THE SENATE Nov 13th -17th **CONGRESS** 2017 THE HOUSE


November 16, 2017 Wrap Up for Thursday, November 16, 2017
November 15, 2017 Wrap Up for Wednesday, November 15, 2017
November 14, 2017 Wrap Up for Tuesday, November 14, 2017
November 13, 2017 Wrap Up for Monday, November 13, 2017

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Last Floor Action: 11/17/2017
10:02:57 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 3(b) of H. Res. 619. The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on November 21, 2017.

10:00:00 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:07 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Alexander X. Mooney to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:36 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
10:02:00 A.M. SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 3(a) of H. Res. 619, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
10:02:10 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
10:02:57 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 3(b) of H. Res. 619. The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on November 21, 2017.

House Activity 11/16/2017

9:00:05 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:12 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Rob Hughes, Broadway Presbyterian Church, Sedalia, Missouri
9:01:50 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:02:18 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Brown of MD to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:03:24 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:18:35 A.M. H.R. 1 Pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, the House continued with further consideration on H.R. 1.
9:18:40 A.M. H.R. 1 DEBATE – The House resumed with debate on H.R. 1.
10:25:18 A.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 1545H.R. 3949H.R. 4374, and S. 807.
10:25:48 A.M. H.R. 1 DEBATE – The House resumed with debate on H.R. 1.
11:10:40 A.M. H.R. 1 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – The Chair announced that pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, further consideration of H.R. 1 is postponed.
11:10:53 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
12:30:51 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 16.
12:31:05 P.M. H.R. 1 Pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, the House continued with further consideration on H.R. 1.
12:31:18 P.M. H.R. 1 DEBATE – The House resumed with debate on H.R. 1.
1:30:22 P.M. H.R. 1 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
1:49:45 P.M. H.R. 1 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 227 – 205 (Roll no. 637).
1:49:46 P.M. H.R. 1 The title of the measure was amended pursuant to H. Res. 619.
1:49:47 P.M. H.R. 1 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:50:48 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
1:51:02 P.M. H.R. 3109 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3109 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1114 North 2nd Street in Chillicothe, Illinois, as the “Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building”.”
1:51:31 P.M. H.R. 3109 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
1:51:35 P.M. H.R. 3109 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:52:17 P.M. United States Capitol Preservation Commission – Pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 2081, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the United States Capitol Preservation Commission: Mrs. Comstock.
1:52:51 P.M. Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission – Pursuant to Section 5 of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act(Pub. L 115-77), the Democratic Leader appointed the Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington DC; and from private life: Mr. Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. of Orange, CA.
1:53:56 P.M. Mr. Roe (TN) asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on November 17. Agreed to without objection.
1:55:28 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
2:12:29 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches, without prejudice to resumption of legislative business.
3:13:03 P.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2810.
3:14:36 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
3:14:47 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
3:14:48 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 17, 2017.

