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CIVIL RIGHTS — MARYLAND FOSTER AGENCY WON’T ALLOW MUSLIM MOTHER TO FOSTER A CHILD: Contemporary Family Services, a Maryland-based private foster agency that is “authorized by the state to place foster children with families,” has rejected the application of Tashima Crudup, a former foster child herself, to foster a child. A social worker who visited Crudup reported that she was “accepting of religious practices other than their own” and willing “to make arrangements to have a child attend the church of his or her own choice if so requested.” Nevertheless, after clearing an initial screening process and completing 50 hours of training, Crudup’s application was rejected. Why? The “main reason” was because Crudup does not keep pork in her house due to her Muslim faith. In a letter addressed to Crudup, the company said that, even though it respects her “personal/religious views and practices,” it also wants to “ensure that the religious, cultural and personal rights of each foster child” they place are upheld. In an editorial, the Baltimore Sun responded, “There are thousands of kids across the state who desperately need stable homes and loving caretakers; that’s what foster care and adoption officials should be focusing on, not on which meat dish gets put on the table every night.” The ACLU of Maryland, which has taken up Crudup’s case, is suing the agency, alleging anti-Muslim bias. “I have a hard time believing [the company] denies every vegetarian or Orthodox Jewish person a foster care license,” said Ajmel Quereshi, an attorney with the ACLU. The state’s Department of Human Resources, which gave the agency its contract to administer fostering services, has suggested that the company is violating the law. “The law does not permit the agency to make a determination solely on the type of food served in a home,” said spokeswoman Nancy Lineman.

the Senate and the House … on Wednesday


CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF APRIL 21, 2010
111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
7:34 P.M. –
The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on April 22, 2010. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

Mr. Smith (NJ) moved that the House do now adjourn.

4:29 P.M. –
SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

4:28 P.M. –
Mr. Bartlett requested the following general leaves to address the House on April 28: Mr. Jones for 5 min, and Mr. Moran of KS for 5 min. Mr. Bartlett requested that Mr. Forbes be allowed to address the House for 5 minutes on April 22.

4:09 P.M. –
ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

H. Res. 1216:

congratulating Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin on his tenth year of service as Chaplain of the House of Representatives

4:08 P.M. –
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 412 – 0 (Roll no. 216). Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

3:59 P.M. –
Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1104:

supporting the mission and goals of 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States, no matter their country of origin or their creed, and to commemorate the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme of “Crime Victims’ Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect.”

3:52 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): 417 – 0 (Roll no. 215).

H. Res. 1104:
supporting the mission and goals of 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States, no matter their country of origin or their creed, and to commemorate the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme of “Crime Victims’ Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect.”

3:44 P.M. –
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Roll Call 215 – 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending. Considered as unfinished business.

S. 1963:

to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide assistance to caregivers of veterans, to improve the provision of health care to veterans, and for other purposes

3:43 P.M. –
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): (Roll No. 214).

3:07 P.M. –
Considered as unfinished business.

3:06 P.M. –
UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
H. Res. 1276:
recognizing the continued importance of volunteerism and national service and the anniversary of the signing of the landmark service legislation, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

3:05 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.

2:58 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1276. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Sablan moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

H. Res. 1270:

expressing support for Mathematics Awareness Month

2:57 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.

2:48 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1270. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Sablan moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

H.R. 1585:

to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve standards for physical education

2:47 P.M. –
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 pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 1585:
to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve standards for physical education

2:25 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1585. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Sablan moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H. Res. 1239:

commending the University of Connecticut Huskies for their historic win in the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament

2:24 P.M. –
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.

2:11 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1239. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Sablan moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended.

H. Res. 1182:

congratulating Radford University on the 100th anniversary of the university

2:10 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.

2:01 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1182. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Sablan moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

H. Res. 1262:

expressing condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims of the fire at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington

2:00 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.

