the senate March 20th -24th CONGRESS 2017 the house


Schedule for

Monday, March 27, 2017
The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, March 27, 2017.   Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1, the Montenegro treaty. The filing deadline for first degree amendments to the treaty is 3:30pm.   At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the 

 Wrap Up for Thursday, March 23, 2017

Roll Call Votes Passage of S.J.Res.34 (broadband CRA); passed: 50-48. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #20, David Friedman, to be Ambassador to Israel; invoked: 52-46. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #20, David Friedman, to be Ambassador to Israel; confirmed: 52-46.   Legislative Business Adopted S.Res.96, designating March 25, 2017, as “National Cerebral Palsy Awareness…  More

 Wrap Up for Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Roll Call Votes Passage of H.J.Res.83; passed: 50-48.   Legislative Business   Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.1181, Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act.   No Executive Business  More

 Wrap Up for Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Executive Calendar #21 and #22, en bloc – Charles R. Breyer, of California, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission and Danny C. Reeves, of Kentucky, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission; confirmed: 98-0. Passage of H.J.Res.69; passed: 52-47.   Legislative Business Passed…

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Schedule for Pro Forma Sessions and Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The Senate stands adjourned to then convene for pro forma sessions only with no business conducted on the following dates and times:   Thursday, March 16 at 11:30am Monday, March 20 at 10:00am   When the Senate adjourns on Monday, March 20, it will next convene at 10:30am on Tuesday, March 21.   On 

 

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Last Floor Action:
4:31:33 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on March 27, 2017.

House Activity 3/24

9:00:12 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:17 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:17 A.M. SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Thompson (PA) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Thompson (PA) objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.
9:01:44 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Kildee to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:00 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:12:49 A.M. Mr. Sessions filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 228.
9:14:23 A.M. H. Res. 228 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 228 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1628) to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017.”
9:14:34 A.M. H. Res. 228 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 228.
10:55:18 A.M. H. Res. 228 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 236 – 186 (Roll no. 191).
11:03:18 A.M. H. Res. 228 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 230 – 194 (Roll no. 192).
11:03:20 A.M. H. Res. 228 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:03:21 A.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the motion to suspend the rules on H.R. 1365, as amended, if ordered and the Speaker’s approval of the Journal, if ordered.
11:03:47 A.M. H.R. 1365 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1365 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require certain acquisition innovation, and for other purposes.”
11:12:05 A.M. H.R. 1365 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 424 – 0 (Roll no. 193).
11:12:06 A.M. H.R. 1365 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:18:45 A.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 218 – 201, 1 Present (Roll no. 194).
11:19:47 A.M. H.R. 1628 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 228. H.R. 1628 — “To provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017.”
11:20:31 A.M. H.R. 1628 DEBATE – The House proceeded with four hours of debate on H.R. 1628.
3:30:32 P.M. H.R. 1628 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – Pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, further consideration of H.R. 1628 is postponed.
3:31:36 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
4:30:00 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 24.
4:30:01 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 1302, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:30:05 P.M. H.R. 1302 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1302 — “To require an exercise related to terrorist and foreign fighter travel, and for other purposes.”
4:30:42 P.M. H.R. 1302 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:30:44 P.M. H.R. 1302 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:31:03 P.M. Mr. Bergman asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Friday, March 24, 2017, it adjourn to meet on Monday, March 27, 2017 at noon for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.
4:31:25 P.M. Mr. Bergman moved that the House do now adjourn.
4:31:32 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
4:31:33 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on March 27, 2017.

