the senate October 12th-adjourned **CONGRESS** 2017 the house


The Senate stands adjourned to convene for pro forma sessions only with no business conducted on the following dates and times:   Friday, October 6th at 10:30am; Tuesday, October 10th at 9:15am; Friday, October 13th 8:30am, committees are authorized to report legislative and executive matters from 9:00am to 11:00am;   When the Senate adjourns on…  10/13

 

Friday, October 13th 8:30am, committees are authorized to report legislative and executive matters from 9:00am to 11:00am;

When the Senate adjourns on Friday it will next convene at 4:00pm on Monday, October 16, 2017.

On Monday, following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #226, Callista L. Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Holy See, with the time until 5:30pm equally divided. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Gingrich nomination.

Monday, October 16th at 5:30pm – 1 Roll Call Vote

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #226, Callista L. Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Holy See

Tuesday, October 17th at approx. 10:30am – 1 Roll Call Vote

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #191, David Joel Trachtenberg, to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense

Wrap Up 10/5/2017 Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Executive Calendar #301, Randal Quarles, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; confirmed: 65-32. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #119, Lee Francis Cissna, to be Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services; invoked: 54-43. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #119, Lee Francis…  MORE

Wrap Up 10/4/2017 Roll Call Votes Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #112, Eric D. Hargan, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services; invoked: 57-38. Confirmation of Eric D. Hargan to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services; confirmed: 57-38. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #301, Randal Quarles, to be a Member

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6:27:58 P.M.  10/12/2017    The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 16, 2017.

 

