National Museum of African American History and Culture – repost


NMAAHC -- National Museum of African American History and Culture

NEW ACQUISITION: 19th Century Slave Cabin from Point of Pines Plantation, Edisto Island, S.C.

19th Century Slave Cabin, Point of Pines The 19th century slave cabin that was recently transferred from Edisto Island, S.C. to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s collection. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired a slave cabin from the first half of the 19th century, currently located at Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, S.C. The Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society donated it to the museum after receiving it originally from the Burnet Maybank family, the current owners of the plantation.

The one-story, rectangular, weatherboard-clad cabin was dismantled piece by piece at its original location, removed from the Point of Pines Plantation and is now being preserved.  Once preservation is completed, it will be transferred to the NMAAHC collection. Smithsonian representatives were present during the deconstruction to conduct additional research on the structure and those who lived there.

The reconstructed cabin will be on view in the “Slavery and Freedom” exhibition when the museum opens in late 2015. This exhibition will focus on the crucial role slavery played in the making of America and its impact on generations of enslaved Africans and their descendants.

To read more about the slave cabin, visit http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/slave-cabin-donated-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture.

NEW APPS: View NMAAHC and Changing America: To Be Free

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963

Now extended until September 7, 2014!

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in collaboration with the National Museum of American History (NMAH) is presenting an exhibition, featuring historic photographs, paintings, new film footage and objects, that explores the historical context of these two crucial events, their accomplishments and limitations, and their impact on the generations that followed.

The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 7, 2014 in NMAAHC’s temporary gallery on level two at American History, 14th St NW and Constitution Ave NW. Metro: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle.

For more information, visit www.nmaahc.si.edu.

While the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is currently under construction, its building and content can be explored in the palm of a hand. The museum has unveiled two free mobile phone apps, “View NMAAHC” and “Changing America: To Be Free,” that allow the public to virtually experience the museum before its opening in 2015.

To see what the museum will look like when completed, the “View NMAAHC” augmented-reality app will give the public a peek into the future. Users who are visiting the museum’s Washington, D.C., construction site can view a three-dimensional architectural model of the building. Other immersive experiences, available to all users regardless of their location, include a 360-degree view of the museum’s site and an architectural fly through of the museum’s interiors.

For those curious about how individuals across the nation reacted to the Emancipation Proclamation, the “Changing America: To Be Free” app commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by providing personal accounts of those who were affected by President Abraham Lincoln’s executive order. This app offers users the ability to search, sort and read personal stories from across the North, South and border states from men and women of all ages. The app is a digital component of the museum’s current exhibition, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963,” on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History until Sept. 7, 2014.

Phone app image The “View NMAAHC” app is currently available for iPhone, iPad and Android and is available for download from the App Store or Google Play.
 Change Amer - Garland White.PNG The “Changing America: To Be Free” app is available for the iPad from the App Store or Google Play, and will soon be available for iPhone and Android.
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the senate Feb 9th-19th CONGRESS the house 2018


Schedule for Pro Forma Sessions and Monday, February 26, 2018
February 15, 2018 Wrap Up for Thursday, February 15, 2018
February 14, 2018 Wrap Up for Wednesday, February 14, 2018
February 13, 2018 Wrap Up for Tuesday, February 13, 2018
February 12, 2018 Wrap Up for Monday, February 12, 2018
February 9, 2018 Wrap Up for Thursday, February 8, 2018

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House Activity 2/19/2018

Time Bill Activity
9:00:05 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:32 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Bradley Byrne to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
9:00:39 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:16 A.M. SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 4(a) of H. Res. 736, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
9:01:40 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:01:41 A.M. The House received a communication from Philip G. Kiko, Chief Administrative Officer. Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Mr. Kiko notified the House that he had been served with a subpoena for documents in a criminal case issued by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and that after consultation with the Office of General Counsel, he had determined that compliance with the subpoena was consistent with the privileges and rights of the House.
9:02:41 A.M. The House received a communication from Susan Anfinson, Financial Administrator. Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Ms. Anfinson notified the House that she had been served with a subpoena for documents in a criminal case issued by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and that after consultation with the Office of General Counsel, she had determined that compliance with the subpoena was consistent with the privileges and rights of the House.
9:03:03 A.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on February 15, 2018, at 1:50 p.m.: that the Senate passed S. 2246.
9:03:10 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 4(b) of H. Res. 736. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on February 20, 2018.

