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the senate July 3-6 **Pro Forma Sessions** 2017 the house re-convenes 7/10/2017


The Senate stands adjourned to convene for pro forma sessions only with no business conducted on the following dates and times:   Monday, July 3rd at 6:00pm; and Thursday, July 6th at 9:00am.   When the Senate adjourns on Thursday, it will next convene at 3:00pm on Monday, July 10, 2017.   On Monday, following… MORE

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Last Floor Action: 7/3/2017
11:04:23 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 2(b) of H. Res. 415. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on July 6, 2017.

11:00:11 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
11:00:17 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Alexander X. Mooney to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
11:00:45 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
11:02:34 A.M. SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 2(a) of H. Res. 415, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
11:02:37 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
11:02:59 A.M. ADJUSTMENT OF WHOLE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of Rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentleman from Utah, Mr. Chaffetz, the whole number of the House is 433.
11:03:01 A.M. Commissioners to the United States Semiquincentennial Commission – Pursuant to Section 4 of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-196), the Democratic Leader appointed Grant Hill of Orlando, Florida; Amy Gutmann of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Noah Griffin of San Francisco, California.
11:04:23 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 2(b) of H. Res. 415. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on July 6, 2017.

the senate June 26 -29 **CONGRESS** 2017 the house


 

Wrap Up 6/29/2017 Roll Call Votes Motion to invoke cloture on Neomi Rao to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB; invoked: 59-36.   Legislative Business Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.1460, ENR Modernization (Murkowski).   Adopted S.Res.210, to correct the engrossment of S.722 (Iran/Russia Sanctions)…  MORE

Wrap Up 6/28/2017 No Roll Call Votes   Legislative Business Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.1460, Murkowski energy bill.   No Executive Business MORE

Wrap Up 6/27/2017  No Roll Call Votes   No Legislative Business   No Executive Business MORE

Wrap Up 6/26/2017 Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Kristine Svinicki to be Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; confirmed: 88-9.   No Legislative Business   No Executive Business MORE

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Last Floor Action:
7:39:10 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on July 3, 2017.

