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Wrap Up for Friday, January 11, 2019

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House Activity 1/10/2019

10:00:12 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:15 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Eric Swalwell to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:38 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.
11:18:47 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:15 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 10.
12:00:17 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:20 P.M.The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:22 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Thompson of PA to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:01:46 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.
12:35:35 P.M. H.R. 265Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 28. H.R. 265 — “Making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.”
12:35:40 P.M. H.R. 265Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 264, H.R. 265, H.R. 266 and H.R. 267. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. The rule provides one hour of debate, orders the previous question, and allows one motion to commit on each bill. The rule waives the requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII for a two-thirds vote to consider a report from the Committee on Rules on the same day it is presented to the House with respect to any resolution reported through the legislative day of January 15, 2019, relating to a measure making or continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.
12:35:59 P.M.H.R. 265
DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 265.
1:43:01 P.M. H.R. 265The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
1:43:34 P.M. H.R. 265
Mr. Aderholt moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Appropriations.
1:44:04 P.M.H.R. 265
DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Aderholt motion to recommit with instructions, pending the reservation of a point of order. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to make various reductions throughout the bill and increases funds for Rurual Utilities Service – Distance Learning, Telemedicine, and Broadband Program, originally funded in Public Law 115-141. Subsequently, the point of order was withdrawn.
1:49:26 P.M.H.R. 265
The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
1:49:37 P.M.H.R. 265
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions, the Chair put the question on the motion, and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Aderholt demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion to recommit with instructions until a time to be announced.
1:51:31 P.M.H.R. 267
Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 28. H.R. 267 — “Making appropriations for the Department of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.”
1:51:36 P.M.H.R. 267
Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 264, H.R. 265, H.R. 266 and H.R. 267. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. The rule provides one hour of debate, orders the previous question, and allows one motion to commit on each bill. The rule waives the requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII for a two-thirds vote to consider a report from the Committee on Rules on the same day it is presented to the House with respect to any resolution reported through the legislative day of January 15, 2019, relating to a measure making or continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.
1:52:13 P.M.H.R. 267
DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 267.
2:48:09 P.M.H.R. 267
The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
2:48:46 P.M.H.R. 267
Mr. Diaz-Balart moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Appropriations.
2:49:19 P.M.H.R. 267
DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Diaz-Balart 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 increase the Public and Indian Housing Tenant-Based Rental Assistance account by $71 million and to decrease the Information Technology Fund account by a similar amount.
2:54:39 P.M.H.R. 267
The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
2:55:09 P.M.H.R. 267
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Diaz-Balart motion to recommit with instructions, the Chair put the question on the motion to recommit and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Diaz-Balart demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.
2:57:34 P.M.H.R. 115
Mr. Engel moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 115 — “To require the Department of State to establish a policy regarding the use of location-tracking consumer devices by employees at diplomatic and consular facilities, and for other purposes.”
2:58:18 P.M.H.R. 115
Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:58:20 P.M.H.R. 115
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 115.
3:04:52 P.M.H.R. 115
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:04:58 P.M.H.R. 115
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:05:00 P.M.H.R. 133
Mr. Engel moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 133 — “To promote economic partnership and cooperation between the United States and Mexico.”
3:05:20 P.M.H.R. 133
Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:05:21 P.M.H.R. 133
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 133.
3:11:20 P.M.H.R. 133
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:11:29 P.M.H.R. 133
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:11:30 P.M.H.R. 192
Mr. Engel moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 192 — “To establish an interagency program to assist countries in North and West Africa to improve immediate and long-term capabilities to counter terrorist threats, and for other purposes.”
3:11:45 P.M.H.R. 192
Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:11:47 P.M.H.R. 192
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 192.
3:17:34 P.M.H.R. 192
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:17:38 P.M.H.R. 192
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:17:40 P.M.H.R. 221
Mr. Engel moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 221 — “To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to monitor and combat anti-Semitism globally, and for other purposes.”
3:17:52 P.M.H.R. 221
Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:17:54 P.M.H.R. 221
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 221.
3:42:27 P.M.H.R. 221
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.
3:42:28 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the motion to recommit H.R. 267 with instructions, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
3:42:30 P.M.H.R. 267
Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 267 — “Making appropriations for the Department of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.”
4:07:13 P.M.H.R. 267
On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 193 – 228 (Roll no. 22).
4:16:44 P.M.H.R. 267
On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 244 – 180 (Roll no. 23).
4:16:46 P.M.H.R. 267
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:16:55 P.M.H.R. 265
Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 265 — “Making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.”
4:25:30 P.M.H.R. 265
On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 197 – 229 (Roll no. 24).
4:34:15 P.M.H.R. 265
On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 243 – 183 (Roll no. 25).
4:34:16 P.M.H.R. 265
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:34:52 P.M.Joint Economic Committee – Pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 1024(a), and the order of the House of January 3, 2019, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the Joint Economic Committee: Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York.
4:36:47 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
4:55:31 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
6:18:57 P.M.The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 24.
6:19:04 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has resumed Special Order speeches.
7:10:22 P.M.Mr. Schweikert moved that the House do now adjourn.
7:10:40 P.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
7:10:41 P.M.The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on January 11, 2019.

House Activity 1/9/2019

10:00:00 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:07 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Robin L. Kelly to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:20 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.
11:02:35 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:02 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 9.
12:00:08 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:47 P.M.The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:49 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Johnson of TX to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:17 P.M.ADMINISTRATION OF THE OATH OF OFFICE – The Speaker administered the Oath of Office to a Member-elect of the 116th Congress who was absent during the Oath of Office administered on January 3, 2019.
12:03:22 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.
12:30:57 P.M. H. Res. 31
Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 31 — “Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.”
12:31:26 P.M. H. Res. 31
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
12:31:30 P.M. H. Res. 31
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:31:31 P.M. H. Res. 28
Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 28 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 264) making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 265) making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 266) making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 267) making appropriations for the Department of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes; and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules.”
12:34:00 P.M. H. Res. 28
DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 28.
1:53:41 P.M. H. Res. 28
On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 231 – 195 (Roll no. 16).
2:04:29 P.M. H. Res. 28
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 231 – 195 (Roll no. 17).
2:04:30 P.M. H. Res. 28
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:04:55 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on a motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 226 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
2:04:56 P.M. H.R. 226
Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 226 — “To amend the Small Business Act to include best in class designations in the annual report on small business goals prepared by the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.”
2:14:31 P.M. H.R. 226
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 414 – 11 (Roll no. 18).
2:14:32 P.M. H.R. 226
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:14:34 P.M. H. Res. 32
Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 32 — “Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.”
2:15:11 P.M. H. Res. 32
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
2:15:17 P.M. H. Res. 32
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:15:18 P.M. H.R. 264Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 28. H.R. 264 — “Making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.”
2:15:23 P.M. H.R. 264Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 264, H.R. 265, H.R. 266 and H.R. 267. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. The rule provides one hour of debate, orders the previous question, and allows one motion to commit on each bill. The rule waives the requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII for a two-thirds vote to consider a report from the Committee on Rules on the same day it is presented to the House with respect to any resolution reported through the legislative day of January 15, 2019, relating to a measure making or continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.
2:16:47 P.M. H.R. 264
DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 264.
3:09:04 P.M. H.R. 264
The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
3:09:42 P.M. H.R. 264
Mr. Graves (GA) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Appropriations.
3:10:21 P.M. H.R. 264
DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Graves (GA) 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 increase the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Salaries and Expenses account by $2 million and to decrease the General Services Administration Real Property Activities Federal Buildings Fund by a similar amount.
3:17:37 P.M. H.R. 264
The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
3:17:38 P.M. H.R. 264
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Graves (GA) motion to recommit with instructions, the Chair put the question on the motion to recommit and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Graves (GA) demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.
3:20:18 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – Pursuant to section 3 of H. Res. 5, the Chair announced that proceedings would resume on H. Res. 6.
3:20:19 P.M. H. Res. 6
Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 6 — “Adopting the Rules of the House of Representatives for the One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, and for other purposes.”
3:20:52 P.M. H. Res. 6
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 5, the House proceeded with one hour of debate on Title III of H. Res. 6.
4:25:48 P.M. H. Res. 6
The previous question on the motion On agreeing to Title III of the resolution was ordered pursuant to the rule.
4:51:28 P.M. H. Res. 6
On agreeing to Title III of the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 235 – 192 (Roll no. 19).
4:51:40 P.M. H. Res. 6
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:52:05 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the motion to recommit H.R. 264 with instructions, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:52:11 P.M. H.R. 264
Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 264 — “Making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.”
5:01:55 P.M. H.R. 264
On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 200 – 227 (Roll no. 20).
5:11:11 P.M. H.R. 264
On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 240 – 188 (Roll no. 21).
5:11:13 P.M. H.R. 264
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:13:24 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:29:59 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
6:29:01 P.M.Mr. Fortenberry moved that the House do now adjourn.
6:29:07 P.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
6:29:08 P.M.The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on January 10, 2019.

