the senate March 27th – CONGRESS 2017 the house


Wrap Up Monday,March 27, 2017

 Wrap Up for Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Last Floor Action:
8:29:57 P.M. – The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on March 28, 2017.

House Activity 3/27

12:00:32 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:46 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Denham to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:01:08 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.
12:01:44 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:16 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 27.
2:00:18 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:38 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:01:42 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Messer to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:02:07 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:05:48 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 5:00 P.M. today.
5:01:00 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 27.
5:02:23 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
5:02:31 P.M. H.R. 1117 Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1117 — “To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster.”
5:02:48 P.M. H.R. 1117 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:02:50 P.M. H.R. 1117 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1117.
5:10:29 P.M. H.R. 1117 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.
5:10:31 P.M. H.R. 1214 Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1214 — “To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a program to use simplified procedures to issue public assistance for certain projects under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, and for other purposes.”
5:11:07 P.M. H.R. 1214 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:11:09 P.M. H.R. 1214 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1214.
5:17:21 P.M. H.R. 1214 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:17:23 P.M. H.R. 1214 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:17:24 P.M. H.R. 654 Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 654 — “To direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to carry out a plan for the purchase and installation of an earthquake early warning system for the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and for other purposes.”
5:17:47 P.M. H.R. 654 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:17:49 P.M. H.R. 654 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 654.
5:23:37 P.M. H.R. 654 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.
5:24:47 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 a message from the Secretary of the Senate on March 27, 2017, at 2:41 p.m. stating that that body had made appointments to the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy and the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.
5:24:57 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 p.m. today.
6:30:13 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 27.
6:30:17 P.M. Ms. Cheney filed reports from the Committee on Rules, H. Res. 229 and H. Res. 230.
6:31:05 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.
6:31:26 P.M. H.R. 1117 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1117 — “To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster.”
6:54:29 P.M. H.R. 1117 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 408 – 0 (Roll no. 195).
6:54:30 P.M. H.R. 1117 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:55:16 P.M. NOTIFICATION OF INTENT TO OFFER RESOLUTION – Ms. Lofgren notified the House of her intent to offer a privileged resolution pursuant to clause 2(a)(1) of rule IX, Subsequently, the Chair did not determine whether the resolution constituted a question of privilege. The Chair announced that a determination will be made at the time designated for consideration of the resolution.
7:06:00 P.M. H.R. 654 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 654 — “To direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to carry out a plan for the purchase and installation of an earthquake early warning system for the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and for other purposes.”
7:14:19 P.M. H.R. 654 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 395 – 11 (Roll no. 196).
7:14:20 P.M. H.R. 654 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:14:54 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:27:30 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:29:45 P.M. Mr. Veasey moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:29:56 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:29:57 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on March 28, 2017.

House Activity 3/24

9:00:12 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:17 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:17 A.M. SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. 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.
9:01:44 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Kildee to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:00 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.
9:12:49 A.M. Mr. Sessions filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 228.
9:14:23 A.M. H. Res. 228 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 228 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1628) to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017.”
9:14:34 A.M. H. Res. 228 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 228.
10:55:18 A.M. H. Res. 228 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 236 – 186 (Roll no. 191).
11:03:18 A.M. H. Res. 228 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 230 – 194 (Roll no. 192).
11:03:20 A.M. H. Res. 228 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:03:21 A.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the motion to suspend the rules on H.R. 1365, as amended, if ordered and the Speaker’s approval of the Journal, if ordered.
11:03:47 A.M. H.R. 1365 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1365 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require certain acquisition innovation, and for other purposes.”
11:12:05 A.M. H.R. 1365 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 424 – 0 (Roll no. 193).
11:12:06 A.M. H.R. 1365 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:18:45 A.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 218 – 201, 1 Present (Roll no. 194).
11:19:47 A.M. H.R. 1628 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 228. H.R. 1628 — “To provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017.”
11:20:31 A.M. H.R. 1628 DEBATE – The House proceeded with four hours of debate on H.R. 1628.
3:30:32 P.M. H.R. 1628 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – Pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, further consideration of H.R. 1628 is postponed.
3:31:36 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
4:30:00 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 24.
4:30:01 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 1302, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:30:05 P.M. H.R. 1302 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1302 — “To require an exercise related to terrorist and foreign fighter travel, and for other purposes.”
4:30:42 P.M. H.R. 1302 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:30:44 P.M. H.R. 1302 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:31:03 P.M. Mr. Bergman asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Friday, March 24, 2017, it adjourn to meet on Monday, March 27, 2017 at noon for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.
4:31:25 P.M. Mr. Bergman moved that the House do now adjourn.
4:31:32 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
4:31:33 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on March 27, 2017.

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Medicare & Medicaid Services – History of & Centers for MMS


 Medicare & Medicaid

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the bill that led to the Medicare and Medicaid. The original Medicare program included Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance). Today these 2 parts are called “Original Medicare.” Over the years, Congress has made changes to Medicare:

  •      More people have become eligible.

