Champions of Change: STEM Equality for People with Disabilities


The White House honors fourteen individuals as Champions of Change for leading the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math for people with disabilities. These leaders are proving that when the playing field is level, people with disabilities can excel in STEM, develop new products, create scientific inventions, open successful businesses, and contribute equally to the economic and educational future of our country.More
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Tell WellPoint to Stop Using Healthcare Dollars for Extremist Politics


HCAN Supporter,

Join us in calling on WellPoint to stop using policyholder and taxpayer dollars from Medicare and Medicaid to fund a radical political agenda that’s attacking our families.

WellPoint is one of the largest health insurance companies in the country. It operates as a Blue Cross licensee in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin. More than 30 million of us are enrolled in its health plans.

WellPoint is at the center of secretive corporate funding for extremist political activities. The company has funneled money to front groups to fight health care reform while hindering states’ implementation of the Affordable Care Act and backing the extremist politics of the billionaire Koch brothers.

Join us in calling on WellPoint to stop funding a radical agenda that uses the hard-earned money of policyholders to hurt them and their families.

Thanks,

Will O’Neill
Health Care for America Now

American Diabetes Association


Washington State … Make sure Rep. McDermott doesn’t vote for these cuts.

Your Representative’s vote this week will impact the future of programs essential to both preventing diabetes and improving the health of people with diabetes and all Americans.

Take action now to protect vital public health and prevention programs!

Last week, you took action to protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which includes the initial funding for the critical National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). The NDPP will save both lives and money only if it is expanded to communities around the country. However, the Prevention Fund is still being threatened. Members of the House of Representatives will vote again this week on whether to fully repeal this vital fund, gutting efforts to improve our nation’s health!

The bill under consideration also repeals key provisions and funding established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and weakens Medicaid eligibility, programs needed to protect people with diabetes and improve their access to affordable healthcare. In addition to cuts in funding for state insurance exchanges, the bill repeals portions of ACA that make health care more affordable for low- and moderate- income families. Further, it repeals the state requirement to uphold their end of the bargain when it comes to Medicaid, which would allow states to roll back eligibility standards and create barriers to coverage for millions of people with diabetes.

We need to make sure diabetes programs and prevention efforts don’t get slashed. Tell your legislators RIGHT NOW to oppose the budget reconciliation legislation!

Take this chance to make your voice heard and tell your legislators to oppose any efforts to eliminate funding for these vital programs!

Thank you for your help in the fight to Stop Diabetes®.

Sincerely,
L. Hunter Limbaugh Chair of the Board, American Diabetes Association

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Official 2012 Democratic National Convention BBQ Sauces


Published on May 7, 2012 by

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Back in February, we launched a search for the best BBQ sauces to become the official sauces of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. We were looking for the best sauce in three different categories that represent the different regions of the Carolinas — a western North Carolina tomato-based sauce, an eastern North Carolina vinegar-based sauce, and a South Carolina mustard-based sauce.

We were excited to receive 30 different sauce submissions from around the country. The sauces ranged from homemade to nationally recognized brands. After the sauce submission deadline, we gathered a group of qualified BBQ judges to help us pick a winner in each category.
Want to know who the winners are? Watch this video to find out!

After you watch the video, head over to our merchandise store and order your own official sauces of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. You can also pick up the 2012 Convention BBQ pack — the sauces, an apron, and an oven mitt.

Congress: the Republican House – the Senate considers S.2343,Stop Student Loan Rate Hike Act vote 2move forward not invoked 52-45- Tell Rs to do the right thing


the Senate Convenes: 10:00am May 8, 2012

  • Following the prayer and pledge, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2343, the Stop Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act with the time until 12:00pm equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees with the Majority controlling the first 30 minutes and the Republicans controlling the second 30 minutes.
  • At 12:00pm, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2343.
  • Following the vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

12:00pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2343, the Stop Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act of 2012; Not Invoked: 52-45-1 present (Snowe)

