IMMIGRATION: Arizona’s D-Day


Ninety days after it was signed into law, Arizona’s new immigration law — SB-1070 — is set to take effect tomorrow. U.S. Ninth District Judge Susan Bolton is currently considering some of the seven lawsuits brought against the law along with a request by federal government that she approve a federal injunction of the law. Last night, Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) announced that she expects a ruling within 24 hours. Much is at stake. As one law professor pointed out, if the law is struck down, it will take the “wind out of the sails” of local efforts to pass immigration laws. If it isn’t, Bolton’s decision will “unleash more copycat legislation.” Both sides are bracing themselves for implementation. National and local organizations are preparing a state-wide demonstration that will kick off today with a vigil in several cities. Demonstrators are set to descend on the Arizona state capital without their papers and “dare law enforcement in Phoenix, Arizona, to put SB-1070 to the test.” The U.S. attorney for Arizona is encouraging those who believe their civil rights have been violated to contact the FBI. Meanwhile, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is “setting aside space” in his tent city for more undocumented immigrants as local law enforcement gears up to enforce SB-1070. And while most Americans support Arizona’s immigration law, they also think its looming implementation tomorrow will “increase discrimination against Hispanics while not necessarily making a dent in the [immigration] problem.”

LEGAL BRAWL: Beginning a couple weeks ago, Bolton started hearing arguments filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, civil rights organizations, clergy groups, a researcher, and a Tucson police officer over whether Arizona’s new immigration law should take effect. University of Arizona law professor Jack Chin explains that Bolton will have to weigh the likelihood of success of the lawsuits challenging the law, judge who will suffer “irreparable harm,” and look at the “balance of hardships.” Bolton has the options of issuing a temporary injunction, blocking parts of the law, or doing nothing. So far, Bolton has dropped only a few hints as to how she will rule. During the hearings, she suggested that the part of Arizona’s law that requires immigrant residents to carry immigration documents “may not pass constitutional muster.” After challenging her assessment, the defense conceded, stating, “I didn’t have the feeling I persuaded you last week either.” Bolton also questioned a sentence in SB-1070 that requires police to verify the immigration status of arrested inmates before releasing them along with a separate part of the law that allows police to arrest anyone they believe has committed a crime that would make them removable from the country. However, Bolton did make one thing clear: she will not invalidate the whole law, but may halt the enactment of a handful of its sections. SB-1070 supporters are fighting back. Attorneys for the Arizona governor asked a federal judge to dismiss the Justice Department’s lawsuit, insisting that the federal government’s claim is based on “hypothetical scenarios.” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever have also hired lawyers to fight lawsuits against SB-1070 and pursue countersuits against the Obama administration.

WINNERS AND LOSERS: As the SB-1070 legal battle rages on, a growing list of stakeholders is taking shape. A local Arizona TV news station recently discovered that “two of Brewer’s top advisers have connections” to private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). Paul Senseman, Brewer’s deputy chief of staff, is a former lobbyist for CCA and his wife continues to lobby for the company. Chuck Coughlin, who leads her re-election campaign, chaired her transition into the governorship, and is one of the governor’s policy advisers, also happens to be the president of HighGround Public Affairs Consultants, which lobbies for CCA. Brewer’s connections to the CCA are significant because the company currently bills $11 million a month to the state of Arizona to house immigrant detainees, and if SB-1070 is successfully implemented, its profits would soar as it would take responsibility for imprisoning immigrants arrested by Arizona police. Brewer herself, who has essentially built her campaign around the law, has also benefited from signing off on SB-1070 in terms of her local popularity. So far, Brewer has raised over $1,104,935 just for her legal defense fund. However, Brewer’s star may not shine forever. Arizona public schools are experiencing a drop in enrollment which could account for a drop in millions of dollars of federal funding. Arizona’s Office of Tourism is reporting a $12 million loss in canceled hotels and reservations. Attendance has also been dropping at several local churches serving largely to Hispanics, and as the Arizona Republic points out, “fewer attendees means less in the collection plate.” In the end, embracing the law also carries the risk of permanently alienating the critical Latino vote.

