, and for other purposes.”2:01:01 P.M.H.R. 467On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 419 – 0 (Roll no. 278).2:01:02 P.M.H.R. 467Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:01:17 P.M.The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 375.2:01:54 P.M.The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.2:02:29 P.M.H.R. 1293Mr. Ross moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1293 — “To amend title 5, United States Code, to require that the Office of Personnel Management submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of official time by Federal employees.”2:02:53 P.M.H.R. 1293Considered under suspension of the rules.2:02:58 P.M.H.R. 1293DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1293.2:40:29 P.M.H.R. 1293On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.2:40:32 P.M.H.R. 1293Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:40:41 P.M.H.R. 624Mr. Ross moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 624 — “To restrict the inclusion of social security account numbers on documents sent by mail by the Federal Government, and for other purposes.”2:40:50 P.M.H.R. 624Considered under suspension of the rules.2:40:53 P.M.H.R. 624DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 624.2:59:14 P.M.H.R. 624On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.2:59:16 P.M.H.R. 624Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:59:18 P.M.H.R. 624The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.3:00:18 P.M.H.R. 953Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 348. H.R. 953 — “To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes.”3:00:23 P.M.H.R. 953Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 953 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. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-21.3:00:42 P.M.H.R. 953House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 348 and Rule XVIII.3:00:43 P.M.H.R. 953The Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Duncan to act as Chairman of the Committee.3:02:03 P.M.H.R. 953GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 953.3:51:34 P.M.H.R. 953An amendment, offered by Ms. Esty (CT), numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-145 to ensure that existing clean water protections apply to the release of these toxic chemicals into the environment.3:51:38 P.M.H.R. 953DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 348, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Esty (CT) amendment.4:00:10 P.M.H.R. 953POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Esty (CT) amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Esty (CT) demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage of the bill until later in the legislative day.4:00:42 P.M.H.R. 953An amendment, offered by Mr. Huffman, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-145 to protect commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries from the negative impacts of unregulated discharge.4:00:44 P.M.H.R. 953DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 348, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Huffman amendment.4:09:25 P.M.H.R. 953POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Huffman amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Huffman demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage of the bill until later in the legislative day.4:09:54 P.M.H.R. 953UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on amendments, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.4:38:26 P.M.H.R. 953On agreeing to the Esty (CT) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 191 – 229 (Roll no. 279).4:46:46 P.M.H.R. 953On agreeing to the Huffman amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 189 – 230 (Roll no. 280).4:47:06 P.M.H.R. 953The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 953.4:47:19 P.M.H.R. 953The 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.4:48:52 P.M.H.R. 953Mr. McGovern moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.4:50:00 P.M.H.R. 953DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the 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 to prohibit the Act, including any amendments from applying to the discharge of a pesticide if the manufacturer or distributor of the pesticide has made a political contribution to the President or to any Federal official charged with registration, regulation, or approval of the use of the pesticide.4:57:14 P.M.H.R. 953The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.5:04:10 P.M.H.R. 953On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 183 – 230 (Roll no. 281).5:11:19 P.M.H.R. 953On passage Passed by recorded vote: 256 – 165 (Roll no. 282).5:11:20 P.M.H.R. 953Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:11:52 P.M.H. Res. 350Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.5:12:18 P.M.H. Res. 350Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 350 — “Permitting official photographs of the House of Representatives to be taken while the House is in actual session on a date designated by the Speaker.”5:12:20 P.M.H. Res. 350On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.5:12:24 P.M.H. Res. 350Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:12:25 P.M.S. Con. Res. 14Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.5:13:01 P.M.S. Con. Res. 14Considered by unanimous consent. S. Con. Res. 14 — “Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha I.”5:13:05 P.M.S. Con. Res. 14On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.5:13:08 P.M.S. Con. Res. 14Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:13:33 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.5:17:25 P.M.Mr. Poliquin asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on May 25. Agreed to without objection.5:17:26 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House continued one minute speeches.5:28:56 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.7:14:45 P.M.Mr. Poe (TX) moved that the House do now adjourn.7:14:55 P.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.7:14:56 P.M.The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on May 25, 2017.

Last Floor Action: 5/25
1:16:05 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 26, 2017.

9:00:10 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:14 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:19 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:01:22 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Olson to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:01:46 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.
9:17:19 A.M. H.R. 1973 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 352. H.R. 1973 — “To prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities, and for other purposes.”
9:17:24 A.M. H.R. 1973 The resolution provides for one hour of general debate on H.R. 1973 and H.R. 1761. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period from May 26, 2017 through June 5, 2017.
9:18:01 A.M. H.R. 1973 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 352 and Rule XVIII.
9:18:02 A.M. H.R. 1973 The Speaker designated the Honorable Bruce Poliquin to act as Chairman of the Committee.
9:18:48 A.M. H.R. 1973 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1973.
9:18:49 A.M. H.R. 1973 The Committee of the Whole rose informally to receive a message from the Senate.
9:18:50 A.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 1238amended.
9:19:49 A.M. H.R. 1973 Subsequently, the Committee resume its sitting.
9:19:50 A.M. H.R. 1973 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole resumed with general debate on H.R. 1973.
9:54:08 A.M. H.R. 1973 An amendment, offered by Mr. Johnson (LA), numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-152 to clarify duties of national governing bodies with respect to implementing procedures pertaining to interactions between young athletes and adults. Also, the amendment makes technical and conforming changes.
9:54:37 A.M. H.R. 1973 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 352, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Johnson (LA) amendment No. 1.
10:00:46 A.M. H.R. 1973 On agreeing to the Johnson (LA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:01:08 A.M. H.R. 1973 An amendment, offered by Mr. Costa, numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 115-152 to strike the word “reasonably” from the bill to make the Senate statute of limitations apply rather than the House statute.
10:01:29 A.M. H.R. 1973 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 352, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Costa amendment No. 2.
10:05:29 A.M. H.R. 1973 By unanimous consent, the Costa amendment was withdrawn.
10:06:09 A.M. H.R. 1973 An amendment, offered by Mr. O’Halleran, numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 115-152 to require national governing bodies to clearly list dedicated information and resources, which may include sexual assault hotlines and victim support resources, on their official websites.
10:06:44 A.M. H.R. 1973 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 352, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the O’Halleran amendment No. 3.
10:13:01 A.M. H.R. 1973 On agreeing to the O’Halleran amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:15:13 A.M. H.R. 1973 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1973.
10:15:33 A.M. H.R. 1973 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
10:15:35 A.M. H.R. 1973 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.
10:16:29 A.M. H.R. 1973 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 1973, the Chair put the question on passage and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Goodlatte demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage of the bill until later in the legislative day.
10:17:07 A.M. H.R. 1761 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 352. H.R. 1761 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to criminalize the knowing consent of the visual depiction, or live transmission, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and for other purposes.”
10:17:12 A.M. H.R. 1761 The resolution provides for one hour of general debate on H.R. 1973 and H.R. 1761. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period from May 26, 2017 through June 5, 2017.
10:18:48 A.M. H.R. 1761 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1761.
10:59:14 A.M. H.R. 1761 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-152 to ensure minors are not punished as sex offenders.
10:59:18 A.M. H.R. 1761 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 352, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 1.
11:08:52 A.M. H.R. 1761 The previous question was ordered on the amendment (A002) pursuant to the rule.
11:33:40 A.M. H.R. 1761 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 180 – 238 (Roll no. 283).
11:41:29 A.M. H.R. 1761 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 368 – 51 (Roll no. 284).
11:41:31 A.M. H.R. 1761 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:41:32 A.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on passage of H.R. 1973, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
11:41:40 A.M. H.R. 1973 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1973 — “To prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities, and for other purposes.”
11:48:23 A.M. H.R. 1973 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 415 – 3 (Roll no. 285).
11:48:24 A.M. H.R. 1973 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:49:30 A.M. S. 1083 Mr. Hice, Jody B. asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
11:49:59 A.M. S. 1083 Amendment offered by Mr. Hice, Jody B..
11:50:07 A.M. S. 1083 On agreeing to the Hice, Jody B. amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:50:10 A.M. S. 1083 On passage Passed without objection.
11:50:35 A.M. S. 1083 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:50:45 A.M. Mr. Hice, Jody B. asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on May 26. Agreed to without objection.
11:51:15 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
12:18:49 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
1:16:01 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
1:16:04 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
1:16:05 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 26, 2017.

the senate May 15-19 ::CONGRESS:: 2017 the house


Wrap UP for,May 18 2017 Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Rachel Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General; confirmed: 52-46. Motion to invoke cloture on Terry Branstad to be Ambassador to China; agreed to: 86-12.   Legislative Business Adopted S.Res.172, designating May 2017, as “Older Americans Month”.   Adopted S.Res.173, designating the week of May 15 through May 21… MORE

Wrap UP for,May 17 2017 Roll Call Votes Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Rachel Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General: invoked: 51-47.   Legislative Business Adopted by voice vote S.Res.160, DOD Laboratory Day.   Adopted by voice vote S.Res.161, National Travel and Tourism Week.   No Executive Business MORE

Wrap Up for ,May 16, 2017 Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Jeffrey Rosen to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation; confirmed: 56-42.   Legislative Business Passed S.867, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017.   Passed S.J.Res.22, WMATA.   Passed Calendar #19, S.419 – Public Service Officers Benefits Improvement with Grassley amendment.   Passed Calendar #75, S.583 – American Law… MORE

Wrap Up for Monday, May 15, 2017 Roll Call Votes Motion to invoke cloture on Jeffrey Rosen to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation; invoked: 52-42.   No Legislative Business   No Executive Business MORE

Wrap Up for Thursday, May 11, 2017 Roll Call Votes Motion to invoke cloture on Robert Lighthizer to be U.S. Trade Representative; invoked: 81-15. Confirmation of Robert Lighthizer (USTR); confirmed: 82-14.   Legislative Business Passed S.1083, Merit Systems Protection Board.   No Executive Business MORE

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Last Floor Action: 5/19/2017