For example, in 1972, Medicare was expanded to cover the disabled, people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring dialysis or kidney transplant, and people 65 or older that select Medicare coverage.

  •      More benefits, like prescription drug coverage, have been offered.

At first, Medicaid gave medical insurance to people getting cash assistance. Today, a much larger group is covered:

  •      Low-income families
  •      Pregnant women
  •      People of all ages with disabilities
  •      People who need long-term care

States can tailor their Medicaid programs to best serve the people in their state, so there’s a wide variation in the services offered.

Medicare Part D Prescription Drug benefit

The Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) made the biggest changes to the Medicare in the program in 38 years.  Under the MMA, private health plans approved by Medicare became known as Medicare Advantage Plans. These plans are sometimes called “Part C” or “MA Plans.”

The MMA also expanded Medicare to include an optional prescription drug benefit, “Part D,” which went into effect in 2006.

Children’s Health Insurance Program

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was created in 1997 to give health insurance and preventive care to nearly 11 million, or 1 in 7, uninsured American children.  Many of these children came from uninsured working families that earned too much to be eligible for Medicaid. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have CHIP plans.

Affordable Care Act

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought the Health Insurance Marketplace, a single place where consumers can apply for and enroll in private health insurance plans.  It also made new ways for us to design and test how to pay for and deliver health care.  Medicare and Medicaid have also been better coordinated to make sure people who have Medicare and Medicaid can get quality services.

50th Anniversary – Medicare & Medicaid Event:  50 Years, Millions Of Healthier Lives

This event commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Medicare and Medicaid programs and includes a panel of experts discussing how Medicare and Medicaid have changed society and the ways in which we can work together to strengthen and improve health care for future generations. Learn more about the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.

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on this day … 3/27 1866 – U.S. President Andrew Johnson vetoed the civil rights bill, which later became the 14th amendment.


1794 – The U.S. Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy.

1802 – The Treaty of Amiens was signed ending the French Revolutionary War.

1836 – In Goliad, TX, about 350 Texan prisoners, including their commander James Fannin, were executed under orders from Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna. An estimated 30 Texans escaped execution.

1836 – The first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, OH.

1841 – The first steam fire engine was tested in New York City.

1860 – The corkscrew was patented by M.L. Byrn.

1866 – U.S. President Andrew Johnson vetoed the civil rights bill, which later became the 14th amendment.

1884 – The first long-distance telephone call was made from Boston to New York.

1899 – The first international radio transmission between England and France was achieved by the Italian inventor G. Marconi.

1900 – The London Parliament passed the War Loan Act that gave 35 million pounds to the Boer War cause in South Africa.

1900 – The Russian army mobilized 250,000 troops for active duty.

1901 – Filipino rebel leader Emilio Aguinaldo was captured by the U.S.

1904 – Mary Jarris “Mother” Jones was ordered by Colorado state authorities to leave the state. She was accused of stirring up striking coal miners.

1907 – French troops occupied Oudja, Morocco, as a punitive action for the murder of French Dr. Muchamp.

1912 – The first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan.

1917 – The Seattle Metropolitans, of the Pacific Coast League of Canada, defeated the Montreal Canadiens and became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.

1931 – Actor Charlie Chaplin received France’s Legion of Honor decoration.

1933 – About 55,000 people staged a protest against Hitler in New York City.

1933 – In the U.S., the Farm Credit Administration was authorized.

1941 – Tokeo Yoshikawa arrived in Oahu, HI, and began spying for Japan on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

1942 – The British raided the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.

1946 – Four-month long strikes at both General Electric and General Motors ended with a wage increase.

1952 – The U.S. Eighth Army reached the 38th parallel in Korea, the original dividing line between the two Koreas.

1955 – Steve McQueen made his network TV debut on “Goodyear Playhouse.”

1958 – Nikita Khrushchev became the chairman of the Soviet Council of Ministers in addition to First Secretary of the Communist Party.

1958 – The U.S. announced a plan to explore space near the moon.

1976 – Washington, DC, opened its subway system.

1985 – Billy Dee Williams received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1988 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

1989 – The U.S. anti-missile satellite failed the first test in space.

1993 – In China, Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin was appointed President.

1997 – Russian workers, nearly 2 million, held a nationwide strike to protest unpaid wages.

1997 – In Australia, Governor-General William Deane signed a bill to overturn a 1996 Northern Territory act to legalize assisted suicides. The 1996 act was the first in the world to permit assisted suicides.

1998 – In the U.S., the FDA approved the prescription drug Viagra. It was the first pill for male impotence.

1998 – Top civilian aircraft makers in France, Spain, Germany and Britain agreed to create single European aerospace and defense company.

2004 – NASA successfully launched an unpiloted X-43A jet that hit Mach 7 (about 5,000 mph).

2007 – NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.

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