House Activity 11/15

10:00:03 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:14 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Mike Bost to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:24 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.
11:09:51 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:18 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 15.
12:00:21 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Dr. Glynn Stone, Mobberly Baptist Church, Longview, Texas
12:01:45 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:48 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Jody B. Hice of GA to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:03:33 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.
12:40:30 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 15, 2017 at 11:34 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. 534.
12:41:57 P.M. H. Res. 619 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 619 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1) to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018, and providing for proceedings during the period from November 17, 2017, through November 27, 2017.”
12:44:25 P.M. H. Res. 619 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 619.
2:21:30 P.M. H. Res. 619 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 234 – 193 (Roll no. 632).
2:30:15 P.M. H. Res. 619 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 235 – 191 (Roll no. 633).
2:30:17 P.M. H. Res. 619 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:30:19 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 2331, as amended, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
2:30:26 P.M. H.R. 2331 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2331 — “To require a new or updated Federal website that is intended for use by the public to be mobile friendly, and for other purposes.”
2:36:38 P.M. H.R. 2331 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 423 – 0 (Roll no. 634).
2:36:39 P.M. H.R. 2331 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:37:08 P.M. Mr. Farenthold asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on November 16. Agreed to without objection.
2:37:30 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
2:39:01 P.M. H.R. 4174 Mr. Farenthold moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4174 — “To amend titles 5 and 44, United States Code, to require Federal evaluation activities, improve Federal data management, and for other purposes.”
2:39:16 P.M. H.R. 4174 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:39:18 P.M. H.R. 4174 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4174.
3:02:11 P.M. H.R. 4174 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:02:14 P.M. H.R. 4174 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:02:15 P.M. H.R. 3369 Mr. Farenthold moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3369 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 225 North Main Street in Spring Lake, North Carolina, as the “Howard B. Pate, Jr. Post Office”.”
3:02:37 P.M. H.R. 3369 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:02:40 P.M. H.R. 3369 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3369.
3:08:27 P.M. H.R. 3369 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:08:32 P.M. H.R. 3369 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:08:33 P.M. H.R. 1207 Mr. Farenthold moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1207 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 306 River Street in Tilden, Texas, as the “Tilden Veterans Post Office”.”
3:09:02 P.M. H.R. 1207 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:09:04 P.M. H.R. 1207 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1207.
3:16:35 P.M. H.R. 1207 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:16:36 P.M. H.R. 1207 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:17:03 P.M. H.R. 2873 Mr. Comer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2873 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 207 Glenside Avenue in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, as the “Staff Sergeant Peter Taub Post Office Building”.”
3:17:45 P.M. H.R. 2873 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:17:46 P.M. H.R. 2873 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2873.
3:25:21 P.M. H.R. 2873 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:25:23 P.M. H.R. 2873 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:25:56 P.M. H.R. 3109 Mr. Comer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3109 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1114 North 2nd Street in Chillicothe, Illinois, as the “Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building”.”
3:26:04 P.M. H.R. 3109 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:26:05 P.M. H.R. 3109 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3109.
3:34:38 P.M. H.R. 3109 At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Comer 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.
3:34:47 P.M. H.R. 3893 Mr. Comer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3893 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Mathe Avenue in Interlachen, Florida, as the “Robert H. Jenkins Post Office”.”
3:35:38 P.M. H.R. 3893 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:35:39 P.M. H.R. 3893 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3893.
3:41:13 P.M. H.R. 3893 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:41:15 P.M. H.R. 3893 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:41:18 P.M. H.R. 3893 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
3:41:51 P.M. H.R. 2672 Mr. Comer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2672 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 520 Carter Street in Fairview, Illinois, as the “Sgt. Douglas J. Riney Post Office”.”
3:42:04 P.M. H.R. 2672 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:42:05 P.M. H.R. 2672 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2672.
3:48:54 P.M. H.R. 2672 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.
3:49:20 P.M. H.R. 3821 Mr. Comer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3821 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 430 Main Street in Clermont, Georgia, as the “Zachary Addington Post Office”.”
3:49:29 P.M. H.R. 3821 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:49:30 P.M. H.R. 3821 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3821.
3:55:31 P.M. H.R. 3821 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.
3:56:20 P.M. H.R. 4374 Mr. Walden moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 4374 — “To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to authorize additional emergency uses for medical products to reduce deaths and severity of injuries caused by agents of war, and for other purposes.”
3:56:28 P.M. H.R. 4374 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:56:29 P.M. H.R. 4374 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4374.
4:16:12 P.M. H.R. 4374 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:16:14 P.M. H.R. 4374 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:16:25 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:16:48 P.M. H.R. 3821 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3821 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 430 Main Street in Clermont, Georgia, as the “Zachary Addington Post Office”.”
4:41:57 P.M. H.R. 3821 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 420 – 0 (Roll no. 635).
4:41:58 P.M. H.R. 3821 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:42:03 P.M. H.R. 3821 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
4:42:22 P.M. H.R. 2672 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2672 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 520 Carter Street in Fairview, Illinois, as the “Sgt. Douglas J. Riney Post Office”.”
4:49:35 P.M. H.R. 2672 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 423 – 0 (Roll no. 636).
4:49:36 P.M. H.R. 2672 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:50:12 P.M. H. Con. Res. 92 Mr. Royce (CA) asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
4:50:17 P.M. H. Con. Res. 92 Amendment offered by Mr. Royce (CA).
4:51:13 P.M. H. Con. Res. 92 On agreeing to the Royce (CA) amendment; Agreed to without objection.
4:51:14 P.M. H. Con. Res. 92 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
4:51:24 P.M. H. Con. Res. 92 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:52:37 P.M. H.R. 1 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 619H.R. 1 — “To provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.”
4:52:42 P.M. H.R. 1 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1 with 4 hours of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. The rule also provides that on any legislative day during the period from November 17, 2017, through November 27, 2017–the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved.
4:53:39 P.M. H.R. 1 DEBATE – The House proceeded with four hours of debate on H.R. 1.
7:15:05 P.M. H.R. 1 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – The Chair announced that pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, further consideration of H.R. 1 is postponed.
7:15:54 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
9:23:46 P.M. Mr. Schweikert moved that the House do now adjourn.
9:23:58 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
9:23:59 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on November 16, 2017.

