Will Repblicans vote against the People


June 9, 2010

Will Republicans Stand Up For Families And Seniors…In Their Own States?

The tax extenders bill currently being debated on the Senate floor creates jobs, cuts taxes for small businesses and families and provides much needed assistance to workers affected by the recession. A critical part of the bill also helps cash-strapped states as they seek to balance their budgets and assist individuals enrolled in Medicaid. Republicans need to decide if they will help Democrats pass this bill or continue to stand with Washington special interests over families and seniors in their own states.

STATES SEE ALARMING RISE IN MEDICAID ROLLS

Medicaid Enrollment Rose by Over 3 Million People Between June 2008 and June 2009. “Medicaid enrollment rose by 3.3 million people, or 7.5%, from June 2008 and June 2009, new data from the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation shows. Enrollments rose in every state for the first time since the early 1990s. On average, Medicaid makes up 21% of state budgets, equal to education. Medicaid serves the nation’s poorest children, some parents, pregnant women, people with disabilities and seniors in nursing homes. States must provide basic benefits for people who earn up to the federal poverty level of $22,050 for a family of four. They aren’t threatened by the cuts. States have added people at higher incomes and optional benefits, which are now at risk.” [USA Today, 2/19/10]

Ø  Medicaid Has Seen a 21 Percent Increase in Enrollment Over the Last Three Years. “Medicaid, which covers more than 60 million people nationwide, is one of the costliest services states provide. It ate up about 21% of state spending in fiscal 2009, according to a recent report by the National Governors Association and National Association of State Budget Officers. The Great Recession sent even more Americans onto the Medicaid rolls, growing by an estimated 21% over three years. At the same time, state tax revenues plummeted, forcing governors and legislators to make deep budget cuts. To help states cope with this double-disaster, the Obama administration increased the federal share of Medicaid payments by $87 billion as part of last year’s massive stimulus program. States are prevented from tightening eligibility requirements in order to cut costs.” [CNN Money, 6/8/10]

Opposition to Increased Medicaid Funding Could Cause States to Raise Taxes or Cut Budgets. “The aid, worth a total of $25 billion, amounts to nearly one-quarter of the collective budget deficits states face for the fiscal year that begins on July 1 in most states. To balance their budgets, states would have to raise taxes or cut their budgets by that much.” [McClatchy, 5/11/10]

MAJORITY OF STATES HAVE ENORMOUS BUDGET SHORTFALLS

States All Across the Country Are Seeing Millions If Not Billions in Budget Shortfalls. According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, many states, including those represented by Republican leaders in the Senate, saw enormous budget gaps in 2010. For instance, Kentucky and Arizona saw a $1.2 billion and $1.9 billion mid-year budget gap. [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities]

Ø  Large Public Sector Job Cuts Are Hindering the Nation’s Recovery. New federal data shows “states, localities, and school districts have cut 231,000 jobs since 2008, including 22,000 jobs in May alone. Such cuts slowed the pace of economic growth in the first quarter of 2010 by one-half of one percentage point.” [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 6/8/10]

Stabenow, Reed Discuss Democratic Efforts To Cut Taxes For Small Businesses And Create Jobs

Washington, DC— Senate Finance Committee member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) held a press conference this morning to discuss Democratic efforts to pass legislation that would close loopholes that reward companies for outsourcing American jobs, and give over $18 billion in tax cuts to families and small businesses to strengthen our economy and create jobs. Democrats are urging Republicans to support this bill and stand with the middle class, not special interests.

“American businesses need immediate assistance to make new investments here at home and create jobs,” said Senator Stabenow.  “The jobs bill we have before us will provide billions in tax cuts and support for small businesses across the country to hire new employees while closing loopholes that reward big corporations for outsourcing American jobs. This legislation will also provide additional tax cuts for middle-class families and a long-overdue extension of unemployment insurance for struggling households. I call on my Republican colleagues to stop protecting corporate interests and support this jobs bill so we can put Americans back to work.”

