the senate May 18-26 ~~CONGRESS~~ 2017 the house


Schedule for Pro Forma Sessions and Monday, June 5, 2017

The Senate stands adjourned to convene for pro forma sessions only with no business conducted on the following dates and times:   Friday, May 26th at 8:45am; Tuesday, May 30th at 7:00am; and Friday, June 2nd at 9:00am   When the Senate adjourns on Friday, it will next convene at 3:00pm on Monday, June 5,… MORE

Wrap Up for May 25,2017 Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Amul Thapar to be US Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; confirmed: 52-44.   Legislative Business Passed S.12 with Moran amendment, Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act.   Passed S.114, Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act.   Passed Calendar #57, S.585, Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower… MORE

Wrap Up for May 24, 2017 Roll Call Votes Confirmation of John Sullivan to be Deputy Secretary of State; confirmed: 94-6. Motion to invoke cloture on Amul Thapar to be US Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; invoked: 52-48.   Legislative Business Passed H.R.375, to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 719 Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee,… MORE

Wrap Up for May 23, 2017 Roll Call Votes Motion to invoke cloture on John Sullivan to be Deputy Secretary of State; invoked: 93-6.   No Legislative Business   No Executive Business MORE

Wrap Up for May 22, 2017 Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Terry Branstad to be Ambassador to China; confirmed: 82-13.   Legislative Business Adopted S.Res.156, recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster-care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster-care system.… MORE

Wrap Up for May 18, 2017 Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Rachel Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General; confirmed: 52-46. Motion to invoke cloture on Terry Branstad to be Ambassador to China; agreed to: 86-12.   Legislative Business Adopted S.Res.172, designating May 2017, as “Older Americans Month”.   Adopted S.Res.173, designating the week of May 15 through May 21,… MORE

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House Activity May 22 – 25, 2017

