Congress: the Republican led House —- the Senate in pro forma session


The Senate Convenes on June 4, 2012

  • Convenes: 2:00pm
  • Following the prayer and pledge, the Majority Leader will be recognized.  It is the Majority Leader’s intention to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3220, the Paycheck Fairness Act.
  • At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #613, the nomination of Timothy S. Hillman, of MA, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.  There will be up to 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees.  Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the Hillman nomination.
  • As a reminder to all Senators, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to S.3220, the Paycheck Fairness Act on Thursday, May 24th.  That cloture vote will occur at 2:15pm on Tuesday, June 5th.

 

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CONGRESS: the Republican led House did about 4 minutes of the People’s work – – the Senate back on 6/4 will consider S.3220,Paycheck Fairness & Judicial nominations -3.5yrs later


the Senate Convenes at 2:00pmET June 4, 2012

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MAY 25, 2012

112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on May 29, 2012.10:03:24 A.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 24, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 1905, with an amendment, and H.R. 5740, with an amendment. The Senate also passed S. 3187.10:03:22 A.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 24, 2012 at 10:06 a.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 4097, without amendment; and passed S. 2367.10:03:12 A.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 23, 2012 at 9:38 a.m., that on behalf of the Republican Leader, the Chair appointed the following individuals to the Congressional Award Board: Michael Schmid of Wyoming, Cheryl D. Maddox of Kentucky, and Charmaine Yoest of Virginia.10:02:56 A.M. -Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.10:02:52 A.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal.  Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.10:01:30 A.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.10:00:59 A.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Steven C. LaTourette to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:00 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 25, 2012

House Hearings

5/30
4:00 pm
Hearing: Purchasing Perspective: VA’s Prosthetics ParadoxCommittee on Veterans’ Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 5/31
10:00 am
Markup: Markup of H.R. 1588, Consumer Rental Purchase Agreement Act and H.R. 3128, to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to adjust the date on which consolidated assets are determined for purposes of exempting certain instruments of smaller institutions from capital deductions.Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee 5/31
10:00 am
Hearing: “Barrier to Lower Health Care Costs for Workers and Employers”Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions 5/31
10:15 am
Hearing: Reviewing the Implementation of Major Provisions of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: Full Committee 5/31
11:00 am
Markup: Full Committee Mark Up – FY 2013 Legislative Branch BillCommittee on Appropriations: Multiple Subcommittees 6/1
9:30 am
Hearing: Hearing entitled “Cyber Threats to Capital Markets and Corporate Accounts” Committee on Financial Services: Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises 6/1
10:00 am
Hearing: Oversight Hearing on the “Obama Administration’s Actions Against the Spruce Coal Mine: Canceled Permits, Lawsuits and Lost Jobs”Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources 6/1
10:00 am
Hearing: Oversight Hearing on the “Future of the National Mall”Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands 6/4
10:00 am
Hearing: Oversight Field Hearing on “Evaporating Prosperity: How Federal Actions Are Driving Up Water and Power Costs, Threatening Jobs and Leaving Arizonans High and Dry”Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power 6/6
10:30 am
Hearing: Through the Looking Glass: Return to PPVCommittee on Veterans’ Affairs: 6/6
2:00 pm
Hearing: Pending LegislationCommittee on Veterans’ Affairs: Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs