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


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

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

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

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

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

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Last Floor Action: 5/19/2017

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

9:00:13 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:24 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:47 A.M. SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Culberson demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Culberson objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.
9:02:20 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Womack to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:26 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches, which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:09:20 A.M. H.R. 1039 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 324. H.R. 1039 — “To amend section 3606 of title 18, United States Code, to grant probation officers authority to arrest hostile third parties who obstruct or impede a probation officer in the performance of official duties.”
9:09:25 A.M. H.R. 1039 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1039. Rule provides for consideration of the bill under a structured rule with one hour of general debate equally divided between the chair and ranking member of the Committee on the Judiciary. The resolution also provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
9:10:22 A.M. H.R. 1039 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1039.
9:11:48 A.M. H.R. 1039 ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. Goodlatte asked unanimous consent that the question of adopting the amendment to H.R. 1039 may be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 of rule 20. Agreed to without objection.
9:49:07 A.M. H.R. 1039 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-127 to request a comprehensive study on the new authority of probation officers and sunsets that authority 30 months later after enactment.
9:49:10 A.M. H.R. 1039 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 324, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 1.
9:57:11 A.M. H.R. 1039 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
9:58:26 A.M. H.R. 1039 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of the debate on the Jackson Lee amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee requested the Yeas and Nays and pursuant to the order of the House of May 19, 2017 the Chair postponed further proceedings on the adoption of the Jackson Lee amendment until a time to be announced.
9:58:59 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 11:15 a.m. today.
11:16:42 A.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 19.
11:16:46 A.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of the Jackson Lee amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
11:17:13 A.M. H.R. 1039 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1039 — “To amend section 3606 of title 18, United States Code, to grant probation officers authority to arrest hostile third parties who obstruct or impede a probation officer in the performance of official duties.”
11:40:30 A.M. H.R. 1039 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 178 – 229 (Roll no. 267).
11:48:12 A.M. H.R. 1039 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 229 – 177 (Roll no. 268).
11:48:14 A.M. H.R. 1039 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:48:15 A.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal which the Chair put de novo.
11:48:34 A.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.
11:49:15 A.M. United States Semiquincentennial Commission – Pursuant to Section 4 of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-196), the Democratic Leader appointed The Honorable Robert Brady of Pennsylvania; The Honorable Joseph Crowley of New York; and from private life: Richard Trumka of Rockville, Maryland.
11:49:50 A.M. Board of Trustees for the John C. Stennis Center – Pursuant to Section 114(b) of the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development Act (2 U.S.C. 1103), the Democratic Leader appointed the following member of the House to the Board of Trustees for the John C. Stennis Center: Ms. Sewell of AL.
11:54:48 A.M. COLLOQUY ON HOUSE SCHEDULE – The Chair recognized Mr. Hoyer for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy with Mr. McCarthy on the expectations regarding the legislative schedule for the House for next week.
11:54:49 A.M. Mr. McCarthy asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, May 19, 2017, it adjourn to meet at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017 and that the order of the House of January 3, 2017, regarding Morning-Hour Debate not apply. Agreed to without objection. Subsequently, a new order of the House was agreed to.
12:33:03 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded further with one minute speeches.
12:33:04 P.M. Mr. Flores asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, May 19, 2017, it adjourn to meet at noon for Morning Hour Debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.
12:56:25 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
1:55:26 P.M. Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy – Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 4355(a), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy: Mr. Thomas J. Rooney of Florida.
1:56:49 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
1:56:56 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
1:56:57 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on May 22, 2017.

House Activity May 17,2017


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

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

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

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

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

on this day … 5/22 2002 – In Birmingham, AL, a jury convicted former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry of murder in the 1963 church bombing that killed four girls


1246 – Henry Raspe was elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France.

1455 – King Henry VI was taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the Battle of St. Albans, during the War of the Roses.

1570 – Abraham Ortelius published the first modern atlas in Belgium.

1761 – In Philadelphia, the first life insurance policy was issued in the U.S.

1819 – The steamship Savannah became the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

1841 – Henry Kennedy received a patent for the first reclining chair.

1849 – Abraham Lincoln received a patent for the floating dry dock.

1859 – The creator of “Sherlock Holmes,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born.

1868 – Near Marshfield, IN, The “Great Train Robbery” took place. The robbery was worth $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds to the seven members of the Reno gang.

1872 – The Amnesty Act restored civil rights to Southerners.

1882 – The U.S. formally recognized Korea.

1891 – The first public motion picture was given in Thomas Edison’s lab.

1892 – Dr. Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube.

1900 – The Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative in New York.

1900 – A. DeVilbiss, Jr. patented his pendulum-type computing scale.

1900 – Edwin S. Votey received a patent for the pianola (a pneumatic piano player). It could be attached to any piano.

1906 – The Wright brothers received a patent their flying machine.

1939 – Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a military alliance between Germany and Italy known as the “Pact of Steel.”

1947 – The Truman Doctrine was enacted by the U.S. Congress to appropriate military and economic aid Turkey and Greece.

1955 – A scheduled dance to be headlined by Fats Domino was canceled by police in Bridgeport, Connecticut because “rock and roll dances might be featured.”