12:00:03 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:34 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Mike Gallagher to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:58 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.
12:18:12 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:19 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 22.
2:00:21 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:21 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:01:24 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Kildee to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:01:39 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:10:13 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 4:00 p.m. today.
4:03:58 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 22.
4:04:08 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
4:04:20 P.M. H.R. 1188 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1188 — “To reauthorize certain programs established by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, and for other purposes.”
4:04:46 P.M. H.R. 1188 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:04:50 P.M. H.R. 1188 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1188.
4:21:15 P.M. H.R. 1188 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:21:17 P.M. H.R. 1188 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:21:26 P.M. H.R. 1862 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1862 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to expand the scope of certain definitions pertaining to unlawful sexual conduct, and for other purposes.”
4:21:47 P.M. H.R. 1862 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:21:49 P.M. H.R. 1862 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1862.
4:53:10 P.M. H.R. 1862 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.
4:53:24 P.M. H.R. 1842 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1842 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to include State crimes of violence as grounds for an enhanced penalty when sex offenders fail to register or report certain information as required by Federal law, to include prior military offenses for purposes of recidivist sentencing provisions, and for other purposes.”
4:53:36 P.M. H.R. 1842 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:53:37 P.M. H.R. 1842 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1842.
5:25:12 P.M. H.R. 1842 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.
5:25:39 P.M. H.R. 883 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 883 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a certification process for the issuance of nondisclosure requirements accompanying certain administrative subpoenas, to provide for judicial review of such nondisclosure requirements, and for other purposes.”
5:25:47 P.M. H.R. 883 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:25:49 P.M. H.R. 883 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 883.
5:45:44 P.M. H.R. 883 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:45:46 P.M. H.R. 883 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:45:55 P.M. H.R. 695 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 695 — “To amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for certain individuals who, related to their employment, have access to children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities, and for other purposes.”
5:46:10 P.M. H.R. 695 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:46:12 P.M. H.R. 695 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 695.
6:06:48 P.M. H.R. 695 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
6:06:50 P.M. H.R. 695 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:07:25 P.M. H.R. 1625 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1625 — “To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to include severe forms of trafficking in persons within the definition of transnational organized crime for purposes of the rewards program of the Department of State, and for other purposes.”
6:07:26 P.M. H.R. 1625 Considered under suspension of the rules.
6:07:30 P.M. H.R. 1625 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1625.
6:31:08 P.M. H.R. 1625 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
6:31:11 P.M. H.R. 1625 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:31:26 P.M. Mr. Woodall filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 348.
6:31:27 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on motions to suspend the rules, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:32:21 P.M. H.R. 1862 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1862 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to expand the scope of certain definitions pertaining to unlawful sexual conduct, and for other purposes.”
6:58:00 P.M. H.R. 1862 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 372 – 30 (Roll no. 269).
6:58:01 P.M. H.R. 1862 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:58:16 P.M. H.R. 1842 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1842 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to include State crimes of violence as grounds for an enhanced penalty when sex offenders fail to register or report certain information as required by Federal law, to include prior military offenses for purposes of recidivist sentencing provisions, and for other purposes.”
7:05:33 P.M. H.R. 1842 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 371 – 30, 1 Present (Roll no. 270).
7:05:34 P.M. H.R. 1842 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:06:43 P.M. Library of Congress Trust Fund Board – Pursuant to section 1 of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board Act (2 U.S.C. 154), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed Ambassador Richard Fredericks, San Francisco, CA.
7:07:19 P.M. Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Pursuant to section 2(a) of the National Cultural Center Act (20 U.S.C. 76h(a)), amended by Public Law 107-117, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Mr. MacArthur.
7:07:45 P.M. Health Information Technology Advisory Committee – Pursuant to section 4003(e) of the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed Mr. Patrick Soon-Shion, Culver City, CA.
7:08:03 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:26:32 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:08:10 P.M. Mr. Bergman moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:08:25 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:08:26 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 23, 2017.
Time Bill Activity May 23, 2017
10:00:27 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:32 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Warren Davidson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:01:10 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.
10:24:00 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:06 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 23.
12:00:13 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:42 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:44 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Hill to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:05 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.
12:30:00 P.M. H. Res. 348 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 348 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 953) to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes.”
12:32:30 P.M. H. Res. 348 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 348.
1:34:20 P.M. H. Res. 348 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 229 – 191 (Roll no. 271).
1:34:53 P.M. MOMENT OF SILENCE – The House observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester, England.
1:43:09 P.M. H. Res. 348 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 232 – 189 (Roll no. 272).
1:43:11 P.M. H. Res. 348 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:43:29 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting hard copy volumes of the FY 2018 Budget – referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-3).
1:49:53 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
1:50:08 P.M. H.R. 1809 Mr. Lewis (MN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1809 — “To reauthorize and improve the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, and for other purposes.”
1:50:29 P.M. H.R. 1809 Considered under suspension of the rules.
1:50:31 P.M. H.R. 1809 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1809.
2:09:50 P.M. H.R. 1809 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:09:51 P.M. H.R. 1809 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:10:26 P.M. H.R. 1808 Mr. Guthrie moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1808 — “To amend and improve the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, and for other purposes.”
2:10:36 P.M. H.R. 1808 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:10:38 P.M. H.R. 1808 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1808.
2:38:14 P.M. H.R. 1808 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:38:15 P.M. H.R. 1808 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:38:42 P.M. H.R. 2288 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2288 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to reform the rights and processes relating to appeals of decisions regarding claims for benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
2:38:53 P.M. H.R. 2288 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:38:54 P.M. H.R. 2288 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2288.
3:06:27 P.M. H.R. 2288 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.
3:06:44 P.M. H.R. 467 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 467 — “To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that each medical facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs complies with requirements relating to scheduling veterans for health care appointments, to improve the uniform application of directives of the Department, and for other purposes.”
3:06:53 P.M. H.R. 467 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:06:54 P.M. H.R. 467 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 467.
3:17:40 P.M. H.R. 467 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.
3:18:17 P.M. H.R. 1005 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1005 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans.”
3:18:25 P.M. H.R. 1005 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:18:27 P.M. H.R. 1005 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1005.
3:27:10 P.M. H.R. 1005 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:27:11 P.M. H.R. 1005 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:27:34 P.M. H.R. 1162 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1162 — “To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide access to magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy to veterans.”
3:27:42 P.M. H.R. 1162 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:27:43 P.M. H.R. 1162 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1162.
3:35:26 P.M. H.R. 1162 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:35:27 P.M. H.R. 1162 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:36:01 P.M. H.R. 1545 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1545 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to disclose certain patient information to State controlled substance monitoring programs, and for other purposes.”
3:36:02 P.M. H.R. 1545 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:36:04 P.M. H.R. 1545 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1545.
3:48:42 P.M. H.R. 1545 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
3:48:43 P.M. H.R. 1545 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:49:03 P.M. H.R. 1725 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1725 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the treatment of medical evidence provided by non-Department of Veterans Affairs medical professionals in support of claims for disability compensation under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
3:49:04 P.M. H.R. 1725 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:49:05 P.M. H.R. 1725 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1725.
3:54:40 P.M. H.R. 1725 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:54:42 P.M. H.R. 1725 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:54:45 P.M. H.R. 1725 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
3:55:16 P.M. H.R. 1329 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1329 — “To increase, effective as of December 1, 2017, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, to improve the processing of claims by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
3:55:25 P.M. H.R. 1329 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:55:27 P.M. H.R. 1329 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1329.
4:06:46 P.M. H.R. 1329 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:06:48 P.M. H.R. 1329 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:06:51 P.M. H.R. 1329 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
4:07:12 P.M. H.R. 2052 Ms. McSally moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2052 — “To amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice to prohibit the wrongful broadcast or distribution of intimate visual images.”
4:07:28 P.M. H.R. 2052 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:07:29 P.M. H.R. 2052 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2052.
4:29:29 P.M. H.R. 2052 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.
4:30:51 P.M. H.R. 366 Mr. McCaul asked unanimous consent to take from Speaker’s Table and agree to the Senate amendments.
4:31:20 P.M. H.R. 366 On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendments Agreed to without objection.
4:31:21 P.M. H.R. 366 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:32:01 P.M. H.R. 1370 Mr. McCaul moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1370 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue Department of Homeland Security-wide guidance and develop training programs as part of the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign, and for other purposes.”
4:32:03 P.M. H.R. 1370 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:32:08 P.M. H.R. 1370 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1370.
4:47:01 P.M. H.R. 1370 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:47:05 P.M. H.R. 1370 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:47:15 P.M. Mr. Buck filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 352.
4:48:12 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
4:48:27 P.M. H.R. 2288 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2288 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to reform the rights and processes relating to appeals of decisions regarding claims for benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
5:11:12 P.M. H.R. 2288 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 418 – 0 (Roll no. 273).
5:11:13 P.M. H.R. 2288 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:12:24 P.M. NOTIFICATION OF INTENT TO OFFER RESOLUTION – Ms. Linda T. Sanchez notified the House of her intent to offer a privilege resolution. The Chair subsequently announced that under rule IX, a resolution offer from the floor by a Member other than the Majority Leader or the Minority Leader as a question of the privileges of the House has immediate precedence only at a time designated by the Chair within 2 legislative days after the resolution is properly noticed. The Chair further announced that it would not, at that point, make the determination required by the rule.
5:20:37 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
5:20:59 P.M. H.R. 2473 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2473 — “To ensure compliance with the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, to make strides toward eradicating human trafficking, and for other purposes.”
5:21:46 P.M. H.R. 2473 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:21:48 P.M. H.R. 2473 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2473.
5:47:04 P.M. H.R. 2473 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:47:08 P.M. H.R. 2473 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:47:11 P.M. H.R. 2473 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
5:47:24 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:55:42 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:02:10 P.M. Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:02:26 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:02:27 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 24, 2017.