RIPPLE EFFECT: The rest of the Western hemisphere is watching Arizona closely. The Reform Immigration for American campaign reports that “there are twenty two copycats [laws] waiting to see which way the wind blows on states’ ability to preempt federal immigration law.” In Utah, one state lawmaker is prepared to introduce copycat legislation as early as the second week of August. Gubernatorial candidates in states like Florida, Colorado, and Georgia have made campaign promises to pass similar laws based on the presumption that SB-1070 is constitutional. Meanwhile, tensions on the issue are high. Activists argue that SB-1070 has contributed to a fresh round of discrimination such a surge of hate crimes in Staten Island and the disturbing release of a “witch-hunt” list of the names of 1,300 suspected undocumented immigrants by Utah citizen vigilantes. The white supremacist National Socialist Movement has also entered the debate and will demonstrate in downtown Knoxville next month as a show of support for a tougher state immigration law. On the other side of the border, Latin America is keeping a close watch. Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru have all filed motions to join Mexico’s legal brief supporting the lawsuits of the U.S. government and advocacy groups. Mexico is additionally preparing for the implementation of Arizona’s new immigration law. Expecting a surge of deportees, the Mexican government has also added more workers to its consulate in Phoenix and migrant shelters have added more beds. Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission plans on sending inspectors to U.S. border crossings to monitor deportations and ensure deportees are treated properly.

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ECONOMY:– SINGLE STIMULUS PROGRAM GOP WANTED TO ELIMINATE CREATED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS


UNDER THE RADAR

ECONOMY — SINGLE STIMULUS PROGRAM GOP WANTED TO ELIMINATE CREATED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS: A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) indicates that the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund (TANF ECF), which is part of the stimulus package, has created hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country and is on track to help 240,000 unemployed individuals find jobs by the end of September. Interestingly enough, TANF ECF was the first “winner” of the GOP’s YouCut, a gimmicky website House Republicans launched in May that allows people to vote on which item, from a pre-determined list, they would eliminate from the federal budget. At the time, several key GOP lawmakers railed against the immensely successful jobs program, which helps families in need and subsidizes job creation, including placing young Americans in summer jobs. In YouCut’s online announcement, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) then said, “I’m so pleased to announce that the first program that got over 275,000 votes to cut, to do away with, is a crazy one that actually incentivizes people not to work. That’s right!” Price’s state of Georgia, however, has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of TANF ECF, where the program has created 20,000 jobs. As CBPP’s LaDonna Pavetti pointed out, TANF recipients are “the individuals who are most likely to spend virtually all of the money they earn, thus making this an effective mechanism to stimulate the local economy.” Nonetheless, the House GOP feels that this program is the epitome of government waste and needs to be tossed by the wayside. Unfortunately, TANF ECF is running low on funds and will expire at the end of September if Congress doesn’t reauthorize it. Already, the Senate has voted down a reauthorization once, even though the program has significant Republican support in the states where it is helping.

willful Wednesday &some News


Today, The President meets with a group of small business owners to discuss the economy and urge Congress to pass support for small businesses then delivers a statement to the press at 2pmET and ends his evening at a DNC finance event.

We are now one day away from finding out  if SB1070 will become law, a huge amount of use who can say we know people who have been subjected to “reasonable suspicion” but never told by a police officer that we have the right this now SB1070 is a law; giving the police the authority to act like ICE and right to racially profile legally. This is an unbelievable thing happening in the 21st Century and throws us all back a few years when you think about what civil rights…wrongfully detained…paper please should not be happening in a state that originally started out being owned by people of colour …It is just offensive to think this solves the real issue and that is a system started by employers decades ago willing to pay little or nothing to people looking for work across the border…this continued for decades and needs a solution but it should be comprehensive not a seemingly opened ended law like SB1070.

Yesterday …on the floor of the Senate, Republicans voted No for cloture 57-41 on Campaign finance reform, which means the bill will not even get debated  but Republicans voted Yes to giving up more money to fund a War our President inherited but will draw down in 2011. The other thing Republicans managed to do was to strip the bill of things that would have helped so many people… late Thursday, the Senate stripped $1.2 billion for the claims from an emergency spending bill, along with $3.4 billion in long-overdue(14 years) funding for a settlement with American Indians who say they were swindled out of royalties by the federal government and the Senate refused to pay the $1.2billion settlement ( 20 years)  to Black Farmers;originally settled in 1999.