House Activity 2/15/2018

9:00:07 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:17 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
9:00:37 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:59 A.M. SPEAKER’S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Byrne demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Byrne objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.
9:03:22 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Schrader to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:03:29 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.
9:13:35 A.M. H.R. 620 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 736H.R. 620 — “To amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to promote compliance through education, to clarify the requirements for demand letters, to provide for a notice and cure period before the commencement of a private civil action, and for other purposes.”
9:13:40 A.M. H.R. 620 Provides for consideration of H.R. 620 and H.R. 3978 under structured rules and H.R. 3299 under a closed rule. Each bill shall be debatable for one hour. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period of February 16, 2018 through February 23, 2018.
9:14:05 A.M. H.R. 620 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 736 and Rule XVIII.
9:14:06 A.M. H.R. 620 The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Chairman of the Committee.
9:15:00 A.M. H.R. 620 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 620.
10:21:41 A.M. H.R. 620 Mr. Goodlatte moved that the committee rise.
10:21:55 A.M. H.R. 620 On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
10:22:02 A.M. H.R. 620 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 620 as unfinished business.
10:22:37 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
10:27:46 A.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 15.
10:27:48 A.M. H.R. 620 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 620 — “To amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to promote compliance through education, to clarify the requirements for demand letters, to provide for a notice and cure period before the commencement of a private civil action, and for other purposes.”
10:28:04 A.M. H.R. 620 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
10:29:26 A.M. H.R. 620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Denham, numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to ensure the Department of Justice’s Disability Rights Section takes action, to the extent practicable, to make ADA compliance publications available in languages commonly used by owners and operators of U.S. businesses.
10:30:08 A.M. H.R. 620 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Denham Part A amendment No. 1.
10:37:49 A.M. H.R. 620 On agreeing to the Denham amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:38:04 A.M. H.R. 620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Langevin, numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to remove the requirement that a person who claims discrimination must first provide written notice that allows 60 days for an owner to acknowledge receipt of the complaint and 120 days to demonstrate substantial progress in removing the barrier before legal action may be pursued.
10:38:54 A.M. H.R. 620 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Langevin Part A amendment No. 2.
10:47:48 A.M. H.R. 620 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Langevin amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Langevin demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
10:48:11 A.M. H.R. 620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Foster, numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to allow for punitive damages for noncompliance after the cure period.
10:48:41 A.M. H.R. 620 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Foster Part A amendment No. 3.
10:53:54 A.M. H.R. 620 On agreeing to the Foster amendment; Failed by voice vote.
10:54:08 A.M. H.R. 620 An amendment, offered by Ms. Speier, numbered 4 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to clarify that the defendant is still liable if the defendant fails to make substantial progress to remove the barrier.
10:54:47 A.M. H.R. 620 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Speier Part A amendment No. 4.
11:01:24 A.M. H.R. 620 On agreeing to the Speier amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:01:38 A.M. H.R. 620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Bera, numbered 5 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to shorten the timeline from 180 to 120 total days.
11:02:05 A.M. H.R. 620 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bera Part A amendment No. 5.
11:08:44 A.M. H.R. 620 On agreeing to the Bera amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:08:59 A.M. H.R. 620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Poe (TX), numbered 6 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to strike the requirement that the written notices of alleged violation include the specific sections of the ADA alleged to have been violated.
11:09:40 A.M. H.R. 620 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Poe(TX) Part A amendment No. 6.
11:13:39 A.M. H.R. 620 On agreeing to the Poe (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:15:06 A.M. H.R. 620 Mr. Poe (TX) moved that the committee rise.
11:15:16 A.M. H.R. 620 On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
11:15:25 A.M. H.R. 620 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 620 as unfinished business.
11:15:50 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
11:20:53 A.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 15.
11:20:56 A.M. H.R. 620 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 620 — “To amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to promote compliance through education, to clarify the requirements for demand letters, to provide for a notice and cure period before the commencement of a private civil action, and for other purposes.”
11:21:08 A.M. H.R. 620 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
11:21:09 A.M. H.R. 620 UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of an amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
11:47:08 A.M. H.R. 620 On agreeing to the Langevin amendment Failed by recorded vote: 188 – 226 (Roll no. 79).
11:47:44 A.M. H.R. 620 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 620.
11:48:08 A.M. H.R. 620 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
11:50:38 A.M. H.R. 620 The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
11:57:51 A.M. H.R. 620 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 225 – 192 (Roll no. 80).
11:57:53 A.M. H.R. 620 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:59:40 A.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and put the question de novo.
11:59:53 A.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.
12:02:03 P.M. The Chair announced, on behalf of the Speaker, Majority Leader and Minority Leader, their joint appointment, pursuant to clause 6 of rule II, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, of Mr. Michael Ptasienski, McLean, Virginia, as Inspector General for the U.S. House of Representatives.
12:03:20 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
12:34:08 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
1:36:08 P.M. Mr. Woodall moved that the House do now adjourn.
1:36:10 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
1:36:11 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on February 16, 2018.