House Activity 

10:00:37 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:42 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Bradley Byrne to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:01:04 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.
11:25:22 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:01 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 12.
12:00:02 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Joshua Leu, First Christian Church, Great Bend, Kansas
12:00:55 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:00:56 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Gabbard to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:26 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.
12:20:53 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
12:21:45 P.M. H. Res. 569 Mr. Frelinghuysen moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Res. 569 — “Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2266, with an amendment.”
12:22:54 P.M. H. Res. 569 Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:22:55 P.M. H. Res. 569 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 569.
1:10:26 P.M. H. Res. 569 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.
1:15:54 P.M. S. 585 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 562S. 585 — “To provide greater whistleblower protections for Federal employees, increased awareness of Federal whistleblower protections, and increased accountability and required discipline for Federal supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers, and for other purposes.”
1:15:59 P.M. S. 585 Rule provides for consideration of S. 585 with 1 hour of general debate. Bill is closed to amendments. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period from October 16, 2017, through October 20, 2017; and provides for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.
1:16:49 P.M. S. 585 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 585.
1:41:34 P.M. S. 585 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
1:42:34 P.M. S. 585 Mr. O’Halleran moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
1:42:47 P.M. S. 585 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the O’Halleran motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House forthwith with an amendment to add a new section at the end of title I related to Disclosure of Violations Relating to Air Transportation.
1:47:49 P.M. S. 585 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
1:48:21 P.M. S. 585 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the O’Halleran motion to recommit, the Chair put the question on the motion, and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. O’Halleran demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion to recommit until a time to be announced.
1:48:41 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
1:55:48 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 12.
1:55:57 P.M. H.R. 2810 Mr. Thornberry asked unanimous consent that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference.
1:56:29 P.M. H.R. 2810 On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference Agreed to without objection.
1:57:02 P.M. H.R. 2810 Mr. Langevin moved that the House instruct conferees.
1:57:20 P.M. H.R. 2810 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the Langevin motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 2810. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the managers on the part of the House to disagree with subsection (c) of section 336 of the Senate amendment, to recede from section 1064 of the House bill and to disagree with section 1087 of the Senate amendment.
2:36:57 P.M. H.R. 2810 The previous question was ordered without objection.
2:37:26 P.M. H.R. 2810 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Langevin motion to instruct conferees to H.R. 2810, the Chair put the question on the motion to instruct and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Langevin demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion to instruct until a time to be announced.
2:37:57 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
2:40:39 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 12.
3:09:30 P.M. H.R. 2810 On motion that the House instruct conferees Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 184 – 237 (Roll no. 564).
3:09:46 P.M. H.R. 2810 Mr. Thornberry moved that the House to close portions of the conference.
3:15:59 P.M. H.R. 2810 On motion to to close portions of the conference Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 414 – 8 (Roll no. 565).
3:16:01 P.M. H.R. 2810 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:16:13 P.M. H. Res. 569 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 569 — “Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2266, with an amendment.”
3:24:07 P.M. H. Res. 569 On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 353 – 69 (Roll no. 566).
3:24:26 P.M. H. Res. 569 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:24:30 P.M. S. 585 Considered as unfinished business. S. 585 — “To provide greater whistleblower protections for Federal employees, increased awareness of Federal whistleblower protections, and increased accountability and required discipline for Federal supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers, and for other purposes.”
3:32:40 P.M. S. 585 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 190 – 232 (Roll no. 567).
3:39:41 P.M. S. 585 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 420 – 0 (Roll no. 568).
3:39:43 P.M. S. 585 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:41:03 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Armed Services for consideration of the House bill and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Thornberry, Wilson (SC), LoBiondo, Bishop (UT), Turner, Rogers (AL), Franks (AZ), Shuster, Conaway, Lamborn, Wittman, Coffman, Hartzler, Scott, Austin, Cook, Stefanik, Knight, Bacon, Smith (WA), Brady (PA), Davis (CA), Langevin, Larsen (WA), Cooper, Bordallo, Courtney, Tsongas, Garamendi, Speier, Veasey, and Gabbard.
3:42:04 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for consideration of matters within the jurisdiction of that committee under clause 11 of rule X: Nunes, Stewart, and Schiff.
3:43:05 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on the Budget for consideration of sec. 1262 of the House bill, and sec. 4 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Johnson (OH), Bergman, and Yarmuth.
3:43:36 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Education and the Workforce for consideration of secs. 221, 551, 555, and 3509 of the House bill, and secs. 236, 551-53, 3116, 5508, and 6001 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Foxx, Byrne, and Scott (VA).
3:44:07 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration of secs. 313, 314, 601, 723, 727, 729, 732, 3118, and 3122 of the House bill, and secs. 601, 701, 725, 732, 1089A, 1625, and 3114 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Walden, Barton, and Pallone.
3:44:38 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Financial Services for consideration of sec. 862 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Barr, Williams, and Waters, Maxine.
3:45:09 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Foreign Affairs for consideration of secs. 864, 1032, 1039, 1040, 1058, 1201, 1203-05, 1211, 1222, 1223, 1231, 1232, 1234, 1243, 1246, 1247, 1265, 1270A, 1272, 1276, 1278, 1280, 1301, 1302, 1521, 1522, 1687, 2841, and 3117 of the House bill, and secs. 111, 861, 867, 1011, 1203-05, 1212, 1213, 1231-33, 1241-45, 1250, 1261-63, 1270B, 1270C, 1282, 1283, 1301, 1302, 1531, and 1651 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Royce (CA), Donovan, and Engel.
3:45:40 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on the Judiciary for consideration of secs. 515, 1062, 1063, 1067, 1080, 1695, 2843, and 3510 of the House bill, and secs. 520A, 529, 1035, 1081, 1083, 1217, 1264, and 14013 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Goodlatte, Issa, and Conyers.
3:46:02 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Natural Resources for consideration of secs. 601, 1062, 1265, 2827, 2828, 2831, 2832, 2844, 2863, subtitle F of title XXVIII, and sec. 2863 of the House bill, and secs. 311, 338, 601, 1263, 1264, 2850, and 12801 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Westerman, Cheney, and Grijalva.
3:46:20 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for consideration of secs. 323, 501, 801, 803, 859-860A, 873, and 1101-09 of the House bill, and secs. 218, 544, 557, 801, 812, 821, 822, 829, 852, 902, 931, 934, 938, 1045, 1093, 1094, 1101, 1102, 1104-06, 1111-13, 2821, 2822, 6005, 6012, 10804, 11023-25, and 11603 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Meadows, Ross, and Lynch.
3:46:47 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for consideration of sec. 223 of the House bill and secs. 897, 898, 1662-64, and 6002 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Smith (TX), Lucas, and Johnson, E. B..
3:47:10 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Small Business for consideration of secs. 801, 860B, 867, 1701-04, 1711-13, 1721-23, 1731-37, and 1741 of the House bill, and secs. 854, 862, 897, 898, 899C, 10801, and 10802 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Chabot, Kelly (MS), and Velazquez.
3:47:30 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for consideration of secs 122, 311, 546, 601, 1082, 1617, 1695, 3501, 3502, 3505, and 3507-10 of the House bill, and secs. 331, 601, 1048, 6002, 13501, 13502, 13508, 13513, 13607, and 14013 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Graves (MO), Hunter, and Bustos.
3:47:45 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for consideration of secs. 572, 573, 576, 578, 1077, and 2841 of the House bill, and secs. 731, 1084, 1088, 1264, 11001, 11008, and 14004 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Roe (TN), Bilirakis, and Walz.
3:48:01 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Ways and Means for consideration of sec. 701 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Tiberi, Walorski, and Neal.
3:49:11 P.M. H.R. 1616 Mr. Ratcliffe asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker’s table and agree to the Senate amendment.
3:49:12 P.M. H.R. 1616 On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to without objection.
3:49:13 P.M. H.R. 1616 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:49:36 P.M. H. Con. Res. 85 Mr. Frelinghuysen asked unanimous consent to consider as introduced.
3:49:36 P.M. H. Con. Res. 85 Considered by unanimous consent. H. Con. Res. 85 — “Providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 2266.”
3:51:05 P.M. H. Con. Res. 85 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
3:51:06 P.M. H. Con. Res. 85 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:51:17 P.M. Mr. Frelinghuysen asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Thursday, October 12, 2017, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017. Agreed to without objection.
3:51:54 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
4:18:06 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
6:27:50 P.M. Mr. Rohrabacher moved that the House do now adjourn.
6:27:57 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
6:27:58 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 16, 2017.