“This bill will provide tax cuts to help businesses create jobs while providing additional relief to families hit hardest by the recession,” said Senator Reed.  “We have made significant progress in reversing the huge number of jobs losses under the Bush Administration, which was hemorrhaging 750,000 jobs a month.  That is positive, but we have to keep the pedal to the metal, and this bill does that.”

The bill includes several key tax cuts for families and businesses, including:

  • Property Tax Deduction – This bill extends the additional standard deduction for state and local property taxes to save families money on their federal tax returns.  This deduction, created by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) in 2008, allows taxpayers who do not itemize their tax deductions to receive property tax relief as a standard deduction of $500 for single filers and $1,000 for joint filers.
  • Tax Cut for College Tuition – This bill extends a tax deduction for qualified education expenses including college tuition and fees, so Americans can get the world-class education they deserve without going bankrupt in the process.
  • Research and Development Tax Credit – The bill extends a tax cut for research and development to help American businesses spur innovation and grow.
  • Tax Credit for Equipment Investments – The legislation allows companies to receive tax refunds on a portion of their Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) credits if they invest in capital equipment for use in the United States.
  • Tax Benefits for Capital Investments – The legislation extends a tax cut to allow restaurant owners to depreciate new construction and improvements and retail store owners to depreciate improvements over 15 years rather than 39.5 years, supporting construction jobs, encouraging economic development and saving these businesses money they can use to reinvest in their companies and hire new workers.
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June 14, 2010

Reid: Senate Must Act To Aid Unemployed Americans And Hold BP Accountable

Washington, DCNevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement on the Senate floor this afternoon regarding Democratic efforts to assist out of work Americans and hold BP accountable for the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

“We’ll learn a lot this week about who wants to fix problems, and who wants to make excuses.

“This week will be the seventh week the emergency unemployment insurance bill has been on the Senate floor.  It’s another week good families in Nevada and across the country have to struggle to make ends meet after those benefits expired – to simply cover the basics while they look for full-time work.  If Republicans have their way, next week will be yet another without a lifeline for the most needy, those willing and wanting to work.

“The other side has slowed and stalled just about every piece of legislation this year – just as they did last year and the year before that.  That’s not a secret.  The numbers don’t lie, and Republicans make no efforts to hide their strategy of delay.

“But that strategy has consequences.

“The first is unemployment insurance.  Years of disastrous Republican policies led to the worst economic disaster in generations, and that in turn led to layoffs in nearly every industry and every state.  When millions of Americans lost their jobs, they lost their incomes, their homes, their savings, their gas money, their tuition payments – all through no fault of their own.  Democrats aren’t about to turn our backs on out-of-work Americans, which is why we’re trying to help them keep their heads above water in this emergency.

“The second casualty is Medicaid funding, known as FMAP, so the poorest of the poor in our communities can afford to see a doctor when they get sick.  Many states, including my own, have budgeted for this money and count on us to deliver it.  Nevada is counting on $110 million.  Others are waiting on billions.

“If we don’t deliver, we’ll leave huge holes in state budgets that will be filled in with other deep and drastic cuts that would hurt millions.  Critical services from coast to coast will bear the burden.  We have to pass this bill and the FMAP funding in it to protect those services and the jobs they create.

“Third, this bill will fix an injustice to doctors who treat America’s senior citizens.  More than a decade ago, a Republican Congress passed a flawed policy regarding how doctors are reimbursed for seeing patients on Medicare.  Tomorrow, these doctors will see those payments drop 21 percent – that’s more than a fifth, overnight.  That’s grossly unfair to doctors and it’s dangerous for the seniors, veterans and others they soon might no longer be able to treat.

“But that’s not all.  Many HMOs and other providers base their reimbursements on Medicare’s rates.  So you don’t have to be a senior citizen or a veteran to be hurt by the sharp cut scheduled to take effect tomorrow.

“Some on the other side are still trying to stand in the way.  Like I said, the doctors’ payment problem came out of a Republican Congress.  This Democratic Congress is determined to fix it.

“Next week will mark two months since millions of gallons of oil started gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.  But this week will tell us a lot about who’s fighting for taxpayers and who’s fighting for corporate America.