House Activity 1/8/2019

12:00:08 P.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:12 P.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable James P. McGovern to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:32 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.
12:18:24 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:24 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 8.
2:00:33 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:51 P.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. Watkins 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. Watkins 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.
2:02:45 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Watkins to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:03:25 P.M.ADMINISTRATION OF THE OATH OF OFFICE – On January 4, 2019, Mr. Butterfield administered the oath of office to Representative-elect Walter B. Jones of the Third District of the State of North Carolina pursuant to H. Res. 22, 116th Congress. Mr. Butterfield delivered 2 copies of the oath, signed by Mr. Jones, to the Clerk of the House of Representatives.
2:04:25 P.M.WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the administration of the oath to the gentleman from North Carolina, the whole number of the House is 434.
2:04:38 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:09:35 P.M.United States Semiquincentennial Commission – Pursuant to section 4 of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-196), and the order of the House of January 3, 2019, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the United States Semiquincentennial Commission: Mr. Evans.
2:10:35 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 4:00 p.m. today.
4:00:09 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 8.
4:00:17 P.M. H. Res. 26
Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 26 — “Electing Members to a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives.”
4:00:38 P.M. H. Res. 26
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
4:00:49 P.M. H. Res. 26
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:00:50 P.M.The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
4:01:18 P.M. H.R. 259
Mr. Pallone moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 259 — “To extend the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Rebalancing demonstration, to extend protection for Medicaid recipients of home and community-based services against spousal impoverishment, and for other purposes.”
4:01:35 P.M. H.R. 259
Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:01:37 P.M. H.R. 259
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 259.
4:13:28 P.M. H.R. 259
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:13:48 P.M. H.R. 259
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:13:50 P.M. H.R. 269
Mr. Pallone moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 269 — “To reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, to clarify the regulatory framework with respect to certain nonprescription drugs that are marketed without an approved drug application, and for other purposes.”
4:14:07 P.M. H.R. 269
Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:14:09 P.M. H.R. 269
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 269.
4:36:40 P.M. H.R. 269
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.
4:36:44 P.M. H.R. 251
Mr. Thompson (MS) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 251 — “To extend by two years the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.”
4:37:45 P.M. H.R. 251
Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:37:47 P.M. H.R. 251DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 251.
5:00:36 P.M. H.R. 251
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.
5:00:39 P.M. H.R. 226
Ms. Velazquez moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 226 — “To amend the Small Business Act to include best in class designations in the annual report on small business goals prepared by the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.”
5:01:33 P.M. H.R. 226
Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:01:36 P.M. H.R. 226
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 226.
5:15:21 P.M. H.R. 226
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.
5:15:25 P.M. H.R. 227
Ms. Velazquez moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 227 — “To amend the Small Business Act to specify what credit is given for certain subcontractors and to provide a dispute process for non-payment to subcontractors, and for other purposes.”
5:16:08 P.M. H.R. 227
Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:16:09 P.M. H.R. 227
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 227.
5:23:08 P.M. H.R. 227
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:23:12 P.M. H.R. 227
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:23:13 P.M. H.R. 128
Ms. Velazquez moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 128 — “To clarify the primary functions and duties of the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.”
5:23:48 P.M. H.R. 128
Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:23:49 P.M. H.R. 128
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 128.
5:31:48 P.M. H.R. 128
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:31:52 P.M. H.R. 128
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:32:03 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 P.M. today.
6:30:05 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 8.
6:30:14 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.
6:30:52 P.M. H.R. 269
Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 269 — “To reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, to clarify the regulatory framework with respect to certain nonprescription drugs that are marketed without an approved drug application, and for other purposes.”
7:01:34 P.M. H.R. 269
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 401 – 17 (Roll no. 13).
7:01:35 P.M. H.R. 269
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:07:52 P.M.MOMENT OF SILENCE – The Chair led the House in observing a moment of silence in memory of those affected by the shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011.
7:08:33 P.M. H.R. 251
Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 251 — “To extend by two years the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.”
7:18:47 P.M. H.R. 251
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 414 – 3 (Roll no. 14).
7:18:48 P.M. H.R. 251
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:18:52 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and put the question de novo.
7:29:29 P.M.On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 235 – 161, 2 Present (Roll no. 15).
7:29:55 P.M.Mr. McGovern filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 28.
7:31:11 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:46:25 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
7:50:35 P.M.Mr. Meuser moved that the House do now adjourn.
7:50:40 P.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
7:50:41 P.M.The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on January 9, 2019.

House Activity 1/3/2019

11:00:08 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
11:00:15 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Steve Womack to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
11:00:37 A.M.Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
11:01:34 A.M.SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 2(a) of H. Res. 1180, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
11:01:46 A.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
11:02:28 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
11:55:09 A.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 3.
11:56:03 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn Sine Die.

House Activity 1/2/2019

12:00:35 P.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:38 P.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Fred Upton to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:53 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
12:01:47 P.M.SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 2(a) of H. Res. 1180, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
12:01:53 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:12 P.M.ADJUSTED WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE – Under Clause 5(d) of Rule XX, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentlewoman from New Mexico, the whole number of the House is 432.
12:02:50 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 2(b) of H. Res. 1180. The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on January 3, 2019.

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House Activity 12/31/18

10:00:29 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:34 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Luke Messer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:59 A.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
10:02:22 A.M.SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 2(a) of H. Res. 1180, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
10:02:38 A.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
10:03:40 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 2(b) of H. Res. 1180. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on January 2, 2019.

House Activity 12/27/18

4:00:01 P.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
4:00:21 P.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Luke Messer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
4:00:36 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Benjamin Hogue, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, DC.
4:01:50 P.M.SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 2(a) of H. Res. 1180, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
4:01:55 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Burgess to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
4:02:36 P.M.The House received a communication from Representative Lujan Grisham, M. wherein she resigns as a member of the House of Representatives effective at 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2018.
4:02:56 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 2(b) of H. Res. 1180. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on December 31, 2018.