The vote to fund the War in Afghanistan clearly was a disappointment to progressives. The problem i have and wonder is anyone else confused about whose side progressives are truly on lately because in 100 days, the November elections will be upon us and sometimes the noise from our own party has me thinking everyone is either nutty or more willing to engage in that circular squad folks talk about and that is wrong for democrats to be involved in. The notion that most of the ones who have a platform state they are challenging the President, holding this President accountable. I do not see it quite like that because challenging someone does not include threats of throwing a person or in this case the President under the bus. Is this an attempt to scare the President into being a puppet that only does what his base wants him to do not what might be good for Americans. It really seems some are smiling at him while predicting his fate for 2012 if he forgets his base. Senator Bernie Sanders stated, the progressives who worked the hardest to get him elected; and yes that comment is upsetting to me as a democrat who worked hard like other democrats and those of us of colour who may not consider themselves progressives worked hard support this President in high numbers.

Considering the state of our nation and most if not all the 53% voted for more transparency in government -it will not happen because Republicans are the Party of No

At the end of the day, you have to stay true to what you believe in. Those that support this President should not run away from a fight just because there might be some trouble. We are in a moment when we need to push our Congress to pass legislation the President offered up in his campaign. I have to say Senate democrats need to stop complaining about his leadership, and get theirs in control. It is beyond me to think any sane person would vote against Democrats. We all must think of the what the future will look like if Republicans grab control with all the vitriol coming from the right;  people of colour, women who like having the right to choose, family members who are gay and or are in the military with lack of resources mental or financial could be left behind big time. The list above is just part of a whole that Republicans are willing to throw under the bus…yes i say that a lot…it is true. We may not all agree on funding any War let alone the one that our President feels is the right war but by contrast Republicans choose to fund a war but not fund its own people and that has to make some people worry. I actually understand the reason we are in Afghanistan but like everyone else, it is time to get out. It is possible that the 37mil will give this President a chance, and then as promised, the drawn down begins in 2011 and should be kept in place unless the environment changes and the drawn down be done sooner. It is not lost on me that Russia was unable to get anything done …it is an area that is ancient and terrain impossible. The fact that we had to have a general step down based on some questionable ethics could mean a change of plans even though the commander in chief many not tell us things were learned from the breach of ethics.

Speaking of Ethics… Well, the root word…ethic can be transformed into many usages. by definition ethic: a set of principles of right conduct, a theory  or a system of moral values ,then we move into ethics, is a general study of the general nature of morals and of specific moral choices, rules or standards governing the conduct of a person  or the members of a profession -ethical: being in accordance with the accepted principles that govern the conduct of a profession.

It is with the definitions and descriptions listed above my problem with the word ethics used by cable heads on what seems like a daily basis. If Charles Rangel has unacceptable behavior which has not only become media fodder but is going through an investigation why haven’t the member of Congress dealt with the crap that Enzi, Stanford, who left his post to go to Argentina by lying with no one in charge did not get into trouble…why?

Other News …

**Macy’s continues to be a problem for it’s workers due to possible unfair hiring practices. the union is asking people to call the Tacoma location and ask them to stop

**The BP oil disaster moves into 100 days

**France declares war against Al-qaida

**The Blago jury went into deliberation and will have to go through 7weeks of testimony

**NH GOP senate front runner has been unmasked …Kelly Ayotte is being backed by Sarah Palin. apparently, not the best thing because even a conservatives newspaper wrote a negative article and the Sept 14th Primary may have a surprise winner


C-SPAN …

watch White House Briefing

watch Pres. Obama Remarks

watch Hearing on Consumer Online Privacy

watch Hearing on Moratorium and Small Business

watch Hearing on Oil Spill Impact on Tourism

Report: Minority Communities Most Affected by Recession

Speakers at today’s National Urban League convention in Washington discuss the group’s annual report on economic and racial disparities, which finds that the recession has negatively impacted minority communities more than the rest of the nation.The “State of Black America” convention marks the civil rights organization’s centennial. Participants in this year’s conference include Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty (D), and NAACP President & CEO Benjamin Jealous.

Former Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) is also expected to address the group, one day before a House committee is scheduled to hear ethics charges against him.