House Activity 3/23

9:00:09 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:25 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Pastor Bob MacGregor, City Harvest Church, Vancouver, Washington.
9:01:40 A.M. SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Thompson (PA) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Thompson (PA) objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.
9:02:11 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Kelly of MS to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:33 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:15:23 A.M. H. Res. 221 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 221 — “Waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.”
9:16:10 A.M. H. Res. 221 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 221.
9:59:29 A.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate agreed to H.J. Res. 83.
10:00:08 A.M. H. Res. 221 DEBATE – The House resumed debate on H. Res. 221.
10:22:03 A.M. H. Res. 221 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 221, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. McGovern demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.
10:22:37 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
8:05:38 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 23.
8:05:49 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 the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on March 23, 2017, at 1:36 p.m.: that the Senate passed S.J. Res. 34
8:06:11 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on ordering the previous question on H. Res. 221, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.
8:06:32 P.M. H. Res. 221 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 221 — “Waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.”
8:45:41 P.M. H. Res. 221 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 233 – 185 (Roll no. 188).
8:52:27 P.M. H. Res. 221 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 227 – 189 (Roll no. 189).
8:52:28 P.M. H. Res. 221 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
8:53:49 P.M. COLLOQUY ON HOUSE SCHEDULE – The Chair recognized Mr. Hoyer for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy with Mr. McCarthy on the expectations regarding the legislative schedule for the House for tomorrow.
8:56:18 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal.
9:02:54 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by recorded vote: 202 – 197, 4 Present (Roll no. 190).
9:04:19 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
9:11:36 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
9:47:27 P.M. Mr. Woodall moved that the House do now adjourn.
9:47:38 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
9:47:39 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on March 24, 2017.

House Activity 3/22

10:00:01 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:06 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Randy Hultgren to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:27 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.
11:12:18 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:00 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 22.
12:00:25 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Dr. Tom Smiley, Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia.
12:01:52 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:54 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Jeffries to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:03:35 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.
12:31:04 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 the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on March 22, 2017 at 9:12 a.m.: That the Senate agreed to H.J. Res. 69, without amendment.
12:31:15 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 the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on March 22, 2017 at 11:22 a.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 1228, without amendment and H.R. 244, with amendments.
12:31:51 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
12:31:57 P.M. H.R. 1302 Ms. McSally moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1302 — “To require an exercise related to terrorist and foreign fighter travel, and for other purposes.”
12:32:16 P.M. H.R. 1302 Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:32:18 P.M. H.R. 1302 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1302.
12:39:39 P.M. H.R. 1302 At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Ms. McSally objected to the Yea – Nay vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
12:39:52 P.M. H.R. 1238 Mr. Donovan moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1238 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Health Affairs responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security related to food, agriculture, and veterinary defense against terrorism, and for other purposes.”
12:40:07 P.M. H.R. 1238 Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:40:12 P.M. H.R. 1238 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1238.
12:50:45 P.M. H.R. 1238 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.
12:51:11 P.M. H.R. 1365 Mr. Donovan moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1365 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require certain acquisition innovation, and for other purposes.”
12:51:25 P.M. H.R. 1365 Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:51:27 P.M. H.R. 1365 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1365.
12:58:00 P.M. H.R. 1365 At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Donovan objected to the Yea – Nay vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
12:58:44 P.M. A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE – Mr. Polis was recognized to be heard on the question of whether or not his resolution constituted a point of privilege. Subsequently, the Chair ruled that the resolution did not constitute a point of privilege.
1:12:10 P.M. Mr. Polis moved to appeal the ruling of the Chair.
1:12:13 P.M. Ms. Cheney moved to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair.
1:37:39 P.M. On motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 230 – 189, 1 Present (Roll no. 182).
1:37:41 P.M. Motion to reconsider laid on the table. Agreed to without objection.
1:38:00 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of the Rosen motion to recommit with instructions and passage of H.R. 372, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
1:38:44 P.M. H.R. 372 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 372 — “To restore the application of the Federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers.”
1:46:28 P.M. H.R. 372 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 189 – 233 (Roll no. 183).
1:53:33 P.M. H.R. 372 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 416 – 7 (Roll no. 184).
1:53:35 P.M. H.R. 372 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:56:09 P.M. H.R. 1101 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 210. H.R. 1101 — “To amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to improve access and choice for entrepreneurs with small businesses with respect to medical care for their employees.”
1:56:14 P.M. H.R. 1101 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1101 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 considered read. Specified amendment is in order.
1:57:28 P.M. H.R. 1101 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1101.
2:50:32 P.M. H.R. 1101 An amendment, offered by Ms. Herrera Beutler, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-51 to clarify that existing association health plans may continue to operate under existing state and federal law.
2:51:08 P.M. H.R. 1101 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 210, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Herrera Beutler amendment No. 1.
2:59:15 P.M. H.R. 1101 The previous question was ordered on the amendment (A002) without objection.
2:59:20 P.M. H.R. 1101 On agreeing to the Herrera Beutler amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:00:01 P.M. H.R. 1101 Ms. Shea-Porter moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
3:00:13 P.M. H.R. 1101 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minuted of debate on the Shea-Porter motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to require plans to provide coverage for substance use disorder treatments, including treatment for opioid use.
3:06:03 P.M. H.R. 1101 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
3:31:53 P.M. H.R. 1101 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 179 – 233 (Roll no. 185).
3:40:05 P.M. H.R. 1101 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 236 – 175 (Roll no. 186).
3:40:07 P.M. H.R. 1101 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:40:08 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced the unfinished business was the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 1238 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
3:40:20 P.M. H.R. 1238 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1238 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Health Affairs responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security related to food, agriculture, and veterinary defense against terrorism, and for other purposes.”
3:48:19 P.M. H.R. 1238 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 406 – 6 (Roll no. 187).
3:48:20 P.M. H.R. 1238 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:48:49 P.M. Mr. Womack asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on March 23. Agreed to without objection.
3:49:23 P.M. Congressional Award Board – Pursuant to section 803(a) of the Congressional Recognition for Excellence in Arts Education Act (2 U.S.C. 803(a)), the Democratic Leader appointed the following member of the House to the Congressional Award Board: Mrs. Dingell.
3:51:26 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification of the continuance of the national emergency with respect to South Sudan – referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-25).
3:52:04 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
4:10:34 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
6:11:34 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
11:52:00 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 22.
11:52:35 P.M. Mr. Sessions filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 221.
11:53:00 P.M. Mr. Sessions moved that the House do now adjourn.
11:53:10 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
11:53:15 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on March 23, 2017.