House Activity 12/24/18

10:30:08 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:30:15 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Alexander X. Mooney to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:30:55 A.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Erin Keys, Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.
10:31:47 A.M.SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 2(a) of H. Res. 1180, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
10:31:50 A.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
10:31:58 A.M.Federal Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Board – Pursuant to section 103(c) of the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2008 (34 U.S.C. 50313), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker and the Democratic Leader appointed Mrs. Val Butler Demings, Orlando, FL.
10:32:58 A.M.State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Board – Pursuant to section 203(c) of the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2008 (34 U.S.C. 50323), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker and the Democratic Leader appointed Mr. David Moore, Janesville, WI.
10:32:59 A.M.Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission – Pursuant to section 431(a)(3) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed Ms. Penny Young Nance, Fairfax, VA, to fill the existing vacancy thereon.
10:34:01 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 2(b) of H. Res. 1180. The next meeting is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on December 27, 2018.

House Activity 12/22/2018

12:00:29 P.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:38 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:52 P.M.The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:56 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. McCollum to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:37 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
5:59:05 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 22.
6:00:06 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 December 21, 2018, at 7:58 p.m.: That the Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 148.
6:00:07 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 December 22, 2018, at 11:14 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. 2274.
6:02:09 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 December 22, 2018, at 5:18 p.m.: That the Senate passed S. 573; that the Senate agreed to the House amendment to S. 3661; the Senate passed H.R. 672, H.R. 4689, H.R. 5636, H.R. 6602, H.R. 7279, H.R. 7318, H.R. 7319; the Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 149; that the Senate passed H.R. 1967, as amended, H.R. 4203, as amended and H.R. 4969, as amended.
6:02:11 P.M.HOUR OF MEETING – The Chair announced, without objection, when the House adjourns on Saturday, December 22, 2018, it shall adjourn to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 24, 2018.
6:04:48 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on December 24, 2018.

House Activity 12/17/2018
11:30:57 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
11:31:08 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Francis Rooney to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
11:31:34 A.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Dr. Dan C. Cummins, Peoples Church, Jacksonville, TX.
11:33:27 A.M.The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
11:33:32 A.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
11:34:12 A.M.Syria Study Group – Pursuant to section 1501(c) of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law115-254), the Democratic Leader appointed Ms. Anne W. Patterson of Falls Church, Virginia.
11:34:13 A.M.The Chair announced that without objection, when the House adjourns on Monday, December 17, 2018, it shall adjourn to meet on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, when it shall meet at noon for morning hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business.
11:34:14 A.M.The House received a communication from the Honorable Bill Shuster, Chairman. Pursuant to section 3307 of Title 40, United States Code, Mr. Shuster notified the House that the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met in open session to consider four resolutions included in the General Services Administration’s Capital Investment and Leasing Programs. Copies of the resolutions adopted by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure are enclosed. Referred to Appropriations and ordered printed.
11:35:01 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on December 19, 2018.

House Activity 12/12/2018

10:00:20 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:31 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Kevin Yoder to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:51 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.
11:16:27 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:01 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 12.
12:00:04 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:00:58 P.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. Thompson (PA) 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. Thompson (PA) 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.
12:01:52 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Cicilline to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:01:55 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.
12:12:32 P.M.Medal of Valor Review Board – Pursuant to section 3(b) of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001 (42 U.S.C. 15202), the Democratic Leader appointed Mr. Brian Fengel of Bartonville, Illinois.
12:14:05 P.M. H. Res. 1176
Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 1176 — “Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 2) to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes.”
12:15:20 P.M. H. Res. 1176
DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1176.
2:02:27 P.M. H. Res. 1176
On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 220 – 191 (Roll no. 431).
2:09:49 P.M. H. Res. 1176
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 206 – 203 (Roll no. 432).
2:09:51 P.M. H. Res. 1176
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:10:02 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the Speaker’s Approval of the Journal, which the Chair put de novo.
2:17:57 P.M.On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 226 – 169, 4 Present (Roll no. 433).
2:19:14 P.M.The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
2:20:20 P.M. H.R. 2454
Mr. Hurd moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.
2:20:36 P.M. H.R. 2454
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the motion to suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2454.
2:25:42 P.M. H.R. 2454
At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Hurd objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
2:26:26 P.M. S. 2736
Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. S. 2736 — “To develop a long-term strategic vision and a comprehensive, multifaceted, and principled United States policy for the Indo-Pacific region, and for other purposes.”
2:26:59 P.M. S. 2736
Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:27:02 P.M. S. 2736
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2736.
2:42:32 P.M. S. 2736
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:42:53 P.M. S. 2736
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:42:59 P.M. H. Res. 274
Ms. Ros-Lehtinen asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
2:43:25 P.M. H. Res. 274
Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 274 — “Condemning the Government of Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.”
2:43:43 P.M. H. Res. 274
An amendment, offered by Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, to strike all after the resolving clause and insert new text.
2:43:47 P.M. H. Res. 274
On agreeing to the Ros-Lehtinen amendment; Agreed to without objection.
2:44:30 P.M. H. Res. 274
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
2:44:31 P.M. H. Res. 274
An amendment, offered by Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, to strike the preamble.
2:44:32 P.M. H. Res. 274
On agreeing to the Ros-Lehtinen amendment; Agreed to without objection.
2:44:39 P.M. H. Res. 274
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:44:40 P.M. H.R. 6219
Ms. Ros-Lehtinen asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
2:45:03 P.M. H.R. 6219
Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 6219 — “To support the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Georgia, and for other purposes.”
2:45:08 P.M. H.R. 6219
On passage Passed without objection.
2:45:16 P.M. H.R. 6219
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:45:17 P.M. H. Res. 1169
Ms. Ros-Lehtinen asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
2:46:04 P.M. H. Res. 1169
Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 1169 — “Reaffirming the commitment of the United States to promote free, fair, transparent and credible elections in Bangladesh.”
2:46:20 P.M. H. Res. 1169
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
2:46:24 P.M.
H. Res. 1169
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:47:58 P.M. H.R. 2
Mr. Conaway brought up conference report H. Rept. 115-1072 for consideration under the provisions of H. Res. 1176.
2:48:31 P.M. H.R. 2
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1176, the House proceeded with one hour of debate on the conference report to accompany H.R. 2.
3:42:26 P.M. H.R. 2
The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
3:42:57 P.M. H.R. 2
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the conference report to accompany H.R. 2, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the conference report, and announced that the ayes had prevailed by voice vote. Mr. Conaway demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the conference report until a time to be announced.
3:45:57 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on agreeing to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
3:46:21 P.M. H.R. 2
The House proceeded to consider the conference report H. Rept. 115-1072 as unfinished business.
4:15:18 P.M. H.R. 2
On agreeing to the conference report Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 369 – 47 (Roll no. 434).
4:15:19 P.M. H.R. 2
Motions to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:16:20 P.M. H.R. 2454
On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by voice vote.
4:16:21 P.M. H.R. 2454
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:18:25 P.M. H. Res. 35
Mr. Lewis (MN) asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:18:48 P.M. H. Res. 35
Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 35 — “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives relating to automated external defibrillator (AED) training in the Nation’s schools.”
4:19:03 P.M. H. Res. 35
An amendment, offered by Mr. Lewis (MN), to the text to make technical and conforming changes.
4:19:27 P.M. H. Res. 35
On agreeing to the Lewis (MN) amendment; Agreed to without objection.
4:19:40 P.M. H. Res. 35
An amendment, offered by Mr. Lewis (MN), to the preamble, striking “training” and inserting “education”.
4:20:00 P.M. H. Res. 35
On agreeing to the Lewis (MN) amendment; Agreed to without objection.
4:20:11 P.M. H. Res. 35
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
4:20:16 P.M. H. Res. 35
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:20:19 P.M. H. Res. 35
The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
4:20:21 P.M. H.R. 887
Mr. Goodlatte asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:21:21 P.M. H.R. 887
Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 887 — “To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to extend honorary citizenship to otherwise qualified noncitizens who enlisted in the Philippines and died while serving on active duty with the United States Armed Forces during certain periods of hostilities, and for other purposes.”
4:21:33 P.M. H.R. 887
On passage Passed without objection.
4:21:39 P.M. H.R. 887
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:21:40 P.M. S. 3170
Mr. Goodlatte asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:22:06 P.M. S. 3170
Considered by unanimous consent. S. 3170 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to make certain changes to the reporting requirement of certain service providers regarding child sexual exploitation visual depictions, and for other purposes.”
4:22:18 P.M. S. 3170
On passage Passed without objection.
4:22:22 P.M. S. 3170
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:22:23 P.M. H.R. 2315
Mr. Barr asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:23:05 P.M. H.R. 2315
Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 2315 — “To posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to each of Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, J. Christopher Stevens, and Sean Smith in recognition of their contributions to the Nation.”
4:23:32 P.M. H.R. 2315
An amendment, offered by Mr. Barr, to strike all after the enacting clause and insert new text.
4:23:42 P.M. H.R. 2315
On agreeing to the Barr amendment; Agreed to without objection.
4:23:53 P.M. H.R. 2315
On passage Passed without objection.
4:23:56 P.M. H.R. 2315
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:23:58 P.M. H.R. 2315
The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
4:24:00 P.M. S. 1050
Mr. Barr asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:24:18 P.M. S. 1050
Considered by unanimous consent. S. 1050 — “To award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the Chinese-American Veterans of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.”
4:24:25 P.M. S. 1050 On passage Passed without objection.
4:24:27 P.M. S. 1050 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:24:28 P.M. S. 2101 Mr. Barr asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:24:51 P.M. S. 2101
Considered by unanimous consent. S. 2101 — “To award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the crew of the USS Indianapolis, in recognition of their perseverance, bravery, and service to the United States.”
4:25:03 P.M. S. 2101 On passage Passed without objection.
4:25:08 P.M. S. 2101Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:25:58 P.M.Mr. Barr asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10:30 a.m. on December 13. Agreed to without objection.
4:26:26 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
4:30:11 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
4:45:48 P.M.The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S.J. Res. 64, S. 1092, S. 2961, H.R. 1872, H.R. 3996, H.R. 5759, and H.R. 6964.
4:46:25 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed Special Order speeches.
6:12:01 P.M.Mr. Fortenberry moved that the House do now adjourn.
6:12:05 P.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
6:12:10 P.M.The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on December 13, 2018.