“The cost of the BP disaster isn’t limited to the devastated waters and wildlife along our Gulf Coast.  The damage extends to the lives and livelihoods of so many in that region – like small businesses that can’t operate at full speed, and the workers whose jobs are threatened when business slows.

“Or the fishermen, shrimpers and tourism businesses whose workplace – the Gulf of Mexico – has been polluted on such a large scale, it would stretch clear across the state of Nevada, from our California border to our Utah border.  Or the families forever changed when 11 men died in the explosion that caused the spill.

“Some estimate the price tag for this disaster will climb into the tens of billions.  Let’s be honest: Someone’s going to end up paying that bill eventually.  Democrats are making sure it’s not going to be the taxpayer.  We’re going to send the tab to BP.

“That’s why I sent a letter to Tony Hayward, BP’s CEO.  I’m pleased and encouraged that a majority of the U.S. Senate signed their names alongside mine, and we ask Republicans to join us.  We told him we’re committed to ensuring BP is held fully responsible, and that we refuse to ask taxpayers to bailout one of the richest companies in the world.

“We’re calling on BP to create a special accountability account – overseen by an independent trustee – to pay for the damages from their historic disaster and the cost of cleaning up their catastrophe.

“We’re making these demands because we don’t have a lot of reason to give BP the benefit of the doubt.  Shortly after the explosion, we learned of the shortcuts that led to it.  We also recently learned BP vastly understated the extent and rate of its spill.  And in past disasters, we’ve seen other oil companies spend millions on lawsuits and public relations campaigns, all designed not to compensate the businesses and families they hurt, but to boost their profits.

“Our message to BP is as simple as this: If you drill, and you spill, we’re going to make sure you pay the bill.”

June 14, 2010

Murray, Menendez Call On Republicans To Stop Protecting Big Oil

Washington, DC— Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray joined Senator Bob Menendez on a conference call this morning to discuss Democrats’ efforts to ensure that American taxpayers are not on the hook for the negligence of BP and to call on Republicans to stop shielding oil polluters from accountability for current and future oil spills.   In recent weeks, Democrats have tried repeatedly to raise the liability cap on oil polluters like BP to protect American taxpayers but Republicans have blocked those efforts every time.  Democrats will continue to call on Republicans to hold big oil accountable.  Today, Senate Democrats released a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward calling on the company to put aside $20 billion in a special account to ensure repayment to victims of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Senate Democrats’ legislation would make sure taxpayers won’t have to pay to clean up spills – and that oil companies like BP are held accountable for the economic costs resulting from their accidents,” said Senator Murray.  “To me, this is a simple issue of fairness.  If an oil company causes a spill, they should have to pay to clean it up.  But Senate Republicans have blocked our bill three times.  The debate over this issue demonstrates clearly who is standing up for working families and taxpayers, and who is not.”

“Republicans know that defending oil companies and their profits is about as popular as BP itself,” said Senator Menendez.  “They know that they can’t win an argument against ensuring full accountability for oil companies that spill. They have attempted to give the illusion of being tough on oil companies, but their proposals have loopholes big enough to navigate an oil tanker through. In contrast, the actions we are pursuing – like our unlimited liability legislation – would unequivocally protect taxpayers, coastal families and coastal businesses, not oil companies.”

Last month, the DPC released a research document detailing the profits and investments of some of the largest oil companies.  The report can be found HERE.

June 14, 2010

Reid and Senate Democrats, In Letter, Call On BP To Set Aside $20 Billion In Special Account To Ensure Payments To Gulf Coast Spill Victims

WASHINGTON –Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus sent a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward today calling on the company to set aside $20 billion in a special account to be used to pay for economic damages and clean-up costs of the recent oil spill in the Gulf Coast.  In the letter, the Senators cite the lessons of history from past spills and the need to ensure financial security for those persons and industries whose way of life have been harmed.  The Senators requested a response to this letter no later than Friday, June 18 in light of the urgency of the matter.  Senate Democrats are committed to holding BP accountable for the April oil spill in the Gulf, ensuring that taxpayers do not bail out BP and preventing future spills.  A PDF of the letter is attached to this release.