House Activity 2/14/2018

10:00:01 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:06 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Brian K. Fitzpatrick to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:26 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.
10:41:30 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:05 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 14.
12:00:17 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:27 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:30 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mrs. Roby to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:01:51 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.
12:19:18 P.M. H. Res. 736 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 736 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 620) to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to promote compliance through education, to clarify the requirements for demand letters, to provide for a notice and cure period before the commencement of a private civil action, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3299) to amend the Revised Statutes, the Home Owners’ Loan Act, the Federal Credit Union Act, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to require the rate of interest on certain loans remain unchanged after transfer of the loan, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3978) to amend the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to modify requirements related to mortgage disclosures, and for other purposes; and providing for proceedings during the period from February 16, 2018, through February 23, 2018.”
12:24:12 P.M. H. Res. 736 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 736.
1:39:22 P.M. H. Res. 736 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 228 – 187 (Roll no. 72).
1:50:12 P.M. H. Res. 736 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 227 – 187 (Roll no. 73).
1:51:12 P.M. H. Res. 736 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:51:49 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on motions to suspend the rules, which were debate earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
1:52:16 P.M. H.R. 3542 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3542 — “To impose sanctions against Hamas for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights by reason of the use of civilians as human shields, and for other purposes.”
1:59:13 P.M. H.R. 3542 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 415 – 0 (Roll no. 74).
1:59:14 P.M. H.R. 3542 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:59:18 P.M. H.R. 3542 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
1:59:39 P.M. H. Res. 129 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 129 — “Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States.”
2:06:16 P.M. H. Res. 129 On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 411 – 0 (Roll no. 75).
2:06:20 P.M. H. Res. 129 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
2:06:21 P.M. H. Res. 129 Motion to reconsider laid on the table. Agreed to without objection.
2:06:23 P.M. H. Con. Res. 103 Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
2:06:30 P.M. H. Con. Res. 103 Considered by unanimous consent. H. Con. Res. 103 — “Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust.”
2:06:50 P.M. H. Con. Res. 103 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
2:07:05 P.M. H. Con. Res. 103 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:08:15 P.M. H.R. 3299 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 736H.R. 3299 — “To amend the Revised Statutes, the Home Owners’ Loan Act, the Federal Credit Union Act, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to require the rate of interest on certain loans remain unchanged after transfer of the loan, and for other purposes.”
2:08:20 P.M. H.R. 3299 Provides for consideration of H.R. 620 and H.R. 3978 under structured rules and H.R. 3299 under a closed rule. Each bill shall be debatable for one hour. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period of February 16, 2018 through February 23, 2018.
2:08:55 P.M. H.R. 3299 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3299.
3:12:36 P.M. H.R. 3299 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
3:13:19 P.M. H.R. 3299 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 3299, the Chair put the question on passage of the bill, and by voice vote announced the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hensarling demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of passage until later in the legislative day.
3:13:35 P.M. H.R. 3978 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 736H.R. 3978 — “To amend the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to modify requirements related to mortgage disclosures, and for other purposes.”
3:13:40 P.M. H.R. 3978 Provides for consideration of H.R. 620 and H.R. 3978 under structured rules and H.R. 3299 under a closed rule. Each bill shall be debatable for one hour. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period of February 16, 2018 through February 23, 2018.
3:15:11 P.M. H.R. 3978 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3978.
4:11:37 P.M. H.R. 3978 An amendment, offered by Mr. Foster, numbered 1 printed in Part C of Report 115-559 to clarify that the requirement applies only to proprietary source code related to algorithmic trading, which contains prescriptive information.
4:11:40 P.M. H.R. 3978 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Foster amendment No. 1.
4:18:39 P.M. H.R. 3978 The previous question was ordered on the bill and amendment pursuant to the rule.
4:18:53 P.M. H.R. 3978 On agreeing to the Foster amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:19:26 P.M. H.R. 3978 Mr. Capuano moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Financial Services.
4:20:53 P.M. H.R. 3978 DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions, pending the reservation of a point of order.The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back with an amendment to extend exemptions to include companies that have claw back policies that require any executive officer incentive-based compensation to be clawed-back in the event that the issuer is required to prepare an accounting restatement due to the material noncompliance of the issuer with any financial reporting requirement under the securities laws, regardless of whether such compensation was paid to an officer who was a party to the actions that resulted in such restatement. Subsequently, the point of order was removed.
4:31:03 P.M. H.R. 3978 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
4:57:17 P.M. H.R. 3978 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 189 – 228 (Roll no. 76).
5:05:08 P.M. H.R. 3978 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 271 – 145 (Roll no. 77).
5:05:10 P.M. H.R. 3978 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:05:12 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on passage of H.R. 3299, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
5:05:44 P.M. H.R. 3299 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3299 — “To amend the Revised Statutes, the Home Owners’ Loan Act, the Federal Credit Union Act, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to require the rate of interest on certain loans remain unchanged after transfer of the loan, and for other purposes.”
5:13:39 P.M. H.R. 3299 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 245 – 171 (Roll no. 78).
5:13:41 P.M. H.R. 3299 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:13:53 P.M. Mr. Fitzpatrick asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on February 15. Agreed to without objection.
5:14:42 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
5:31:50 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
6:20:00 P.M. Mr. Green, Al moved that the House do now adjourn.
6:20:08 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
6:20:09 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on February 15, 2018.