1955 – Jack Benny did his last live network radio broadcast after a run of 23 years. He devoted his time fully to TV.

1967 – “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” premiered on PBS.

1967 – The final “To Tell the Truth” program was seen on CBS-TV.

1969 – A lunar module of Apollo 10 flew within nine miles of the moon’s surface. The event was a rehearsal for the first lunar landing.

1972 – U.S. President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit Russia. He met with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.

1972 – The island Ceylon adopted a new constitution and became the republic of Sri Lanka.

1977 – Janet Guthrie set the fastest time of the second weekend of qualifying, becoming the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500 since its inception in 1911.

1985 – Pete Rose passed Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader with 2,108.

1986 – Sylvester Stallone agreed to a 10-picture, six-year deal with United Artists. He signed for a reported $15 million for each film.

1990 – In the Middle East, North and South Yemen merged to become a single state known as the Republic of Yemen.

1990 – Microsoft released Windows 3.0.

1992 – Johnny Carson hosted NBC’s “Tonight Show” for the last time. He had been host for 30 years.

1997 – Kelly Flinn, the U.S. Air Force’s first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepted a general discharge. She thereby avoided court-martial on charges of adultery, lying and disobeying an order.

1998 – Bolivia was hit with a series of powerful earthquakes. At least 18 were killed. The quakes ranged in magnitude from 5.9 to 6.8.

1998 – New information came to light about the June 1996 bombing that killed 19 American airmen. The information indicated that Saudi citizens had been responsible and not Iranians as once believed.

1998 – A federal judge said that Secret Service agents could be compelled to testify before a grand jury in Monica Lewinsky investigation concerning U.S. President Clinton.

1998 – Voters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland turned out to cast ballots giving approval to a Northern Ireland peace accord.

2002 – Chandra Levy’s remains were found in Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Park. She was last seen on April 30, 2001. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.

2002 – In Birmingham, AL, a jury convicted former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry of murder in the 1963 church bombing that killed four girls.

2002 – Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 583rd career home run. He tied Mark McGwire for fifth on the all-time list.

2003 – At the Colonial in Fort Worth, TX, Annika Sorenstam became the first woman to play on the PGA tour in 58 years. She ended the day at 1-over par.

2012 – In Japan, the Tokyo Skytree tower opened.

African American History … 1619 – 1989


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1619- First Blacks Arrive in Jamestown
1638- First Slaves Arrive in Massachusetts
1664- Black-White Marriages Outlawed
1688- Quakers Oppose Slavery
1712- First Slave Revolt
1770- Black Killed in Boston Massacre
1773- First Black Church Founded
1775- Society of Abolition of Slavery Established
1776- Blacks and the Revolutionary War
1777- Vermont Abolishes Slavery
1787- Northwest Ordinance
1793- First Fugitive Slave Law
1793- Cotton Gin
1800- Slave Uprising Near Richmond
1807- Slave Importation Banned
1820- Missouri Compromise
1821- Liberia Founded
1829- Walker’s Appeal
1831- First Negro Convention
1831- “Liberator” Published
1831- Nat Turner Rebellion
1839- Slave Revolt Aboard Ship
1843- Call for Revolt
1847- Douglass Publishes “North Star”
1849- Harriet Tubman Escapes
1850- Compromise of 1850
1852- Uncle Tom’s Cabin Published
1857- Dred Scott Decision
1859- John Brown Raid
1860- Lincoln Elected
1862- Blacks Enlist in Union Army
1863- Emancipation Proclamation
1863- Draft Riots in New York
1865- Thirteenth Amendment Ratified
1865- Freedmen’s Bureau Created
1867- Reconstruction Act Passed
1867- Howard University Founded
1870- First Black Senator
1875- Civil Rights Bill Passed
1877- Reconstruction Ends
1877- First Black Graduates from West Point
1881- Tuskegee Institute Founded
1883- Civil Rights Act Unconstitutional
1890- Blacks Excluded from Southern Politics
1896- Segregation Legal
1898- Blacks Serve in Spanish-American War
1904- Booker T Washington, Black Leader
1904- Niagara Movement Begun
1908- NAACP Founded
1917- Great Migration Begins
1917- Race Riots in Illinois
1917- Blacks and World War I
1920- Universal Negro Imporvement Association Meets
1925- Brotherhood of Rail Porters
1931- Scottsboro Trial
1936- Jesse Owens Wins Four Gold Medals
1936- NAACP Sues for Equal Pay
1940- First Black General
1941- FDR Forbids Discrimination
1943- Race Riots in Harlem
1944- Adam Clayton Powell Elected to Congress
1944- All White Primary Illegal
1946- Truman Appoints Panel
1947- Jackie Robinson Becomes First Black Major Leaguer
1948- Military Desegregated
1950- Ralph Bunche Receives Nobel Prize
1953- Washington’s Restaurants Desegregated
1954- Schools Ordered to Desegregate
1955- Bus Boycott Begins
1957- Voting Act of 1957
1960- Widespread Protest Throughout South
1961- Freedom Riders
1962- James Meredith Enters University of Mississippi
1963- March On Washington
1964- Rioting in US Cities
1964- Civil Rights Workers Slain
1964- King Receives Nobel Peace Prize
1964- Selma to Montgomery March
1965- Malcolm X Assassinated
1965- Los Angeles Riots
1966- James Meredith Shot
1967- First Black Senator Since Reconstruction
1967- First Black Supreme Court Justice
1968- Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated
1974- Samuel Gravely Becomes the First Black Admiral in US Navy
1976- Tom Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles
1977- Young, Ambassador to UN
1984- Jesse Lackson Runs for President
1987- Powell, Security Advisor to President
1989- Powell, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