House Activity 3/21

10:00:02 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:13 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Evan H. Jenkins to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:59 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.
11:02:41 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
12:00:30 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 21.
12:00:39 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Pastor Chris Bell, 3 Circle Church, Fairhope, Alabama
12:02:06 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:02:09 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Byrne to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:03:44 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.
12:28:19 P.M. H. Res. 209 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 209 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 372) to restore the application of the Federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers.”
12:29:33 P.M. H. Res. 209 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 209.
1:36:48 P.M. H. Res. 209 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 231 – 185 (Roll no. 176).
1:43:30 P.M. H. Res. 209 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 234 – 182 (Roll no. 177).
1:43:31 P.M. H. Res. 209 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:43:40 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished 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.
1:43:49 P.M. H.R. 1353 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1353 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require certain additional information to be submitted to Congress regarding the strategic 5-year technology investment plan of the Transportation Security Administration.”
1:50:04 P.M. H.R. 1353 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 414 – 2 (Roll no. 178).
1:50:05 P.M. H.R. 1353 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:51:30 P.M. Mr. Murphy (PA) filed a report from the Committee on Energy and Commerce on H. Res. 154.
1:52:26 P.M. H. Res. 210 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 210 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1101) to amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to improve access and choice for entrepreneurs with small businesses with respect to medical care for their employees.”
1:52:57 P.M. H. Res. 210 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 210.
2:40:21 P.M. H. Res. 210 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 210, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Polis demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the previous question until a time to be announced.
2:41:03 P.M. S. 305 Mr. Goodlatte asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
2:41:22 P.M. S. 305 Considered by unanimous consent. S. 305 — “To amend title 4, United States Code, to encourage the display of the flag of the United States on National Vietnam War Veterans Day.”
2:41:25 P.M. S. 305 On passage Passed by voice vote.
2:41:30 P.M. S. 305 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:41:32 P.M. H.R. 372 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 209. H.R. 372 — “To restore the application of the Federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers.”
2:41:37 P.M. H.R. 372 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 372 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 considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.
2:42:07 P.M. H.R. 372 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 372.
3:23:42 P.M. H.R. 372 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
3:24:11 P.M. H.R. 372 Ms. Rosen moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary.
3:24:37 P.M. H.R. 372 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to reported back to the House with an amendment to add a subsection to the bill titled Protecting Affordable Healthcare for Older Americans.
3:31:05 P.M. H.R. 372 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
3:31:15 P.M. H.R. 372 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions, the Chair put the question on the motion and by voice vote, announced that the nays had prevailed. Ms. Rosen demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion to recommit with instructions until a time to be announced.
3:31:43 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
4:12:32 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 21.
4:12:33 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced the unfinished business was the question on ordering the previous question on H. Res. 210 and on a motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 1297 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:13:18 P.M. H. Res. 210 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 210 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1101) to amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to improve access and choice for entrepreneurs with small businesses with respect to medical care for their employees.”
4:38:48 P.M. H. Res. 210 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 233 – 186 (Roll no. 179).
4:46:20 P.M. H. Res. 210 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 233 – 186 (Roll no. 180).
4:46:22 P.M. H. Res. 210 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:49:10 P.M. H.R. 1297 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1297 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make technical corrections to the requirement that the Secretary of Homeland Security submit quadrennial homeland security reviews, and for other purposes.”
4:56:51 P.M. H.R. 1297 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 415 – 0 (Roll no. 181).
4:56:52 P.M. H.R. 1297 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:57:18 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:10:53 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
6:27:02 P.M. Mr. Garamendi moved that the House do now adjourn.
6:27:16 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
6:27:17 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on March 22, 2017.

Last Floor Action:
6:52:47 P.M. -H.R. 1294