House Activity 2/13/2018

12:00:00 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:00:16 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Mark Meadows to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:01:00 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.
12:09:55 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:20 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 13.
2:00:22 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:01:14 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
2:01:16 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Schneider to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:01:47 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
2:08:06 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 Deputy Clerk notifed the House that he received a sealed envelope from the White House on February 9, 2018 at 10:19 a.m., said to contain a message from the President whereby he submits a notice continuing the national emergency with respect to Libya.
2:08:09 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification of the continuance of the national emergency with respect of Libya is in effect beyond February 25, 2018. – referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-93).
2:10:33 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 Deputy Clerk notified the House that he received a sealed envelope from the White House on February 9, 2018 at 10:20 a.m., said to contain a message from the President whereby he submitted designations under the Balanced and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
2:10:43 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notice designating as emergency requirements all funding (including the transfer of funds) pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency deficit Control Act of 1985 – referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-94).
2:10:56 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 sealed envelope from the White House on February 12, 2018, at 3:28 p.m., and said to contain a message from the President on his Fiscal Year 2019 Budget, Efficient, Effective, Accountable- An American Budget.
2:16:31 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting hard copy volumes of the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget. – referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-88).
2:20:32 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 3:30 P.M. today.
3:30:57 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 13.
3:31:02 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
3:31:20 P.M. H.R. 4533 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4533— “To designate the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lexington, Kentucky, as the “Lexington VA Health Care System” and to make certain other designations.”
3:31:29 P.M. H.R. 4533 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:31:30 P.M. H.R. 4533 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4533.
3:46:04 P.M. H.R. 4533 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.
3:47:16 P.M. H.R. 3542 Mr. Wilson (SC) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3542 — “To impose sanctions against Hamas for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights by reason of the use of civilians as human shields, and for other purposes.”
3:47:26 P.M. H.R. 3542 Considered under suspension of the rules.
3:47:27 P.M. H.R. 3542 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3542.
4:06:19 P.M. H.R. 3542 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.
4:06:27 P.M. H. Res. 129 Mr. Wilson (SC) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 129 — “Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States.”
4:06:39 P.M. H. Res. 129 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:06:40 P.M. H. Res. 129 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 129.
4:28:55 P.M. H. Res. 129 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.
4:30:28 P.M. H.R. 4675 Mr. Marshall moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4675— “To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide for a low-dose radiation basic research program.”
4:30:39 P.M. H.R. 4675 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:30:40 P.M. H.R. 4675 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4675.
4:42:38 P.M. H.R. 4675 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:42:40 P.M. H.R. 4675 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:43:14 P.M. H.R. 4377 Mr. Hultgren moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4377— “To direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out an upgrade to research equipment and construct research user facilities, and for other purposes.”
4:43:24 P.M. H.R. 4377 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:43:26 P.M. H.R. 4377 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4377.
4:56:42 P.M. H.R. 4377 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