1:56:57 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on May 22, 2017

9:00:13 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:24 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:47 A.M. SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Culberson demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Culberson objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.
9:02:20 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Womack to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:26 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.
9:09:20 A.M. H.R. 1039 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 324. H.R. 1039 — “To amend section 3606 of title 18, United States Code, to grant probation officers authority to arrest hostile third parties who obstruct or impede a probation officer in the performance of official duties.”
9:09:25 A.M. H.R. 1039 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1039. Rule provides for consideration of the bill under a structured rule with one hour of general debate equally divided between the chair and ranking member of the Committee on the Judiciary. The resolution also provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
9:10:22 A.M. H.R. 1039 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1039.
9:11:48 A.M. H.R. 1039 ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. Goodlatte asked unanimous consent that the question of adopting the amendment to H.R. 1039 may be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 of rule 20. Agreed to without objection.
9:49:07 A.M. H.R. 1039 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-127 to request a comprehensive study on the new authority of probation officers and sunsets that authority 30 months later after enactment.
9:49:10 A.M. H.R. 1039 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 324, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 1.
9:57:11 A.M. H.R. 1039 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
9:58:26 A.M. H.R. 1039 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of the debate on the Jackson Lee amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee requested the Yeas and Nays and pursuant to the order of the House of May 19, 2017 the Chair postponed further proceedings on the adoption of the Jackson Lee amendment until a time to be announced.
9:58:59 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 11:15 a.m. today.
11:16:42 A.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 19.
11:16:46 A.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of the Jackson Lee amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
11:17:13 A.M. H.R. 1039 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1039 — “To amend section 3606 of title 18, United States Code, to grant probation officers authority to arrest hostile third parties who obstruct or impede a probation officer in the performance of official duties.”
11:40:30 A.M. H.R. 1039 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 178 – 229 (Roll no. 267).
11:48:12 A.M. H.R. 1039 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 229 – 177 (Roll no. 268).
11:48:14 A.M. H.R. 1039 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:48:15 A.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal which the Chair put de novo.
11:48:34 A.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.
11:49:15 A.M. United States Semiquincentennial Commission – Pursuant to Section 4 of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-196), the Democratic Leader appointed The Honorable Robert Brady of Pennsylvania; The Honorable Joseph Crowley of New York; and from private life: Richard Trumka of Rockville, Maryland.
11:49:50 A.M. Board of Trustees for the John C. Stennis Center – Pursuant to Section 114(b) of the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development Act (2 U.S.C. 1103), the Democratic Leader appointed the following member of the House to the Board of Trustees for the John C. Stennis Center: Ms. Sewell of AL.
11:54:48 A.M. COLLOQUY ON HOUSE SCHEDULE – The Chair recognized Mr. Hoyer for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy with Mr. McCarthy on the expectations regarding the legislative schedule for the House for next week.
11:54:49 A.M. Mr. McCarthy asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, May 19, 2017, it adjourn to meet at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017 and that the order of the House of January 3, 2017, regarding Morning-Hour Debate not apply. Agreed to without objection. Subsequently, a new order of the House was agreed to.
12:33:03 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded further with one minute speeches.
12:33:04 P.M. Mr. Flores asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, May 19, 2017, it adjourn to meet at noon for Morning Hour Debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.
12:56:25 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
1:55:26 P.M. Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy – Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 4355(a), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy: Mr. Thomas J. Rooney of Florida.
1:56:49 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
1:56:56 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
1:56:57 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on May 22, 2017.