House Activity 10/12

10:00:37 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:42 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Bradley Byrne to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:01:04 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.
11:25:22 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:01 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 12.
12:00:02 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Joshua Leu, First Christian Church, Great Bend, Kansas
12:00:55 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:00:56 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Gabbard to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:26 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.
12:20:53 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
12:21:45 P.M. H. Res. 569 Mr. Frelinghuysen moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Res. 569 — “Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2266, with an amendment.”
12:22:54 P.M. H. Res. 569 Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:22:55 P.M. H. Res. 569 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 569.
1:10:26 P.M. H. Res. 569 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.
1:15:54 P.M. S. 585 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 562S. 585 — “To provide greater whistleblower protections for Federal employees, increased awareness of Federal whistleblower protections, and increased accountability and required discipline for Federal supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers, and for other purposes.”
1:15:59 P.M. S. 585 Rule provides for consideration of S. 585 with 1 hour of general debate. Bill is closed to amendments. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period from October 16, 2017, through October 20, 2017; and provides for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.
1:16:49 P.M. S. 585 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 585.
1:41:34 P.M. S. 585 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
1:42:34 P.M. S. 585 Mr. O’Halleran moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
1:42:47 P.M. S. 585 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the O’Halleran motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House forthwith with an amendment to add a new section at the end of title I related to Disclosure of Violations Relating to Air Transportation.
1:47:49 P.M. S. 585 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
1:48:21 P.M. S. 585 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the O’Halleran motion to recommit, the Chair put the question on the motion, and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. O’Halleran demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion to recommit until a time to be announced.
1:48:41 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
1:55:48 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 12.
1:55:57 P.M. H.R. 2810 Mr. Thornberry asked unanimous consent that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference.
1:56:29 P.M. H.R. 2810 On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference Agreed to without objection.
1:57:02 P.M. H.R. 2810 Mr. Langevin moved that the House instruct conferees.
1:57:20 P.M. H.R. 2810 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the Langevin motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 2810. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the managers on the part of the House to disagree with subsection (c) of section 336 of the Senate amendment, to recede from section 1064 of the House bill and to disagree with section 1087 of the Senate amendment.
2:36:57 P.M. H.R. 2810 The previous question was ordered without objection.
2:37:26 P.M. H.R. 2810 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Langevin motion to instruct conferees to H.R. 2810, the Chair put the question on the motion to instruct and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Langevin demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion to instruct until a time to be announced.
2:37:57 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
2:40:39 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 12.
3:09:30 P.M. H.R. 2810 On motion that the House instruct conferees Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 184 – 237 (Roll no. 564).
3:09:46 P.M. H.R. 2810 Mr. Thornberry moved that the House to close portions of the conference.
3:15:59 P.M. H.R. 2810 On motion to to close portions of the conference Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 414 – 8 (Roll no. 565).
3:16:01 P.M. H.R. 2810 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:16:13 P.M. H. Res. 569 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 569 — “Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2266, with an amendment.”
3:24:07 P.M. H. Res. 569 On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 353 – 69 (Roll no. 566).
3:24:26 P.M. H. Res. 569 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:24:30 P.M. S. 585 Considered as unfinished business. S. 585 — “To provide greater whistleblower protections for Federal employees, increased awareness of Federal whistleblower protections, and increased accountability and required discipline for Federal supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers, and for other purposes.”
3:32:40 P.M. S. 585 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 190 – 232 (Roll no. 567).
3:39:41 P.M. S. 585 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 420 – 0 (Roll no. 568).
3:39:43 P.M. S. 585 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:41:03 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Armed Services for consideration of the House bill and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Thornberry, Wilson (SC), LoBiondo, Bishop (UT), Turner, Rogers (AL), Franks (AZ), Shuster, Conaway, Lamborn, Wittman, Coffman, Hartzler, Scott, Austin, Cook, Stefanik, Knight, Bacon, Smith (WA), Brady (PA), Davis (CA), Langevin, Larsen (WA), Cooper, Bordallo, Courtney, Tsongas, Garamendi, Speier, Veasey, and Gabbard.
3:42:04 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for consideration of matters within the jurisdiction of that committee under clause 11 of rule X: Nunes, Stewart, and Schiff.
3:43:05 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on the Budget for consideration of sec. 1262 of the House bill, and sec. 4 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Johnson (OH), Bergman, and Yarmuth.
3:43:36 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Education and the Workforce for consideration of secs. 221, 551, 555, and 3509 of the House bill, and secs. 236, 551-53, 3116, 5508, and 6001 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Foxx, Byrne, and Scott (VA).
3:44:07 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration of secs. 313, 314, 601, 723, 727, 729, 732, 3118, and 3122 of the House bill, and secs. 601, 701, 725, 732, 1089A, 1625, and 3114 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Walden, Barton, and Pallone.
3:44:38 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Financial Services for consideration of sec. 862 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Barr, Williams, and Waters, Maxine.
3:45:09 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Foreign Affairs for consideration of secs. 864, 1032, 1039, 1040, 1058, 1201, 1203-05, 1211, 1222, 1223, 1231, 1232, 1234, 1243, 1246, 1247, 1265, 1270A, 1272, 1276, 1278, 1280, 1301, 1302, 1521, 1522, 1687, 2841, and 3117 of the House bill, and secs. 111, 861, 867, 1011, 1203-05, 1212, 1213, 1231-33, 1241-45, 1250, 1261-63, 1270B, 1270C, 1282, 1283, 1301, 1302, 1531, and 1651 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Royce (CA), Donovan, and Engel.
3:45:40 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on the Judiciary for consideration of secs. 515, 1062, 1063, 1067, 1080, 1695, 2843, and 3510 of the House bill, and secs. 520A, 529, 1035, 1081, 1083, 1217, 1264, and 14013 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Goodlatte, Issa, and Conyers.
3:46:02 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Natural Resources for consideration of secs. 601, 1062, 1265, 2827, 2828, 2831, 2832, 2844, 2863, subtitle F of title XXVIII, and sec. 2863 of the House bill, and secs. 311, 338, 601, 1263, 1264, 2850, and 12801 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Westerman, Cheney, and Grijalva.
3:46:20 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for consideration of secs. 323, 501, 801, 803, 859-860A, 873, and 1101-09 of the House bill, and secs. 218, 544, 557, 801, 812, 821, 822, 829, 852, 902, 931, 934, 938, 1045, 1093, 1094, 1101, 1102, 1104-06, 1111-13, 2821, 2822, 6005, 6012, 10804, 11023-25, and 11603 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Meadows, Ross, and Lynch.
3:46:47 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for consideration of sec. 223 of the House bill and secs. 897, 898, 1662-64, and 6002 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Smith (TX), Lucas, and Johnson, E. B..
3:47:10 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Small Business for consideration of secs. 801, 860B, 867, 1701-04, 1711-13, 1721-23, 1731-37, and 1741 of the House bill, and secs. 854, 862, 897, 898, 899C, 10801, and 10802 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Chabot, Kelly (MS), and Velazquez.
3:47:30 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for consideration of secs 122, 311, 546, 601, 1082, 1617, 1695, 3501, 3502, 3505, and 3507-10 of the House bill, and secs. 331, 601, 1048, 6002, 13501, 13502, 13508, 13513, 13607, and 14013 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Graves (MO), Hunter, and Bustos.
3:47:45 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for consideration of secs. 572, 573, 576, 578, 1077, and 2841 of the House bill, and secs. 731, 1084, 1088, 1264, 11001, 11008, and 14004 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Roe (TN), Bilirakis, and Walz.
3:48:01 P.M. H.R. 2810 The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Ways and Means for consideration of sec. 701 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Tiberi, Walorski, and Neal.
3:49:11 P.M. H.R. 1616 Mr. Ratcliffe asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker’s table and agree to the Senate amendment.
3:49:12 P.M. H.R. 1616 On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to without objection.
3:49:13 P.M. H.R. 1616 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:49:36 P.M. H. Con. Res. 85 Mr. Frelinghuysen asked unanimous consent to consider as introduced.
3:49:36 P.M. H. Con. Res. 85 Considered by unanimous consent. H. Con. Res. 85 — “Providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 2266.”
3:51:05 P.M. H. Con. Res. 85 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
3:51:06 P.M. H. Con. Res. 85 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:51:17 P.M. Mr. Frelinghuysen asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Thursday, October 12, 2017, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017. Agreed to without objection.
3:51:54 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
4:18:06 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
6:27:50 P.M. Mr. Rohrabacher moved that the House do now adjourn.
6:27:57 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
6:27:58 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 16, 2017.