May 24, 2017

10:00:12 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.10:00:22 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Trey Hollingsworth to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:30 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.11:29:01 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.12:00:16 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 24.12:00:21 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Pastor Becky Tirabassi, Viewpoint Church, Newport Beach, CA.12:01:33 P.M.The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.12:01:37 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Connolly to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.12:01:56 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.12:28:02 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 May 24, 2017, at 9:04 a.m.: Appointments to the Election Assistance Board of Advisors.12:28:28 P.M.H. Res. 352Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 352 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1973) to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1761) to amend title 18, United States Code, to criminalize the knowing consent of the visual depiction, or live transmission, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and for other purposes; and providing for proceedings during the period from May 26, 2017, through June 5, 2017.”12:33:20 P.M.H. Res. 352DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 352.12:56:25 P.M.H. Res. 352POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 352, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Slaughter demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.12:57:00 P.M.POINT OF PRIVILEGE – The Chair recognized Ms. Linda T. Sanchez for the purpose of rising to offer a resolution of privilege. Subsequently, the Chair ruled that the resolution did not constitute a question of privilege.1:06:35 P.M.Ms. Linda T. Sanchez appealed the ruling of the Chair.1:06:43 P.M.Mr. Buck moved to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair.1:32:12 P.M.On Motion to Table the Appeal of the Ruling of the Chair Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 225 – 187, 1 Present (Roll no. 274).1:32:14 P.M.Motion to reconsider laid on the table.1:32:55 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on ordering the previous question and adoption of H. Res. 352, and motions to suspend the rules, all of which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.1:33:04 P.M.H. Res. 352Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 352 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1973) to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1761) to amend title 18, United States Code, to criminalize the knowing consent of the visual depiction, or live transmission, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and for other purposes; and providing for proceedings during the period from May 26, 2017, through June 5, 2017.”1:40:11 P.M.H. Res. 352On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 231 – 188 (Roll no. 275).1:47:35 P.M.H. Res. 352On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 239 – 179 (Roll no. 276).1:47:37 P.M.H. Res. 352Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.1:47:41 P.M.H.R. 2052Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2052 — “To amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice to prohibit the wrongful broadcast or distribution of intimate visual images.”1:54:41 P.M.H.R. 2052On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 418 – 0 (Roll no. 277).1:54:42 P.M.H.R. 2052Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.1:54:56 P.M.H.R. 467Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 467 — “To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that each medical facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs complies with requirements relating to scheduling veterans for health care appointments, to improve the uniform application of directives of the Department, and for other purposes.”2:01:01 P.M.H.R. 467On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 419 – 0 (Roll no. 278).2:01:02 P.M.H.R. 467Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:01:17 P.M.The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 375.2:01:54 P.M.The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.2:02:29 P.M.H.R. 1293Mr. Ross moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1293 — “To amend title 5, United States Code, to require that the Office of Personnel Management submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of official time by Federal employees.”2:02:53 P.M.H.R. 1293Considered under suspension of the rules.2:02:58 P.M.H.R. 1293DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1293.2:40:29 P.M.H.R. 1293On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.2:40:32 P.M.H.R. 1293Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:40:41 P.M.H.R. 624Mr. Ross moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 624 — “To restrict the inclusion of social security account numbers on documents sent by mail by the Federal Government, and for other purposes.”2:40:50 P.M.H.R. 624Considered under suspension of the rules.2:40:53 P.M.H.R. 624DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 624.2:59:14 P.M.H.R. 624On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.2:59:16 P.M.H.R. 624Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.2:59:18 P.M.H.R. 624The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.3:00:18 P.M.H.R. 953Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 348. H.R. 953 — “To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes.”3:00:23 P.M.H.R. 953Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 953 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 amendments are in order. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-21.3:00:42 P.M.H.R. 953House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 348 and Rule XVIII.3:00:43 P.M.H.R. 953The Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Duncan to act as Chairman of the Committee.3:02:03 P.M.H.R. 953GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 953.3:51:34 P.M.H.R. 953An amendment, offered by Ms. Esty (CT), numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-145 to ensure that existing clean water protections apply to the release of these toxic chemicals into the environment.3:51:38 P.M.H.R. 953DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 348, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Esty (CT) amendment.4:00:10 P.M.H.R. 953POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Esty (CT) amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Esty (CT) demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage of the bill until later in the legislative day.4:00:42 P.M.H.R. 953An amendment, offered by Mr. Huffman, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-145 to protect commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries from the negative impacts of unregulated discharge.4:00:44 P.M.H.R. 953DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 348, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Huffman amendment.4:09:25 P.M.H.R. 953POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Huffman amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Huffman demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage of the bill until later in the legislative day.4:09:54 P.M.H.R. 953UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on amendments, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.4:38:26 P.M.H.R. 953On agreeing to the Esty (CT) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 191 – 229 (Roll no. 279).4:46:46 P.M.H.R. 953On agreeing to the Huffman amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 189 – 230 (Roll no. 280).4:47:06 P.M.H.R. 953The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 953.4:47:19 P.M.H.R. 953The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.4:48:52 P.M.H.R. 953Mr. McGovern moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.4:50:00 P.M.H.R. 953DEBATE – 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 be reported back to the House with an amendment to prohibit the Act, including any amendments from applying to the discharge of a pesticide if the manufacturer or distributor of the pesticide has made a political contribution to the President or to any Federal official charged with registration, regulation, or approval of the use of the pesticide.4:57:14 P.M.H.R. 953The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.5:04:10 P.M.H.R. 953On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 183 – 230 (Roll no. 281).5:11:19 P.M.H.R. 953On passage Passed by recorded vote: 256 – 165 (Roll no. 282).5:11:20 P.M.H.R. 953Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:11:52 P.M.H. Res. 350Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.5:12:18 P.M.H. Res. 350Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 350 — “Permitting official photographs of the House of Representatives to be taken while the House is in actual session on a date designated by the Speaker.”5:12:20 P.M.H. Res. 350On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.5:12:24 P.M.H. Res. 350Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:12:25 P.M.S. Con. Res. 14Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.5:13:01 P.M.S. Con. Res. 14Considered by unanimous consent. S. Con. Res. 14 — “Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha I.”5:13:05 P.M.S. Con. Res. 14On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.5:13:08 P.M.S. Con. Res. 14Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:13:33 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.5:17:25 P.M.Mr. Poliquin asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on May 25. Agreed to without objection.5:17:26 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House continued one minute speeches.5:28:56 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.7:14:45 P.M.Mr. Poe (TX) moved that the House do now adjourn.7:14:55 P.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.7:14:56 P.M.The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on May 25, 2017.

