Congress is in Session -Thursday


The Senate Convenes: 9:30amET June 24, 2010

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business for 1 hour with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minute each. The Majority will control the first 30 minutes and the Republicans will control the final 30 minutes.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.4213, Tax Extenders. As a reminder, cloture was filed on the Reid motion to concur with the Baucus amendment #4386.

We hope to reach an agreement to consider the Iran Sanctions conference report on Thursday. Roll call votes are expected to occur throughout the day.
Votes:
199: Adoption of the Conference Report to accomany HR2194, Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act;
Adopted: 99-0

200: Now Voting on Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to HR4213, Tax Extenders, with the Baucus substitute amendment #4386: .

Unanimous Consent:
Adopted S. Res.548, as amended, a resolution to express the sense of the Senate that Israel has an undeniable right to self-defense, and to condemn the recent destabilizing actions by extremists aboard the ship Mavi Marmara.

Republicans and Ben Nelson refuse to vote for HR4213 – tax extenders and jobs bill/only 3 votes needed to pass this -suggest calling snowe/collins and scott brown or Congress will move on and no benes will move forward.

HR4213 failed again 57-41

The next meeting in the House is scheduled for 10:00amET June 24, 2010

CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JUNE 24, 2010

111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

7:26 P.M. –

SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

7:25 P.M. –

Mr. Fortenberry requested the following general leaves to address the House on July 1: Mr. Poe of TX for 5 min, Mr. Jones for 5 min, and Mr. Burton of IN for 5 min.

Mr. Fortenberry requested that Mr. Burton of IN be allowed to address the House for 5 minutes on June 30.

Mr. Fortenberry requested that Mr. Burton of IN be allowed to address the House for 5 minutes on June 29.

Mr. Fortenberry requested that Mr. Burton of IN be allowed to address the House for 5 minutes on June 28.

7:21 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

7:20 P.M. –

Mr. Deutch asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Monday, June 28, 2010, it adjourn to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, for Morning-Hour Debate. Agreed to without objection.

Mr. Deutch asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, June 25, 2010, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 28, 2010, for Morning-Hour Debate. Agreed to without objection.

Mr. Deutch asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Thursday, June 24, 2010, it adjourn to meet at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2010. Agreed to without objection.

H. Res. 1457:

expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the one-year anniversary of the Government of Iran’s fraudulent manipulation of Iranian elections, the Government of Iran’s continued denial of human rights and democracy to the people of Iran, and the Government of Iran’s continued pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability

7:19 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

7:18 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1359:

calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit held captive by Hamas, and for other purposes

The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

7:17 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1373:

expressing support for designation of the week beginning May 2, 2010, as “National Physical Education and Sport Week”

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 2194:

to amend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to enhance United States diplomatic efforts with respect to Iran by expanding economic sanctions against Iran

7:16 P.M. –

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the conference report Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 408 – 8, 1 Present (Roll no. 394).

Motions to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

7:09 P.M. –

The House proceeded to consider the conference report H.Rept. 111-512 as unfinished business.

H.R. 3962:

to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion that the House suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendments Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 417 – 1 (Roll no. 393).

6:43 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

H.R. 2194:

to amend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to enhance United States diplomatic efforts with respect to Iran by expanding economic sanctions against Iran

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the conference report to accompany H.R. 2194, the Chair put the question on adoption of the motion to suspend the rules and agree to the conference report, and announced by voice vote that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Berman demanded the yeas and nays and pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

5:29 P.M. –

DEBATE – By unanimous consent the House proceeded with fifty minutes of debate on the conference report to accompany H.R. 2194.

Mr. Berman moved to suspend the rules and agree to the conference report, H. Rept. 111-512.

H.R. 3962:

to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes

5:24 P.M. –

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.

4:39 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3962.

Mr. Levin moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments.

H. Res. 1464:

recognizing the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of the United States-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security and expressing appreciation to the Government of Japan and the Japanese people for enhancing peace, prosperity, and security in the Asia-Pacific region

4:37 P.M. –

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 412 – 2 (Roll no. 392).

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

4:29 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 5175:

to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections, and for other purposes

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On passage Passed by recorded vote: 219 – 206 (Roll no. 391).

4:17 P.M. –

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 208 – 217 (Roll no. 390).

3:59 P.M. –

The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.

3:49 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House with an amendment to strike section 401 of the Bill and replace it with entirely new text.

3:43 P.M. –

Mr. Lungren, Daniel E. moved to recommit with instructions to House Administration.

The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

3:42 P.M. –

The House received a message from the Senate stating that that body had agreed to the conference report accompanying the bill H.R. 2194.

H.R. 5175:

to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections, and for other purposes

The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

3:41 P.M. –

The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 5175.

3:40 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Murphy, Patrick amendment Agreed to by recorded vote: 274 – 152 (Roll no. 389).

3:29 P.M. –

On agreeing to the King (IA) amendment Failed by recorded vote: 57 – 369 (Roll no. 388).

3:00 P.M. –

UNFINISHED 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.

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Patrick Murphy amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Patrick Murphy demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

2:49 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1468, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Patrick Murphy amendment.

Amendment offered by Mr. Murphy, Patrick.

An amendment numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 111-514 to ensure that citizens know if special interests outside their district or state are trying to impact an election by enhancing advertisement disclaimers to include the city and state of the ad funder’s residence or principle office.