House Activity 10/11

10:00:14 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:20 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Dan Newhouse to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:37 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.
10:42:25 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 October 11.
12:00:18 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Molly Fraser, Gig Harbor United Methodist Church, Gig Harbor, Washington.
12:01:23 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:26 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Babin to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:00 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.
12:22:10 P.M. NOTIFICATION OF INTENT TO OFFER RESOLUTION – Mr. Al Green (TX) notified the House of his intent to offer a privileged resolution pursuant to clause 2(a)(1) of rule IX. The Chair announced that a determination will be made at the time designated for consideration of the resolution.
12:44:58 P.M. H. Res. 562 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 562 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (S. 585) to provide greater whistleblower protections for Federal employees, increased awareness of Federal whistleblower protections, and increased accountability and required discipline for Federal supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers, and for other purposes; providing for proceedings during the period from October 16, 2017, through October 20, 2017; and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.”
12:47:01 P.M. H. Res. 562 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 562.
1:17:52 P.M. H. Res. 562 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 562, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question, and by voice vote announced that the ayes prevailed. Mr. Polis demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.
1:18:00 P.M. ANNOUNCEMENT – Pursuant to clause 2(a)(1) of rule IX, the Speaker designated this as the time for the gentleman from Texas, Mr. Al Green, to offer the resolution previously noticed. Subsequently, the resolution was not offered.
1:19:25 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on ordering the previous question and agreeing to H. Res. 562, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.
1:19:44 P.M. H. Res. 562 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 562 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (S. 585) to provide greater whistleblower protections for Federal employees, increased awareness of Federal whistleblower protections, and increased accountability and required discipline for Federal supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers, and for other purposes; providing for proceedings during the period from October 16, 2017, through October 20, 2017; and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.”
1:44:54 P.M. H. Res. 562 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 227 – 190 (Roll no. 560).
1:51:35 P.M. H. Res. 562 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 234 – 185 (Roll no. 561).
1:51:36 P.M. H. Res. 562 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:52:09 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
1:55:19 P.M. H.R. 2105 Mr. Webster (FL) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2105 — “To require the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to disseminate guidance to help reduce small business cybersecurity risks, and for other purposes.”
1:56:05 P.M. H.R. 2105 Considered under suspension of the rules.
1:56:09 P.M. H.R. 2105 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2105.
2:20:31 P.M. H.R. 2105 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:20:33 P.M. H.R. 2105 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:20:58 P.M. H.R. 2763 Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2763 — “To amend the Small Business Act to improve the Small Business Innovation Research program and Small Business Technology Transfer program, and for other purposes.”
2:21:24 P.M. H.R. 2763 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:21:26 P.M. H.R. 2763 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2763.
2:44:53 P.M. H.R. 2763 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:44:55 P.M. H.R. 2763 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:46:14 P.M. S. 190 Mr. Olson moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 190 — “To provide for consideration of the extension under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of nonapplication of No-Load Mode energy efficiency standards to certain security or life safety alarms or surveillance systems, and for other purposes.”
2:46:26 P.M. S. 190 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:46:27 P.M. S. 190 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 190.
2:52:51 P.M. S. 190 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
2:52:53 P.M. S. 190 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:53:02 P.M. S. 920 Mr. Olson moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 920 — “To establish a National Clinical Care Commission.”
2:53:11 P.M. S. 920 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:53:13 P.M. S. 920 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 920.
3:07:36 P.M. S. 920 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:07:37 P.M. S. 920 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:08:15 P.M. H.R. 2302 Mr. Russell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2302 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 259 Nassau Street, Suite 2 in Princeton, New Jersey, as the “Dr. John F. Nash, Jr. Post Office”.”
3:08:41 P.M. H.R. 2302 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:08:43 P.M. H.R. 2302 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2302.
3:13:44 P.M. H.R. 2302 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:13:46 P.M. H.R. 2302 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:13:55 P.M. H.R. 378 Mr. Russell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 378 — “To amend title 5, United States Code, to enhance the authority under which Federal agencies may pay cash awards to employees for making cost saving disclosures, and for other purposes.”
3:14:05 P.M. H.R. 378 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:14:06 P.M. H.R. 378 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 378.
3:24:15 P.M. H.R. 378 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:24:16 P.M. H.R. 378 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:24:24 P.M. H.R. 2196 Mr. Russell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2196 — “To amend title 5, United States Code, to allow whistleblowers to disclose information to certain recipients.”
3:24:36 P.M. H.R. 2196 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:24:37 P.M. H.R. 2196 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2196.
3:31:03 P.M. H.R. 2196 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:31:05 P.M. H.R. 2196 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:31:13 P.M. H.R. 2229 Mr. Russell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2229 — “To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide permanent authority for judicial review of certain Merit Systems Protection Board decisions relating to whistleblowers, and for other purposes.”
3:31:24 P.M. H.R. 2229 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:31:25 P.M. H.R. 2229 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2229.
3:40:45 P.M. H.R. 2229 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:40:48 P.M. H.R. 2229 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:40:56 P.M. H.R. 2989 Mr. Russell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2989 — “To establish the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission.”
3:41:05 P.M. H.R. 2989 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:41:05 P.M. H.R. 2989 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2989.
3:49:40 P.M. H.R. 2989 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:49:42 P.M. H.R. 2989 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:49:51 P.M. H.R. 3031 Mr. Russell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3031 — “To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for flexibility in making withdrawals from a Thrift Savings Plan account, and for other purposes.”
3:50:01 P.M. H.R. 3031 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:50:02 P.M. H.R. 3031 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3031.
4:00:05 P.M. H.R. 3031 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:00:06 P.M. H.R. 3031 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:00:07 P.M. H.R. 3243 Mr. Russell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3243 — “To amend title 40, United States Code, to eliminate the sunset of certain provisions relating to information technology, to amend the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 to extend the sunset relating to the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, and for other purposes.”
4:00:45 P.M. H.R. 3243 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:00:47 P.M. H.R. 3243 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3243.
4:14:48 P.M. H.R. 3243 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.
4:14:59 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
4:29:59 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 11.
4:30:14 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business is on motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:30:22 P.M. H.R. 452 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 452 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 324 West Saint Louis Street in Pacific, Missouri, as the “Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. Post Office”.”
4:55:55 P.M. H.R. 452 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 418 – 0 (Roll no. 562).
4:55:56 P.M. H.R. 452 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:56:04 P.M. H.R. 3243 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3243 — “To amend title 40, United States Code, to eliminate the sunset of certain provisions relating to information technology, to amend the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 to extend the sunset relating to the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, and for other purposes.”
5:03:02 P.M. H.R. 3243 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 418 – 0 (Roll no. 563).
5:03:03 P.M. H.R. 3243 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:03:19 P.M. H. Con. Res. 81 UNANIMOUS CONSENT – Mr. Collins (GA) asked unanimous consent that the provisions of section 7 of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1546) shall apply to H. Con. Res. 81 not earlier than November 2, 2017, but on the same terms that would have adhered on October 13, 2017. Agreed to without objection.
5:05:18 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:22:49 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
7:28:52 P.M. Mr. Soto moved that the House do now adjourn.
7:28:53 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
7:28:54 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 12, 2017.