Key Excerpts of the Letter:

“We are writing to express our profound concern over the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and our deep regret for the severe consequences the continued outflow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico is having on our nation and the way of life for millions of Americans.  This tragedy has already taken the lives of 11 men, wounded 17 others, and caused billions of dollars in damages.”

“While we are pleased that BP has admitted liability for these damages and vowed to provide full remuneration for economic losses and clean-up costs, history has taught us that corporations often fail to live up to their initial promises.”

“Although legislative action is forthcoming, the damages are immediate.  In order to ensure BP fully and quickly covers the costs of this disaster, we are calling on BP to immediately establish a special account of $20 billion, administered by an independent trustee, to be used for payment of economic damages and clean-up costs.  Establishment of this account would serve as an act of good faith and as a first step towards ensuring that there will be no delay in payments or attempt to evade responsibility for damages.”

Full Text of the Letter:

June 14, 2010

Mr. Tony Hayward
Group Chief Executive, BP p.l.c
c/o BP America Inc.
4101 Winfield Road
Warrenville, IL 60555

Dear Mr. Hayward:

We are writing to express our profound concern over the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and our deep regret for the severe consequences the continued outflow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico is having on our nation and the way of life for millions of Americans.  This tragedy has already taken the lives of 11 men, injured 17 others, and caused billions of dollars in damages.  The oil slick resulting from the spill stretches across 2,500 square miles and has damaged miles of environmentally sensitive beaches and marshes stretching across four states. Although this disaster continues to unfold, it is already very clear we are facing a catastrophe of historic proportions that will take decades to fully rectify.

The damages caused by your company are far reaching.  While much is already visible today, history informs us that the full extent of the destruction may not be discovered for months or even years.  For example, it is already evident that fishermen, shrimpers, the tourist industry, and the secondary industries that support them will sustain billions of dollars in losses.  It is also possible that marine and wildlife habitats will be destroyed, estuaries and wetlands will be decimated, and bird, fish, and animal populations will be devastated.

While we are pleased that BP has admitted liability for such damages and vowed to provide full remuneration for economic losses and clean-up costs, history has taught us that corporations often fail to live up to their initial promises.  After the Exxon Valdez tanker spilled more than 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound, damages totaled more than $7 billion; although Exxon continued making massive profits after the accident, it fought liability at every step and ultimately paid far less than the billions of dollars worth of damages it had caused many, many years later.

Congress is currently gathering information and holding hearings in order to develop evidence-based legislative solutions to address the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  Although legislative action is forthcoming, the damages are immediate.  In order to ensure BP fully and quickly covers the costs of this disaster, we are calling on BP to immediately establish a special account of $20 billion, administered by an independent trustee, to be used for payment of economic damages and clean-up costs.  Establishment of this account would serve as an act of good faith and as a first step towards ensuring that there will be no delay in payments or attempt to evade responsibility for damages.  Although creating this account at this level in no way limits BP’s liability, we believe it will do more to improve BP’s public image than the costly public relations campaign your company has launched.

We appreciate your interest in fully and quickly reimbursing those who have been injured by your actions.  We believe the establishment of the $20 billion account to compensate victims and provide for clean-up is a useful first step for demonstrating that BP intends to meet its commitments.  In light of the urgency of this matter we ask the courtesy of your response no later than June 18, 2010.

Sincerely,

A message from our President –add your name to his –support clean energy NOW … i did


The BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast is the worst environmental disaster of its kind in our nation’s history. I am returning to the region today to review our efforts and meet with families and business owners affected by the catastrophe.

We are working to hold BP accountable for the damage to the lands and the livelihoods of the Gulf Coast, and we are taking strong precautions to make certain a spill like this never happens again.

But our work will not end with this crisis. That’s one of the reasons why last week I invited lawmakers from both parties to join me at the White House to discuss what it will take to move forward on legislation to promote a new economy powered by green jobs, combat climate change, and end our dependence on foreign oil.

Today, we consume more than 20 percent of the world’s oil, but have less than two percent of the world’s oil reserves. Beyond the risks inherent in drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth, our dependence on oil means that we will continue to send billions of dollars of our hard-earned wealth to other countries every month — including many in dangerous and unstable regions.

In other words, our continued dependence on fossil fuels will jeopardize our national security. It will smother our planet. And it will continue to put our economy and our environment at risk. We cannot delay any longer, and that is why I am asking for your help.

Please stand with me today in backing clean energy. Adding your name will help Organizing for America create a powerful, public display of support for making this change happen.

The time has come, once and for all, for this nation to fully embrace a new future. That means continuing our unprecedented effort to make everything — from our homes and businesses to our cars and trucks — more energy-efficient. It means rolling back billions of dollars of tax breaks to oil companies so we can prioritize investments in clean energy research and development.

Many businesses support this agenda because shifting to clean energy creates opportunities for entrepreneurship. This is how we will reinvent our economy — and create new companies and new jobs all across the country.

There will be transition costs and a time of adjustment. But if we refuse to heed the warnings from the disaster in the Gulf — we will have missed our best chance to seize the clean-energy future we know America needs to thrive in the years and decades to come.

The House of Representatives has already passed a comprehensive energy and climate bill, and there is currently a plan in the Senate — a plan that was developed with ideas from Democrats and Republicans — that would achieve the same goal. But this is an issue that Washington has long ignored in favor of protecting the status quo.

So I’m asking for your help today to show that the American people are ready for a clean-energy future.

Please add your name to mine:

http://my.barackobama.com/CleanEnergy

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

UNDER THE RADAR


UNDER THE RADAR

ENERGY — CHEVRON SPILLS MORE THAN 400 BARRELS OF OIL IN UTAH DAYS AFTER GOVERNOR CALLED FOR MORE DOMESTIC PRODUCTION: In its “fight to continue drilling” in the Gulf of Mexico, Chevron told the Wall Street Journal today that “not all oil firms should be tarred with the brush of BP PLC’s Deepwater Horizon disaster.” However, on Saturday, Chevron discovered its own leaking pipeline was spewing 50 gallons of crude oil per minute into Red Butte Creek in Salt Lake City, UT. By the time crews capped the leak, more than 21,000 gallons of oil had spilled out, “coating ducks and geese” and closing the city’s largest park. Chevron “pledged to clean up the 6-mile mess” but “could not quantify the damage.” While emergency workers “believe they stopped” the oil leak on Saturday from hitting the Great Salt Lake, Chevron “could not say when it began, how much oil spilled into city waterways and why — despite pipeline monitors — it apparently took hours to learn of the accident.” By the time Chevron shut down the pipe, oil had reached Liberty Park’s pond, leaving 150 birds, including “goslings and chicks as young as a week old” in need of immediate rescue. Officials are now counting “300 birds” and “an endangered fish” among the threatened animals Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) called the spill “a devastating situation.” But this disaster comes just four days after the governor put out his energy plan which calls for domestic “on-shore” oil production “in areas with minimal environmental risk such as Utah.” Last month, both Herbert and Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) tried to block the Interior Department’s reforms for onshore oil and gas leasing. Herbert “said that if Interior doesn’t reconsider its drilling reforms, Utah might sue the federal government.”

Monday minutes &hours in Congress …


The Senate Convenes: 2:00pmET

June 14, 2010

Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business until 3:00pm with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.4213, Tax Extenders. There will be no roll call votes during Monday’s session of the Senate. However, the bill Manager will be here to continue working through amendments on the Extenders bill.

The following amendments are pending to the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment with an amendment to the ouse Message with respect to HR4213:

– Baucus #4301 (Substitute)
– Frankin #4311 (Homeowner Advocate)
– Vitter #4312 (Oil Spill Fund)
– Sanders #4318 (To close oil and gas tax loopholes)
– Reid #4344 (Homebuyer Tax Credit)
– Thune #4333 (Republican Alternative)

On Monday, Senator Reid filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to HR4213 with an amendment (The amendment is the Baucus perfecting substitute amendment #4301).
Unanimous Consent:
Passed Cal. #352, S.1660 is the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, with a Klobuchar substitute amendment.

