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The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, October 31, 2013. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #209, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.  The time until 12:00noon will be equally divided and controlled in the usual form.

At noon, Senator-elect Cory Booker of New Jersey will be sworn in.

Following the swearing in, there will be two minutes of debate equally divided and controlled prior to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Watt nomination. If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 8 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the Watt nomination.  If cloture is not invoked, there will be a second roll call vote immediately on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, Patricia Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. If cloture is invoked on the Millet nomination, there will be up to 30 hours of debate on the nomination prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Therefore, Senators should expect up to 2 roll call votes at approximately 12:10pm:

–          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #209, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency

–          And if cloture is not invoked on the Watt nomination, motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, Patricia Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

At 12:00 noon, Senator elect Booker will be sworn in as senator from New Jersey. Following the swearing in, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Executive Calendar #209, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 8 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination. If cloture is not invoked, the Senate would proceed immediately to a cloture vote on Executive Calendar #327, Patricia Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

12:07pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Executive Calendar #209, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency;

Not Invoked: 56-42

Senator Reid changed his vote to no (for procedural reasons) and entered a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote at a later time.

12:38pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, Patricia Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit;

Not Invoked: 55-38 (3 voted present)

This will be the last vote of the day.

The Senate stands in recess until 2:00pm

At 2:00pm the Senate will be in a period of morning business for debate only until 6:00pm, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Today Senator Reid moved to proceed to S.815, a bill to prohibit the employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and filed cloture on the motion. By consent, the cloture vote will occur following Executive Session on Monday.

At 5:00pm on Monday, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the following nomination:

–        Executive Calendar #328, the nomination of Gregory Howard Woods, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; and

–        Executive Calendar #329, the nomination of Debra M. Brown, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi.

There will be up to 30 minutes for debate prior to votes on confirmation of the nominations. If all time is used, at approximately 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Woods and Brown nominations.

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTES

1)      Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Executive Calendar #209, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency; Not invoked: 56-42

2)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, Patricia Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit; Not invoked: 55-38-3 (present)

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Requested a conference with the House on H.R.3080, Water Resources Reform and Development Act and authorized the chair to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate with a ratio of 5-3.

H.R.2094, To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the preference given, in awarding certain asthma-related grants, to certain States (those allowing trained school personnel to administer epinephrine and meeting other related requirements).

Discharged the Veterans’ Affairs committee and passed H.R.3302, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Bay Pines, Florida, as “C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center”.

Adopted S.Res.282,a resolution commemorating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Adopted S.Res.283, to constitute the majority party’s membership on certain committees for the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, or until their successors are chosen.

Additional EXECUTIVE ITEMS

Confirmed Executive Calendar #357 Marcel J. Lettre II, of Maryland, to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

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House Floor Activities Legislative Day of October 30, 2013

Last Floor Action:
5:11:55 P.M. – The House adjourned
pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00
a.m. on November 1, 2013, unless the House receives a message from the Senate
transmitting its adoption of H. Con. Res. 62, in which case the House shall
stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution.

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SeaTac business owners say they may leave if Prop. 1 passes ~~ the other Washington


Chip in $5 today and help us fight for a living wage

This summer, fast food workers across the country demanded higher wages. This fall, a small city in South King County is in the national spotlight in the battle for a living wage. 1

SeaTac Proposition 1, the Good Jobs Initiative, deals with fair labor practices and the minimum wage. It will raise the minimum wage for more than 6,000 transportation and hospitality workers and give them common sense benefits, like paid sick leave.

Dozens of Democratic officeholders have endorsed SeaTac Proposition 1, including Rep. Adam Smith, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Speaker Frank Chopp. 2

Providing a living wage shouldn’t be such a radical idea. The problem is… we haven’t kept our bargain with wage earners.

Earlier this year Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) shared this information during a Labor and Pensions hearing:

If we started in 1960 and we said that as productivity goes up, that is as workers are producing more, then the minimum wage is going to go up the same. And if that were the case then the minimum wage today would be about $22 an hour.” – Senator Elizabeth Warren

Large corporations located in the SeaTac area are fighting tooth and nail to defeat Proposition 1. If Democratic voters in the area turn out, we will succeed in requiring corporations to pay a fair, equitable living wage.

Less than a week to go. Chip in $5, $10, $25, or whatever you can afford and join us as we fight for Washington’s workers.

Many thanks,

Dwight Pelz Washington State Democrats Chair

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/14/us/in-washington-state-home-of-highest-minimum-wage-a-city-aims-higher.html?_r=0http://yesforseatac.com/twenty-leading-democrats-endorse-seatac-proposition-1/