Last Floor Action: 5/25
1:16:05 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 26, 2017.

9:00:10 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:14 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:19 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:01:22 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Olson to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:01:46 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.
9:17:19 A.M. H.R. 1973 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 352. H.R. 1973 — “To prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities, and for other purposes.”
9:17:24 A.M. H.R. 1973 The resolution provides for one hour of general debate on H.R. 1973 and H.R. 1761. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period from May 26, 2017 through June 5, 2017.
9:18:01 A.M. H.R. 1973 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 352 and Rule XVIII.
9:18:02 A.M. H.R. 1973 The Speaker designated the Honorable Bruce Poliquin to act as Chairman of the Committee.
9:18:48 A.M. H.R. 1973 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1973.
9:18:49 A.M. H.R. 1973 The Committee of the Whole rose informally to receive a message from the Senate.
9:18:50 A.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 1238amended.
9:19:49 A.M. H.R. 1973 Subsequently, the Committee resume its sitting.
9:19:50 A.M. H.R. 1973 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole resumed with general debate on H.R. 1973.
9:54:08 A.M. H.R. 1973 An amendment, offered by Mr. Johnson (LA), numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-152 to clarify duties of national governing bodies with respect to implementing procedures pertaining to interactions between young athletes and adults. Also, the amendment makes technical and conforming changes.
9:54:37 A.M. H.R. 1973 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 352, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Johnson (LA) amendment No. 1.
10:00:46 A.M. H.R. 1973 On agreeing to the Johnson (LA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:01:08 A.M. H.R. 1973 An amendment, offered by Mr. Costa, numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 115-152 to strike the word “reasonably” from the bill to make the Senate statute of limitations apply rather than the House statute.
10:01:29 A.M. H.R. 1973 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 352, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Costa amendment No. 2.
10:05:29 A.M. H.R. 1973 By unanimous consent, the Costa amendment was withdrawn.
10:06:09 A.M. H.R. 1973 An amendment, offered by Mr. O’Halleran, numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 115-152 to require national governing bodies to clearly list dedicated information and resources, which may include sexual assault hotlines and victim support resources, on their official websites.
10:06:44 A.M. H.R. 1973 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 352, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the O’Halleran amendment No. 3.
10:13:01 A.M. H.R. 1973 On agreeing to the O’Halleran amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:15:13 A.M. H.R. 1973 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1973.
10:15:33 A.M. H.R. 1973 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
10:15:35 A.M. H.R. 1973 The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
10:16:29 A.M. H.R. 1973 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 1973, the Chair put the question on passage and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Goodlatte demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage of the bill until later in the legislative day.
10:17:07 A.M. H.R. 1761 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 352. H.R. 1761 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to criminalize the knowing consent of the visual depiction, or live transmission, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and for other purposes.”
10:17:12 A.M. H.R. 1761 The resolution provides for one hour of general debate on H.R. 1973 and H.R. 1761. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period from May 26, 2017 through June 5, 2017.
10:18:48 A.M. H.R. 1761 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1761.
10:59:14 A.M. H.R. 1761 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-152 to ensure minors are not punished as sex offenders.
10:59:18 A.M. H.R. 1761 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 352, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 1.
11:08:52 A.M. H.R. 1761 The previous question was ordered on the amendment (A002) pursuant to the rule.
11:33:40 A.M. H.R. 1761 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 180 – 238 (Roll no. 283).
11:41:29 A.M. H.R. 1761 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 368 – 51 (Roll no. 284).
11:41:31 A.M. H.R. 1761 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:41:32 A.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on passage of H.R. 1973, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
11:41:40 A.M. H.R. 1973 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1973 — “To prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities, and for other purposes.”
11:48:23 A.M. H.R. 1973 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 415 – 3 (Roll no. 285).
11:48:24 A.M. H.R. 1973 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:49:30 A.M. S. 1083 Mr. Hice, Jody B. asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
11:49:59 A.M. S. 1083 Amendment offered by Mr. Hice, Jody B..
11:50:07 A.M. S. 1083 On agreeing to the Hice, Jody B. amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:50:10 A.M. S. 1083 On passage Passed without objection.
11:50:35 A.M. S. 1083 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:50:45 A.M. Mr. Hice, Jody B. asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on May 26. Agreed to without objection.
11:51:15 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
12:18:49 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
1:16:01 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
1:16:04 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
1:16:05 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 26, 2017.
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Montana Republican Greg Gianforte assaults reporter day before special election


MT-AL: On Wednesday evening, the day before Montana hosts a long-awaited special election for its lone seat in the House, Republican Greg Gianforte assaulted reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian after Jacobs attempted to ask Gianforte a question about the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of the GOP’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Jacobs tweeted that Gianforte “body slammed me and broke my glasses,” an account backed up by a team of reporters from Fox News who witnessed the encounter, which took place at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters:

During that conversation, another man—who we now know is Ben Jacobs of The Guardian—walked into the room with a voice recorder, put it up to Gianforte’s face and began asking if him if he had a response to the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. Gianforte told him he would get to him later. Jacobs persisted with his question. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon.

At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of “I’m sick and tired of this!”

The Guardian released audio of the incident, which also confirms Jacobs’ version of events:

Jacobs: … the CBO score. Because, you know, you’ve been waiting to make your decision about health care until you saw the bill, and it just came out …

Gianforte: We’ll talk to you about that later.

Jacobs: Yeah, but there’s not going to be time. I’m just curious …

Gianforte: Okay, speak with Shane, please.

Jacobs: But, you gotta …

[loud crunching noises]

Gianforte [screaming]: I’M SICK AND TIRED OF YOU GUYS!