House Activity 12/11/2018

10:00:27 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:30 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Glenn Thompson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:36 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.
10:49:40 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:02 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 11.
12:00:04 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:15 P.M.The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:17 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Ros-Lehtinen to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:01:39 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.
12:18:38 P.M.The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
12:18:52 P.M. S. 943
Mr. Estes (KS) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. S. 943 — “To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an accurate comprehensive student count for the purposes of calculating formula allocations for programs under the Johnson-O’Malley Act, and for other purposes.”
12:19:12 P.M. S. 943
Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:19:15 P.M. S. 943
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 943.
12:26:05 P.M. S. 943
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
12:26:07 P.M. S. 943
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:27:54 P.M. H.R. 6140
Mr. Flores moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6140 — “To require the Secretary of Energy to establish and carry out a program to support the availability of HA-LEU for domestic commercial use, and for other purposes.”
12:28:29 P.M. H.R. 6140
Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:28:31 P.M. H.R. 6140
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6140.
12:38:08 P.M. H.R. 6140
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
12:38:13 P.M. H.R. 6140
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:38:56 P.M. H.R. 7217
Mr. Barton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 7217 — “To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with the option of providing coordinated care for children with complex medical conditions through a health home, and for other purposes.”
12:39:31 P.M. H.R. 7217
Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:39:37 P.M. H.R. 7217
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate onH.R. 7217.
1:22:34 P.M. H.R. 7217
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.
1:23:05 P.M. S. 2465
Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 2465 — “To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize a sickle cell disease prevention and treatment demonstration program and to provide for sickle cell disease research, surveillance, prevention, and treatment.”
1:23:35 P.M. S. 2465
Considered under suspension of the rules.
1:23:37 P.M. S. 2465
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2465.
1:32:48 P.M. S. 2465
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
1:32:59 P.M. S. 2465
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:33:00 P.M. S. 3029
Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 3029 — “To revise and extend the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Act (PREEMIE Act).”
1:33:26 P.M. S. 3029
Considered under suspension of the rules.
1:33:28 P.M. S. 3029
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 3029.
1:49:16 P.M. S. 3029
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.
1:49:20 P.M. H.R. 6615
Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6615 — “To reauthorize the Traumatic Brain Injury program.”
1:50:05 P.M. H.R. 6615
Considered under suspension of the rules.
1:50:08 P.M. H.R. 6615
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6615.
2:00:14 P.M. H.R. 6615
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:00:27 P.M. H.R. 6615
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:00:28 P.M. H.R. 1318
Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1318 — “To support States in their work to save and sustain the health of mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the postpartum period, to eliminate disparities in maternal health outcomes for pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths, to identify solutions to improve health care quality and health outcomes for mothers, and for other purposes.”
2:00:51 P.M. H.R. 1318
Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:00:54 P.M. H.R. 1318
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1318.
2:15:46 P.M. H.R. 1318
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:15:48 P.M. H.R. 1318
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:17:47 P.M. H. Res. 1091
Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 1091 — “Calling on the Government of Burma to release Burmese journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo sentenced to seven years imprisonment after investigating attacks against civilians by Burma’s military and security forces, and for other purposes.”
2:17:56 P.M. H. Res. 1091
Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:17:58 P.M. H. Res. 1091
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1091.
2:45:00 P.M. H. Res. 1091
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.
2:45:04 P.M. H. Res. 1149
Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Res. 1149 — “Recognizing that the United States-Republic of Korea alliance serves as a linchpin of regional stability and bilateral security, and exemplifies the broad and deep military, diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties shared between the United States and the Republic of Korea.”
2:45:39 P.M. H. Res. 1149 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:45:51 P.M. H. Res. 1149
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1149.
3:00:54 P.M. H. Res. 1149
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
3:00:59 P.M. H. Res. 1149
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:01:35 P.M. H. Res. 1157
Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Res. 1157 — “Reaffirming the strong commitment of the United States to the countries and territories of the Pacific Islands region.”
3:01:44 P.M. H. Res. 1157
Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:01:45 P.M. H. Res. 1157
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1157.
3:12:39 P.M. H. Res. 1157
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
3:12:42 P.M. H. Res. 1157
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:12:59 P.M.
H. Res. 1165
Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Res. 1165 — “Condemning the Assad regime and its backers for their continued support of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria.”
3:13:11 P.M. H. Res. 1165
Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:13:15 P.M. H. Res. 1165
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1165.
3:37:38 P.M. H. Res. 1165
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
3:38:04 P.M. H. Res. 1165
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:38:07 P.M. H. Res. 1035
Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 1035 — “Expressing opposition to the completion of Nord Stream II, and for other purposes.”
3:38:29 P.M. H. Res. 1035
Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:38:32 P.M. H. Res. 1035
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1035.
3:51:30 P.M. H. Res. 1035
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:51:45 P.M. H. Res. 1035
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:52:03 P.M. H. Res. 1162
Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Res. 1162 — “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to Ukraine, and for other purposes.”
3:52:27 P.M.
H. Res. 1162
Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:52:30 P.M. H. Res. 1162
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1162.
4:08:23 P.M. H. Res. 1162
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
4:08:30 P.M. H. Res. 1162
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:09:12 P.M. H.R. 1918
Mr. Royce (CA) asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker’s Table and agree to the Senate amendment.
4:09:25 P.M. H.R. 1918
On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to without objection.
4:09:26 P.M. H.R. 1918
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:10:18 P.M. H.R. 3342
Mr. Royce (CA) asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker’s Table and agree to the Senate amendments.
4:10:47 P.M. H.R. 3342
On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendments Agreed to without objection.
4:10:48 P.M. H.R. 3342
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:10:55 P.M. H. Res. 931
Mr. Royce (CA) asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:11:13 P.M. H. Res. 931
Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 931 — “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the 85th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933, known as the Holodomor, should serve as a reminder of repressive Soviet policies against the people of Ukraine.”
4:11:31 P.M. H. Res. 931
An amendment, offered by Mr. Royce (CA), to strike all after the resolving clause and insert new text.
4:11:39 P.M. H. Res. 931
On agreeing to the Royce (CA) amendment; Agreed to without objection.
4:11:53 P.M. H. Res. 931
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