House Activity 11/14

10:00:04 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.10:00:13 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Jody B. Hice to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:35 A.M.MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.10:54:22 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.12:00:04 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 14.12:00:23 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. Anthony K.R. Gibson, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Indianapolis, Indiana.12:01:44 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. Wilson (SC) 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. Wilson (SC) demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.12:02:13 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Schrader to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.12:02:37 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.12:18:31 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 14, 2017 at 9:39 a.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 1679, without amendment.12:19:31 P.M.H. Res. 616Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 616 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2874) to achieve reforms to improve the financial stability of the National Flood Insurance Program, to enhance the development of more accurate estimates of flood risk through new technology and better maps, to increase the role of private markets in the management of flood insurance risks, and to provide for alternative methods to insure against flood peril, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 2810) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.”12:20:22 P.M.H. Res. 616DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 616.1:38:38 P.M.H. Res. 616On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 234 – 189 (Roll no. 626).1:45:22 P.M.H. Res. 616On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 233 – 187 (Roll no. 627).1:45:24 P.M.H. Res. 616Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.1:45:32 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on approving the Speaker’s Approval of the Journal, which the yeas and nays had been demanded, and on which further proceedings had been postponed.1:51:37 P.M.On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 224 – 190, 1 Present (Roll no. 628).1:53:14 P.M.H. Res. 615Mr. Shuster asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.1:53:41 P.M.H. Res. 615Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 615 — “Designating the Democratic Cloakroom in the Hall of the House of Representatives as the “Gabrielle Giffords-Leo J. Ryan Cloakroom”.”1:53:42 P.M.H. Res. 615On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.1:53:44 P.M.H. Res. 615Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.1:54:27 P.M.H.R. 2810Mr. Thornberry brought up conference report H. Rept. 115-404 for consideration under the provisions of H. Res. 616.1:54:59 P.M.H.R. 2810DEBATE – The House proceeded with 1 hour of debate on the Conference report to accompany H.R. 2810.3:08:23 P.M.H.R. 2810The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.3:08:46 P.M.H.R. 2810POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2810, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Conference Report and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Thornberry demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the Conference Report until later in the legislative day.3:09:23 P.M.H.R. 2874Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 616H.R. 2874 — “To achieve reforms to improve the financial stability of the National Flood Insurance Program, to enhance the development of more accurate estimates of flood risk through new technology and better maps, to increase the role of private markets in the management of flood insurance risks, and to provide for alternative methods to insure against flood peril, and for other purposes.”3:09:28 P.M.H.R. 2874The resolution provides for one hour of general debate and closed rule for H.R. 2874. Also, the resolution provides for consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2810.3:10:50 P.M.H.R. 2874DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 2874.4:22:48 P.M.H.R. 2874The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.4:23:13 P.M.H.R. 2874Mr. Pascrell moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Financial Services.4:23:44 P.M.H.R. 2874DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to establish the effective date to take place after the first day that the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Inspector General of the Federal Emergency Management Agency have certified that final resolution has been reached on all claims for losses resulting from Hurricane Sandy in 2012 that were covered by flood insurance made available under the National Flood Insurance Program.4:57:39 P.M.H.R. 2874On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 190 – 236 (Roll no. 629).5:04:43 P.M.H.R. 2874On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 237 – 189 (Roll no. 630).5:04:45 P.M.H.R. 2874Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:04:47 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on agreeing to the conference report accompanying H.R. 2810, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.5:05:04 P.M.H.R. 2810The House proceeded to consider the conference report H. Rept. 115-404 as unfinished business.5:12:14 P.M.H.R. 2810On agreeing to the conference report Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 356 – 70 (Roll no. 631).5:12:15 P.M.H.R. 2810Motions to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:13:26 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.5:33:43 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.7:22:33 P.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.12:25:12 A.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 14.12:25:30 A.M.Mr. Sessions filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 619.12:26:00 A.M.Mr. Sessions moved that the House do now adjourn.12:26:09 A.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.12:26:10 A.M.The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 15, 2017.