2:48 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Pascrell amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

2:25 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1468, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pascrell amendment.

Amendment offered by Mr. Pascrell.

An amendment numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 111-514 to prohibit political expenditures by corporations with significant foreign government ownership and corporations that have a majority of shares owned by foreign nationals.

On agreeing to the Kucinich amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

2:12 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1468, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kucinich amendment.

Amendment offered by Mr. Kucinich.

An amendment numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 111-514 to clarify that the bill would prohibit those with leases on the Outer Continental Shelf from making campaign-related expenditures.

2:11 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the King (IA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. King (IA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

2:00 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1468, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the King (IA) amendment.

Amendment offered by Mr. King (IA).

An amendment numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 111-514 to eliminate all limitations on federal election campaign contributions.

1:59 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Ackerman amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

1:51 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1468, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ackerman amendment.

Amendment offered by Mr. Ackerman.

An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 111-514 to require covered organizations to report required disclosures to shareholders, members or donors in a “clear and conspicuous manner.”

12:36 P.M. –

GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 5175.

The Speaker designated the Honorable John T. Salazar to act as Chairman of the Committee.

House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 1468 and Rule XVIII.

12:35 P.M. –

Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 5175 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. The amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on House Administration now printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules, shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1468.

H. Res. 1464:

recognizing the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of the United States-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security and expressing appreciation to the Government of Japan and the Japanese people for enhancing peace, prosperity, and security in the Asia-Pacific region

12:33 P.M. –

The Chair put the question on the resolution, a recorded vote was demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Con. Res. 285:

recognizing the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families and supporting the goals and ideals of designating 2010 as the Year of the Father

12:32 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 423 – 0 (Roll no. 387).

12:23 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

H. Res. 1468:

providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 5175) to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections, and for other purposes

12:22 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 220 – 205 (Roll no. 386).

12:14 P.M. –

On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 243 – 181 (Roll no. 385).

10:35 A.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1468

Considered as privileged matter.

10:09 A.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

10:08 A.M. –

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 725 amended, and S. 1508.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Ms. Foxx to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.

10:06 A.M. –

Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Byron Brought, Calvary United Methodist Church, Annapolis, Maryland.

10:05 A.M. –

The House convened, starting a new legislative day

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BP Alaska: A Ticking Time Bomb? (via Anderson Cooper 360)


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Support Gulf Communities, demand Justice from Big Oil Companies


Donate to support Ecuadorean leaders’ trip to the Gulf
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Toxic oil pit in Ecuador/ Photo by Lou Demattei

How many times will we let BP and Big Oil destroy our communities?

Next week, RAN along with four Ecuadorean community leaders, Emergildo, Humberto, Mariana and Luis, who have been fighting Big Oil’s toxic legacy for decades in the Amazon Rainforest, hope to travel to the Gulf Coast to stand with local communities who are feeling the impact of our country’s oil addiction firsthand.

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Our job starts today!

For a better world,

Rebecca Tarbotton
Acting Executive Director

It feels good to win


Last night, we won again. DFA-List endorsed candidate Elaine Marshall won the Democratic primary runoff in North Carolina with 60% of the vote. That’s not the only good news. Everyone from The Hill newspaper in DC to Talking Points Memo are giving you the credit and Washington insiders are getting the message. Here’s just a sample:

From The Nation:

Progressive Challenger Defeats Washington Establishment in North Carolina

The progressive groups who unsuccessfully backed Bill Halter over Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas’ Democratic Senate runoff on June 8 scored a victory tonight when Elaine Marshall defeated Cal Cunningham in North Carolina’s Democratic Senate primary.

From USA Today:

She defeated a candidate who was handpicked by national Democratic Party leaders. Backed by liberal groups MoveOn-org and Democracy for America, (Elaine) campaigned as a liberal insurgent against Cal Cunningham.

Together with DFA-List candidate Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania, we’re showing Washington insiders we don’t support just any Democrat — we support better Democrats. Now, it’s up to us to make sure she beats Republican Senator Richard Burr in November.

CONTRIBUTE $5 OR MORE TO ELAINE MARSHALL RIGHT NOW

You don’t have to look far to see corporate interests’ fingerprints all over Richard Burr’s campaign. In his reelection kick-off he stood up for Big Insurance and called for the repeal of President Obama’s healthcare bill.

After the oil disaster in the Gulf he stood up for Big Oil and actually called for less restrictions on offshore oil drilling. Now, he’s standing up for Wall Street as Congress debates reform while funding his campaign with over $1 million in Wall Street special interest money.

Wall St. and Big Oil don’t own Elaine Marshall. The people do. She’s working to represent the people of North Carolina and working Americans everywhere, not Goldman Sachs or BP.

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Thank you for everything you do,

-Charles

Charles Chamberlain, Political Director
Democracy for America

BP is burning endangered sea turtles alive


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News has just emerged from the Gulf Coast that BP is burning endangered sea turtles alive.

A boat captain who has been leading efforts to rescue the endangered turtles says BP has blocked his crews from entering the areas where the animals are trapped, effectively shutting down the rescue operation.

BP is using “controlled burns” to contain the oil spill. Shrimp boats create a corral of oil by dragging together fire-resistant booms and then lighting the enclosed “burn box” on fire. If turtles are not removed from the area before the fire is lit, they are literally burned alive.


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