Support Darcy Bruner … Jim Dean from … DFA


Washington DC is broken.

Washington state needs a representative who knows what it takes to fix the system and bring jobs back home. Darcy Burner is an engineer by training and a politician by necessity. She’ll work to get government working for all of us again — not just Wall Street.

In 2009, Darcy became the first President and Executive Director of ProgressiveCongress.org, a non-profit based in Washington, D.C. that works with the Congressional Progressive Caucus on public health, civil rights, education, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity. She is one of the progressive movement’s strongest allies.

With the overwhelming support of DFA members across the district, I am honored to announce Democacy for America’s endorsement of Darcy Burner for Congress.

Help send a true progressive to Congress by signing up to volunteer for Darcy Burner.

Help send a true progress to Congress by contributing $3 to Darcy Burner’s campaign.

Since we first endorsed Darcy Burner in 2006, she has work relentlessly to advance the progressive movement both in WA and in DC. Now, we need a progressive champion like Darcy inside Congress, someone with the tenacity and energy to bring real reforms.

We ask you to support Darcy with your vote, with your time and with your resources.

-Jim

Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America

Congress:the Republican led House – the Senate considers S.2038,the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act.


the Senate Convened at 10:00amET January 31,2012

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 11:30am with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each with the Majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half
  • Following morning business, the Senate will begin consideration of Calendar #301, S.2038, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

The following amendments are pending to S.2038, the STOCK Act:

  • Reid #1470 (substitute)
  • Reid for Lieberman #1482 (technical)
  • Brown (OH) #1478 (10 day filing)
  • Toomey-McCaskill  #1472 (prohibit earmarks)
  • Brown (OH) #1481 (divestiture)
  • Thune #1477 (SEC/solicitation)
  • McCain #1471 (prohibit bonuses for senior executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac)
  • Leahy #1483 (anti-corruption)

The following

  • Paul #1484 (Member certification)
  • Paul #1485 (apply reporting requirements to Federal employees and judicial officers)
  • Paul #1487 (Executive oversight)
  • DeMint #1488 (SoS Constitutional amendment limiting the number of terms Member of Congress may serve)
  • Reid #1470 (substitute)
  • Reid for Lieberman #1482 (technical)
  • Brown (OH) #1478 (10 day filing)
  • Toomey-McCaskill  #1472 (prohibit earmarks)
  • Brown (OH) #1481 (divestiture)
  • Thune #1477 (SEC/solicitation)
  • McCain #1471 (prohibit bonuses for senior executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac)
  • Leahy #1483 (anti-corruption)
  • Coburn #1473 (duplicative and overlapping government programs)
  • Coburn #1474 (legislation posted online 72 hours prior to a vote)
  • Coburn #1476 (substitute – Member certification)
  • Paul #1484 (Member certification)
  • Paul #1485 (apply reporting requirements to Federal employees and judicial officers)
  • Paul #1487 (Executive oversight)
  • DeMint #1488 (SoS Constitutional amendment limiting the number of terms Member of Congress may serve)
  • Paul #1490 (Member forfeiture Federal retirement benefits if he/she becomes a lobbyist)

WRAP UP

No ROLL CALL VOTES

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Adopted S.Res.359, commending Alan S. Frumin on his service to the U.S. Senate.

Discharged the Judiciary Committee and adopted S.Res.286, recognizing May 16, 2012, as Hereditary Angioedema Awareness Day and expressing the sense of the Senate that more research and treatments are needed for Hereditary Angioedema with an Inouye amendment.

Adopted S.Res.360, raising awareness and encouraging prevention of stalking by designating January 2012 as “National Stalking Awareness Month”.

Adopted S.Res.361, congratulating the University of Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team for winning the 2011 Bowl Championship Series National Championship.

Adopted S.Res.362, designating the month of February 2012 as “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month”.

Adopted S.Res.363, congratulating the Pittsburg State University Gorillas football team for winning the 2011 NCAA Division II Football Championship.

Adopted S.Res. 364, recognizing the goals of Catholic Schools Week.

Completed the Rule 14 process of S.2041, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline project and provide for environmental protection and government oversight. (Hoeven)