U.S. Envoy Expected to Discuss Leaked Afghan War Documents

A House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing was scheduled to hear today from the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, about American civilian aid to the region. The topic may now be overshadowed by questions regarding more than 91,000 leaked documents related to the war there. Some of the documents, made public Sunday by the website WikiLeaks.org, disclose possible support for al Qaeda and Afghan insurgents by Pakistani intelligence services. Ambassador Holbrooke has previously criticized the relationship between Pakistani officials and the militants. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will also appear at the hearing to discuss aid programs managed by his agency. A recent audit by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found significant challenges to the sustainability of U.S. aid programs in the war-torn country.

Commission to Assess Deficit Causes and Solutions

The presidential commission charged with finding bipartisan solutions to lowering the nation’s trillion-dollar budget deficit is meeting for the fourth time since April.The 18-member commission is hearing from Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and Barry Anderson, who recently served as head of the Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). They will discuss the fiscal outlook for the United States and global economy.

The commission is co-chaired by former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) and former Clinton White House Chief of Staff and Senate candidate Erskine Bowles (D-NC). Its non-binding recommendations are due in December.

what’s going on in Congress -Wednesday-


The Senate Convenes: 9:30amET July 28, 2010

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business for 1 hour with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. The Republicans will control the first 30 minutes and the Majority will control the next 30 minutes.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.5297, Small Business Jobs bill. Cloture was filed on the substitute amendment #4519 and the underlying bill. As a result, there is a 1:00pm filing deadline for germane first degree amendments to the Reid for Baucus-Landrieu substitute amendment (SA4519) and HR5297.
Unanimous Consent:
Concurred in House Message to accompany S.1749, the Cell Phone Contraband Act.

Adopted S.Res.598, a resolution designating September 2010 as “National Child Awareness Month”.

Adopted S.Res.599, a resolution designating August 16, 2010, as “National Airborne Day”.

Adopted S.Res.600, a resolution to authorize document production and testimony by, and representation of, the Select Committee on Intelligence.

On July 29, 2010 we can expect the following: after Leader Reid remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.5297, Small Business Jobs bill. There will then be 1 hour debates prior to a cloture votes on substitute amendment.

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JULY 28, 2010

111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

1 P.M. –

SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

Mr. Thompson (PA) requested that Mr. Putnam be allowed to address the House for 5 minutes on July 29.

9:08 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

H.R. 5669:

to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain Federally owned land located in Story County, Iowa

9:07 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

9:02 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5669.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Cardoza moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H.R. 4658:

to authorize the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest System land in the Cherokee National Forest and to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to use the proceeds from that conveyance to acquire a parcel of land for inclusion in that national forest, and for other purposes

9:01 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

8:58 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4658.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Cardoza moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H. Res. 1558:

expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that fruit and vegetable and commodity producers are encouraged to display the American flag on labels of products grown in the United States, reminding us all to take pride in the healthy bounty produced by American farmers and workers

8:57 P.M. –

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.

8:49 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1558.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Cardoza moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

H.R. 5610:

to provide a technical adjustment with respect to funding for independent living centers under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in order to ensure stability for such centers

8:45 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the motion to suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment to H.R. 5610.

Ms. Chu moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.

H.R. 5875:

making emergency supplemental appropriations for border security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes

8:43 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

8:05 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5875.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Price (NC) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

H.R. 5874:

making supplemental appropriations for the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes

8:04 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

7:46 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5874.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Mollohan moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

7:45 P.M. –

Mr. Arcuri filed reports from the Committee on Rules, H. Res. 1568 and H. Res. 1569.

H.R. 5872:

to provide adequate commitment authority for fiscal year 2010 for guaranteed loans that are obligations of the General and Special Risk Insurance Funds of the Department of Housing and Urban Development

7:43 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

7:40 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5872.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

7:39 P.M. –

Mr. Frank (MA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

7:38 P.M. –

The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.

H.R. 5822:

making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes

7:37 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 411 – 6 (Roll no. 482).

7:20 P.M. –

The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

7:19 P.M. –

The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 5822.

On agreeing to the Garrett (NJ) amendment Failed by recorded vote: 128 – 296 (Roll no. 481).

7:10 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Gingrey (GA) amendment Agreed to by recorded vote: 353 – 69 (Roll no. 480).

6:41 P.M. –

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinshed business was the question on adoption amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

6:40 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Garrett (NJ) amendment No. 14, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Garrett (NJ) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

6:29 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Garrett (NJ) amendment No. 14.