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MAY 8, 2012

 112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

–H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Harris amendment (A012) Roll Call 209 – Recorded vote pending.6:28:54 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Quayle amendment; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 208).6:25:23 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Pompeo amendment; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 207).6:21:57 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Scalise amendment; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 206).6:18:20 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Michaud amendment; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 205).6:14:25 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the McClintock amendment; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 204).6:09:36 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Broun (GA) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 203).6:03:52 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Peters amendment; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 202).5:33:19 P.M. -H.R. 5326UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was question on adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.5:29:05 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Runyan amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.5:27:45 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Runyan amendment under the five-minute rule.5:27:23 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Runyan,  to reduce funds for Department of Justice salaries and expenses by $5 million and increase funds for the Office of Violence Against Women by $5 million.5:26:54 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Waters amendment; Failed by voice vote.5:14:04 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Waters amendment under the five-minute rule.5:14:02 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Ms. Waters,  to increase funding for rent of private or Government-owned space in the District of Columbia by $13,500,000; increase funding for salaries and expenses, United States Attorneys by $21,500,000; increase funding for salaries and expenses, Federal Bureau of Iinvestigation; and reduce funding for National Aeronautics and Space Administration travel expenses, purchase and hire of passenger motor vehicles, and purchase, lease, charter, maintenance, and operation of mission and administrative aircraft by $44 million.5:13:05 P.M. -H.R. 5326POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Runyan amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Dicks demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.5:09:43 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Runyan amendment under the five-minute rule.5:09:31 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Runyan,  to decrease funding for Department of Justice General Administration Salaries and Expenses by $22,418,000 and increase funding for Office of Justice Programs Research, Evaluation and statistics by $22,418,000.5:08:13 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Gowdy amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.5:01:31 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Gowdy amendment No. 1 under the five-minute rule.5:01:24 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Gowdy,  numbered 1 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce funding for the Department of Justic General Administration Salaries and Expenses account by $1 million and apply the savings to the spending reduction account.4:58:36 P.M. -H.R. 5326POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Broun (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Dicks demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.4:52:49 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Broun(GA) amendment No. 4 under the five-minute rule.4:52:42 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Broun (GA),  to reduce funds for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery by $15 million and applying the savings to the spending reduction account.4:51:46 P.M. -H.R. 5326POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Grimm amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Grimm demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.4:47:55 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Grimm amendment under the five-minute rule.4:47:41 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Grimm,  to increase funds for Office of Justice Programs Research, Evaluation, and Statistics by $18 million and reduce funds for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by $18 million.4:46:34 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Hanabusa amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.4:43:25 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Hanabusa amendment under the five-minute rule.4:43:20 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Ms. Hanabusa,  to increase funds for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin istration Operations, Research, and Facilities by $1,600,000 and reduce funds for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Salaries and Expenses by $1,900,000.4:42:04 P.M. -H.R. 5326POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Harris amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Harris demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.4:39:52 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Harris amendment No. 10 under the five-minute rule.4:39:09 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Harris,  numbered 10 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce funding out of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Operations, Research, and Facilities account by $542,000 and apply the savings to the Spending Reduction Account.4:38:10 P.M. -H.R. 5326POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Quayle amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Quayle demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.4:32:03 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Quayle amendment under the five-minute rule.4:32:01 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Quayle,  to reduce funding out of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia by $21 million and apply the savings to the spending reduction account.4:30:36 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Lynch amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.4:25:38 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Lynch amendment No. 4 under the five-minute rule.4:25:23 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Lynch,  numbered 10 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce funding for Periodic Censuses and Programs by $4 million and increase funding for the Office of Justice Programs State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance funds by $4 million.4:24:32 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Clarke (NY) amendment; Failed by voice vote.4:18:16 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Clarke (NY) amendment under the five-minute rule.4:18:14 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Ms. Clarke (NY),  to increase the funds for Minority Business Development by $5,311,000 and reduce the funds for National Institute of Standards and Technology Scientific and Technical Research and Services by $5,311,000.4:17:39 P.M. -H.R. 5326POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Scalise amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Scalise demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.4:10:44 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Scalise amendment under the five-minute rule.4:10:24 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Scalise,  to reduce funds for the Economic Development Administration Salaries and Expenses account by $7,500,000 and to reduce the Department of Commerce Salaries and Expenses account by $10,706,000 and to apply the savings to the spending reduction account.4:09:35 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Cicilline amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.4:06:46 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Cicilline amendment under the five-minute rule.4:06:24 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Cicilline,  to expand the definition of grants to include grants authorized under section 27 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980.4:05:11 P.M. -H.R. 5326POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Pompeo amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Pompeo demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.3:49:09 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Pompeo amendment under the five-minute rule.3:49:06 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Pompeo,  numbered 3 printed in the Congressional Record to zero out the economic development assistance programs and grants in the Economic Development Administration Account and to apply the savings to the spending reduction account.3:48:46 P.M. -H.R. 5326POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Michaud amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Michaud demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.3:32:43 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Michaud amendment under the five-minute rule.3:32:40 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Michaud,  to increase the funds for the Economic Development Assistance Programs Account by $38 million and reduce the funds for the Bureau of Census, Periodic Censuses and Programs Account by $38 million.3:31:45 P.M. -H.R. 5326On agreeing to the Turner (OH) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.3:30:37 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Turner (OH) amendment under the five-minute rule.3:30:34 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Turner (OH),  numbered 9 printed in the Congressional Record to increase funds for China antidumping and countervailing duty enforcement and compliance activities by $5 million.3:29:14 P.M. -H.R. 5326POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the McClintock amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. McClintock demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.3:22:10 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the McClintock amendment under the five-minute rule.3:22:07 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. McClintock,  to reduce the International Trade Administration, Operations and Administration Account by $277,824,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account.3:21:54 P.M. -H.R. 5326POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Broun (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Broun (GA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.3:14:57 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Broun (GA) amendment under the five-minute rule.3:14:12 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Broun (GA),  to reduce funds over numerous accounts including the DEA and the FBI and to apply the savings to the spending reduction account.3:13:06 P.M. -H.R. 5326POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Peters amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Wolf demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.3:00:18 P.M. -H.R. 5326DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 643, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Peters amendment under the five-minute rule.3:00:15 P.M. -H.R. 5326An amendment, offered by Mr. Peters,  to increase the International Trade Administration Account by $9 million, increase the United States Trade Representative Account by $1,790,000, and reduce the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cross Agency Support Account by $17 million.2:06:41 P.M. -H.R. 5326GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 5326.2:06:26 P.M. -H.R. 5326The Speaker designated the Honorable Rob Bishop to act as Chairman of the Committee.2:06:26 P.M. -H.R. 5326House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 643 and Rule XVIII.2:05:51 P.M. -H.R. 5326Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 5326 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be read by paragraph. Bill is open to amendments. All points of order against provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI are waived. Until the adoption of a conference report on the budget resolution, the allocations of spending authority printed in Tables 11 and 12 of the Budget Committee report accompanying the House-passed budget resolution shall be considered to be the allocations under section 302(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. The Chair is authorized to accord priority in recognition to Members who have pre-printed their amendments in the Congressional Record.2:05:46 P.M. -H.R. 5326Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 643. H.R. 5326 — “Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes.”2:05:14 P.M. -On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 296 – 108, 3 Present (Roll no. 201).2:00:00 P.M. -UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the question of agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal on which the yeas and nays had been demanded and on which further proceedings had been postponed.1:59:05 P.M. -H. Res. 643Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.1:59:04 P.M. -H. Res. 643On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 228 – 181 (Roll no. 200).1:50:00 P.M. -H. Res. 643On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 235 – 174 (Roll no. 199).12:26:00 P.M. -H. Res. 643DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 643.12:24:03 P.M. -H. Res. 643Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 643 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5326) making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes; waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules; and for other purposes.”12:03:48 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.12:03:23 P.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Pitts to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.12:03:01 P.M. -POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS ON APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Speaker announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Pitts demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal, and by voice vote, the Speaker announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Pitts demanded the yeas and nays and the Speaker postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.12:01:12 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.12:00:59 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 8.10:35:00 A.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.10:00:48 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.10:00:20 A.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Daniel Webster to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:06 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.