4:56:44 P.M. H.R. 4377 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
4:56:46 P.M. H.R. 4377 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
4:57:10 P.M. H.R. 4378 Mr. Weber (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4378 — “To direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out the construction of a versatile reactor-based fast neutron source, and for other purposes.”
4:57:18 P.M. H.R. 4378 Considered under suspension of the rules.
4:57:19 P.M. H.R. 4378 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4378.
5:09:22 P.M. H.R. 4378 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:09:24 P.M. H.R. 4378 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:10:05 P.M. H.R. 4376 Mr. Weber (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4376 — “To direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out certain upgrades to research equipment and the construction of a research user facility, and for other purposes.”
5:10:24 P.M. H.R. 4376 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:10:25 P.M. H.R. 4376 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4376.
5:20:04 P.M. H.R. 4376 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:20:06 P.M. H.R. 4376 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:20:43 P.M. H.R. 3397 Mr. Knight moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3397 — “To direct the National Science Foundation to support STEM education research focused on early childhood.”
5:20:54 P.M. H.R. 3397 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:20:56 P.M. H.R. 3397 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3397.
5:37:42 P.M. H.R. 3397 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
5:37:44 P.M. H.R. 3397 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:38:16 P.M. H.R. 4979 Mr. Reichert moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4979— “To extend the Generalized System of Preferences and to make technical changes to the competitive need limitations provision of the program.”
5:38:37 P.M. H.R. 4979 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:38:39 P.M. H.R. 4979 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4979.
6:00:10 P.M. H.R. 4979 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.
6:01:15 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received a sealed envelope from the White House on February 12, 2018, at 3:28 p.m., and said to contain a message from the President on his framework for rebuilding infrastructure in America.
6:03:49 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a message containing the framework for rebuilding infrastructure in America – referred to the Committees on Agriculture, Education and the Workforce, Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Natural Resources, Oversight and Government Reform, Transportation and Infrastructure, Veterans’ Affairs, and Ways and Means and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-95).
6:03:50 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 p.m. today.
6:30:07 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 13.
6:30:09 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on motions to suspend the rules, which were debate earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:31:06 P.M. H.R. 4533 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4533 — “To designate the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lexington, Kentucky, as the “Lexington VA Health Care System” and to make certain other designations.”
6:55:46 P.M. H.R. 4533 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 402 – 0 (Roll no. 70).
6:55:47 P.M. H.R. 4533 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:55:57 P.M. H.R. 4979 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4979 — “To extend the Generalized System of Preferences and to make technical changes to the competitive need limitations provision of the program.”
7:05:00 P.M. H.R. 4979 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 400 – 2 (Roll no. 71).
7:05:01 P.M. H.R. 4979 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:05:23 P.M. Mr. Burgess filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 736.
7:07:18 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:30:57 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
9:02:43 P.M. Mr. Walden moved that the House do now adjourn.
9:02:55 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
9:02:56 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on February 14, 2018.

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Dred Scott and Roger B. Taney – The human factor in history


Lonnie Bunch, museum director, historian, lecturer, and author, is proud to present A Page from Our American Story, a regular on-line series for Museum supporters. It will showcase individuals and events in the African American experience, placing these stories in the context of a larger story — our American story.