House Activity 6/29/2017

Time Bill Activity
10:00:02 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:08 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Jody B. Hice to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:28 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.
10:51:53 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 June 29.
12:00:16 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Diocese of Stockton, Stockton, CA.
12:02:10 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:02:13 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Brown of MD to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:30 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.
12:24:31 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 June 29, 2017, at 9:11 a.m.: Appointments: Board of Visitors of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission; and Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy.
12:25:17 P.M. H. Res. 415 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 415 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3004) to amend section 276 of the Immigration and Nationality Act relating to reentry of removed aliens, and providing for proceedings during the period from July 3, 2017, through July 10, 2017.”
12:27:33 P.M. H. Res. 415 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 415.
1:58:27 P.M. H. Res. 415 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 235 – 190 (Roll no. 339).
2:05:37 P.M. H. Res. 415 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 236 – 191 (Roll no. 340).
2:05:39 P.M. H. Res. 415 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:07:18 P.M. H.R. 3003 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 414H.R. 3003 — “To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify provisions relating to assistance by States, and political subdivision of States, in the enforcement of Federal immigration laws, and for other purposes.”
2:07:23 P.M. H.R. 3003 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3003 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.
2:07:46 P.M. H.R. 3003 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3003.
3:22:28 P.M. H.R. 3003 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
3:22:56 P.M. H.R. 3003 Mrs. Demings moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary.
3:23:13 P.M. H.R. 3003 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Demings 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 the Public Safety Exception subsection in which the State or a political subdivision of the State certifies to the Attorney General that compliance with the underlying bill would endanger public safety.
3:31:58 P.M. H.R. 3003 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
3:32:25 P.M. H.R. 3003 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Demings motion to recommit with instructions, Chair put the question on adoption of the motion to recommit and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mrs. Demings demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the later legislative day.
3:33:01 P.M. H.R. 3004 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 415H.R. 3004 — “To amend section 276 of the Immigration and Nationality Act relating to reentry of removed aliens.”
3:33:06 P.M. H.R. 3004 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3004 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. Providing for adjournment for the period of July 3, 2017 through July 10, 2017.
3:33:19 P.M. H.R. 3004 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3004.
4:38:14 P.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate requested the return of the papers to S. 722.
4:38:59 P.M. H.R. 3004 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
4:39:12 P.M. H.R. 3004 Ms. Lofgren moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary.
4:39:29 P.M. H.R. 3004 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lofgren 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 adding a new section at the end of the bill pertaining to Protecting Victims of Trafficking.
4:47:32 P.M. H.R. 3004 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
4:47:40 P.M. H.R. 3004 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Lofgren motion to recommit with instructions, Chair put the question on adoption of the motion to recommit and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Lofgren demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the later legislative day.
4:48:24 P.M. H.R. 3003 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3003 — “To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify provisions relating to assistance by States, and political subdivision of States, in the enforcement of Federal immigration laws, and for other purposes.”
5:08:35 P.M. H.R. 3003 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 181 – 230 (Roll no. 341).
5:15:17 P.M. H.R. 3003 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 228 – 195 (Roll no. 342).
5:15:19 P.M. H.R. 3003 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:15:30 P.M. H.R. 3004 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3004 — “To amend section 276 of the Immigration and Nationality Act relating to reentry of removed aliens.”
5:21:12 P.M. H.R. 3004 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 193 – 232 (Roll no. 343).
5:26:57 P.M. H.R. 3004 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 257 – 167 (Roll no. 344).
5:26:59 P.M. H.R. 3004 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:27:52 P.M. H. Con. Res. 67 Mr. Smith (NJ) asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
5:27:54 P.M. H. Con. Res. 67 Considered by unanimous consent. H. Con. Res. 67 — “Urging the Government of the People’s Republic of China to unconditionally release Liu Xiaobo, together with his wife Liu Xia, to allow them to freely meet with friends, family, and counsel and seek medical treatment wherever they desire.”
5:28:42 P.M. H. Con. Res. 67 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
5:28:44 P.M. H. Con. Res. 67 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:29:27 P.M. Mr. Carter (GA) asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Thursday, June 29, 2017, it adjourn to meet at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 3, 2017 Agreed to without objection.
5:30:42 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:57:37 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
7:39:01 P.M. Mr. LaMalfa moved that the House do now adjourn.
7:39:05 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
7:39:10 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on July 3, 2017.