4:11:58 P.M. H. Res. 931
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:12:00 P.M. H.R. 1850
Mr. Mitchell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:12:37 P.M. H.R. 1850
Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 1850 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 907 Fourth Avenue in Lake Odessa, Michigan, as the “Donna Sauers Besko Post Office”.”
4:12:40 P.M. H.R. 1850
On passage Passed without objection.
4:12:52 P.M. H.R. 1850
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:13:39 P.M. H.R. 4407
Mr. Mitchell asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker’s Table and agree to the Senate amendments.
4:14:06 P.M. H.R. 4407
On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendments Agreed to without objection.
4:14:07 P.M. H.R. 4407
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:14:22 P.M. H.R. 5205
Mr. Mitchell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:14:38 P.M. H.R. 5205
Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 5205 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 701 6th Street in Hawthorne, Nevada, as the “Sergeant Kenneth Eric Bostic Post Office”.”
4:14:48 P.M. H.R. 5205
On passage Passed without objection.
4:14:53 P.M. H.R. 5205
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:14:54 P.M. H.R. 5475
Mr. Mitchell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:15:20 P.M. H.R. 5475
Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 5475 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 108 North Macon Street in Bevier, Missouri, as the “SO2 Navy SEAL Adam Olin Smith Post Office”.”
4:15:33 P.M. H.R. 5475
On passage Passed without objection.
4:15:37 P.M. H.R. 5475
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:15:37 P.M. H.R. 6059
Mr. Mitchell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:16:06 P.M. H.R. 6059
Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 6059 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 51 Willow Street in Lynn, Massachusetts, as the “Thomas P. Costin, Jr. Post Office Building”.”
4:16:10 P.M. H.R. 6059
On passage Passed without objection.
4:16:16 P.M. H.R. 6059
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:16:17 P.M. H.R. 6167
Mr. Mitchell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:16:40 P.M.
H.R. 6167
Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 6167 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5707 South Cass Avenue in Westmont, Illinois, as the “James William Robinson Jr. Memorial Post Office Building”.”
4:16:46 P.M. H.R. 6167
On passage Passed without objection.
4:16:52 P.M. H.R. 6167
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:16:53 P.M. H.R. 6335
Mr. Mitchell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:17:21 P.M. H.R. 6335
Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 6335 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 322 Main Street in Oakville, Connecticut, as the “Veterans Memorial Post Office”.”
4:17:43 P.M. H.R. 6335
An amendment, offered by Mr. Mitchell, to strike all after the enacting clause and insert new text and title.
4:18:21 P.M. H.R. 6335
On agreeing to the Mitchell amendment; Agreed to without objection.
4:18:30 P.M. H.R. 6335
On passage Passed without objection.
4:18:34 P.M. H.R. 6335
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:18:35 P.M. H.R. 6930
Mr. Mitchell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:18:55 P.M. H.R. 6930
Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 6930 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10 Miller Street in Plattsburgh, New York, as the “Ross Bouyea Post Office Building”.”
4:19:03 P.M. H.R. 6930
On passage Passed without objection.
4:19:07 P.M. H.R. 6930
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:19:07 P.M. S. 3209
Mr. Mitchell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:19:36 P.M. S. 3209
Considered by unanimous consent. S. 3209 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 413 Washington Avenue in Belleville, New Jersey, as the “Private Henry Svehla Post Office Building”.”
4:19:48 P.M. S. 3209
On passage Passed without objection.
4:19:52 P.M. S. 3209
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:19:53 P.M. S. 3237
Mr. Mitchell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:20:18 P.M. S. 3237
Considered by unanimous consent. S. 3237 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 12th Street Lobby in Columbus, Georgia, as the “Richard W. Williams Chapter of the Triple Nickles (555th P.I.A.) Post Office”.”
4:20:33 P.M. S. 3237
On passage Passed without objection.
4:20:36 P.M. S. 3237
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:20:37 P.M. H.R. 7230
Mr. Mitchell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:21:04 P.M. H.R. 7230
Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 7230 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 226 West Main Street in Lake City, South Carolina, as the “Postmaster Frazier B. Baker Post Office”.”
4:21:13 P.M. H.R. 7230
On passage Passed without objection.
4:21:16 P.M. H.R. 7230
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:21:37 P.M. H.R. 7243
Mr. Mitchell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:21:55 P.M. H.R. 7243
Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 7243 — “To amend Public Law 115-217 to change the address of the postal facility designated by such Public Law in honor of Sergeant First Class Alwyn Crendall Cashe, and for other purposes.”
4:21:59 P.M. H.R. 7243
On passage Passed without objection.
4:22:03 P.M. H.R. 7243
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:22:03 P.M.
H. Res. 1172
Mr. Mitchell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:22:30 P.M. H. Res. 1172
Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 1172 — “Honoring the life of President George Herbert Walker Bush.”
4:22:46 P.M. H. Res. 1172
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
4:22:48 P.M. H. Res. 1172
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:23:01 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on motions to suspend the rules, which were debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.
4:24:51 P.M. H.R. 7217
Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 7217 — “To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with the option of providing coordinated care for children with complex medical conditions through a health home, and for other purposes.”
4:48:10 P.M. H.R. 7217
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 400 – 11 (Roll no. 428).
4:48:11 P.M. H.R. 7217
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:48:13 P.M. S. 3029
Considered as unfinished business. S. 3029 — “To revise and extend the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Act (PREEMIE Act).”
4:58:26 P.M. S. 3029
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 406 – 3 (Roll no. 429).
4:58:27 P.M. S. 3029Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:58:34 P.M. S. 825Considered as unfinished business. S. 825 — “To provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium located in Sitka, Alaska, and for other purposes.”
5:08:12 P.M. S. 825 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 403 – 3 (Roll no. 430).
5:08:13 P.M. S. 825 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:08:14 P.M. S. 3119
Mr. Lamborn asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker’s table and consider.
5:08:38 P.M.
S. 3119Considered by unanimous consent. S. 3119 — “To allow for the taking of sea lions on the Columbia River and its tributaries to protect endangered and threatened species of salmon and other nonlisted fish species.”
5:08:41 P.M. S. 3119On passage Passed without objection.
5:08:47 P.M. S. 3119 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:09:39 P.M.Commission on International Religious Freedom – Pursuant to section 201(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (22 U.S.C. 6431) and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed Ms. Anurima Bhargava, Chicago, IL, to succeed Mr. Daniel I. Mark for a term ending May 14, 2020.
5:10:11 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:19:18 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
5:59:41 P.M.The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2.
6:00:15 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed with Special Order Speeches.
7:47:28 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
8:05:00 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 11.
8:05:04 P.M.Mr. Newhouse filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 1176.
8:06:00 P.M.Mr. Newhouse moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:06:02 P.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:06:06 P.M.The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on December 12, 2018.