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On March 6, 1857, in the case of Dred Scott v. John Sanford, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney ruled that African Americans were not and could not be citizens. Taney wrote that the Founders’ words in the Declaration of Independence, “all men were created equal,” were never intended to apply to blacks. Blacks could not vote, travel, or even fall in love and marry of their own free will — rights granted, according to the Declaration, by God to all. It was the culmination of ten years of court battles — Dred Scott’s fight to live and be recognized as a free man.

The High Court’s decision went even further, declaring laws that restricted slavery in new states or sought to keep a balance between free and slave states, such as the Missouri Compromise, were unconstitutional. In essence, Black Americans, regardless of where they lived, were believed to be nothing more than commodities.

The Taney court was dominated by pro-slavery judges from the South. Of the nine, seven judges had been appointed by pro-slavery Presidents — five, in fact, came from slave-holding families. The decision was viewed by many as a victory for the Southern “Slavocracy,” and a symbol of the power the South had over the highest court.

The dramatic ripple effect of Dred Scott — a ruling historians widely agree was one of the worst racially-based decisions ever handed down by the United States Supreme Court — reached across the states and territories. It sent shivers through the North and the free African-American community. Technically, no black was free of re-enslavement.

Free Blacks, many of whom had been in Northern states for years, once again lived in fear of being hunted down and taken back to the South in servitude. Southern slave laws allowed marshals to travel north in search of escaped slaves. The ruling was such a concern to Free Blacks, that many seriously considered leaving the United States for Canada or Liberia.

The decision played a role in propelling Abraham Lincoln — an outspoken anti-slavery voice — into the White House. The slavery issue had already created a turbulent, volatile atmosphere throughout the nation. Dred Scott, like kerosene tossed onto a simmering fire, played a significant role in igniting the Civil War. The North became ready to combat what it viewed as the South’s disproportionate influence in government.

The court case lives in infamy today, but few people know much about the actual people involved. I suspect Scott and Taney never imagined they would play such powerful roles in our great American story.

Taney was from Maryland, a slave state, but had long before emancipated his slaves and reportedly paid pensions to his older slaves, as well. As a young lawyer he called slavery a “blot on our national character.” What turned Taney into a pro-slavery advocate is not clear, but by 1857, Taney had hardened, going as far as to declare the abolitionist movement “northern aggression.”

It is reported that Dred Scott was originally named “Sam” but took the name of an older brother when that brother died at a young age. Scott was born into slavery in Virginia around 1800 (birth dates for slaves were often unrecorded), and made his way westward with his master, Peter Blow. By 1830, Scott was living in St. Louis, still a slave to Blow. He was sold to Army doctor John Emerson in 1831 and accompanied him to his various postings — including stations in Illinois and the Wisconsin Territory (what is now Minnesota).

In 1836, Scott married Harriett Robinson. Reports vary on whether she was a slave of Emerson’s prior to the marriage or Emerson purchased her from another military officer after she and Scott had fallen in love. The series of events underscored the painful and difficult lives slaves led. Love, like everything else, was subject to the vagaries of their owners’ dispositions.

Emerson died in 1843, leaving the Scott family to his wife, Irene. Three years later, Scott tried to buy his freedom, but to no avail. Scott’s only recourse was to file suit against Mrs. Emerson. He did so on April 6, 1846, and the case went to a Missouri court the following year. He would lose this case, but win on appeal in 1850. Emerson won her appeal in 1852, and shortly afterward gave the Scotts to her son, John Sanford, a legal resident of New York. Because two states were now involved, Scott’s appeal was filed in federal court in 1854 under the case name of Dred Scott v. John Sanford, the name that came before Taney in 1857.

History is filled with dramatic and strange twists of irony and fate. Those factors can be found throughout Scott’s battle for freedom. Peter Blow’s sons, childhood friends of Scott’s, paid his legal fees. Irene Emerson had remarried in 1850. Her new husband, Massachusetts Congressman Calvin Chaffee, was anti-slavery. Following Taney’s ruling, the now-Mrs. Calvin Chaffee, took possession of Dred, Harriett and their two daughters and either sold or simply returned the family to the Blows. In turn, the Blows freed the Scotts in May, 1857.

Dred Scott, a man whose name is so deeply-rooted in our history, so linked to the war that would end slavery, would die just five months later of tuberculosis. However, he died a free man.

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