Amendment offered by Mr. Garrett (NJ).

An amendment numbered 14 printed in House Report 111-570 to increase funding for the Grants for Construction of State Veterans Cemeteries account by $7,000,000 and decrease funding for the Grants for Construction, Minor Projects account by $7,000,000.

6:28 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Peters amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

6:25 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Peters amendment No. 13.

Amendment offered by Mr. Peters.

An amendment numbered 13 printed in House Report 111-570 to decrease the Veteran’s Administration General Operating Expense account by $150,000, then increase it by $150,000, for the purpose of directing the VA to create a program to review all contracts after every 90 day period of inactivity to determine if the funds obligated for the contract could be deobligated and returned to the account from which the funds were obligated to be put to better use.

6:24 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Peters amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

6:22 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Peters amendment No. 12.

Amendment offered by Mr. Peters.

An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 111-570 to decrease the Veteran’s Administration General Operating Expense account by $50,000, then increase it by $50,000, for the purpose of directing the VA to implement a program that would re-label prescription drugs used in VA hospitals to be sent home with discharged patients for outpatient use. Currently, veterans often have to go right to the pharmacy to refill what was discarded.

6:21 P.M. –

By unanimous consent, the Bilirakis amendment was withdrawn.

6:10 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bilirakis amendment No. 11.

Amendment offered by Mr. Bilirakis.

An amendment numbered 11 printed in House Report 111-570 to require the Veterans Administration to acquire and construct up to four long-term care residential brain injury medical facilities.

6:09 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Halvorson amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

6:05 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Halvorson amendment No. 10.

6:04 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Mrs. Halvorson.

An amendment numbered 10 printed in House Report 111-570 to subtract $10,000,000 from General Operating Expenses and will add $10,000,000 to Major Construction Projects.

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Gingrey amendment No. 9, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Gingrey demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

5:59 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gingrey amendment No. 9.

5:58 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Mr. Gingrey (GA).

An amendment numbered 9 printed in House Report 111-570 to prohibit any funds appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department of Defense under this Act to be used to renovate or construct any facility within the Continental United States for the purpose of housing any individual who has been detained, at any time after September 11, 2001, at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

5:57 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Gingrey (GA) amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

5:54 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gingrey amendment No. 8.

5:53 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Mr. Gingrey (GA).

An amendment numbered 8 printed in House Report 111-570 to prohibit funds under the Act from being used to exercise the power of eminent domain without payment of just compensation.

5:52 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Hill amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

5:49 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hill amendment No. 7.

5:48 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Mr. Hill.

An amendment numbered 7 printed in House Report 111-570 to decrease the Veteran’s Administration General Operating Expense account by $100,000, then increase it by $100,000, for the purpose of directing the VA to examine its practices in how it accounts for returned Post-9/11 GI Benefit payments from either a veteran or an institute of higher learning, and for the purpose of directing the VA to issue a report to Congress no later than Jan. 1, 2011, on any changes made or planned to be made to increase efficiency and timeliness of accounting for returned payments.

By unanimous consent, the Flake amendment was withdrawn.

5:37 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Flake amendment No. 6.

5:36 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Mr. Flake.

An amendment numbered 6 printed in House Report 111-570 to prohibit funding for all of the member-requested earmarks for military construction projects.

On agreeing to the Cuellar amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

5:35 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cuellar amendment No. 5.

5:34 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Mr. Cuellar.

An amendment numbered 5 printed in House Report 111-570 to prohibit first class travel under this Act.

On agreeing to the Buyer amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

5:27 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Buyer amendment No. 4.

Amendment offered by Mr. Buyer.

An amendment numbered 4 printed in House Report 111-570 to provide $10 million to fund the second year of the VA-US Paralympics Adaptive Sports Program for disabled veterans.

On agreeing to the Buyer amendment as modified Agreed to by voice vote.

5:22 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Buyer amendment No. 3, as modified.

Buyer amendment modified by unanimous consent. The amendment as modified make $162,734,000 available for “Medical Facilities”.

5:21 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Mr. Buyer.

An amendment numbered 3 printed in House Report 111-570 to provide $162,734,000 of the amounts appropriated for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Minor Construction for renewable energy projects at VA medical facility campuses.

On agreeing to the Buyer amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

5:19 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Buyer amendment No. 2.