House Activity 6/28/2017

10:00:02 A.M.The House convened, starting a new legislative day.10:00:08 A.M.The Speaker designated the Honorable Mike Bost to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.10:00:21 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.10:51:57 A.M.The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.12:00:22 P.M.The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 28.12:00:25 P.M.Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. Howard Siplin, Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, Coconut Grove, FL12:02:13 P.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. Ms. Velazquez 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. Ms. Velazquez demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.12:02:25 P.M.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Stewart to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.12:05:43 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.12:26:39 P.M.H. Res. 414Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 414 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3003) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify provisions relating to assistance by States, and political subdivision of States, in the enforcement of Federal immigration laws, and for other purposes.”12:27:20 P.M.H. Res. 414DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 414.1:50:19 P.M.H. Res. 414On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 235 – 190 (Roll no. 331).1:58:10 P.M.H. Res. 414On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 235 – 190 (Roll no. 332).1:58:11 P.M.H. Res. 414Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.1:58:12 P.M.UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on agreeing to the Speaker’s Approval of the Journal.2:05:41 P.M.On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 232 – 183, 2 Present (Roll no. 333).2:06:05 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 a message from the Secretary of the Senate stating that that body had made a clerical correction to the March 22, 2017 appointment to the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.2:06:47 P.M.H.R. 1215Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 382H.R. 1215 — “To improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.”2:06:52 P.M.H.R. 1215Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1215 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. A specified amendment is in order. The resolution makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-10. The resolution makes in order only those amendments printed in the report.2:07:05 P.M.H.R. 1215House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 382 and Rule XVIII.2:07:05 P.M.H.R. 1215The Speaker designated the Honorable Garret Graves to act as Chairman of the Committee.2:07:42 P.M.H.R. 1215GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1215.3:24:16 P.M.H.R. 1215An amendment, offered by Mr. Sessions, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-179 to begin the tolling of the statute of limitations on the date of the alleged breach or tort, rather than the date of the injury, which is not always a date certain. The statute of limits will be three years after the alleged breach or one year after the claimant discovers the breach, whichever occurs first.3:24:19 P.M.H.R. 1215DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 382, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Sessions amendment No. 1.3:35:37 P.M.H.R. 1215On agreeing to the Sessions amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.3:35:56 P.M.H.R. 1215An amendment, offered by Mr. Sessions, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-179 to clarify that health care services as defined in H.R. 1215 include safety, professional, and administrative services directly related to health care.3:35:57 P.M.H.R. 1215DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 382, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Sessions amendment No. 2.3:48:00 P.M.H.R. 1215On agreeing to the Sessions amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.3:48:21 P.M.H.R. 1215An amendment, offered by Mr. Roe (TN), numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-179 to limit who qualifies as an expert witness in medical malpractice negligence cases, based on professional qualifications as well as geographic relation to where the case in chief is being litigated.3:48:23 P.M.H.R. 1215DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 382, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Roe (TN) amendment No. 3.4:00:16 P.M.H.R. 1215On agreeing to the Roe (TN) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.4:00:47 P.M.H.R. 1215An amendment, offered by Mr. Hudson, numbered 4 printed in House Report 115-179 to allow a physician to apologize to a patient for an unintended outcome without having the apology count against them in the court of law. Requires a plaintiff to provide a notice of intent to the physician 90 days before the lawsuit is filed. The amendment also defers to sundry state laws regarding lawsuits and outlines requirements witnesses must meet for testimony during trial.4:00:51 P.M.H.R. 1215DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 382, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hudson amendment No. 4.4:12:42 P.M.H.R. 1215POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Hudson amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Cohen demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.4:13:15 P.M.H.R. 1215An amendment, offered by Mr. Barr, numbered 5 printed in House Report 115-179to give affirmative defense to defendants in health care liability cases if they can show they complied with clinical practice guidelines.4:13:18 P.M.H.R. 1215DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 382, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Barr amendment No. 5.4:24:49 P.M.H.R. 1215POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Barr amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Barr demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.4:25:18 P.M.H.R. 1215UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.4:47:34 P.M.H.R. 1215On agreeing to the Hudson amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 222 – 197 (Roll no. 334).4:54:49 P.M.H.R. 1215On agreeing to the Barr amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 116 – 310 (Roll no. 335).4:55:04 P.M.H.R. 1215The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1215.4:55:33 P.M.H.R. 1215The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.4:55:50 P.M.H.R. 1215The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.4:57:00 P.M.H.R. 1215Ms. Kuster (NH) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary.4:57:59 P.M.H.R. 1215Floor summary: DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kuster motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment to add an exemption to the underlying bill for any claim or action that pertains to the negligent prescription of opioids.5:05:51 P.M.H.R. 1215The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.5:13:10 P.M.H.R. 1215On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 191 – 235 (Roll no. 336).5:20:08 P.M.H.R. 1215On passage Passed by recorded vote: 218 – 210 (Roll no. 337).5:20:10 P.M.H.R. 1215Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:20:11 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.5:20:21 P.M.H.R. 1500Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1500 — “To redesignate the small triangular property located in Washington, DC, and designated by the National Park Service as reservation 302 as “Robert Emmet Park”, and for other purposes.”5:28:03 P.M.H.R. 1500On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 423 – 0 (Roll no. 338).5:28:04 P.M.H.R. 1500Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:28:25 P.M.ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.5:39:11 P.M.SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.6:42:27 P.M.Mr. Green, Al moved that the House do now adjourn.6:42:49 P.M.On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.6:42:50 P.M.The House adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on June 29, 2017.