House Activity 10/10

12:00:13 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:19 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Brian K. Fitzpatrick to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:40 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.
12:18:46 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:00 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 10.
2:00:01 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:21 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:01:23 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Blumenauer to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:01:24 P.M. The House received a communication from Representative Murphy (PA) wherein he resigns as a member of the House of Representatives effective on October 21, 2017.
2:02:33 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches
2:08:56 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 October 10, 2017, at 9:48 a.m.: that the Senate passed S. 692S. 1103 and S. 1595.
2:09:54 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 5:00 p.m. today.
5:00:59 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 10.
5:01:12 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
5:01:24 P.M. H.R. 1858 Mr. Gianforte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1858 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4514 Williamson Trail in Liberty, Pennsylvania, as the “Staff Sergeant Ryan Scott Ostrom Post Office”.”
5:01:49 P.M. H.R. 1858 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:01:50 P.M. H.R. 1858 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1858.
5:09:03 P.M. H.R. 1858 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.
5:09:12 P.M. H.R. 452 Mr. Gianforte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 452 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 324 West Saint Louis Street in Pacific, Missouri, as the “Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. Post Office”.”
5:09:46 P.M. H.R. 452 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:09:48 P.M. H.R. 452 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 452.
5:16:37 P.M. H.R. 452 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.
5:17:02 P.M. H.R. 2254 Mr. Gianforte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2254 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2635 Napa Street in Vallejo, California, as the “Janet Capello Post Office Building”.”
5:17:11 P.M. H.R. 2254 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:17:12 P.M. H.R. 2254 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2254.
5:21:54 P.M. H.R. 2254 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:21:57 P.M. H.R. 2254 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:22:13 P.M. H.R. 2464 Mr. Gianforte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2464 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 25 New Chardon Street Lobby in Boston, Massachusetts, as the “John Fitzgerald Kennedy Post Office”.”
5:22:24 P.M. H.R. 2464 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:22:25 P.M. H.R. 2464 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2464.
5:28:18 P.M. H.R. 2464 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.
5:28:27 P.M. H.R. 294 Mr. Gianforte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 294 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2700 Cullen Boulevard in Pearland, Texas, as the “Endy Ekpanya Post Office Building”.”
5:28:40 P.M. H.R. 294 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:28:41 P.M. H.R. 294 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 294.
5:36:10 P.M. H.R. 294 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:36:12 P.M. H.R. 294 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:36:46 P.M. S. 1617 Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 1617 — “To designate the checkpoint of the United States Border Patrol located on United States Highway 77 North in Sarita, Texas, as the “Javier Vega, Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint”.”
5:37:00 P.M. S. 1617 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:37:02 P.M. S. 1617 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 1617.
5:44:18 P.M. S. 1617 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:44:19 P.M. S. 1617 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:44:32 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 P.M. today.
6:30:16 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 10.
6:30:24 P.M. Mr. Woodall filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 562.
6:30:25 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:31:32 P.M. H.R. 1858 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1858 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4514 Williamson Trail in Liberty, Pennsylvania, as the “Staff Sergeant Ryan Scott Ostrom Post Office”.”
6:54:13 P.M. H.R. 1858 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 397 – 0 (Roll no. 558).
6:54:14 P.M. H.R. 1858 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:54:15 P.M. H.R. 2464 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2464 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 25 New Chardon Street Lobby in Boston, Massachusetts, as the “John Fitzgerald Kennedy Post Office”.”
7:02:21 P.M. H.R. 2464 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 395 – 0 (Roll no. 559).
7:02:22 P.M. H.R. 2464 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:04:00 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:21:39 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
9:03:24 P.M. Mr. Castro (TX) moved that the House do now adjourn.
9:03:36 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
9:03:37 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 11, 2017.

House Activity 10/6/2017

10:30:11 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:30:20 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Mark Meadows to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:30:45 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Phillip Ganir, SJ, Gonzaga Jesuit Community, Washington, DC.
10:32:10 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
10:32:15 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
10:33:20 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on October 10, 2017.
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Emory Hospital has denied a life-saving kidney transplant for 2-year-old boy, A.J. because of father’s probation violation.

Mother, Carmella Burgess was excited for her miracle baby, A.J., who was prematurely born without functioning kidneys. For the family, the surgery was something they had been waiting for the child’s entire life and would bring such relief and joy to not only her but her son as well.

Father, Anthony Dickerson, who is 100% perfect match for his son was arrested for violating his probation in September. Prior to Dickerson’s release, it seemed as if Emory Hospital was still on board for the surgery, sending a letter to the Gwinnett County Jail stating, “Mr. Dickerson is currently in custody for a parole violation. If Mr. Dickerson could be escorted to Emory for blood work and a pre-operative appointment tomorrow, September 29, we will be able to continue with the scheduled surgery.”

However, once Dickerson was released, the family suffered from the news that Emory Hospital would no longer perform the scheduled October 3 kidney transplant, leaving the family with the kidney transplant wait list as the only option, which could desperately take a long time. “The Living Donor Transplant Team at Emory [has] asked Mr. Dickerson for evidence of compliance from his parole officer for the next three months. We will re-evaluate Mr. Dickerson in January 2018 after receipt of his completed documentation.” When asked how someone being arrested impacts the possibility of donating a kidney, Emory Hospital was unwilling to provide an answer.

Emory Hospital states that they operate under core values, with their first core value being: caring. Caring: We demonstrate concern and compassion for our patients and their families, treating each person with dignity as we attend to the needs of the mind, body, and spirit. Denying a life-saving surgery to a family and child in need is not demonstrating concern and compassion. Having the ability to stop a child from suffering but choosing not to does not show dignity. You cannot pick and choose when to follow your own core values. They should be applied to every patient and every family, no matter the person or situation.

I’ve created this petition to get the attention of The Living Donor Transplant Team at Emory Hospital and CEO of Emory Healthcare, Jonathan C. Lewin, with the hopes that the team will have a change of heart and perform the kidney transplant at the family’s earliest convenience.

A child should not deal with consequences of his father’s mistake. And a father should not feel disappointed in himself for a mistake he made that should not even be a factor when it comes to saving a child’s life. This story has touched my heart in a way that refuses to allow me to sit here and not try to do anything about it, so please, Emory Hospital, on the behalf of the Burgess and Dickerson family, I ask that you appeal your decision on A.J.’s kidney transplant and choose to perform the operation as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Jonathan S. Lewin

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by dailykos.com Tennessee’s former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen says he’s considering a Senate bid


The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

LEADING OFF

• TN-Sen: Well, well, well… after ruling out a Senate campaign to succeed retiring Republican Gov. Bob Corker in late September, former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen reopened the door on Monday when he told the Associated Press that he is considering it after several people implored him to do so. A wealthy former mayor of Nashville, Bredesen would easily be the top choice of many state and national Democrats after ending his tenure with broad popularity in this conservative state. Indeed, in his 2006 re-election bid, Bredesen won a 69-30 landslide and carried every one of Tennessee’s 95 counties. That campaign marked the last statewide race Democrats have won in Tennessee.

Of course, even if Bredesen does run again, it will be dramatically harder for him to win next year. Tennessee has become increasingly hostile to Democrats up and down the ballot since 2006, with Donald Trump carrying it by a brutal 61-35 spread. Voters are also typically far more willing to split their tickets in state races than in federal ones, and Bredesen would face attacks tying him to unpopular national Democratic leaders. Republican ex-Gov. Linda Lingle tried this same move in Hawaii’s 2012 Senate race, but she lost by a huge margin in that deep-blue state, even though she had won her 2006 re-election race in a landslide.

The 73-year-old Bredesen would also be running his first campaign in 12 years, but he still brings a lot of advantages in a state where partisan realignment has devastated the Democratic bench in recent years. Bredesen would almost certainly start out with a powerful fundraising network and widespread name recognition, and he would immediately draw interest from national Democrats who are eager to put a third GOP-held seat into play in their longshot bid for a 51-seat Senate majority next year. Iraq War veteran James Mackler has been running for the Democratic nomination for months, and several notable Democrats have also expressed interest. However, Bredesen will likely weigh heavily on their decisions on whether or not to run.