House Activity May 17,2017


10:00:11 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:19 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Brian K. Fitzpatrick to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:35 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.
10:54:48 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:17 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 17.
12:00:41 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rabbi Thomas A. Louchheim, Congregation Or Chadash, Tucson, AZ
12:02:05 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:02:07 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Williams to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:04:05 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.
12:38:00 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on May 17, 2017 at 9:20 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. 419, S. 583, S. 867 and the Senate agreed to S.J. Res. 22.
12:38:05 P.M. H. Res. 323 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 323 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 115) to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide additional aggravating factors for the imposition of the death penalty based on the status of the victim.”
12:39:16 P.M. H. Res. 323 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 323.
1:50:48 P.M. H. Res. 323 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 230 – 189 (Roll no. 259).
1:58:03 P.M. H. Res. 323 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 233 – 184 (Roll no. 260).
1:58:05 P.M. H. Res. 323 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:00:40 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
2:01:33 P.M. H.R. 2266 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2266 — “To amend title 28 of the United States Code to authorize the appointment of additional bankruptcy judges; and for other purposes.”
2:01:49 P.M. H.R. 2266 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:01:51 P.M. H.R. 2266 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2266.
2:18:08 P.M. H.R. 2266 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:18:10 P.M. H.R. 2266 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:18:39 P.M. S. 419 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 419 — “To require adequate reporting on the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program, and for other purposes.”
2:18:47 P.M. S. 419 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:18:48 P.M. S. 419 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 419.
2:30:38 P.M. S. 419 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
2:30:40 P.M. S. 419 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:30:52 P.M. H.R. 984 Mr. Wittman moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 984 — “To extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe.”
2:31:02 P.M. H.R. 984 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:31:04 P.M. H.R. 984 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 984.
2:47:54 P.M. H.R. 984 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
2:49:06 P.M. H.R. 2227 Mr. Hurd moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2227 — “To modernize Government information technology, and for other purposes.”
2:49:21 P.M. H.R. 2227 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:49:23 P.M. H.R. 2227 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2227.
3:15:22 P.M. H.R. 2227 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:15:24 P.M. H.R. 2227 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:15:45 P.M. ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. Walker asked unanimous consent that the proceedings by which the yeas and nays were ordered on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 984 be vacated to the end that the Chair put the question de novo. Agreed to without objection.
3:15:55 P.M. H.R. 984 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 984 — “To extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe.”
3:16:10 P.M. H.R. 984 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:16:12 P.M. H.R. 984 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:16:50 P.M. H.R. 194 Mr. Russell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 194 — “To ensure the effective processing of mail by Federal agencies, and for other purposes.”
3:17:04 P.M. H.R. 194 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:17:06 P.M. H.R. 194 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 194.
3:21:29 P.M. H.R. 194 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:21:31 P.M. H.R. 194 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:21:43 P.M. H.R. 195 Mr. Russell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 195 — “To amend title 44, United States Code, to restrict the distribution of free printed copies of the Federal Register to Members of Congress and other officers and employees of the United States, and for other purposes.”
3:21:53 P.M. H.R. 195 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:21:55 P.M. H.R. 195 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 195.
3:28:01 P.M. H.R. 195 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:28:03 P.M. H.R. 195 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:28:09 P.M. H.R. 653 Mr. Russell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 653 — “To amend title 5, United States Code, to protect unpaid interns in the Federal Government from workplace harassment and discrimination, and for other purposes.”
3:28:21 P.M. H.R. 653 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:28:25 P.M. H.R. 653 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 653.
3:38:36 P.M. H.R. 653 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:38:37 P.M. H.R. 653 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:39:41 P.M. H.R. 2169 Mr. Katko moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2169 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance information sharing in the Department of Homeland Security State, Local, and Regional Fusion Center Initiative, and for other purposes.”
3:39:51 P.M. H.R. 2169 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:39:52 P.M. H.R. 2169 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2169.
3:46:58 P.M. H.R. 2169 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:46:59 P.M. H.R. 2169 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:47:28 P.M. H.R. 2281 Mr. Katko moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2281 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reauthorize the Border Enforcement Security Task Force program within the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.”
3:47:40 P.M. H.R. 2281 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:47:42 P.M. H.R. 2281 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2281.
3:58:58 P.M. H.R. 2281 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:59:00 P.M. H.R. 2281 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:59:38 P.M. H.R. 1177 Mr. Davis, Rodney moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1177 — “To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to release on behalf of the United States the condition that certain lands conveyed to the City of Old Town, Maine, be used for a municipal airport, and for other purposes.”
3:59:49 P.M. H.R. 1177 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:59:51 P.M. H.R. 1177 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1177.
4:08:05 P.M. H.R. 1177 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
4:08:07 P.M. H.R. 2154 Mr. Davis, Rodney moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2154 — “To rename the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota, as the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center.”
4:08:31 P.M. H.R. 2154 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:08:37 P.M. H.R. 2154 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2154.
4:15:30 P.M. H.R. 2154 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:15:32 P.M. H.R. 2154 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:19:01 P.M. H.R. 672 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 672 — “To require continued and enhanced annual reporting to Congress in the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, the safety and security of European Jewish communities, and the efforts of the United States to partner with European governments, the European Union, and civil society groups, to combat anti-Semitism, and for other purposes.”
4:19:39 P.M. H.R. 672 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:19:42 P.M. H.R. 672 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 672.
4:41:32 P.M. H.R. 672 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:41:34 P.M. H.R. 672 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:41:43 P.M. H. Res. 145 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 145 — “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the fight against corruption in Central America.”
4:41:55 P.M. H. Res. 145 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:41:57 P.M. H. Res. 145 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 145.
5:02:01 P.M. H. Res. 145 On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:02:04 P.M. H. Res. 145 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:02:05 P.M. H.R. 1677 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1677 — “To halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people, encourage a negotiated political settlement, and hold Syrian human rights abusers accountable for their crimes.”
5:02:20 P.M. H.R. 1677 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:02:22 P.M. H.R. 1677 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1677.
5:39:47 P.M. H.R. 1677 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:39:49 P.M. H.R. 1677 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:40:01 P.M. A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE – Mr. Pascrell was recognized to be heard on the question of whether or not his previously noticed resolution constituted a point of privilege.
5:57:38 P.M. Mr. Pascrell appealed the ruling of the Chair.
5:57:46 P.M. Mr. Rothfus moved to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair.
6:22:05 P.M. On Motion to Table the Appeal of the Ruling of the Chair Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 229 – 188, 1 Present (Roll no. 261).
6:22:07 P.M. Motion to reconsider laid on the table. Agreed to without objection.
6:22:14 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:22:24 P.M. H.R. 1177 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1177 — “To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to release on behalf of the United States the condition that certain lands conveyed to the City of Old Town, Maine, be used for a municipal airport, and for other purposes.”
6:30:34 P.M. H.R. 1177 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 418 – 1 (Roll no. 262).
6:30:35 P.M. H.R. 1177 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:31:55 P.M. S. 583 Mr. Goodlatte asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker’s table and consider.
6:32:27 P.M. S. 583 On passage Passed without objection.
6:32:29 P.M. S. 583 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:33:03 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
6:47:56 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:43:43 P.M. Mr. Boyle, Brendan F. moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:43:50 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:43:51 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 18, 2017.
10:00:14 A.M. House Activity May 18, 2017