House Activity 12/10/2018

12:00:00 P.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:01 P.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable John Abney Culberson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:21 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.
12:27:00 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:08 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 10.
2:00:11 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:34 P.M.The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:01:37 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Wilson of SC to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:02:09 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:07:54 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 December 6, 2018, at 1:28 p.m.: that the Senate passed S. 2679, S. 3561, H.J. Res. 143, H.R. 1417, H.R. 1861, H.R. 3398, H.R. 4111, H.R. 5238 and H.R. 6330.
2:09:28 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 December 10, 2018, at 10:24 a.m.: that the Senate passed S. 7, S. 1942, S. 2276, S. 2343, S. 2597, S. 3119, H.R. 315, and that the Senate passed H.R. 2454 and H.R. 5075 with an amendment.
2:10:37 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 3:30 P.M. today.
3:30:16 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 10.
3:30:29 P.M.The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
3:30:49 P.M. H.R. 5513
Mr. Bishop (UT) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5513 — “To provide for an exchange of lands with San Bernardino County, California, to enhance management of lands within the San Bernardino National Forest, and for other purposes.”
3:31:11 P.M. H.R. 5513
Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:31:14 P.M. H.R. 5513
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5513.
3:37:44 P.M. H.R. 5513
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:37:54 P.M. H.R. 5513
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:37:56 P.M. H.R. 6108
Mr. Bishop (UT) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6108 — “To provide for partnerships among State and local governments, regional entities, and the private sector to preserve, conserve, and enhance the visitor experience at nationally significant battlefields of the American Revolution, War of 1812, and Civil War, and for other purposes.”
3:38:20 P.M. H.R. 6108
Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:38:24 P.M. H.R. 6108
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6108.
3:45:59 P.M. H.R. 6108
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:46:09 P.M. H.R. 6108
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:46:11 P.M. H.R. 3008
Mr. Bishop (UT) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3008 — “To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the George W. Bush Childhood Home, located at 1412 West Ohio Avenue, Midland, Texas, and for other purposes.”
3:46:29 P.M. H.R. 3008
Considered under suspension of the rules. 3:46:32 P.M. H.R. 3008
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate onH.R. 3008.
3:51:56 P.M. H.R. 3008
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.
3:52:02 P.M. H.R. 6118
Mr. Bishop (UT) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6118 — “To direct the Secretary of the Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an “American World War II Heritage City”, and for other purposes.”
3:52:45 P.M. H.R. 6118
Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:52:47 P.M. H.R. 6118
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6118.
3:59:17 P.M. H.R. 6118
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:59:26 P.M. H.R. 6118
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:59:29 P.M. H.R. 6118
The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
3:59:43 P.M. H.R. 6665
Mr. Bishop (UT) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6665 — “To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to apply to territories of the United States, to establish offshore wind lease sale requirements, to provide dedicated funding for coral reef conservation, and for other purposes.”
4:00:18 P.M. H.R. 6665
Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:00:20 P.M. H.R. 6665
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6665.
4:13:58 P.M. H.R. 6665
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:14:01 P.M. H.R. 6665
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:14:03 P.M. H. Res. 792
Mr. Bishop (UT) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 792 — “Urging the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the historical significance of Roberto Clemente’s place of death near Piñones in Loíza, Puerto Rico, by adding it to the National Register of Historic Places.”
4:14:18 P.M. H. Res. 792
Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:14:19 P.M. H. Res. 792
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 792.
4:25:40 P.M. H. Res. 792
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.
4:25:44 P.M. S. 245
Mr. Bishop (UT) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 245 — “To amend the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self Determination Act of 2005, and for other purposes.”
4:26:25 P.M. S. 245
Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:26:29 P.M. S. 245
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 245.
4:33:56 P.M. S. 245
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:34:11 P.M. S. 245
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:34:12 P.M. S. 825
Mr. Young (AK) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 825 — “To provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium located in Sitka, Alaska, and for other purposes.”
4:34:32 P.M. S. 825
Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:34:35 P.M. S. 825
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 825.
4:38:10 P.M. S. 825
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.
4:38:13 P.M. S. 2511
Mr. Young (AK) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. S. 2511 — “To require the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to carry out a program on coordinating the assessment and acquisition by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of unmanned maritime systems, to make available to the public data collected by the Administration using such systems, and for other purposes.”
4:38:54 P.M. S. 2511
Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:38:59 P.M. S. 2511
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2511.
4:43:58 P.M. S. 2511
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:44:07 P.M. S. 2511
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:44:09 P.M. H.R. 6893
Mr. Hice, Jody B. moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6893 — “To amend the Overtime Pay for Protective Services Act of 2016 to extend the Secret Service overtime pay exception through 2019, and for other purposes.”
4:45:22 P.M. H.R. 6893
Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:45:30 P.M. H.R. 6893
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6893.
4:55:25 P.M. H.R. 6893
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:55:29 P.M. H.R. 6893
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:55:32 P.M. H.R. 6893
The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
4:56:18 P.M. S. 2248
Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. S. 2248 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide certain burial benefits for spouses and children of veterans who are buried in tribal cemeteries, and for other purposes.”
4:56:46 P.M. S. 2248
Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:56:54 P.M. S. 2248
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2248.
5:31:23 P.M. S. 2248
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:31:29 P.M. S. 2248
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:32:28 P.M. H.R. 3946
Mr. Roe (TN) asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker’s Table and agree to the Senate amendments.
5:32:51 P.M. H.R. 3946
On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendments Agreed to without objection.
5:32:52 P.M. H.R. 3946
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:32:55 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 P.M. today.
6:30:21 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 10.
6:30:26 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on motions to suspend the rules, which were debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.
6:30:51 P.M. H. Res. 792
Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 792 — “Urging the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the historical significance of Roberto Clemente’s place of death near Piñones in Loíza, Puerto Rico, by adding it to the National Register of Historic Places.”
6:55:08 P.M. H. Res. 792
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 385 – 1, 2 Present (Roll no. 426).
6:55:12 P.M. H. Res. 792
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:55:15 P.M. H.R. 3008
Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3008 — “To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the George W. Bush Childhood Home, located at 1412 West Ohio Avenue, Midland, Texas, and for other purposes.”
7:03:40 P.M. H.R. 3008
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 382 – 4, 2 Present (Roll no. 427).
7:03:41 P.M. H.R. 3008
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:04:21 P.M. H.R. 7213
Mr. Donovan asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
7:04:25 P.M. H.R. 7213
Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 7213 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, and for other purposes.”
7:05:03 P.M. H.R. 7213
On passage Passed without objection.
7:05:08 P.M. H.R. 7213
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:05:09 P.M. H.R. 7213
UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST – Mr. Donovan asked unanimous consent that an exchange of letters between the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security be included in the Record. Agreed to without objection.
7:07:40 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:21:53 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:25:42 P.M. H.R. 2
Conference report H. Rept. 115-1072 filed.
8:26:00 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed with Special Order speeches.
8:57:40 P.M.Mr. Garrett moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:57:42 P.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:57:44 P.M.The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on December 11, 2018.