1:49 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1262. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Speier moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

H. Res. 855:

expressing support for designation of May 1 as “Silver Star Service Banner Day”

1:48 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.

1:42 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 855. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Speier moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

H. Con. Res. 255:

commemorating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and honoring the founder of Earth Day, the late Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin

1:41 P.M. –
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.

1:25 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Con. Res. 255. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Speier moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended.

H. Res. 1281:

celebrating the life and achievements of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height and recognizing her life-long dedication and leadership in the struggle for human rights and equality for all people until her death at age 98 on April 20, 2010

1:24 P.M. –
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

1:23 P.M. –
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
H. Res. 1281:
celebrating the life and achievements of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height and recognizing her life-long dedication and leadership in the struggle for human rights and equality for all people until her death at age 98 on April 20, 2010

12:27 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1281. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Conyers moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

H. Res. 1116:

supporting the goals and ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

12:26 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.

H. Res. 1116:
supporting the goals and ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

12:04 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1116. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mrs. Capps moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

H. Res. 1216:

congratulating Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin on his tenth year of service as Chaplain of the House of Representatives

12:03 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.

H. Res. 1216:
congratulating Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin on his tenth year of service as Chaplain of the House of Representatives

11:24 A.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1216. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Capuano moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

S. 1963:

to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide assistance to caregivers of veterans, to improve the provision of health care to veterans, and for other purposes

11:23 A.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.

S. 1963:
to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide assistance to caregivers of veterans, to improve the provision of health care to veterans, and for other purposes

10:33 A.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 1963. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Filner moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

10:32 A.M. –
The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until the conclusion of general debate on all suspensions.

The Senate Convenes: 9:30amET
Morning Business for 1 hour with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. The Majority will control the first 30 minutes and the Republicans will control the final 30 minutes.
Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Christopher Schroeder to be Assistant Attorney General. There will be up to 3 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the Schroeder nomination.
Upon disposition of the nomination, the Senate will consider the nomination of Thomas Valaskie to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit. There will be up to 3 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the Valaskie nomination.

Votes:
121: Confirmation of Christopher Schroeder to be an Assistant Attorney General;
Confirmed: 72-24

122: Confirmation of Thomas Vanaskie, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit;
Confirmed: 77-20

Unanimous Consent:
Adopted H.Con.Res.222, a concurrent resolution recognizing the leadership and historical contributions of Dr. Hector Garcia to the Hispanic community and his remarkable efforts to combat racial and ethnic discrimination in the United States.

Adopted S.Res.483, a resolution congratulating the Republic of Serbia’s application for European Union membership and recognizing Serbia’s active efforts to integrate into Europe and the global community.

Arizona Republicans pass birther bill and now an immigration bill that promotes racial profiling … Boycott Arizona until Operation WB is stopped


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Call Gov. Jan Brewer …Stop legal racial profiling 602-542-4331

IMMIGRATION — ARIZONA SENATE PASSES NEW HARSH ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL: On Monday, the Arizona Senate passed the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” (SB 1070) which, if signed into law, would be one of the most “stringent immigration laws in the country.”

The bill is authored by State Senator Russell Pierce (R), an anti-immigrant firebrand known for praising the controversial 1950s deportation program named “Operation Wetback.” SB 1070 would grant police officers broad authority to “demand proof of legal entry into the United States from anyone suspected of being in the country illegally,” and to even “conduct warrantless arrests” if an officer has probable cause to believe a deportable offense has been committed.

In essence, a police officer could arrest anyone who cannot immediately prove that they are in the country legally, leading the New York Times to conclude that it “means if you are brown-skinned and leave home without a wallet, you are in trouble.” The ACLU of Arizona has also predicted that the bill will “exacerbate the problem of racial profiling,” which “raises concerns about the prolonged detention of citizens and legal residents.”