House Activity 6/27/2017

10:00:23 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:27 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Brian K. Fitzpatrick to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:43 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.
10:54:55 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:04 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 27.
12:00:25 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rabbi Gary Klein, Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm Harbor, FL.
12:02:25 P.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. Ms. Foxx 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. Ms. Foxx demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair announced that further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal would be postponed until later in the legislative day.
12:03:01 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Himes to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:03:27 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.
12:27:28 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Tom Marino. Mr. Marino submitted his resignation from the Committee on Homeland Security. The resignation was accepted without objection.
12:27:29 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Gary J. Palmer. Mr. Palmer submitted his resignation from the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The resignation was accepted without objection.
12:27:30 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Jason Chaffetz. Mr. Chaffetz submitted his resignation from the Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform. The resignation was accepted without objection.
12:28:10 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Ron Estes. Mr. Estes (KS) submitted his resignation from the Committee on Small Business. The resignation was accepted without objection.
12:28:15 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable David Rouzer. Mr. Rouzer submitted his resignation from the Committee on Natural Resources. The resignation was accepted without objection.
12:28:56 P.M. H. Res. 410 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 410 — “Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.”
12:29:37 P.M. H. Res. 410 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
12:29:44 P.M. H. Res. 410 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:29:55 P.M. H. Res. 382 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 382 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1215) to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.”
12:31:12 P.M. H. Res. 382 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 382.
1:41:34 P.M. H. Res. 382 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 234 – 184 (Roll no. 325).
1:49:49 P.M. H. Res. 382 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 235 – 186 (Roll no. 326).
1:49:51 P.M. H. Res. 382 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:49:52 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of the Speaker’s Approval of the Journal which had been postponed earlier in the legislative day.
1:56:14 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 238 – 178, 2 Present (Roll no. 327).
1:57:01 P.M. H. Res. 411 Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 411 — “Adjusting the amount of the Members’ Representational Allowance.”
1:57:03 P.M. H. Res. 411 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
1:57:10 P.M. H. Res. 411 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:58:01 P.M. H. Res. 412 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 412 — “Electing a Member to a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives.”
1:58:03 P.M. H. Res. 412 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
1:58:06 P.M. H. Res. 412 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:58:18 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
1:59:46 P.M. H.R. 497 Mr. Cook moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 497 — “To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain public lands in San Bernardino County, California, to the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District, and to accept in return certain exchanged non-public lands, and for other purposes.”
1:59:59 P.M. H.R. 497 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:00:01 P.M. H.R. 497 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 497.
2:08:46 P.M. H.R. 497 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.
2:09:01 P.M. H.R. 220 Mr. Cook moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 220 — “To authorize the expansion of an existing hydroelectric project, and for other purposes.”
2:09:05 P.M. H.R. 220 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:09:07 P.M. H.R. 220 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 220.
2:13:57 P.M. H.R. 220 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.
2:14:17 P.M. H.R. 1500 Mr. Cook moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1500 — “To redesignate the small triangular property located in Washington, DC, and designated by the National Park Service as reservation 302 as “Robert Emmet Park”, and for other purposes.”
2:14:25 P.M. H.R. 1500 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:14:26 P.M. H.R. 1500 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1500.
2:24:14 P.M. H.R. 1500 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.
2:24:23 P.M. H.R. 1073 Mr. Cook moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1073 — “To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish a structure for visitor services on the Arlington Ridge tract, in the area of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and for other purposes.”
2:24:33 P.M. H.R. 1073 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:24:34 P.M. H.R. 1073 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1073.
2:28:38 P.M. H.R. 1073 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
2:28:40 P.M. H.R. 1073 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:28:49 P.M. H.R. 1135 Mr. Cook moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1135 — “To reauthorize the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation program.”
2:28:57 P.M. H.R. 1135 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:28:59 P.M. H.R. 1135 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1135.
2:52:35 P.M. H.R. 1135 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
2:52:37 P.M. H.R. 1135 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:52:45 P.M. H.R. 1967 Mr. Cook moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1967 — “To amend the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 to authorize pumped storage hydropower development utilizing multiple Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs.”
2:52:55 P.M. H.R. 1967 Considered under suspension of the rules.
2:52:56 P.M. H.R. 1967 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1967.
2:59:22 P.M. H.R. 1967 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
2:59:23 P.M. H.R. 1967 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:00:01 P.M. H. Res. 397 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Res. 397 — “Solemnly reaffirming the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s principle of collective defense as enumerated in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.”
3:00:02 P.M. H. Res. 397 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:00:03 P.M. H. Res. 397 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 397.
3:24:57 P.M. H. Res. 397 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.
3:25:07 P.M. H. Res. 351 Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 351 — “Condemning the violence and persecution in Chechnya.”
3:25:19 P.M. H. Res. 351 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:25:20 P.M. H. Res. 351 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 351.
3:45:15 P.M. H. Res. 351 On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
3:45:18 P.M. H. Res. 351 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
3:45:31 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on motions to suspend the rules, which had been debated earlier an on which further proceedings were postponed.
3:45:54 P.M. H. Res. 397 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 397 — “Solemnly reaffirming the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s principle of collective defense as enumerated in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.”
4:15:02 P.M. H. Res. 397 On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 423 – 4 (Roll no. 328).
4:15:06 P.M. H. Res. 397 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:15:07 P.M. H.R. 497 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 497 — “To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain public lands in San Bernardino County, California, to the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District, and to accept in return certain exchanged non-public lands, and for other purposes.”
4:21:29 P.M. H.R. 497 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 424 – 0 (Roll no. 329).
4:21:30 P.M. H.R. 497 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:21:42 P.M. H.R. 220 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 220 — “To authorize the expansion of an existing hydroelectric project, and for other purposes.”
4:30:56 P.M. H.R. 220 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 424 – 1 (Roll no. 330).
4:30:57 P.M. H.R. 220 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:32:01 P.M. H.R. 497 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
4:32:24 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
4:44:49 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
5:13:50 P.M. Mr. Collins (GA) filed reports from the Committee on Rules, H. Res. 414 and H. Res. 415.
5:14:21 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House continued with Special Order speeches.
6:16:10 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Under Clause 2(g) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she herewith designated Mr. Robert Reeves, Deputy Clerk to sign any and all papers and do all other acts for her under the name of the Clerk of the House which they would be authorized to do by virtue of this designation, except such as are provided by statute, in case of her temporary absence or disability. The designation shall remain in effect for the 115th Congress or until modified by the Clerk.
6:16:26 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
6:16:38 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
6:16:39 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on June 28, 2017.