Jacobs: Jesus Chr …

Gianforte: THE LAST GUY THAT CAME IN HERE—YOU DID THE SAME THING. GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!

Jacobs: Jesus!

Gianforte: GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE! The last guy did the same thing. You with the Guardian?

Jacobs: Yes, and you just broke my glasses.

Gianforte: The last guy did the same damn thing.

Jacobs: You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses.

Gianforte: Get the hell out of here.

Jacobs: You’d like me to get the hell out of here, I’d also like to call the police. Can I get you guys’s names?

Man: Hey, you gotta leave.

Jacobs: He just body-slammed me.

Man: You gotta leave.

Jacobs was taken to a local hospital for X-rays. Gianforte’s campaign issued a statement claiming that Jacobs had “grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground.” This also contradicts the Fox News crew, which said, “To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.”

The local police department also announced that it would investigate the matter, and late on Wednesday night, Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin, who is leading the investigation, was elected to office as a Republican and donated $250 to Gianforte’s congressional campaign in March.

While the electoral consequences of an event like this are unknowable, early voting is very popular in Montana, and rough estimates suggest that two-thirds of the electorate has already voted. However, early voters are more likely to be firm partisans while those casting ballots on Election Day tend to be more persuadable. Montana also allows same-day registration, so new voters can register up until polls close at 8 PM local time.

Senate

OH-Sen: Last week, Rep. Pat Tiberi announced that he would not challenge Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, leaving state Treasurer Josh Mandel as the only credible Republican in the race. No other notable Republicans have made noises about running, and Sen. Rob Portman is doing his best to make sure that doesn’t change. Portman endorsed Mandel on Wednesday, and he unsubtly urged fellow Republicans to do the same.

Mandel, who lost the 2012 race to Brown 51-45, doesn’t have a solid relationship with all Ohio Republicans, though. Even as Tiberi was announcing his decision not to run, he declared that unlike Mandel, he did not “have the baggage of losing to the current incumbent already,” a very obvious parting shot at the only challenger in the race. However, unless something changes, the well-funded Mandel will get his second chance at Brown soon enough.

Gubernatorial

GA-Gov: Well, we still don’t have Lynn Westmoreland to kick around any more. The former Republican congressman announced on Wednesdaythat he would not join Georgia’s crowded GOP primary for governor. When Westmoreland announced one year ago that he would not run for re-election to the House, it looked like he was preparing for a bid to succeed termed-out Gov. Nathan Deal, and Westmoreland launched a statewide “reconnect tour” at the end of 2016. However, Westmoreland sounded reluctant to run in spite of his preparations, so his decision to stay out didn’t come as a major surprise.

If this is the end of Westmoreland’s political career, we won’t shed many tears. In 2006, Westmoreland co-sponsored a bill to require the display of the Ten Commandments in Congress, but he proved embarrassingly unable to name all 10 commandments on the Colbert Report (he tapped out at just three). Two years later, Westmoreland described Barack and Michelle Obama as “part of an “elitist-class … that thinks that they’re uppity,” then claimed he didn’t know the word uppity had any racial connotations.

Westmoreland didn’t get much better with time. In 2015, he defended the presence of Confederate flags in federal cemeteries, declaring, “You can’t make an excuse for the things that happened. But a majority of people that actually died in the Civil War on the Confederate side did not own slaves. These were people who were fighting for their states. I don’t think they even had thoughts about slavery.” Seeya, buddy.

VA-Gov: Ex-RNC Chair and June GOP primary frontrunner Ed Gillespie’s second TV spot has a very throwback feel. From the jump, the candidate brags that he “helped author the Contract with America,” as a picture of a younger Gillespie that’s presumably from around 1994 flashes by. The Contract with America … now that’s something we haven’t heard in GOP campaign ads in a long time. A long time. Gillespie then says he “advised the president” as he’s shown with George W. Bush. Gillespie goes on to talk about growing up in a “hard-working family, watching my parents earn whatever we had,” before he finishes by pledging to stand up to special interests and cut taxes.

House

CO-07: On Wednesday, state Sen. Dominick Moreno announced that he was joining the Democratic primary for this open suburban Denver seat. Two other Democratic legislators, state Sen. Andy Kerr and state Rep. Brittany Pettersen, kicked off their bids right after Rep. Ed Perlmutter announced that he would run for governor rather than seek another term.

Kerr and Pettersen both hail from Lakewood in Jefferson County while Moreno represents the Adams County portion of the 7th District in the state Senate. Jefferson makes up about 54 percent of the seat while the balance is in Adams, so if Moreno can consolidate the vote at home while his rivals split their turf, he could benefit. The only other notable Democrat who has expressed interest in running here, state Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, is also from Jefferson, though it’s still possible that more people will get in and scramble things.

Clinton carried this seat 51-39 and Team Blue is favored to hold it, though the GOP is hoping they can convince Jefferson County Commissioner Libby Szabo to run.

FL-27: On Tuesday, former Miami-Dade County school board member Raquel Regalado, the daughter of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, announced that she would seek the GOP nomination to succeed retiring Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. This Miami-area seat backed Clinton 59-39, but Republicans have a history of doing well further down the ballot here, and Team Red might be able to hold on if they field a strong candidate. Regalado, a self-described moderate, is pitching herself as just that candidate, and she may not be bluffing. Regalado hosts a well-known Spanish-language radio show, and her family is well-known.

However, her last bid for office did not go well. Regalado challenged Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a fellow Republican, last year, but lost 56-44. Regalado may have been hurt by news that she owed $4,000 in property taxes and fees, though Gimenez also worked hard to portray her as inexperienced. Regalado also hasn’t always followed the party line, going so far as to endorse Democrat Alex Sink over Republican Rick Scott in the 2010 race for governor, though she backed Scott in 2014. (Her father also made headlines last year by refusing to support Trump.) Her family apostasies could harm Regalado in a primary, but if she makes it to the general, she might be able to convince voters that she’s different from Trump.