House Activity 11/13/2017

12:00:03 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:09 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Paul Mitchell to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:31 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.
12:01:04 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:02 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 13.
2:00:04 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:21 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. Wilson (SC) 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. Wilson (SC) demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.
2:02:06 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.
2:02:28 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:04:10 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 received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on November 13, 2017, at 12:38 p.m.: that the Senate passed S. 324S. 886S. 906S. 1153, and S. 1266.
2:04:55 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 4:00 P.M. today.
4:01:43 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 13.
4:02:01 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
4:03:19 P.M. H.R. 3973 Mr. Huizenga moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3973 — “To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require certain entities to develop internal risk control mechanisms to safeguard and govern the storage of market data.”
4:03:21 P.M. H.R. 3973 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:03:23 P.M. H.R. 3973 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3973.
4:17:55 P.M. H.R. 3973 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:17:59 P.M. H.R. 3973 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:19:33 P.M. H.R. 2331 Mr. Hice, Jody B. moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2331 — “To require a new or updated Federal website that is intended for use by the public to be mobile friendly, and for other purposes.”
4:19:47 P.M. H.R. 2331 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:19:48 P.M. H.R. 2331 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2331.
4:26:14 P.M. H.R. 2331 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.
4:26:27 P.M. H.R. 3071 Mr. Hice, Jody B. moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3071 — “To require executive agencies to consider equipment rental in any cost-effectiveness analysis for equipment acquisition, and for other purposes.”
4:26:39 P.M. H.R. 3071 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:26:40 P.M. H.R. 3071 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3071.
4:37:48 P.M. H.R. 3071 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.
4:38:19 P.M. H.R. 3739 Mr. Hice, Jody B. moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3739 — “To amend the Act of August 25, 1958, commonly known as the “Former Presidents Act of 1958”, with respect to the monetary allowance payable to a former President, and for other purposes.”
4:38:33 P.M. H.R. 3739 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:38:34 P.M. H.R. 3739 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3739.
4:51:49 P.M. H.R. 3739 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:51:51 P.M. H.R. 3739 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:53:09 P.M. H. Res. 599 Consideration initiated pursuant to a previous order.
4:53:11 P.M. H. Res. 599 Considered pursuant to a previous order. H. Res. 599 — “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to United States policy towards Yemen, and for other purposes.”
4:53:35 P.M. H. Res. 599 DEBATE – Pursuant to a previous order, the House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 599.
5:53:44 P.M. H. Res. 599 The previous question was ordered pursuant to a previous order of the House.
5:54:24 P.M. H. Res. 599 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 599, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the resolution and by voice vote, announced that the ayes prevailed. Mr. Royce demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed the question agreeing to the resolution until later in the legislative day.
5:54:49 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 p.m. today.
6:31:03 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 13.
6:31:30 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the adoption of H. Res. 599, a motion to suspend the rules, and the Speaker’s approval of the Journal, all of which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:31:38 P.M. H. Res. 599 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 599 — “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to United States policy towards Yemen, and for other purposes.”
6:59:06 P.M. H. Res. 599 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 366 – 30, 1 Present (Roll no. 623).
6:59:07 P.M. H. Res. 599 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:59:48 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. The Clerk transmitted to the House a facsimile copy of a letter received from the Honorable Spencer J. Cox, Lieutenant Governor, the State of Utah, indicating that, at the Special Election held on November 7, 2017, the Honorable John Curtis was duly elected Representative in Congress for the 3rd Congressional District, State of Utah.
7:00:41 P.M. ADMINISTERING THE OATH OF OFFICE – Representative-elect John Curtis from the Third Congressional District, State of Utah, presented himself in the well of the House to take the Oath of Office administered by the Speaker of the House.
7:01:45 P.M. The gentleman from the Utah delegation, Representative Rob Bishop, addressed the House and introduced Rep. John Curtis, Third District, Utah.
7:05:10 P.M. ADJUSTED 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 of Office to the Gentleman from Utah, the whole number of the House is 434.
7:05:24 P.M. H.R. 3071 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3071 — “To require executive agencies to consider equipment rental in any cost-effectiveness analysis for equipment acquisition, and for other purposes.”
7:15:26 P.M. H.R. 3071 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 396 – 0 (Roll no. 624).
7:15:27 P.M. H.R. 3071 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:21:24 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 220 – 165, 2 Present (Roll no. 625).
7:22:03 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:35:26 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:02:20 P.M. Mr. Collins (GA) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 616.
8:02:37 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed with Special Order speeches.
8:47:25 P.M. Mr. Ryan (OH) moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:47:45 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:47:46 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 14, 2017.