Amendment offered by Mr. Buyer.

An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 111-570 to provide $10 million to fund additional professional level VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment counselors.

5:18 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Holt amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

5:10 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1559, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Holt amendment No. 1.

5:09 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Mr. Holt.

An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 111-570 to instruct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to set aside at least $20 million for suicide outreach prevention via direct advertising and the use of online social media.

4:19 P.M. –

GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 5822.

The Speaker designated the Honorable Donna F. Edwards to act as Chairwoman of the Committee.

House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 1559 and Rule XVIII.

Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 5822 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Specified amendments are in order. Points of order against provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI are waived.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1559.

H.R. 5827:

to amend title 11 of the United States Code to include firearms in the types of property allowable under the alternative provision for exempting property from the estate

4:17 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 307 – 113 (Roll no. 479).

4:08 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1543:

honoring the educational significance of Dr. Jane Goodall’s work on this the 50th anniversary of the beginning of her work in Tanzania, Africa

4:07 P.M. –

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 416 – 0 (Roll no. 478).

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

4:01 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 4692:

to require the President to prepare a quadrennial National Manufacturing Strategy, and for other purposes

4:00 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 379 – 38 (Roll no. 477).

3:51 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinshed business was the question on adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

H. Res. 1559:

providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 5822) making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules

3:50 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 243 – 178 (Roll no. 476).

3:20 P.M. –

The previous question was ordered without objection.

2:32 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1559

2:31 P.M. –

Considered as privileged matter.

On motion to consider the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

At the conclusion of debate on the Flake point of order, the Chair put the question on consideration of the resolution.

2:21 P.M. –

POINT OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION – Mr. Flake stated that the provisions of H.Res. 1559 violate section 426(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 by imposing an unfunded mandate and made a point of order against the consideration of the resolution. Subsequently, the Chair noted that the required threshold of identifying the specific language in question had been met, and the House proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the question of consideration. At the conclusion of debate on the question of consideration, the Chair will put the question to wit: Will the House now consider the resolution?

2:14 P.M. –

By direction of the Committee on Rules, Ms. Pingree called up the resolution, H.Res. 1559, and asked for its immediate consideration.

H.R. 5751:

to amend the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to require registrants to pay an annual fee of $50, to impose a penalty of $500 for failure to file timely reports required by that Act, to provide for the use of the funds from such fees and penalties for reviewing and auditing filings by registrants, and for other purposes

2:12 P.M. –

The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

1:58 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5751.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Scott (VA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

S. 1789:

to restore fairness to Federal cocaine sentencing

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

1:19 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 1789.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Scott (VA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

H.R. 2480:

to improve the accuracy of fur product labeling, and for other purposes

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

1:08 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2480.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Sarbanes moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H. Res. 1499:

honoring the achievements of Dr. Robert M. Campbell, Jr., to provide children with lifesaving medical care

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

12:57 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1499.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Pallone moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended.

H.R. 1796:

to amend the Consumer Product Safety Act to require residential carbon monoxide detectors to meet the applicable ANSI/UL standard by treating that standard as a consumer product safety rule, to encourage States to require the installation of such detectors in homes, and for other purposes

12:56 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

12:42 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1796.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Sarbanes moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H. Res. 1481:

supporting the goals and ideals of “National Save for Retirement Week”, including raising public awareness of the various tax-preferred retirement vehicles and increasing personal financial literacy

12:40 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

12:34 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1481.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Schwartz moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

H.R. 1875:

to establish an Emergency Commission To End the Trade Deficit

12:32 P.M. –

The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

11:56 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1875.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Levin moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H.R. 5156:

to provide for the establishment of a Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Fund to assist United States businesses with exporting clean energy technology products and services

11:54 A.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

11:21 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5156.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Deutch moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H.R. 4692:

to require the President to prepare a quadrennial National Manufacturing Strategy, and for other purposes

11:19 A.M. –

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.

10:34 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4692.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Rush moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

10:32 A.M. –

The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.

10:03 A.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.

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 4380 and H.R. 5849.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Pingree of ME to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.

10:01 A.M. –

Today’s prayer was offered by Pastor Shawn Black, Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa, California

The Speaker designated the Honorable Ed Pastor to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

10:00 A.M. –

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

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