So far, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro is the only other notable Republican who has entered the race. And in what the Miami Herald‘s David Smiley describes as an example of the Miami “Game of Thrones,” Barreiro’s wife is currently running against Regalado’s brother for a seat on the Miami City Commission. Several other Republicans, including Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, are considering. Regalado herself even dropped a new name, saying she expects to face former Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall in the primary, which is the first we’ve heard about MacDougall’s interest in this seat. In 2014, MacDougall ran for the neighboring 26th District and lost the primary 47-25 to eventual winner Carlos Curbelo.

GA-06: As the hotly anticipated Georgia special election heads into its final month, the DCCC says it will spend another $2 million on behalf of Democrat Jon Ossoff. According to The Hill, $1.5 million will go toward TV ads while the balance will pay for digital advertising and ads in African-American media outlets.

Meanwhile, Ossoff himself has some new ads, including one going after wasteful spending and another in which he talks about bolstering the tech sector in the Atlanta area. Republican Karen Handel is also running a new TV spot in which a narrator claims that Ossoff “intentionally misled” voters about his credentials and has been “caught lying” about Handel herself.

KY-06: Team Blue wants to target GOP Rep. Andy Barr in this conservative Lexington-area seat, which still backs some Democrats down-ticket, and another Democratic politician is making noises about getting in. State Sen. Reginald Thomas recently told Pure Politics on Tuesday that he hopes to decide within the next 60 days.

Thomas is one of the few Democrats in the legislature to represent a safely blue seat, but he had an eventful 2013 race to take it. That year, Thomas defeated Democrat-turned-independent Richard Moloney 54-35 in a competitive contest. State Democrats say that Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath, who is retiring from active duty on June 1, is also considering, while state Rep. James Kay and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray haven’t ruled out running.

NY-23: Back in 2012, GOP Rep. Tom Reed pulled off a shockingly close 52-48 win in a race that attracted little attention at the same time as Romney was carrying this upstate seat 50-48. National Democrats tried to target Reed over the next two cycles, but the 2014 GOP wave and Trump’s 2016 55-40 win helped him decisively prevail both times.

As a result, Reed is looking a lot safer this time, but this week, teacher Rick Gallant announced that he would seek the Democratic nod. Gallant is a former member of the New York State United Teachers Board of Directors, so he may have some useful connections. Still, Team Blue is almost certainly going to need for this area to turn against Trump to have a shot at Reed.

NC-09: At 54-43 Trump, this suburban Charlotte seat is far from a tempting target for Democrats, but Team Blue may have a stronger than usual candidate. Dan McCready, who served in Iraq as a Marine and went on to start a business that finances North Carolina solar farms, announced that he would challenge GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger on Wednesday. McCready was a business school classmate of Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, who has been actively trying to recruit veterans.

This is a tough seat, though, even if a wave were to materialize. However, if Pittenger unexpectedly finds himself in a real race, he may have a lot of rust to shake off. Back in September, after protests and violence broke out in Charlotte after police killed Keith Scott, a 43-year-old black man, Pittenger argued that the unrest was due to protestors who “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.”

Pittenger offered a weak no-pology, tweeting that what he said “doesn’t reflect who I am. I was quoting statements made by angry protesters last night on national TV. My intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African Americans because of failed policies.” The incident didn’t do Pittenger much damage at the ballot box, as he won an uncompetitive re-election campaign 58-42, but his undisciplined style could cause him trouble in a tougher race.

SC-01: This week, defense analyst Tom Perez suspended his intra-party challenge to Rep. Mark Sanford, citing his upcoming military deployment abroad. However, Perez says he won’t be back before next year’s GOP primary, so it’s probably safe to say his campaign is over. The never-boring Sanford, a former governor, frequent Trump critic, and noted hiker, still faces a primary against wealthy businessman and Marine veteran Ted Fienning.

TX-30: Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, who recently turned 81, raised just $1,000 during the first three months of 2017, setting off speculation that she wouldn’t seek another term in her safely blue Dallas seat. In April, though, unnamed people close to the congresswoman told the Dallas Morning News‘ Gromer Jeffers that she plans to seek one more term, and that an announcement would come within 10 days.

However, those 10 days came and went without any announcement, and there hasn’t been any word from Johnson’s camp since then. Jeffers says that a Johnson campaign office is “in the works,” so she may in fact be planning to run in 2018. However, until Johnson makes an announcement, we’re going to keep her on the retirement watch list.

UT-03: Provo Mayor John Curtis is the latest Republican to jump into this special election ahead of Friday’s filing deadline. Curtis, who runs the district’s largest city, is a self-described conservative, but he volunteered that he didn’t back Trump. Curtis was actually the Democratic nominee for a state Senate seat in 2000 before switching sides in 2006, though he says he’s “been asked to run in all three parties.” The GOP primary is in August, and the general election for what is usually a very red seat is in November.

WA-08: For the first time ever, a Democratic elected official has announced a challenge to GOP Rep. Dave Reichert, who has long remained stubbornly ensconced in his suburban Seattle House district even though it voted for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton by narrow margins. On Tuesday, Tola Marts, a city councilor in Issaquah (pop. 30,000) who also says he “built rockets and worked on public health in Africa,” entered the race, though he noted that he was not recruited by national Democrats, so it’s still possible that the DCCC is looking for another candidate.

Despite never previously facing anyone who’s held public office, Reichert fended off three tough challenges in 2006, 2008, and even during the GOP wave of 2010. But his seat was made appreciably safer in redistricting and he hasn’t had much competition since. Still, this is the type of district—one of just eight held by Republicans that Obama and Clinton both won—that Democrats have to contest seriously in order to have a shot at retaking the House next year.

Legislative

Special Elections: On Tuesday night, Democrats picked up not one but two state legislative seats in special elections, the first such flips of the Trump era. What’s more, both wins came in deep red territory. In New Hampshire, Democrat Edie DesMarais defeated Republican Matthew Plache by a 52-48 margin in the state House’s 6th Carroll District, a seat Donald Trump won 51-44 last fall. Meanwhile, in the New York Assembly’s 9th District, Democrat Christine Pellegrino beat Republican Thomas Gargiulo 58-42, even though Trump romped to a 60-37 victory there in November.