House Activity 6/26/2017

12:00:04 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:12 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Paul Mitchell to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:00:24 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.
12:05:40 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:08 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 26.
2:00:12 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:38 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:01:41 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Thompson of PA to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:02:03 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:09:21 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 5:00 p.m. today.
5:00:10 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 26.
5:00:15 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
5:00:30 P.M. H.R. 2547 Mr. Graves (MO) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2547 — “To expand the Department of Veterans Affairs medical professionals who may qualify to perform physical examinations on eligible veterans and issue medical certificates required for operation of a commercial motor vehicle, and for other purposes.”
5:00:53 P.M. H.R. 2547 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:00:59 P.M. H.R. 2547 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2547.
5:11:03 P.M. H.R. 2547 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.
5:11:12 P.M. H.R. 1684 Mr. Graves (MO) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1684 — “To direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide technical assistance to common interest communities regarding eligibility for disaster assistance, and for other purposes.”
5:11:25 P.M. H.R. 1684 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:11:26 P.M. H.R. 1684 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1684.
5:21:24 P.M. H.R. 1684 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:21:26 P.M. H.R. 1684 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:21:34 P.M. H.R. 2258 Mr. Graves (MO) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2258 — “To require that certain standards for commercial driver’s licenses applicable to former members of the armed services or reserves also apply to current members of the armed services or reserves.”
5:21:45 P.M. H.R. 2258 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:21:47 P.M. H.R. 2258 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2258.
5:32:21 P.M. H.R. 2258 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.
5:32:48 P.M. H.R. 1726 Mr. Hunter moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1726 — “To amend title 14, United States Code, to improve the organization of such title and to incorporate certain transfers and modifications into such title, and for other purposes.”
5:32:58 P.M. H.R. 1726 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:32:59 P.M. H.R. 1726 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1726.
5:39:38 P.M. H.R. 1726 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:39:40 P.M. H.R. 1726 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:39:51 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 P.M. today.
6:30:16 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 26.
6:30:24 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on motions to suspend the rules, which had been debated earlier an on which further proceedings were postponed.
6:31:08 P.M. H.R. 2547 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2547 — “To expand the Department of Veterans Affairs medical professionals who may qualify to perform physical examinations on eligible veterans and issue medical certificates required for operation of a commercial motor vehicle, and for other purposes.”
6:53:48 P.M. H.R. 2547 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 409 – 0 (Roll no. 323).
6:53:49 P.M. H.R. 2547 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:55:22 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. The Clerk transmitted to the House a copy of a letter from the Honorable Nathan Deal, Governor, the State of Georgia, indicating that, at the Special Election held on June 20, 2017, the Honorable Karen Handel was duly elected Representative to Congress for the Sixth Congressional District, State of Georgia.
6:55:29 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. The Clerk transmitted to the House a copy of a letter from Ms. Marci Andino Executive Director, South Carolina Election Commission, indicating that, at the Special Election held on June 20, 2017, the Honorable Ralph Norman was duly elected Representative to Congress for the Fifth Congressional District, State of South Carolina.
6:57:11 P.M. OATH OF OFFICE – Representatives-Elect Handel and Norman, presented themselves in the well of the House to take the Oath of Office which was administered by the Speaker of the House.
7:07:11 P.M. ADJUSTED WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of Rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of administration of the oath to the gentlewoman from Georgia and the gentleman from South Carolina, the whole number of the House is 434.
7:07:28 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 2258, as amended, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
7:08:14 P.M. H.R. 2258 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2258 — “To require that certain standards for commercial driver’s licenses applicable to former members of the armed services or reserves also apply to current members of the armed services or reserves.”
7:14:21 P.M. H.R. 2258 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 409 – 0 (Roll no. 324).
7:14:22 P.M. H.R. 2258 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:15:19 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:38:18 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:39:49 P.M. Ms. Plaskett moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:39:50 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:39:51 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on June 27, 2017.