Adopted S.Res.547, a resolution supporting National Men’s Health week.

Adopted S.Res.551, a resolution marking the one year anniversary of the June 12, 2009 presidential election in Iran, and condemning ongoing human rights abuses in Iran.

Tuesday/preview- Reid filed Cloture/HR4213=Tax Extenders& roll call votes on amendments/ confirmation of District Court  nominees/after 18months…will republicans continue to block his right to Govern?

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The next meeting in the House is scheduled for 12:30pmET June 14, 2010

the Credit Card Accountability/Responsibility&Disclosure Act 2009 passed   357 yeas  0 nays

CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JUNE 14, 2010
111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

7:38 P.M. –

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

7:36 P.M. –

Mr. Poe of TX requested the following general leaves to address the House on June 21: Mr. Jones for 5 min.

Mr. Poe of TX requested the following general leaves to address the House on June 18: himself for 5 min, and Mr. Jones for 5 min.

Mr. Poe of TX requested that Ms. Ros-Lehtinen be allowed to address the House for 5 minutes on June 17.

Mr. Poe of TX requested that Ms. Ros-Lehtinen be allowed to address the House for 5 minutes on June 15.

7:34 P.M. –

The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification to the Congress that the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466, with respect to North Korea, is to continue in effect beyond June 26, 2010. – referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 111-121).

7:28 P.M. –

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

7:27 P.M. –

Ms. Pingree (ME) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 1436.

H.R. 5502:

to amend the effective date of the gift card provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009

7:26 P.M. –

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

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 357 – 0 (Roll no. 357).

7:20 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1409:

expressing support for designation of June 20, 2010, as “American Eagle Day”, and celebrating the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States

7:16 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): 360 – 0 (Roll no. 356).

7:09 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

7:08 P.M. –

ADJUSTMENT OF WHOLE NUMBER OF HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the administration of the oath to the gentleman from Georgia, the whole number of the House is 433.

7:00 P.M. –

OATH OF OFFICE – Representative-Elect Tom Graves, Ninth District, State of Georgia, presented himself in the well of the House for the purpose of taking the Oath of Office which was administered by the Speaker of the House.

6:59 P.M. –

The House received a message from the Clerk. The Clerk transmitted to the House a scanned copy of a letter received from Mr. Wesley B. Tailor, Director of Elections, Office of the Secretary of State, State of Georgia, indicating that, according to the unofficial returns of the Special Election held June 8, 2010, the Honorable Tom Graves was elected Representative to Congress of the Ninth Congressional District, State of Georgia.

H. Res. 1368:

supporting the goals of National Dairy Month

6:58 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): 359 – 0 (Roll no. 355).

6:32 P.M. –

Considered as unfinished business.

6:31 P.M. –

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.

6:30 P.M. –

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 14.

2:36 P.M. –

The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.

H.R. 5502:

to amend the effective date of the gift card provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009

2:35 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.

2:29 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5502.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Hinojosa moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.

H. Res. 1409:

expressing support for designation of June 20, 2010, as “American Eagle Day”, and celebrating the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States

2:28 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.

2:22 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1409.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

H. Res. 1383:

honoring Dr. Larry Case on his retirement as National FFA Advisor

2:19 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.

2:15 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1383.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

H. Res. 1368:

supporting the goals of National Dairy Month

2:14 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.

2:08 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1368.

Considered under suspension of the rules.

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

The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. today.

2:04 P.M. –

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

2:03 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 Senate on June 11, 2010 at 10:19 a.m. stating that that body had passed H.R. 3360 with an amendment. The message further listed appointments to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

2:02 P.M. –

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Bright 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.

2:00 P.M. –

Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Daniel Coughlin.

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 14.

12:31 P.M. –

The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.

12:30 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 the legislative day.

The Speaker designated the Honorable Ruben Hinojosa to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

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