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

House Activity 3/20/2017

12:00:07 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:12 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Dan Newhouse to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:43 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.
12:14:51 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:02 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 20.
2:00:08 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:25 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:01:30 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Wilson of SC to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:02:01 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:10:08 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 3:30 P.M. today.
3:32:07 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 20.
3:32:11 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
3:32:37 P.M. H.R. 1029 Mr. Davis, Rodney moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1029 — “To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to improve pesticide registration and other activities under the Act, to extend and modify fee authorities, and for other purposes.”
3:32:52 P.M. H.R. 1029 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:32:54 P.M. H.R. 1029 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1029.
3:42:09 P.M. H.R. 1029 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:42:11 P.M. H.R. 1029 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:42:23 P.M. H.R. 382 Mr. Davis, Rodney moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 382 — “To amend the Department of Agriculture program for research and extension grants to increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to redesignate the program as the “Jeannette Rankin Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program”.”
3:42:33 P.M. H.R. 382 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:42:35 P.M. H.R. 382 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 382.
3:52:34 P.M. H.R. 382 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:52:36 P.M. H.R. 382 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:53:35 P.M. H.R. 1309 Mr. Katko moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1309 — “To streamline the office and term of the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, and for other purposes.”
3:53:51 P.M. H.R. 1309 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:53:53 P.M. H.R. 1309 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1309.
4:01:03 P.M. H.R. 1309 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
4:01:05 P.M. H.R. 1309 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:01:31 P.M. H.R. 1353 Mr. Rutherford moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1353 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require certain additional information to be submitted to Congress regarding the strategic 5-year technology investment plan of the Transportation Security Administration.”
4:01:41 P.M. H.R. 1353 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:01:43 P.M. H.R. 1353 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1353.
4:07:55 P.M. H.R. 1353 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.
4:08:15 P.M. H.R. 1294 Mr. Rutherford moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1294 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for congressional notification regarding major acquisition program breaches, and for other purposes.”
4:08:24 P.M. H.R. 1294 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:08:25 P.M. H.R. 1294 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1294.
4:15:21 P.M. H.R. 1294 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.
4:16:26 P.M. H.R. 1297 Mr. Rutherford moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1297 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make technical corrections to the requirement that the Secretary of Homeland Security submit quadrennial homeland security reviews, and for other purposes.”
4:16:39 P.M. H.R. 1297 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:16:41 P.M. H.R. 1297 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1297.
4:22:42 P.M. H.R. 1297 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.
4:23:24 P.M. H.R. 1249 Mr. Fitzpatrick moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1249 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require a multiyear acquisition strategy of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.”
4:23:34 P.M. H.R. 1249 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:23:36 P.M. H.R. 1249 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1249.
4:29:47 P.M. H.R. 1249 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.
4:31:10 P.M. H.R. 1252 Mr. Higgins (LA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1252 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for certain acquisition authorities for the Under Secretary of Management of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.”
4:31:17 P.M. H.R. 1252 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:31:19 P.M. H.R. 1252 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1252.
4:37:42 P.M. H.R. 1252 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.
4:37:50 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 p.m. today.
6:30:52 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 20.
6:30:59 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoptoin of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:31:21 P.M. H.R. 1294 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1294 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for congressional notification regarding major acquisition program breaches, and for other purposes.”
6:52:47 P.M. H.R. 1294 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): (Roll no. 173).
6:52:47 P.M. H.R. 1294 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
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Aramis Ayala:The 1st Black Woman state Attorney said no to death penalty;Gov Scott took the case away! We must stand with her bold progressive move