Meanwhile, on the Republican side, former Rep. Stephen Fincher has been conducting a statewide listening tour while he considers whether to join the primary. Fincher recently stated that he’s “very optimistic” and expects to announce between Tuesday and Friday of this week whether or not he’ll run.

3Q 2017 Fundraising

We’re collecting the Senate reports in our quarterly fundraising roundup chart, which we’ll update continuously. We’ll have a House fundraising chart soon following Oct. 15’s reporting deadline.

• AL-SenDoug Jones (D): $1.3 million raised, $1 million cash-on-hand

• IN-SenTodd Rokita (R): $450,000 raised, $2.4 million cash-on-hand

• MI-Sen, MI-06Fred Upton (R): $527,000 raised, $1.1 million cash-on-hand

• ND-SenTom Campbell (R): $570,0000 raised (may include self-funding)

• NV-SenDean Heller (R-inc): $1.2 million raised, $4.2 million cash-on-hand; Jacky Rosen (D): $1.2 million raised

• PA-SenLou Barletta (R): $635,000 raised, $1 million cash-on-hand

Senate

• CA-Sen: Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna had previously urged progressives to challenge Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year, and he unsurprisingly just endorsed state Senate President Kevin de León, who kicked off his campaign on Sunday. However, de León’s entry into the race hasn’t completely dissuaded other Democrats from jumping in. Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer declared that he’s still considering running even after de León launched his campaign, though it’s unclear just how seriously he’s looking at the prospect of becoming a candidate himself after spending many millions to elect environmentalist candidates to office over the years.

• MO-Sen: Republican state Rep. Paul Curtman had formed an exploratory committee to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill back in July, but he recently revealed that he was no longer considering a Senate campaignand would instead look at the state auditor’s race for next year. Curtman’s decision not to run is unsurprising in light of state Attorney General Josh Hawley’s recent entry into the Republican primary for Senate. Although Hawley starts off as an obvious GOP primary front-runner, he may yet still draw a notable rival.

• MT-SenOn Saturday, recently retired Yellowstone County District Court Judge Russell Fagg announced he would indeed join the primary for the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Sen. Jon Tester next year. Fagg stepped down from the bench this month but had been raising money for his exploratory committee for several months, making it obvious that he was keen on running (ethics rules prevented him from formally declaring his candidacy while still on the bench).

Fagg has served as a local judge for over two decades and likely starts off with limited name recognition for a statewide race. However, he has already earned the endorsement of all three former Republican governors who are still alive: Marc Racicot, Judy Martz, and Stan Stephens. He also garnered the support of ex-Reps. Denny Rehberg and Rick Hill, indicating he has substantial ties to the state party establishment.

Fagg won’t have an uncontested path to the nomination, though. State Auditor Matt Rosendale is likely his biggest threat due to existing name recognition and fundraising capacity, while state Sen. Albert Olszewski and businessman Troy Downing are also in the running.

Gubernatorial

• GA-Gov: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle released an early October poll from McLaughlin & Associates that shows him with a dominant lead in in the Republican primary for next year’s open gubernatorial contest. The survey finds Cagle leading Secretary of State Brian Kemp by 41-12, while no other candidate tops 4 percent. Their numbers suggest that a substantial element of Cagle’s huge lead comes from name recognition, with Cagle having a 52 percent favorable rating compared to just 9 percent unfavorable; just 32 percent of primary voters like Kemp, compared to 4 percent who don’t.

Of course, we would be remiss if we did not reiterate just how much we don’t like McLaughlin, thanks to their awful track record of historic polling misfires. McLaughlin was notoriously the pollster for former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2014, when they gave him a huge lead only for him to lose the primary to insurgent challenger Dave Brat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

Nevertheless, Cagle’s long tenure as lieutenant governor gives him a substantially higher profile compared to his primary rivals, and these latest numbers are certainly plausible at this stage in the race where candidates have yet to begin spending heavily on TV ads. Whether Cagle can maintain that lead if or when his opponents finally get their names out is another matter, though.

• ME-Gov: Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ recent announcement that she won’t join next year’s gubernatorial contest has thrown the race wide open, and Michael Shepherd at the Bangor Daily News recently reported on the latest developments. Shepherd relays that state Senate President Mike Thibodeau, former Secretary of State Charlie Summers, and lobbyist Josh Tardy all told him that they are now considering whether or not to join the Republican primary.

Thibodeau gave no timeframe for when he might decide, while Tardy, who had pushed for Collins to run, said his choice isn’t imminent. Meanwhile, Summers says he’s “seriously” considering a gubernatorial campaign and will decide soon. Summers was the GOP’s 2012 Senate nominee against Democratic-aligned independent Angus King but lost in a landslide; he was also an unsuccessful candidate for southern Maine’s Democratic-leaning 1st District in 2008, 2004, and 1994.

On the Democratic side, Shepherd reports that wealthy businessman Adam Lee has cooled to the idea of running despite considering it for a while. Lee declared that he may wait two or three months for the field to congeal before deciding whether to jump in or not.

• NJ-Gov: Republican Kim Guadagno’s latest ad attacks Democrat Phil Murphy by making a play on the old adage known as “Murphy’s Law,” which typically states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Guadagno’s spot features a teacher asking her young class if they know what Murphy’s Law is, to which a student replies, “If anything can be taxed, Phil Murphy will tax it. And if it’s already taxed, he’ll raise it!” The teacher then queries the class for examples, to which they chime in by responding with various forms of taxes that Murphy supposedly wants to raise. The spot then closes by arguing via the students that “Phil Murphy will be the only one who can afford to live in New Jersey” if the ad’s version of “Murphy’s Law” goes into effect.