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In memory of four little girls ~May 22nd


The four girls killed in the bombing (Clockwis...Birmingham, Alabama, church bombing that killed four African-American girls during church services in 1963.
May 16, 2000 – A grand jury in Alabama indicts former Klansmen Bobby Frank Cherry and Thomas Blanton with eight counts each of first-degree murder – four counts of intentional murder and four of murder with universal malice.
May 1, 2001 – Thomas Blanton is found guilty of first-degree murder and is sentenced to four life terms.
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Standing Up to Walmart, and Other News From A Better Balance


Headlines from the Frontlines — May 2017

A Better Balance

“WALMART: SUPERCENTER” by alpha geek is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
ABB Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Walmart 
On May 15th, we filed a national class action lawsuit, along with our partners, on behalf of thousands of pregnant workers discriminated against by Walmart. The complaint alleges that Walmart’s policies discriminate against pregnant workers like our client Talisa Borders, who asked to stay off tall ladders and avoid heavy lifting while pregnant and working at Walmart, but instead was pushed onto unpaid leave. Despite amendments to its policy in 2014, Walmart continues to explicitly exclude pregnancy while providing accommodations for workers with disabilities and on-the-job injuries. We won’t stop until no pregnant Walmart worker has to choose between her health and her job.
Rallying and Testifying for Workers in New York 
In April, ABB testified at three separate hearings to argue for stronger legal protections, and stronger enforcement of the laws, on behalf of workers in New York who struggle to support their families while also providing care. First, we testified before the New York City Council Committee on Women’s Issues in support of legislation to promote gender and racial equality in New York City and make the municipal government a model employer for the private sector. The next day, ABB offered expert testimony at a joint hearing sponsored by the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Commission on Human Rights, and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, to address the state of workers’ rights in New York City. Workers and advocates from across the five boroughs participated in the fully bilingual hearing, and ABB testified on the pressing need for strong enforcement of existing laws, such as the Earned Sick Time Act, as well as passage of new protections such as those proposed in the Fair Work Week package to address unpredictable and unfair scheduling practices. Finally, ABB testified at a hearing before the New York City Council Small Business Committee on potential changes to the penalties required by a variety of city laws. We also rallied with fellow advocates on May Day in support of immigrant and workers rights.
Victory for Working Famlies in Georgia
Georgia Governor Deal signed the Georgia Family Care Act into law by on May 8, 2017, after the bill passed the Georgia Legislature with strong bipartisan support. The law permits workers in Georgia who receive paid sick days to use that time to care for their family members in addition to themselves. This victory is a powerful example of the strength of strategic, persistent advocacy, and shows that success in support of working families is possible, even in a Southern state like Georgia where worker protections are often difficult to come by. A Better Balance provided support to advocates in the campaign’s early years and was instrumental in working with the coalition to expand the bill’s family definition to include tax dependents, in addition to children, spouses, grandchildren, grandparents, or parents.
More State Wins for Pregnant Workers 
We have seen significant progress for pregnant workers at the state level in the past month. Vermont became the 19th state to provide stronger protections for pregnant workers when Governor Scott signed their Pregnant Workers Fairness Act into law on May 4th. ABB provided technical support and testimony to advance the bill. Next door in Massachusetts, the House voted unanimously to pass a similar bill that ABB has been advising advocates on closely since 2014. Across the country, Washington State’s legislature also passed a PWFA bill that now awaits the governor’s signature. This continued momentum puts further pressure on Congress to take up the federal PWFA, which was re-introduced last week with bi-partisan support in both chambers.
Bans on Salary History Advance in New York  
Low wages in the past can lock workers into low wages in the future and perpetuate gender and race-based wage gaps. That is why ABB has been working on legislation in New York City and at the State level to prevent employers from relying on or inquiring into an applicant’s past salary. We were in Albany earlier this month to speak at a press conference in support of a statewide salary history bill we helped to draft and are leading the charge to pass this session. And on May 4th, we attended the ceremony at City Hall where Mayor de Blasio signed into law a similar bill that ABB supported with close input on language and revisions, as well as testimony, on its path to passage.
Voices from the Clinic 
“Once I felt so sick that I did not have the strength to go to work as I was very sick. As any employee would do, I called in sick and my employer suspended me for a week. My employer even questioned the veracity of my situation. Thanks to a friend who helped me to find help, I found you [ABB]. You [ABB] guided me and I was able to return to work right away. Please do not be silent, look for help, we are people and as such we need respect, not injustice.”
–Yorkshiris Paulino
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