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

10:00:33 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Roger W. Marshall to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:54 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.
10:55:09 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:17 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 18.
12:00:54 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Pastor Glen Berteau, The House Modesto, Modesto, CA.
12:02:05 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:02:09 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Lawson of FL to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:31 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.
12:28:57 P.M. H. Res. 324 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 324 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1039) to amend section 3606 of title 18, United States Code, to grant probation officers authority to arrest hostile third parties who obstruct or impede a probation officer in the performance of official duties.”
12:30:17 P.M. H. Res. 324 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 324.
1:04:09 P.M. H. Res. 324 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 324, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question, and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Polis demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on H. Res. 324 until later in the legislative day.
1:04:44 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:15 P.M. today.
2:15:25 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 18.
2:15:26 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on ordering the previous question on H. Res. 324, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
2:16:00 P.M. H. Res. 324 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 324 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1039) to amend section 3606 of title 18, United States Code, to grant probation officers authority to arrest hostile third parties who obstruct or impede a probation officer in the performance of official duties.”
2:39:24 P.M. H. Res. 324 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 226 – 188 (Roll no. 263).
2:48:06 P.M. H. Res. 324 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 230 – 184 (Roll no. 264).
2:48:08 P.M. H. Res. 324 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:49:02 P.M. H.R. 115 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 323. H.R. 115 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide additional aggravating factors for the imposition of the death penalty based on the status of the victim.”
2:49:05 P.M. H.R. 115 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 115 with 1 hour of general debate. Motion to recommit with or without instructions allowed. The resolution provides that an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-17 shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.
2:50:48 P.M. H.R. 115 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 115.
3:44:14 P.M. H.R. 115 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
3:45:09 P.M. H.R. 115 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 115, the Chair put the question on passage and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Conyers demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage of the bill until later in the legislative day.
3:45:27 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
3:56:51 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 18.
3:56:56 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on passage of H.R. 115, and a motion to suspend the rules, which been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
3:57:26 P.M. H.R. 115 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 115 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide additional aggravating factors for the imposition of the death penalty based on the status of the victim.”
4:21:09 P.M. H.R. 115 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 271 – 143 (Roll no. 265).
4:21:10 P.M. H.R. 115 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:21:11 P.M. H.R. 1892 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1892 — “To amend title 4, United States Code, to provide for the flying of the flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty.”
4:28:08 P.M. H.R. 1892 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 411 – 1 (Roll no. 266).
4:28:09 P.M. H.R. 1892 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:30:55 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:01:31 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
6:29:45 P.M. Ms. Lee moved that the House do now adjourn.
6:29:47 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
6:29:49 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on May 19, 2017.