This means that DesMarais moved the needle 11 points in the Democratic direction while Pellegrino did the same by an astounding 39 points. Making both these outcomes all the more amazing is that both areas had been Republican strongholds for a very long time. According to the town’s clerk, a Democrat hasn’t represented Wolfeboro (where 6th Carroll is located) since all the way back in 1913. (Mitt Romney keeps one of his many homes there.) New York’s 9th, similarly, is based in the GOP stronghold of Massapequa, on Long Island, and according to Newsday, Pellegrino is the first Democrat ever to win the seat.

And while these are the first two seats to actually change hands from Republicans to Democrats since Trump’s election, Democrats have consistently outperformed the 2016 presidential results in special elections across the country.

We always urge caution when looking at the results of individual special elections, but at this point, we have a fairly sizable batch of data to work with. In all, there have been 17 congressional and legislative specialspitting one Republican against one Democrat since November, and Democratic candidates have exceeded Hillary Clinton’s vote share in 11 of them. One further race was flat while in two others, Democrats were just 1 point behind Clinton’s margin.

Overall, Democrats have beaten the presidential results by 11 points on average—an enormous turnaround from 2013, when Democrats trailed Barack Obama’s performance the prior year by an average of 12 points. You can see how stark the difference is in the charts Daniel Donner has put together. His assessment: “Democrats are showing up—and in a way they haven’t in years.” And why? It’s hard to escape the conclusion that Donald Trump is motivating Democrats as never before.

P.S. Two other seats stayed put on Tuesday. Johnny Longtorso recaps:

New Hampshire House, Hillsborough-44: Republicans held on to this one, with Mark McLean defeating Democrat James Morin by a 55-45 margin.

New York SD-30: Surprising absolutely nobody, Democrat Brian Benjamin won this seat in a landslide with 92 percent of the vote. Republican Dawn Simmons got 3 percent, while Reform Party candidate Ruben Vargas got 2 percent, and write-ins accounted for the remainder.

Mayoral

New Orleans, LA Mayor: This fall’s race to succeed termed-out Democratic Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been slow to develop, but with a little less than two months to go before the July 14 filing deadline, potential candidates still have time to make up their minds. On Monday, Desiree Charbonnet, who recently resigned as a municipal court judge to prepare her campaign, announced that she would run.

Charbonnet, who like almost everyone involved in New Orleans politics is a Democrat, comes from a prominent political family. Charbonnet has also received national attention during her time on the bench for working to steer repeat offenders in drug and prostitution cases, as well as offenders with mental illnesses, towards treatment programs rather than sending them back into the criminal justice system.

While Charbonnet has been elected citywide several times, most of New Orleans’ many judges don’t attract much notice from the public. However, Charbonnet has some connections that could help her get her name out. At her campaign kickoff, Charbonnet earned an endorsement from state Sen. Troy Carter, who initially considered running for mayor himself but demurred. Carter is reportedly close to Rep. Cedric Richmond, who represents most of New Orleans in Congress, and his support could be a sign that Richmond and his allies are on board with Charbonnet. (Richmond enthusiastically tweeted when Charbonnet resigned from the court last month ahead of her expected bid.) And as The Advocate‘s Stephanie Grace notes, several influential political insiders attended Charbonnet’s kickoff event.

So far, three other candidates are running. City Councilor LaToya Cantrell jumped in a few weeks ago, and she looks like an early frontrunner in the developing field. Both Charbonnet and Cantrell are African-American women, and either would be the city’s first female mayor. However, as Grace also points out, while both are Democrats, there are big differences between them. Charbonnet noted her family has “served the city for generations,” which may be a dig at Cantrell, who is originally from Los Angeles. And Cantrell, who first won elected office in 2012 by defeating a city council candidate backed by Richmond and Landrieu, is more of a political outsider than Charbonnet, though she has some well-connected people involved with her campaign.

The other two declared candidates are ex-Judge Michael Bagneris and rich guy Frank Scurlock. Bagneris, a Democrat, challenged Landrieu in 2014 and lost 64-33, and it’s unclear if he has much support behind his second bid. Scurlock, who as of April was a Republican (he says he’ll change his party registration), may be best known for operating a local bouncey-house empire and trying to redevelop the site of an abandoned Six Flags amusement park. Scurlock doesn’t seem like an especially serious candidate, though his recent arrest for protesting against the removal of a statue of Jefferson Davis could help him appeal to voters upset with the city’s decision to remove monuments to the Confederacy (a topic that Landrieu, who supported the move, just delivered a memorable oration on).

It’s unclear who else might jump in before the July 14 deadline, though Grace notes that Landrieu and his last two predecessors entered the race late. (In fact, Landrieu jumped in just days before the deadline back in 2009.) Two Democratic state legislators, state Sen. J.P. Morrell and state Rep. Walt Leger, have both expressed interest, though they’re both distracted with the legislature in session. Bombastic rich guy Sidney Torres IV, who hosts a reality TV show, also has been considering. However, Torres was already being compared to Donald Trump before people learned his firm had donated $50,000 to Trump’s inauguration, which will not be an asset in this very blue city. It’s also possible more local politicians will express interest before July.

All the candidates will compete on one Oct. 14 ballot, and if no one takes a majority, the top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 18 general election regardless of party.

Grab Bag

ME Ballot: While the Maine Supreme Court handed down an advisory opinion earlier this week saying that a ballot measure passed by voters last year to implement instant-runoff voting would violate the state’s constitution, the fate of the law is very much unclear. Legislators could simply repeal it, or, much less simply, they could move to amend the constitution to remedy the problem. There’s even a murky third option that we’ll get to in a moment.

An amendment almost certainly isn’t in the cards, since such changes require approval from two-thirds of each chamber in the legislature and Republicans remain largely opposed to instant-runoff voting (also called ranked-choice voting). But even a straight repeal wouldn’t be easy, because Democrats control the state House while Republicans are in charge of the Senate, meaning some sort of bipartisan agreement would be necessary.