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JANUARY 31, 2012

 112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

-SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.6:57:07 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.6:53:15 P.M. -H.R. 3630NOTICE OF INTENT TO OFFER MOTION – Mr. Michaud notified the House of his intent to offer a motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 3630. The Chair announced that the text of the proposed motion would be printed in the Congressional Record of today.6:53:14 P.M. -H. Res. 522Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.6:53:13 P.M. -H. Res. 522On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 251 – 157 (Roll no. 12).6:30:28 P.M. -H. Res. 522Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 522 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1173) to repeal the CLASS program.”6:30:00 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 31.6:16:48 P.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.6:15:09 P.M. -H. Res. 522POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 522, the Chair put the question on adoption of H. Res. 522 and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. McGovern demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of H. Res. 522 until a time to be announced.6:14:55 P.M. -H. Res. 522The previous question was ordered without objection.5:18:00 P.M. -H. Res. 522DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 522.5:15:24 P.M. -H. Res. 522Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 522 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1173) to repeal the CLASS program.”5:15:23 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 31.2:10:37 P.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.2:09:52 P.M. -H.R. 658The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Ways and Means for consideration of title XI of the House bill and titles VIII and XI of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Camp, Tiberi, and Levin.2:09:51 P.M. -H.R. 658The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for consideration of secs. 102, 105, 201, 202, 204, 208, 209, 212, 220, 321, 324, 326, 812, title X and title XIII of the House bill and secs. 102, 103, 106, 216, 301, 302, 309, 320, 327, title VI, and sec. 732 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Hall, Palazzo, and Johnson, E. B.2:09:50 P.M. -H.R. 658The Speaker appointed conferees – from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for consideration of the House bill and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Mica, Petri, Duncan (TN), Graves (MO), Shuster, Schmidt, Cravaack, Rahall, DeFazio, Costello, Boswell, and Carnahan.2:09:40 P.M. -H.R. 658On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference. Agreed to without objection.2:09:34 P.M. -H.R. 658Mr. Cravaack asked unanimous consent that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference.2:08:33 P.M. -The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received a message from the Secretary of the Senate on January 31, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., stating that that body had passed S. 1236 and agreed to S. Con. Res. 34.2:02:21 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.2:01:52 P.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Burgess to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.2:01:48 P.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal.  Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.2:00:22 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.2:00:19 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 31.12:14:52 P.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for  2:00 P.M. today.12:00:32 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.12:00:22 P.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Andy Harris to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.12:00:03 P.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

a message from Lilly Ledbetter


My name is Lilly Ledbetter, and I was discriminated against because I’m a woman.

  Some of you may have heard my story.

 In 1998, after 19 years of service at a Goodyear factory, someone left an anonymous note in my mailbox listing the names and salaries of my male coworkers — who I learned that day were making at least 20 percent more than I was, even though many had less education, less training, and fewer years on the job.

 I went to court and won, but in an appeal, the Supreme Court claimed I should have filed my complaint within six months of the first unfair paycheck. Of course, they didn’t say how I was supposed to fight for fair pay when I didn’t know I was being paid unfairly.

 But that’s not why I’m writing you. I’m writing because President Obama heard about my case and went to work fighting for legislation that would prevent his two girls, and an entire generation of young women coming up in the workforce, from ever being disrespected in the same way. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became the first piece of legislation he signed into law as president, exactly three years ago today.

 Before he was elected, the President said he’d fight for middle-class people like me, and he kept his promise — not just on fair pay, but on so many other issues that matter to women.

That’s why I’m part of Women for Obama — will you join me and add your name to this special group that will help re-elect the President?

 President Obama didn’t have to make fair pay a priority. Lord knows he had enough to worry about those first few weeks in the White House.

  But the President is driven by a strong sense of fairness, and the responsibility he believes we have to one another to correct injustice wherever we can.

 Part of that comes from his own story. The President’s grandmother worked in a bank her whole life, and kept working there long after she hit the glass ceiling. Some of the very men she had trained climbed the corporate ladder ahead of her.

 That’s part of why he continues to fight for bills like the Paycheck Fairness Act, which he supported in his State of the Union last week. And it’s what drove him to fight for the Affordable Care Act — which ended discrimination against women based on pre-existing conditions, and is providing free preventive services like mammograms and contraception.

 Growing up in the South, I learned the value of a good day’s work at a young age, picking and chopping cotton two seasons a year. It wasn’t until much later that I learned that hard work isn’t always enough when folks don’t have a president who’s looking out for them.

 I’m excited to fight alongside President Obama in this election. I hope you’ll join us today:

http://t.co/psZAMZL7

 Thanks,

 Lilly

James Kvaal – Policy Director, BarackObama.com


Here’s something that President Obama laid out in his State of the Union that I think deserves special attention:

 Recent news reports have raised questions about whether members of Congress are profiting from inside information about the very businesses they’re supposed to be regulating — information about pending legislation that could move markets and generate investor profits.

The President offered one simple fix: End insider trading by members of Congress, extending the rules that apply to anyone else whose jobs give them access to sensitive information about businesses.

If you think this simple effort at good government should be a priority during this campaign, it’s up to you to speak out. Say you support the President and spread the word:

http://barackobama.com/Ban-Insider-Trading

 Thanks,

 James

James Kvaal
National Policy Director
Obama for America

 P.S. — Here’s the full quote from the State of the Union:

“Send me a bill that bans insider trading by members of Congress; I will sign it tomorrow. Let’s limit any elected official from owning stocks in industries they impact. Let’s make sure people who bundle campaign contributions for Congress can’t lobby Congress, and vice versa — an idea that has bipartisan support, at least outside of Washington.”