We must stand with Aramis Ayala. We need real leaders like her.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is undermining justice. He must be stopped.

TAKE ACTION!

 

Aramis Ayala, the first Black woman state attorney in Florida history, just made a heroic move by refusing to seek the death penalty in any case–and Florida Governor Rick Scott removed her from a key case and handed it over to a white prosecutor in another county.1

Even the victim’s family is in support of Ayala’s decision to not pursue the death penalty.2 Gov. Scott is punishing her for doing the right thing and undermining the voters who chose her–and he must be stopped.

In November, Ayala ousted incumbent Jeff Ashton. She ran on a daring and progressive platform in which she championed dramatic changes to the criminal justice system that would shift the power and control from law enforcement to enhancing safety and well-being of community members. As State Attorney, Ayala understands that justice deserves to be in the hands of the people. Now, she’s facing a careless and disrespectful move from a governor who continues to trample on any real progress towards criminal justice reform–we must have her back to make sure other prosecutors follow in her footsteps.

Demand Governor Rick Scott respect the people’s choice, reverse his decision and put State Attorney Aramis Ayala back on the case.

This is about more than just the death penalty. Black communities and our allies have built a movement over the last year to replace the worst prosecutors with leaders who want to change the system from the inside out–like Aramis Ayala and Kim Foxx in Chicago. Just like every other movement that has built power for Black people, this movement is being met with anti-Blackness, right wing resistance, and anti-democratic tactics intended to keep our communities trapped under the leadership of white conservatives.

We’ve seen it before. After the election of the first Black President, we saw a wave of voter suppression laws intended to constrain Black political power and right-wing politicians refusing to let President Obama conduct the most basic aspects of his duties like appointing a Supreme Court Justice. We have to send a clear signal that when it comes to real leaders like Aramis Ayala, we’ve got their backs.

Governor Rick Scott must let state attorney Aramis Ayala do her job. Tell him to reverse his decision NOW.

During his tenure, Governor Rick Scott has repeatedly failed to step up to other state attorneys when they did not serve justice. He shunned the family of Trayvon Martin. In 2012, when 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by cop wannabe George Zimmerman, Governor Scott moved too slowly to pursue justice for the teenage boy and his family. It was only after urgent pleas from protesters and community members that Scott finally stepped up and appointed a special prosecutor. But who he appointed was damaging–Angela Corey–whom he knew would support his “Stand Your Ground” law where he saw fit. Instead of fighting for justice, Corey allowed Zimmerman to get off. Since then, the Governor hasn’t done a thing about the criminalization of Black folks or the laws that allow them to be killed in cold blood.

Yet, Governor Scott did not even wait a day to take State Attorney Aramis Ayala off this crucial case, diminishing and undermining her position as a prosecutor. He is sending a scary and unfair message — the voters’ choice in who they elect to serve real justice does not matter.

Local prosecutors are the most influential decision makers in the criminal justice system and their work has an enormous impact on the lives of the most vulnerable among us. Our communities cannot afford to have elected leaders put their own interests and power above the people. That is why Orange-Osceola County State Attorney Aramis Ayala–someone who will stay committed to making justice a reality for all people–is the kind of leader that we need. We cannot stand by and let someone like Governor Rick Scott silence her and the voters who elected her to fix our criminal justice system. Let’s show up for Ayala’s bravery and integrity.

Sign the petition.

Until Justice is real

Rashad, Arisha, Scott, Clarise, Anay, Enchanta, Malaya, and the rest of the Color of Change Team

References:

  1. “Gov. Scott appoints special prosecutor after Ayala says she won’t pursue death penalty, ” Orlando Sentinel, 03.16.2017.  http://act.colorofchange.org/go/7602?t=7&akid=7127.1174326.9kEgwY

  2. “Father of Sade Dixon speaks out about prosecutor’s stance on death penalty, ” Fox 35, 03.16.2017.
    http://act.colorofchange.org/go/7603?t=10&akid=7127.1174326.9kEgwY

on this day … 3/19 1993 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin declared emergency rule. He set a referendum on whether the people trusted him or the hard-line Congress to govern.


0141 – The 6th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet took place.

1413 – Henry V took the throne of England upon the death of his father Henry IV.

1525 – Paris’ parliament began its pursuit of Protestants.

1602 – The United Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) was formed.

1616 – Walter Raleigh was released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana.

1627 – France & Spain signed an accord for fighting Protestantism.

1739 – In India, Nadir Shah of Persia occupied Delhi and took possession of the Peacock throne.

1760 – The great fire of Boston destroyed 349 buildings.

1792 – In Paris, the Legislative Assembly approved the use of the guillotine.

1800 – French army defeated the Turks at Helipolis, Turkey, and advanced into Cairo.

1814 – Prince Willem Frederik became the monarch of Netherlands.

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris after his escape from Elba and began his “Hundred Days” rule.

1816 – The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed its right to review state court decisions.

1833 – The U.S. and Siam signed a commercial treaty.

1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” subtitled “Life Among the Lowly,” was first published.

1854 – The Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. About 50 slavery opponents began the new political group.

1865 – A plan by John Wilkes Booth to abduct U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was ruined when Lincoln changed his plans and did not appear at the Soldier’s Home near Washington, DC.

1868 – Jesse James Gang robbed a bank in Russelville, KY, of $14,000.

1883 – The Unity treaty of Paris was signed to protect industrial property.

1885 – John Matzeliger of Suriname patented the shoe lacing machine.

1886 – The first AC power plant in the U.S. began commercial operation.

1888 – The Sherlock Holmes Adventure, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” began.

1890 – The General Federation of Womans’ Clubs was founded.

1891 – The first computing scale company was incorporated in Dayton, OH.

1896 – U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua to protect U.S. citizens in the wake of a revolution.

1897 – The first U.S. orthodox Jewish Rabbinical seminary was incorporated in New York.

1897 – The first intercollegiate basketball game that used five players per team was held. The contest was Yale versus Pennsylvania. Yale won by a score of 32-10.

1899 – At Sing Sing prison, Martha M. Place became the first woman to be executed in the electric chair. She was put to death for the murder of her stepdaughter.

1900 – It was announced that European powers had agreed to keep China’s doors open to trade.

1902 – France and Russia acknowledged the Anglo-Japanese alliance. They also asserted their right to protect their interests in China and Korea.

1903 – In Paris, paintings by Henri Matisse were shown at the “Salon des Independants”.

1906 – In Russia, army officers mutiny at Sevastopol.

1911 – The National Squash Tennis Association was formed in New York City.

1914 – The first international figure skating championship was held in New Haven, CT.

1915 – The French called off the Champagne offensive on the Western Front.

1918 – The Bolsheviks of the Soviet Union asked for American aid to rebuild their army.

1922 – U.S. President Warren G. Harding ordered U.S. troops back from the Rhineland.

1922 – The USS Langley was commissioned. It was the first aircraft carrier for the U.S. Navy.

1932 – The German dirigible, Graf Zepplin, made the first flight to South America on regular schedule.

1933 – The first German concentration camp was completed at Dachau.

1934 – Rudolf Kuhnold gave a demonstration of radar in Kiel Germany.

1940 – The British Royal Air Force conducted an all-night air raid on the Nazi airbase at Sylt, Germany.

1943 – The Allies attacked Field Marshall Erwin Rommel’s forces on the Mareth Line in North Africa.

1947 – A blue whale weighing 180-metric tons was caught in the South Atlantic.

1952 – The U.S. Senate ratified a peace treaty with Japan.

1956 – Mount Bezymianny on Kamchatka Peninsula (USSR) exploded.

1956 – Tunisia gained independence from France.

1963 – The first “Pop Art” exhibit began in New York City.

1964 – The ESRO (European Space Research Organization) was established.

1965 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered 4,000 troops to protect the Selma-Montgomery civil rights marchers.

1967 – Twiggy arrived in the U.S. for a one-week stay.

1969 – U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy called on the U.S. to close all bases in Taiwan.

1972 – 19 mountain climbers were killed on Japan’s Mount Fuji during an avalanche.

1976 – Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her role in the hold up of a San Francisco Bank.

1980 – The U.S. made an appeal to the International Court concerning the American Hostages in Iran.

1981 – Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron was sentenced to eight years in a convent.

1982 – U.S. scientists’ returned from Antarctica with the first land mammal fossils found there.

1984 – The U.S. Senate rejected an amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools.

1985 – For the first time in its 99-year history, Avon representatives received a salary. Up to that time they had been paid solely on commissions.

1985 – CBS-TV presented “The Romance of Betty Boop.”

1985 – Libby Riddles won the 1,135-mile Anchorage-to-Nome dog race becoming the first woman to win the Iditarod.

1986 – Fallon Carrington and Jeff Colby were wed on the TV drama “The Colby’s”. “The Colby’s” was an offshoot of “Dynasty”.

1987 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AZT. The drug was proven to slow the progress of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

1989 – A Washington, DC, district court judge blocked a curfew imposed by Mayor Barry and the City Council.

1989 – In Belfast, two policemen were killed. The IRA claimed responsibility.

1989 – It was announced that Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose was under investigation.

1990 – The Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s #33.

1990 – Namibia became an independent nation ending 75 years of South African rule.

1990 – Imelda Marcos, widow of ex-Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, went on trial for racketeering, embezzlement and bribery.

1990 – In Rumania, tanks were sent to the town of Tirgu Mures to quell ethnic riots.

1991 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that employers could not exclude women from jobs where exposure to toxic chemicals could potentially damage a fetus.

1991 – The U.S. forgave $2 billion in loans to Poland.

1992 – Janice Pennington was awarded $1.3 million for accident on the set of the “Price is Right” TV show.

1993 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin declared emergency rule. He set a referendum on whether the people trusted him or the hard-line Congress to govern.

1993 – An Irish Republican Army bomb was detonated in Warrington, England. A 3-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy were killed.

1995 – About 35,000 Turkish troops crossed the northern border of Iraq in pursuit of the separatist rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

1995 – In Tokyo, 12 people were killed and more than 5,500 others were sickened when packages containing the nerve gas Sarin was released on five separate subway trains. The terrorists belonged to a doomsday cult in Japan.