That leaves door number three: doing nothing. The high court’s ruling only applies to state elections, which the constitution specifies are won with a mere plurality of all votes cast. (Instant-runoff voting essentially requires winners to obtain a majority.) It doesn’t cover primaries or federal elections, which could still be conducted under an instant-runoff system. Some supporters of the law would therefore like to see the secretary of state use instant runoffs for federal races, but opponents, including the Republican president of the state Senate, say that two separate systems would confuse voters.

Maine’s legislative session is not scheduled to end until June 14, so it may be a few more weeks before we have any clarity. And if the two sides can’t reach a deal, litigation may well ensue.

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Everything you care about is gone: Trump vs Earth, Episode 2


Today we know it’s true. Trump’s budget robs from our kids in order to further enrich the super wealthy and destroys everything you care about.

If Trump gets his way, here are 16 of things that go:

  • Environmental education
  • Healthy school food for kids
  • Support for new forms of energy that don’t poison our planet
  • Support for fact-based scientific research
  • Climate science programs
  • Ability to protect clean air and clean water
  • Programs for the poor, including health care and disability payments
  • College loan programs for the poor and those who take jobs in nonprofit organizations
  • Protection for women’s health
  • Food assistance for older Americans
  • Nutrition programs for low-income women, infants, and children
  • Support for public libraries, PBS, and arts
  • Heating assistance for low-income people
  • Before and after school and summer programs for children in low-income communities
  • Emergency food assistance
  • Efforts to revitalize public housing

Help us keep fighting Trump’s policieis and building the environmental democracy we need to protect our future.

You’ve been helping us build the movement. Now we’ve got to stay strong, stand up for what we believe in and fight for our future.

PLEASE DONATE

— The Earth Day Network Team

on this day 5/25 2008 – NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander landed in the arctic plains of Mars.


585 BC – The first known prediction of a solar eclipse was made in Greece.

1085 – Alfonso VI took Toledo, Spain from the Moslems.

1787 – The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.

1810 – Argentina declared independence from Napoleonic Spain.

1844 – The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry.

1844 – The first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD, appeared in the Baltimore “Patriot.”

1895 – Oscar Wilde, a playwright, poet and novelist, was convicted of a morals charge and sentenced to prison in London.

1895 – James P. Lee first published “Golf in America — A Practical Manual.”

1911 – President of Mexico, Porfolio Diaz, resigned his office.

1925 – John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory in school.

1927 – Ford Motor Company announced that the Model A would replace the Model T.

1927 – The “Movietone News” was shown for the first time at the Sam Harris Theatre in New York City.

1935 – Babe Ruth hit his final homerun, his 714th, and set a record that would stand for 39 years.

1935 – Jesse Owens tied the world record for the 100-yard dash. He ran it in 9.4 seconds. He also broke three other world track records.

1946 – Jordan gained independence from Britain.

1953 – In Nevada, the first atomic cannon was fired.

1961 – America was asked by U.S. President Kennedy to work toward putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

1963 – The Organization of African Unity was founded, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

1968 – The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO, was dedicated.

1970 – Boeing Computer Services was founded.

1977 – “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” opened and became the largest grossing film to date.
Today in Star Wars History

1977 – An opinion piece by Vietnam verteran Jan Scruggs appeared in “The Washington Post.” The article called for a national memorial to “remind an ungrateful nation of what it has done to its sons” that had served in the Vietnam War.

1979 – An American Airlines DC-10 crashed during takeoff at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. 275 people were killed.

1981 – Daredevil Daniel Goodwin scaled Chicago’s Sears Tower, while wearing a “Spiderman” costume, in 7 1/2 hours.

1983 – “The Return of the Jedi” opened nationwide. It set a new record in opening day box office sales. The gross was $6,219,629.

1985 – Bangladesh was hit with a hurricane and tidal wave that killed more than 11,000 people.

1986 – Approximately 7 million Americans participated in “Hands Across America.”

1989 – The Calgary Flames won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens.

1992 – Jay Leno debuted as the new permanent host of NBC’s “Tonight Show.”

1996 – In Nimes, France, Christina Sanchez became the first woman to achieve the rank of matadore in Europe.

1997 – In Sierra Leone a military coup overthrew the popularly elected President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. He was replaced with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.

1997 – U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond became the longest-serving senator in U.S. history (41 years and 10 months).

1997 – Poland adopted a constitution that removed all traces of communism.

1999 – A report by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China concluded that China had “stolen design information on the U.S. most-advanced thermonuclear weapons” and that China’s penetration of U.S. weapons laboratories “spans at least the past several decades and almost certainly continues today.”

2000 – The Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Inc. signed a long-term deal that ended a dispute over the airing policies of Time Warner. Time Warner had blacked out Disney programs for a 39 hour period the previous month due to the lack of an agreement.

2001 – Erik Weihenmayer, 32, of Golden, CO, became the first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

2001 – Sherman Bull, 64, of New Canaan, CT, became the oldest climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

2006 – In Houston, former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skillinng were convicted of conspiracy and fraud for the downfall of Enron.

2008 – NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander landed in the arctic plains of Mars.

2009 – North Korea announced that it had conducted a second successful nuclear test in the province of North Hamgyong. The United Nations Security Council condemned the reported test.

Stand in Solidarity With Persecuted Indigenous Peoples


When indigenous communities take to the streets to express their continuing opposition to destructive mining and oil drilling projects in their ancestral territories, the Ecuadorian government often uses the judicial system to persecute and prosecute them. Over 200 people – indigenous leaders, human rights defenders and environmental activists – are in prison or under investigation for their resistance.

But the Ecuadorian indigenous movement refuses to succumb to these attempts to silence them and have launched the Amnesty First campaign to demand amnesty and pardons for those who have suffered legal repression for exercising their rights. And now they are asking for your support.

The campaign is collecting petition signatures all around Ecuador, and on May 30th they’ll deliver them all directly to the newly-elected president, Lenin Moreno, and the president of Congress. They’ll also deliver our messages of solidarity at that time.

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