While the bill has garnered the support of state conservatives, even drawing praise sharply veered to the right on immigration during his primary challenge from J.D. Hayworth — Latino Republicans have drawn a line in the sand, telling Gov. Jan Brewer (R) to veto the measure. Somos Republicans, an Arizona Latino Republican group, issued a press statement explicitly stating that “if Jan Brewer signs SB 1070 next week, members of Somos Republicans and several Arizona Hispanic Republicans will not vote for her in 2010.” Brewer, who is involved in a tough primary fight catering to the far-right for the 2010 gubernatorial nomination, has been receiving “non-stop” phone calls from residents on the legislation. from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who has

We the People of every background need to united peacefully and get out the vote in 2010 Mid-Terms

STOP the… Legalization of Racial Profiling in IMMIGRANT RIGHTS


 

Legalizing Racial Profiling in IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

Do you “look” undocumented? This week, the Arizona state legislature approved an anti-immigrant bill that essentially gives police the right to profile people based on race. It will also give natives the right to sue local law enforcement if, in their opinion, not enough is being done to hunt down undocumented immigrants.

Reasonable Suspicion, what does that mean?

Immigrant Rights blogger Prerna Lal asks, “Arizonians, are you ready to kiss your civil liberties goodbye?”  If not, you might want to click on the link and SIGN THE PETITION to Urge Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the bill before it becomes law or Senator( R.)John Kavanaugh (602) 926-5170

Call Gov. Jan Brewer and Flood her office with calls:(602)542-4331

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by Prerna Lal

The Arizona state legislature just approved the toughest anti-immigrant bill in the country, giving police the authority to determine people’s immigration status based on “reasonable suspicion” or, more bluntly put, the right to racially profile immigrants.

Written by State Sen. Russell Pearce, SB1070 also makes it a crime to be an undocumented immigrant and allows anyone to sue a local, county or state agency if they believe the agency is not enforcing immigration laws. If signed by Governor Jan Brewer into law, get ready for rampant racial profiling and arrests of more United States citizens who cannot prove their right to live here.

The law also promises to have a chilling affect on the economy, with unjustifiable raids on businesses and immigrants fleeing the state as a consequence of attrition through enforcement. One just needs to take a look at Prince Williams County to note the general devastation that occurs as a result of local law enforcement of immigration laws.

Why are advocates crying “police state?”  SB 1070 allows for any political subdivision or agency of the state to exchange data of any person for any license with the US Department of Homeland Security. Say goodbye to your civil liberties as a resident of Arizona.

Not surprisingly, even local law enforcement came out against the bill, saying it creates divisions within the community and makes it tougher for them to do their job of fighting real crimes.

Out of hatred for immigrants, Arizona is clearly shooting itself in the foot. But all is not lost yet. Don’t waste any time. Take action now and ask Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill.

Too big for jail … BoldProgressives.org


The SEC sued Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs for fraud.

Sign our petition supporting members of Congress calling for a CRIMINAL investigation of Wall Street execs.

Wall Street

The SEC made international headlines Friday by suing Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs for fraud.

That’s a great step, but Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and others in Congress are boldly urging the Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation of Goldman and others who may have broken the law as they devastated our economy.

Now is the moment to make clear: Nobody on Wall Street is “too big for jail.”

When we get 10,000 signatures, we’ll deliver this petition to the Justice Department so they know the public supports Rep. Kaptur and that her request for accountability must be taken seriously.

We’ll also give the signatures personally to Rep. Kaptur — to help her persuade more members of Congress to join her cause. Please sign the petition today.

Goldman Sachs is accused of selling mortgages they knew were toxic, hiding that fact from the public, and allowing a key investor to make billions (with a b) by betting against those investments. Goldman made billions as well.

“Morally bankrupt” is how Britain’s Prime Minister describes it. “Criminal fraud on a historic scale” is what Rep. Kaptur’s letter says.

Thanks for being a bold progressive,

— Aaron Swartz, Stephanie Taylor, Adam Green, Shaunna Thomas, and the PCCC team

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