1996 – In Los Angeles, Erik and Lyle Menendez were found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of their parents.

1996 – The U.K. announced that humans could catch CJD (Mad Cow Disease).

1997 – Brian Grazer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 – Liggett Group, the maker of Chesterfield cigarettes, settled 22 state lawsuits by admitting the industry marketed cigarettes to teenagers and agreed to warn on every pack that smoking is addictive.

1998 – India’s new Hindu nationalist-led government pledges to “exercise the option to induct nuclear weapons.”

1999 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones became the first men to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon. The non-stop trip began on March 3 and covered 26,500 miles.

1999 – Legoland California opened Carlsbad, California.

2000 – Former Black Panther Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, once known as H. Rap Brown, was captured following a shootout that left a sherriff’s deputy dead.

2002 – Arthur Andersen pled innocent to charges that it had shredded documents and deleted computer files related to the energy company Enron.

2003 – Cisco Systems Inc. announced it was buying The Linksys Group INc. for $500 million in stock.

2003 – U.S. and British forces invaded Iraq from Kuwait.

Making America polluted again – Earthjustice Newsletter


Our border communities need funding for schools, job training and environmental clean-up, not a divisive wall. (Christopher Penler/Shutterstock)The hidden costs of a border wall
Waterways and endangered species migration paths severed, millions of tons of greenhouse gases emitted, billions of dollars lost, and communities torn in two. And no one will be safer for it.

 

 

 

 

Earthjustice

“We are digging a big hole in front of our door and one day, not us, but our children, will fall into it.”

— New Orleans East resident Anthony Tran speaking out at a community meeting where he urged city officials to reject a plan to build a power plant in his neighborhood, which has some of the highest rates of ground subsidence in the city. Earthjustice is representing the Alliance for Affordable Energy in the case to halt a project that promises to bring toxic air pollution and greater flood risks.

 

Everglades National Park (Jose Antonio Perez/Shutterstock)The Everglades under fire
“Draining the swamp” shouldn’t include destroying Everglades National Park.

HOW CAN YOU HELP

Protect your rights to transparency and involvement
The National Environmental Policy Act is an empowering legal tool that allows communities to defend themselves and their environment from dangerous, rushed or poorly planned federal or industry projects. Now our oldest environmental law is at risk of being gutted by polluter interests and their allies in Congress.

Protect our national monuments
A law that allows presidents to designate national monuments is under attack and there are threats to overturn monument designations, opening these lands up to drilling, logging, and mining.

 

John Whitehouse, Media Matters


Media Matters for America - Take Action

 

Beyond the notable Media Matters work below, here are some other things I’ve read this week: Peter Beinart on how a far-right conspiracy theorist found a captive audience in Trump’s White House, Megha Rajagopalan on targeting of Asian Muslims by internet trolls and fake news, Nona Willis Aronowitz on misogynists in sheep’s clothing, and Alexandra Petri on Trump’s budget.

John Whitehouse
@existentialfish

Trump and Fox & Friends caused an international incident

It is now confirmed: Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano got a British intelligence conspiracy theory from Russian state media. The connection was apparent days ago, before Sean Spicer repeated the absurd accusation against President Obama in the White House briefing room. Fox anchor Shep Smith made very clear that Fox News does not stand behind Napolitano’s claim. Napolitano is a 9/11 truther and Trump favorite who has called into Alex Jones’ show. Trump’s endless consumption and embrace of Fox News has now caused an international incident.

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The public editor of The New York Times helped out an “alt-right” harassment campaign by chastising a journalist of color at the paper for making a pun about dogs. Seriously: http://mm4a.org/2nwaIT9

 

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Jake Tapper: “What is the White House defending here? Because it damn sure isn’t national security or credibility before the world.” http://mm4a.org/2nSkRWx

Hate is still bad for business

Breitbart has the same problem that Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have had: Advertisers despise hate. So far, 1,500 companies have dropped the far right outlet as a result of an online campaign.