Texas and Virginia


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Dear Friend,
Two weeks before Election Day, Texas implemented a voter ID law so radical a district judge was barred from voting early because she had her maiden name on her driver’s license.
If a well-connected judge has trouble voting, can you imagine how hard it will be for the low-income women, minorities and seniors the law was designed to reject? We have to act NOWto stop these abuses.  The threat is not limited to Texas. In Virginia, Republicans just purged 38,000 voters to boost Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s chances to claim the governor’s mansion.
This is not democracy we believe in. ThinkProgress has been a leader in exposing voter suppression, but we need your support now. We need $15,000 by midnight Saturday so we can get into Virginia and Texas to expose voter suppression tactics. Your help can make it possible.
We have 3 days. The story of election night can’t be voter theft.
Donate $5 or more to help us ramp up our efforts to expose attacks on voting rights. We’re the last line of defense standing against these shady dealings.
The Right’s hardly even hiding their strategy anymore – just the other day, a North Carolina Republican resigned after saying voter ID laws were made to suppress “lazy blacks.”
But wherever they have power and know they are losing the battle of ideas, they are using all means necessary—unafraid of the consequences.
We need to make them feel the consequences, by making sure the public knows what’s happening and why. As aggressive as attacks on voters have been, we need to be even more aggressive in protecting everyone’s right to vote.
Can we count on you to help us raise $15,000 right away? In 6 days, all eyes will be on Virginia. Help us make sure the election’s decided fairly.
Donate as much as you can before midnight Saturday to help stop the right from stealing elections and silencing anyone who doesn’t agree with them. The battle over voting rights has a long history that has been written by those willing to stand up over and over again.
Thanks for all you do,
John Podesta Chair, Center for American Progress Action Fund

POTUS, Cheesecake, and Cute Kids


Photo: POTUS, Cheesecake, and Cute Kids

President Barack Obama greets customers during a stop at Junior's Cheesecake and Desserts in Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2013.

President Barack Obama greets customers during a stop at Junior’s Cheesecake and Desserts in Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“P-TECH Is Proof of What Can Be Accomplished, But We’ve Got to Have the Courage to Do It.”

Marine One landed in Brooklyn on Friday, when President Obama paid a visit to P-TECH — a cutting-edge early-college high school formed by a partnership between IBM and the City University of New York.

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Weekly Address: Enrolling in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace

In last week’s address, President Obama discussed the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace for the Affordable Care Act, which gives millions of Americans the opportunity to have access to affordable and reliable healthcare — many for the first time.

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White House Fall Garden Instagram Meetup

This year, we invited photo enthusiasts who follow the White House on Instagram to join us for the first-ever White House InstaMeet to partake in an exclusive tour of the grounds and fall garden.

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BREAKING: RAN Crashes Hershey’s Halloween Party


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When Americans think Halloween, we think chocolate and treats, often from Hershey. That all changed today In Hershey, PA, when Strawberry the orangutan and RAN exposed the link between Hershey’s halloween treats and the plight of the world’s last wild orangutans. Hershey won’t guarantee that its products are Conflict Palm Oil free, so we took action today to drive home the message that Americans don’t want to drive orangutans towards extinction for something as trivial as chocolate.
Take action now to tell Hershey you won’t accept Conflict Palm Oil in your snack foods.
Picture this: A black limousine pulls up outside Chocolate World next to HersheyPark, the doors open and a group of dancing orangutans emerge and attract the attention of the crowd. They begin to roll out a red carpet in preparation for the appearance of the one, the only Strawberry the orangutan. Strawberry recently shot to fame after a video of her plea for help went viral two weeks ago. The dancing orangutans told the fans and paparazzi that Hershey had been so touched by Strawberry’s story they had decided to adopt a responsible palm oil policy and plan that would remove Conflict Palm Oil from Hershey’s products. They told the crowd that Strawberry was invited by Hershey’s very own CEO to make a grand appearance at the biggest event of the year, Hershey’s annual Halloween extravaganza.

You can imagine people’s disappointment when Hershey security showed up and asked Strawberry to get back into her limo and leave HersheyPark.
Strawberry and friends forced Hershey to admit that this was a stunt pulled off by Rainforest Action Network and that Hershey still has not taken action to protect the world’s last orangutans. Unbeknownst to Hershey, this morning RAN also issued a fake press release from Hershey that announced a new commitment to adopt a global responsible palm oil policy and remove Conflict Palm Oil from Hershey’s products. The story was even picked up by the Patriot News, Hershey’s hometown newspaper. By forcing a public rebuttal of our statement and blocking Strawberry, Hershey is in the embarrassing position of publicly announcing that it has no plans to cut Conflict Palm Oil from their products.
This morning’s action was great but this day of action is not over yet—now it’s your turn to make sure that Hershey knows that there are thousands of people who care worldwide looking to it for leadership. Join us right now to tell Hershey to cut Conflict Palm Oil:
1. Post on Hershey’s Facebook wall: Hey Hershey, I’m standing with orangutans, and I can’t stand by brands that use Conflict Palm Oil. Demand responsible palm oil from your suppliers and eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from your products. The power is #InYourPalm.
2. Call Hershey at (717) 534-4200. Click here for a sample call script.
3. Send a photo petition to Hershey and the other Snack Food 20 companies demanding Conflict Palm Oil free snacks and candy.
4. Tweet at Hershey:  Hey @HersheysKisses, I can’t stand by brands that use Conflict #PalmOil. The power is #InYourPalm.
As the biggest candy-consuming holiday of the year, this is the best time of year to tell the Snack Food 20 to cut Conflict Palm Oil from their snack foods, chocolates and candies.
Thanks for all you do.

For the great red ape,

Gemma Tillack Senior Agribusiness Campaigner @ProbWithPal