 

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on this day … 11/21 1973 – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon’s attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, announced the presence of an 18―-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case. 


1620 – The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26, 1620.

1694 – French author and philosopher Jean Francois Voltaire was born. At age 65 he spent only three days writing “Candide.”

1783 – The first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon. The pilots, Francois Pilatre de Rosier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes and 5― miles over Paris.

1789 – North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1871 – M.F. Galethe patented the cigar lighter.

1877 – Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.

1922 – Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve as a member of the U.S. Senate. 

1929 – Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali had his first art exhibit.

1934 – The New York Yankees purchased the contract of Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.

1942 – The Alaska Highway across Canada was formally opened.

1953 – British Natural History Museum authorities announced that “Piltdown Man” was a hoax.

1962 – U.S. President Kennedy terminated the quarantine measures against Cuba. 

1963 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, TX. They were beginning an ill-fated, two-day tour of Texas that would end in Dallas.

1973 – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon‘s attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, announced the presence of an 18―-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case.

1979 – The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was attacked by a mob that set the building afire and killed two Americans.

1980 – 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

1982 – The National Football League (NFL) resumed its season following a 57-day player’s strike.

1985 – Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested after being accused of spying for Israel. He was later sentenced to life in prison.

1986 – U.S. Attorney General Meese was asked to conduct an inquiry of the Iran arms sales.

1987 – An eight-day siege began at a detention center in Oakdale, LA, as Cuban detainees seized the facility and took hostages.

1989 – The proceedings of Britain’s House of Commons were televised live for the first time.

1992 – U.S. Senator Bob Packwood, issued an apology but refused to discuss allegations that he’d made unwelcome sexual advances toward 10 women in past years.

1993 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted against making the District of Columbia the 51st state. 

1994 – NATO warplanes bombed an air base in Serb-held Croatia that was being used by Serb planes to raid the Bosnian “safe area” of Bihac.

1995 – France detonated its fourth underground nuclear blast at a test site in the South Pacific.

1995 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 5,000-mark (5,023.55) for the first time.

1999 – China announced that it had test-launched an unmanned space capsule that was designed for manned spaceflight.

2000 – The Florida Supreme Court granted Al Gore’s request to keep the presidential recounts going.

2001 – Microsoft Corp. proposed giving $1 billion in computers, software, training and cash to more than 12,500 of the poorest schools in the U.S. The offer was intended as part of a deal to settle most of the company’s private antitrust lawsuits.

2002 – NATO invited Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.

2013 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 16,000 for the first time.

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Jeff Sessions can’t explain why the FBI investigates ‘Black extremists’ but not the KKK


Jeff Sessions and the FBI are making up Black extremist groups to justify surveillance of our protest movements.

Dear Friends,

Jeff Sessions and the FBI are working to undermine Black organizers. Which is why we have been suing the FBI and Homeland Security to release documents demonstrating their years of surveillance and criminalization of our movements.

We can win this case, but we need your help. Lawsuits like this can take months or even years. They’re hoping that we’ll back down before we can win. They’re hoping we run out of resources and money. We can’t let that happen. Will you join the legal fund to fight against anti-Black surveillance and become a sustaining donor?

On Tuesday, Jeff Sessions was intensely grilled by Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) about the FBI’s fallacious “Black Identity Extremist” classification – a nonsense term the FBI uses to intentionally conflate Black activists and organizers with dangerous domestic terrorist organizations, like the KKK and violent neo-Nazi groups.1

When asked whether he believes there is an organization of Black people that identify themselves as “Black Identity Extremists” and whether they have committed violence against police officers Sessions invented an unnamed Black group he claims killed four police officers in the last year.2 When asked whether he’s using the “Black Identity Extremist” classification to illegally surveil the movement for Black lives – Sessions refused to comment.

Even though Sessions refuses to come clean about the extent of the government’s anti-Black surveillance, we have the power to force the FBI to answer us through our lawsuit.

Help us win our lawsuit against the FBI and DHS to expose their anti-Black surveillance by becoming a monthly donor. 

Government surveillance of Black organizes serves not only to keep tabs on our people, but also to intimidate from fighting for justice. Surveillance is a tool of fear. It is a tactic to reinforce white supremacy. Again and again, we’ve seen these agencies target activists of color for simply demanding an end to police violence:3

  • In 2015, DHS revealed they had been tracking protesters and attendees of the Funk Music Parade, in Washington, DC and a walk to end breast cancer in a historically Black neighborhood.4 5
  • Before the Republican National Convention last year, the FBI and DHS agents went door-to-door to the homes of Black Lives Matter activists and community organizers in Cleveland, Ohio, to interrogate them about their protest plans.6
  • In 2014, a FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force surveilled a December 2014 BLM protest at the Mall of America.7

The new “Black Identity Extremist” classification will make this surveillance even easier. This surveillance violates the First Amendment, chilling protesters from speaking out, and is eerily reminiscent of the surveillance of the Black Panther Party under FBI’s notorious and illegal COINTELPRO program.

Because of these revelations, in 2016, we decided to file a lawsuit in partnership with the Center for Constitutional Rights after the FBI and DHS refused to disclose documents about their surveillance of people protesting police brutality and racial injustice. Winning this lawsuit will uncover documents that show a long-standing agency culture that criminalizes Black dissent and paints Black protest as a domestic terror or extremist threat.

The “Black Identity Extremist” classification seeks to make being Black and against police violence a crime. But being Black and exercising our right to protest are not crimes, let alone activities that justify being monitored or repressed by counterterrorism units. We have the right to know how and why the federal government is surveilling our constitutionally protected protests of police violence and we will not stop until we get answers and end these illegal tactics.

Help us win our lawsuit against the FBI and DHS to expose their anti-Black surveillance by becoming a monthly donor. 

— Brandi, Rashad, Arisha, Johnny, Evan, Jade, Corina, Chad, Saréya and the rest of the Color Of Change team.