House Activity 12/6/2018

12:00:18 P.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:45 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Dr. Bruce Hargrave, Bruce Hargrave Ministries and Charities, Rowlett, TX
12:01:21 P.M.The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:23 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Frelinghuysen to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:01:45 P.M. H.J. Res. 143
Mr. Frelinghuysen asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
12:01:47 P.M. H.J. Res. 143
Considered by unanimous consent. H.J. Res. 143 — “Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes.”
12:02:15 P.M. H.J. Res. 143
On passage Passed without objection.
12:02:16 P.M. H.J. Res. 143
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:02:44 P.M.Mr. Frelinghuysen asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns on Thursday, December 6, 2018, it adjourn to meet at noon, on Monday, December 10, 2018 for Morning-Hour Debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business Agreed to without objection.
12:03:30 P.M.Syria Study Group – Pursuant to section 1501(c) of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law115-254), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Chair appointed Dr. Kimberly E. Kagan, Washington, DC.
12:07:00 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 December 6, 2018 at 10:57 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. 1934, S. 2736, S. 3530, H.R. 754 and agreed to S. Con. Res. 57 and S. Res. 715.
12:07:05 P.M.Mr. Polis moved that the House do now adjourn.
12:07:06 P.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
12:07:08 P.M.The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on December 10, 2018.

House Activity 12/3/2018

3:45:02 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
3:45:15 P.M.NOTIFICATION TO MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO REASSEMBLE – Pursuant to clause 12(e) of rule I and after consultation with the Minority Leader of the House, the Speaker notified the House that he had determined the public interest requires that the House reassemble at 3:45 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018 and that further announcements would be provided by the Majority Leader’s office.
3:45:48 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
3:46:31 P.M.The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
3:46:33 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Arrington to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
3:47:16 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 November 30, 2018 at 12:56 p.m.: That the Senate passed S. 3628 and agreed to S. Con. Res. 54.
3:47:17 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 December 3, 2018 at 3:34 p.m.: That the Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 55 and S. Con. Res. 56.
3:48:17 P.M.The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification relating to the death of former President George Herbert Walker Bush.
3:51:15 P.M. H. Res. 1167
Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 1167 — “Expressing the profound regret and sorrow of the House of Representatives on the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, forty-first President of the United States of America.”
3:52:05 P.M. H. Res. 1167
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
3:52:11 P.M. H. Res. 1167
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:52:12 P.M. S. Con. Res. 55
Mr. Collins (GA) asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker’s table and consider.
3:52:36 P.M. S. Con. Res. 55
Considered by unanimous consent. S. Con. Res. 55 — “Authorizing the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for the lying in state of the remains of the late George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States.”
3:52:38 P.M. S. Con. Res. 55
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
3:52:41 P.M. S. Con. Res. 55
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:52:42 P.M. S. Con. Res. 56
Mr. Collins (GA) asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker’s table and consider.
3:53:13 P.M. S. Con. Res. 56
Considered by unanimous consent. S. Con. Res. 56 — “Providing for the use of the catafalque situated in the Exhibition Hall of the Capitol Visitor Center in connection with memorial services to be conducted in the rotunda of the Capitol for the late George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States.”
3:53:15 P.M. S. Con. Res. 56
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
3:53:18 P.M. S. Con. Res. 56
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:53:29 P.M.Mr. Collins (GA) asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Monday, December 3, 2018, it adjourn to meet at noon on Thursday 6, 2018 Agreed to without objection.
3:53:40 P.M.Mr. Collins (GA) moved that the House do now adjourn.
3:53:47 P.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
3:53:48 P.M.The House adjourned pursuant to H. Res. 1167. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on December 6, 2018, as a further mark of respect to the memory of the late Honorable George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States.

 

Ending DACA costs states billions in GDP ~ reminder


While several groups on both sides of the political aisle have posted how much they believe ending DACA will cost, the trump admin doesn’t seem to care.  As Americans, some of us believe in the lower case c for capitalism so the idea that it would cost approx $290 billion to not only end DACA but Deport the Dreamers as well seems like an obvious wtf moment. The logical response would seem to be nah we can’t afford to do this so work this ish out in a bipartisan way seems sane … right? but Noooooo the chip on this admin’s shoulder is beyond the greater good for Americans

~Nativegrl77

Meet Newt … in his own words


Newt and Trump Talk ‘Apprentice’ Program For 10 Poor Kids … some videos have been deleted … go figure

Poor kids could work as Janitors

Poor Children have no values, no work habits, no cash unless it’s gotten illegally

Child labor laws are stupid

FAQ 2017: The BRIDGE Act “Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream and Grow Our Economy”


Last updated APRIL 6, 2017 | Versión en español
Notes and citations available in the PDF version.

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with five other senators, have introduced the BRIDGE Act, bipartisan legislation whose intent is to allow people who are eligible for or who have received work authorization and temporary relief from deportation through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to continue living in the U.S. with permission from the federal government. Identical legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) and seven other House members.

This FAQ provides information on the BRIDGE Act bill as it was introduced: At this point, the BRIDGE Act is only a bill; it is not law. Therefore, everything you read in this FAQ about the BRIDGE Act is only a proposal. There is currently no BRIDGE Act application process. You should not pay anyone to help you submit a BRIDGE Act application.

If you are considering applying for DACA either for the first time or to renew it, we encourage you to first read our New Questions and Answers About DACA Now That Trump is President. For specific information about applying for DACA if you’ve never received it before, see FAQ: The Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). For specific information about applying to renew your DACA, see FAQ: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal Process.
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WARNING: Do NOT take advice about your immigration case from a notary public or an immigration consultant. Contact ONLY a qualified immigration lawyer or a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)–accredited representative for legal advice about your case.

A directory of legal service providers in your area is available at www.immigrationlawhelp.org/.
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What would the BRIDGE Act do if it were enacted?
The BRIDGE Act would make it possible for people who meet certain requirements to apply for and receive “provisional protected presence” and work authorization. However, an approved applicant’s provisional protected presence and work authorization would be valid only from the time the person received it until the point in time that is three years after the BRIDGE Act is enacted. The requirements people would have to meet are essentially the same as the requirements for DACA under the program that was created in 2012.

People who already have DACA would be deemed to have provisional protected presence until their DACA’s expiration date, then they would be eligible to apply affirmatively for provisional protected presence.

The BRIDGE bill also would impose restrictions on the sharing of information in DACA and provisional protected presence applications with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for purposes of immigration enforcement.

Is the BRIDGE Act the same as the Dream Act?
No. The Dream Act did not pass when Congress voted on it in 2011, and it has not been reintroduced since then. The Dream Act would have permitted certain immigrants who grew up in the U.S. to obtain temporary legal status and eventually to apply for and obtain permanent legal status, then U.S. citizenship. To be eligible, they would have had to meet certain education-related requirements or have served in the U.S. military.