• NV-Gov: Harry Reid has weighed in on who he’d like to see Nevada Democrats nominate for governor next year, and he’s going with Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak. In the same interview, Reid referred to Sisolak’s primary rival, fellow Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, as “my friend,” but says he told her that he was backing Sisolak and that, naturally, he expects his guy to come away with the nomination.

• OH-Gov: State Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, a Democrat, has been considering whether to run for the open governor’s office next year, and he recently said, “I want to do it,” in an interview with cleveland.com. O’Neill faces mandatory retirement next year after turning 70 this past spring, and he recently posted on Facebook that he has rented a venue for Oct. 29 to reveal his decision, which strongly suggests that he will indeed join the race, if he’s going through all that trouble.

Several other notable Democrats are already running, but there is no obvious front-runner, and O’Neill said he didn’t think any of them could win. He previously stated over the summer that he was told Richard Cordray, who is the director of the national Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and a former state attorney general, would run. However, O’Neill now claims he has no idea about Cordray’s plans, but O’Neill’s newfound eagerness to run could be a sign that Cordray himself won’t ultimately join the race.

• WI-Gov: Former longtime Sen. Herb Kohl, a Democrat, announced on Monday that he was endorsing state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers for the Democratic nomination to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year. Evers is likely the most prominent Democrat running, but he faces a primary field that includes state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, former party chair Matt Flynn, state Rep. Dana Wachs, and businessman Andy Gronik.

House

• FL-27: Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell, who’d been exploring a bid for Florida’s open 27th District since May, has now officially joined the race, making him the sixth Democrat to enter the primary. Despite the crowded field of heavyweight contenders, Russell insists that his internal polling shows him with a path to victory, and he just may: In 2015, he upset a much better-funded and better-known opponent (who in fact was the wife of the incumbent) to win his seat on the Miami commission. Russell also has another claim to fame: He’s a champion yo-yo player. Safe to say he’s the only person with that résumé line in our candidate database.

• MI-11: It’s Christmas in October: Santa impersonator and former Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, who’d been considering a second comeback bid, now says he’s forming an exploratory committee for Michigan’s open 11th District, which he accidentally represented for a single term earlier this decade. A large number of fellow Republicans are already running, though, and presumably none of them “have a problem figuring out which one I really am, Santa Claus or Kerry Bentivolio,” as the ex-congressman once confessed in a deposition.

• MN-08: Former FBI analyst Leah Phifer is bound to give Minnesota Democrats some heartburn as she presses forward with an intra-party challenge to vulnerable Rep. Rick Nolan, but at least it seems they won’t have to worry about a primary: Phifer says that she plans to abide by the Democratic Party’s endorsement process, which means she’d drop out of the race if she doesn’t win the support of delegates at a district-level convention next year, likely in May. It’s not entirely clear what Phifer’s beef is with Nolan, though, beyond complaining that a bill Nolan is pushing to complete a land swap sought by local mining interests is “undermining due process.” Phifer also describes herself as a “millennial,” in contrast to Nolan, who is 73.

• NH-01: Businessman Deaghlan McEachern says he’s forming an exploratory committee to look at a bid for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, joining a large crowd of Democrats who are eyeing this now-open swing seat. While this would be McEachern’s first run for office, WMUR reporter John DiStaso describes McEachern’s father, Paul, as a prominent party leader and notes that the elder McEachern unsuccessfully ran for governor four times (three times in the 1980s and most recently in 2004). Deaghlan McEachern’s message may not quite be what Democratic primary voters want to hear, though: In an interview, he said, “Republicans I’ve talked to are great people who care about the country. It’s when we each get on separate sides and start throwing rocks that it becomes disappointing.”

• PA-18: Former prosecutor Conor Lamb, who just stepped down from his position as an assistant U.S. attorney, is the latest Democrat to enter the race for Pennsylvania’s soon-to-be-vacant 18th District. Lamb is a Marine veteran whose most high-profile case involved the successful prosecutionof a fellow officer who’d lied about sexual misconduct charges. Lamb is also a nephew of Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb, which likely makes him the most prominent Democrat running so far. In lieu of a primary, local leaders of both parties will select their nominees for the anticipated special election, which has not yet been scheduled but is likely to take place early next year.

Legislative

• Special Elections: As ever, Johnny Longtorso’s got the goods:

Massachusetts Senate, Bristol & Norfolk: This is an open Democratic seat stretching from Medfield to Seekonk. The Democratic nominee is Paul Feeney, a former Foxboro selectman. The Republican nominee is Jacob Ventura, a state legislative aide. Also on the ballot is independent Joe Shortsleeve, a reporter and media consultant who says he voted for both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump last year. This seat went 52-41 for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and 50-48 for Barack Obama in 2012.

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Us and Them: Affected Peoples vs. Chevron in Canada ~ by Amazon Watch


The latest chapter in the decades-long struggle seeking justice for Chevron’s crimes in Ecuador is taking place in Canada right now. Unfortunately, as the years grind by the issues being debated get further and further away from the substantive problems of environmental contamination and human suffering, and the process becomes stuck in a legal quicksand of Chevron’s design. The hearings before the Ontario Court of Appeals this week were a perfect example of that.

Amazon Watch continues to bear witness to this ongoing perversion of justice, both because we ourselves are a target of Chevron’s attacks, and also because the cynical strategy the oil giant employs is a real and present danger to corporate accountability work everywhere. For that reason we attended the hearings in Toronto this week along with artist and activist Roger Waters, founding member of Pink Floyd. Waters spoke to the media to express his outrage at Chevron’s endless legal maneuvers to escape justice for its crimes.

“It’s a fundamental question of whether corporations like Chevron … should be allowed to use their financial muscle to destroy people with an absolutely vital claim to reparations for damages that were caused to them over many years,” Waters said before the hearing. “The way Chevron has behaved here is against everything that any of us might believe society ought to be like.”

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