References

1. “‘Jeff Sessions Knows There Are Definitely Black Terror Groups but Can’t Seem to Remember Any White Ones,” Splinter News, 14 November 2017. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/10647?t=18&akid=8179%2E1174326%2EYkw5Dv

2. “Rep. Karen Bass blasts Jeff Sessions over Justice Department report on ‘black identity extremists’,” RawStory, 14 November 2017. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/10648?t=20&akid=8179%2E1174326%2EYkw5Dv

3. “EXCLUSIVE: FEDS REGULARLY MONITORED BLACK LIVES MATTER SINCE FERGUSON,” The Intercept, 24 July 2015. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/5394?t=22&akid=8179%2E1174326%2EYkw5Dv

4. “Homeland Security Is Tracking Black Lives Matter. Is That Legal?,” Mother Jones, 30 July 2015. http://act.colorofchange.org/go/10649?t=24&akid=8179%2E1174326%2EYkw5Dv

5. “EXCLUSIVE: FEDS REGULARLY MONITORED BLACK LIVES MATTER SINCE FERGUSON,” The Intercept, 24 July 2015. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/5394?t=26&akid=8179%2E1174326%2EYkw5Dv

6. “FBI AND POLICE ARE KNOCKING ON ACTIVISTS’ DOORS AHEAD OF REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION,” The Intercept, 23 July 2016. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/10650?t=28&akid=8179%2E1174326%2EYkw5Dv

7. “WHY WAS AN FBI JOINT TERRORISM TASK FORCE TRACKING A BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTEST?,” The Intercept, 12 March 2015. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/10651?t=30&akid=8179%2E1174326%2EYkw5Dv

Consider yourself briefed, boss.


We are Working Washington

BossFeed Briefing for November 20, 2017. Last Thursday, multimillionaire Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin posed for photos with a large sheet of dollar bills, and his wife. Last Friday, the Senate Finance Committee voted to advance a bill which would cut taxes for the rich, slash Medicaid, threaten reproductive freedom, and more. Tomorrow the President is slated to pardon two turkeys. This Thursday is Thanksgiving, a national holiday which falls the day before Black Fridayand a series of other branded weekdays.


False pretenses

 turkeys
Awaiting pardon at a DC hotel.

Three things to know this week:

gamepad Employees of gaming site IGN walked out of work last Monday when they learned that the company’s HR department forced at least one woman who raised a sexual harassment complaint to agree in writing that she had “conducted herself inappropriately”. Management eventually made a statement as demanded by the workers who took action.

construction After Donald Trump’s Chief Economic Advisor claimed that “big CEOs” are excited about the Republican tax plan, a former CEO spoke up about how tax rates had affected his hiring: not at all. As he explains, demand from customers and market opportunities drive pay and investment, not giveaways to the top 1%.

monocle face The 64,000 richest households in Seattle saw their incomes rise by an average of of $40,000 last year. The city now rivals San Francisco in its level of income inequality.

 

Two things to ask:

mask Can you imagine if it weren’t the top priority? A KING-5 investigation found that workers at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton were exposed to high levels of cyanide and other toxins for seven years. The company reportedly disabled safety alarms because they went off too often, though an official spokesperson stated that employee well-being has always been a top priority.

i-love-you OK who’s next? Some San Diego restaurants have imposed itemized surcharges on their bills in what looks like a familiar attempt to express their political feels about the rising minimum wage there. The City Attorney has now stepped in, charging a restaurant owner with “committing theft by false pretenses” over a misleading surcharge.

 

And one thing that’s worth a closer look:

grain More than seventy percent of female agricultural workers experience sexual harassment at work, reports Molly Rosbach in an important Yakima Herald piece which digs into women’s experiences in the industry. One worker speaks of men exposing themselves and groping her, and describes her work environment as “not safe.” And yet the head of the Washington Growers League claims that the issue is mostly extramarital affairs and sexually-oriented comments rather than physical contact. The state’s department of agriculture is now calling for training on sexual harassment to be treated as a basic part of occupational safety.

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