 

on this day 7/4 1910 – Race riots broke out all over the United States after African-American Jack Johnson knocked out Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match. 


American Independence Day

1776 – The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, was approved and signed by John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress in America. 

1802 – The U.S. Military Academy officially opened at West Point, NY.

1803 – The Louisiana Purchase was announced in newspapers. The property was purchased, by the U.S. from France, was for $15 million (or 3 cents an acre). The “Corps of Discovery,” led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, began the exploration of the territory on May 14, 1804.

1817 – Construction began on the Erie Canal, to connect Lake Erie and the Hudson River.

1845 – American writer Henry David Thoreau began his two-year experiment in simple living at Walden Pond, near Concord, MA.

1848 – In Washington, DC, the cornerstone for the Washington Monument was laid.

1855 – The first edition of “Leaves of Grass,” by Walt Whitman, was published in Brooklyn, NY.

1863 – The Confederate town of Vicksburg, MS, surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant.

1881 – Tuskegee Institute opened in Alabama

1884 – Bullfighting was introduced in the U.S. in Dodge City, KS.

1886 – The first rodeo in America was held at Prescott, AZ.

1892 – The first double-decked street car service was inaugurated in San Diego, CA.

1894 – After seizing power, Judge Stanford B. Dole declared Hawaii a republic.

1901 – William H. Taft became the American governor of the Philippines.

1910 – Race riots broke out all over the United States after African-American Jack Johnson knocked out Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match. 

1934 – Boxer Joe Louis won his first professional fight.

1934 – At Mount Rushmore, George Washington’s face was dedicated.

1939 – Lou Gehrig retired from major league baseball.

1946 – The Philippines achieved full independence for the first time in over four hundred years.

1957 – The U.S. Postal Service issued the 4¢ Flag stamp.

1959 – The 49-star U.S. flag became official.

1960 – The 50-star U.S. flag made its debut in Philadelphia, PA.

1966 – U.S. President Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act, which went into effect the following year. 

1976 – The U.S. celebrated its Bicentennial. 

1982 – The Soviets performed a nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhl Semipalitinsk.

1987 – Klaus Barbie, the former Gestapo chief known as the “Butcher of Lyon,” was convicted by a French court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison.

1997 – The Mars Pathfinder, an unmanned spacecraft, landed on Mars. A rover named Sojourner was deployed to gather data about the surface of the planet.

1997 – Ferry service between Manhattan and Staten Island was made free of charge. Previously, the charge had ranged from 5 cents to 50 cents.

2004 – In New York, the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center) was laid on the former World Trade Center site.

2005 – NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft took pictures as a space probe smashed into the Tempel 1 comet. The mission was aimed at learning more about comets that formed from the leftover buidling blocks of the solar system. The Deep Impact mission launched on January 12, 2005.

2009 – North Korea launched seven ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast that defied U.N. resolutions.

2009 – The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopened to visitors. It had been closed to the public since 2001.

Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness


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      IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

source: internet