The BRIDGE Act would not provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship. It only would allow people who are eligible for—or who already have—DACA to receive work authorization and provisional protected presence for, at most, three years.

Why is the BRIDGE bill being introduced?
Members of Congress from both parties recognize the positive impact providing work authorization and protection from deportation has had on the lives of people with DACA, as well as on the broader society and economy. (These benefits are detailed in a recent report, New Study of DACA Beneficiaries Shows Positive Economic and Educational Outcomes.) The BRIDGE bill would allow DACA recipients the opportunity to continue contributing to our society and economy.

In addition, policymakers recognize the need to protect DACA recipients. Since the November 2016 election, many DACA recipients and their allies have expressed concerns over whether President Trump will follow through on his campaign threat to end the DACA program. If it were enacted, this bill’s provisions would provide assurance to DACA recipients that they could continue being both authorized to work in the U.S. and protected from deportation.

Who would be eligible for protection under the BRIDGE bill?

To be eligible for provisional protected presence under the BRIDGE Act, a person would have to:

  • be at least 15 years old to apply (but a person younger than 15 could apply if they were in removal proceedings or had either a final removal order or a voluntary departure order);
  • have been born after June 15, 1981;
  • have come to the U.S. before their sixteenth birthday;
  • have lived continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007;
  • have continuously resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007, until the date of filing an application under the BRIDGE Act (except for travel using advance parole)
  • have been physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of filing an application under the BRIDGE Act;
  • not have had a lawful immigration status on June 15, 2012;
  • at the time of filing an application under the BRIDGE Act, be currently in school or in an educational program aimed at obtaining a high school diploma or passing a general education development (GED) exam or other state-authorized exam; or, at the time of applying, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or be an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or U.S. Armed Forces;
  • and not have been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanor offenses, or been deemed to pose a threat to national security or public safety.

How much would the BRIDGE application cost?
The cost to apply for provisional protected presence under the BRIDGE Act would be determined by the secretary of Homeland Security, but fee exemptions would be provided in limited circumstances.

How are the provisions of the BRIDGE bill different from the DACA program’s?

DACA is a type of “deferred action” (which provides work authorization and protection from deportation) announced in a memo issued by former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on June 15, 2012. Because the DACA program was created through an executive action of the Obama administration, the Trump administration could end it without having to consult with or get approval from Congress.

On the other hand, the BRIDGE Act is a proposed law, introduced by members of Congress, that would authorize the secretary of Homeland Security to grant provisional protected presence and work authorization to certain non–U.S. citizens for a maximum of three years. While the BRIDGE Act’s provisions are very similar to the DACA program’s, if the BRIDGE Act is enacted into law, its provisions would remain in effect until Congress either changed them or repealed the law. This would provide more protection to applicants for provisional protected presence than applicants for or recipients of DACA currently have.

When would the BRIDGE bill become law?
The BRIDGE bill was introduced into the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives on January 12, 2017. To become law, a bill first must be approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, then it must be signed by the president. Most bills that are introduced in Congress don’t make it to the president’s desk to be signed—that is, they don’t pass Congress. And usually it takes several months for a bill to make it through the congressional approval process. Usually the bill must be reviewed and voted on by two or more congressional committees. During the approval process the bill’s content—including, in the BRIDGE bill’s case, the eligibility criteria for provisional protected presence—may be changed substantially.

I’m eligible for DACA, but I haven’t applied for it. Should I apply immediately?
Applying for DACA is a personal choice. We recommend that you consult with a qualified immigration lawyer or a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)–accredited representative before you decide whether to apply. We also recommend that you ask your attorney or accredited representative to complete and sign a Form G-28 (Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative) and submit it with your application. We may change this latter recommendation in the future, however, as we learn more about the Trump administration’s plans for DACA.

We also recommend that you consider the following issues and facts:

  • No one is certain about what will happen with DACA or the information provided by DACA applicants under the Trump administration. During his campaign for president, Trump threatened to eliminate DACA. Since then he has made statements hinting that he may find a way to allow “dreamers” to stay in the U.S. But no one knows exactly what that means, so there’s no guarantee that he won’t eliminate the DACA program.
  • If you apply for DACA today, it takes three months or more to process a DACA application. Three months from now the DACA program may have been terminated, and we don’t know what U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will do about pending applications. It’s possible not only that your application will not be approved but that you may lose the $495 application fee.
  • The BRIDGE Act may or may not pass Congress, be signed by the president, and become law. As introduced, the BRIDGE Act would “deem” people who already have DACA (under the DACA program) to have provisional protected presence (under the new BRIDGE program). The bill, if enacted, would also make it possible for people who currently are eligible for DACA to apply for provisional protected presence in the future.

I currently have DACA. Should I apply to renew it now, or should I wait to see if the BRIDGE bill is enacted?
Applying to renew your DACA is a personal choice. We recommend that you consult with a qualified immigration lawyer or a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)–accredited representative before you decide whether to apply. Remember, the Trump administration has drastically broadened the criteria for who is considered an immigration-enforcement (deportation) priority, so you should ask your lawyer or accredited representative to assess your situation based on the broadened criteria and explain to you how the government’s new policies may affect your eligibility to renew your DACA.

We also recommend that you consider the following issues and facts:

  • No one is certain about what the Trump administration will do either with DACA or with the information provided by DACA applicants. If you already have DACA, immigration authorities already have the information you provided on your DACA application. So if you submit an application to renew your DACA, you won’t be making yourself known to immigration authorities for the first time.
  • Applications to renew DACA can be processed quicker than first-time DACA applications because there is less paperwork involved. But there is no way to determine how quickly USCIS will process a particular application. Generally, renewal applications have been taking three to four months to be processed. Three months from now the DACA program may have been terminated, and we don’t know what USCIS will do about pending applications. It’s possible not only that your application will not be approved but that you may lose the $495 application fee.
  • We don’t yet know how the Trump administration, if it terminates the DACA program, will treat DACA and work permits that have already been issued and have not yet expired. It may decide either to revoke all DACA recipients’ DACA and work permits immediately, or it may allow people to keep their DACA and work permits until they expire, but just not renew them. If the administration allows the DACA program to end simply by not renewing people’s DACA, and if you are able renew your DACA before the new administration stops processing renewal applications, you may have DACA for an additional two years. During that time, you would have authorization to be employed and protection from deportation.
  • Another factor to consider is that you may apply to renew your DACA at any time, even if it is not set to expire until late next year. You no longer must wait until at least 150 days before your DACA expires to apply. Keep in mind, however, that the adjudicator reviewing your application may decide to hold off on processing your application until a time closer to the date your current DACA expires.
  • At this time we don’t know whether the BRIDGE Act will become law. If it is enacted into law and you have DACA at the time it is enacted, you will be deemed to have provisional protected presence. If you don’t have DACA at the time BRIDGE is enacted (if it is enacted), you will still be able to apply for provisional protected presence under its provisions and will probably have to submit the same evidence and information you provided the first time you applied for DACA.
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    Visit http://www.nilc.org/daca/ for more information and updates about DACA and the BRIDGE Act. We also regularly post updates on Facebook and Twitter.
    Remember, the information provided in this FAQ is not legal advice. Every person’s situation is different. To get legal advice about whether you should either apply for DACA for the first time or apply to renew your DACA, you should talk to a qualified immigration lawyer or a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)–accredited representative.
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