House Activity 5/15 Last Floor Action:
10:02:43 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 2(b) of H. Res. 299. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on May 16, 2017.

10:00:08 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:16 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Fred Upton to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:41 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
10:02:07 A.M. SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 2(a) of H. Res. 299, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
10:02:26 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
10:02:43 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 2(b) of H. Res. 299. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on May 16, 2017.

a letter from Chief Seattle


CHIEF SEATTLE’S LETTER to All Americans

 “The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?

 Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.

 We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the dew in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man all belong to the same family.

The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water, but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land, you must remember that it is sacred. Each glossy reflection in the clear waters of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of my people. The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father.

The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. So you must give the rivers the kindness that you would give any brother.

If we sell you our land, remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life that it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also received his last sigh. The wind also gives our children the spirit of life. So if we sell our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.

Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.

This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

One thing we know: our God is also your God. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.

Your destiny is a mystery to us. What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted with talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is to say goodbye to the swift pony and then hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival.

When the last red man has vanished with this wilderness, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, will these shores and forests still be here? Will there be any of the spirit of my people left?

We love this earth as a newborn loves its mother’s heartbeat. So, if we sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it, as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children, and love it, as God loves us.

As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. This earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you.

One thing we know – there is only one God. No man, be he Red man or White man, can be apart. We ARE all brothers after all.”

Can a Dietary Supplement Treat a Concussion? No


Some companies are marketing untested, unproven, and possibly dangerous products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.

Learn why dietary supplements can’t treat concussions and why using them for this purpose can be dangerous. Read the Consumer Update to learn more.


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Plastic … did you know?


You’ll never see plastic in the same light after these three stories. The Plastic Bank tackles poverty with plastic as currency. Preserve turns yesterday’s yogurt cups into tomorrow’s toothbrush. And Dirtball transforms plastic water bottles into Green Jeans.
New Bank Creates Currency from Plastic Waste in the Ocean

What if all the plastic trash currently polluting waterways could be used as currency? Photo: Shutterstock
Every day, people contribute 13,000 to 15,000 pieces of plastic to the ocean, harming hundreds of thousands of marine creatures and seabirds. David Katz hopes to change that with The Plastic Bank, a new social enterprise he founded to curtail ocean-polluting plastic by encouraging people to treat it as currency.
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                                                                                 Yogurt Cups, Butter Containers Reborn as Toothbrushes, Razors
“If there’s any way to make a product more recyclable, that’s something that we want to be a part of,” says Eric Hudson, founder of Preserve, a company that wants your #5 plastics to turn them into toothbrushes, razors and food storage containers.
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                                                                                 1 Pair of Green Jeans Keeps 10 Water Bottles from Landfills
There’s nothing dirty about Dirtball’s Green Jeans. Each eco-friendly pair is made from recycled pre-consumer cotton and between eight and 10 water bottles.
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Amazon Watch: Brazil’s Political Chaos


Brazil’s Political Chaos Paves the Way for Environmental Plunder

As Brazil’s President Michel Temer weathers a new storm of corruption allegations that threaten to topple his administration, the rightwing ruralista (elite agribusiness) congressional bloc is cynically leveraging this political chaos to ram through its regressive and malicious agenda. From slashing forest protections to dismantling Brazil’s indigenous agency to undoing the the country’s environmental licensing standards, ruralista lawmakers and their industry backers are waging an all-out war on hard-fought and fundamental environmental and human rights safeguards enshrined in Brazil’s Constitution and legislation.

While an illegitimate president with a 4% approval rating battles for political survival before a population weathering economic recession and weary with rampant and ingrained corruption, powerful political actors and their big-business backers are brazenly attempting to rewrite Brazil’s social and environmental contract. And the stakes couldn’t be higher for the Amazon and its peoples, where the impacts of these changes would disproportionately fall.

 

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