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UNDER THE RADAR

RADICAL RIGHT — REP. WEINER GOES AFTER GOLDLINE AND ITS ‘UNHOLY’ ALLIANCE WITH GLENN BECK: One of the consequences of the successful effort to persuade large corporations to stop running ads on Fox News host Glenn Beck’s TV and radio programs is that the right-wing “rodeo clown” has been left with only small companies advertising gimmicky products like faulty “survival” seed banks. At least 125 advertisers have abandoned him so far. One of Beck’s remaining and most reliable sponsors is Goldline, “which has made its name profiting — with the help of conservative talkers — off fees for buying and selling gold against public anxiety.” Now, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) is “going after” Goldline and its right-wing pundit backers. A press release put out by Weiner’s office states that Goldline “has formed an unholy alliance with conservative pundits to drive a false narrative and play off public fears in order to sell its products.” A report released by the congressman yesterday states, “On numerous occasions, Glenn Beck has dedicated entire segments of his program to explaining why the U.S. money supply is destined for hyperinflation with Barack Obama as president. He will often promote the purchase of gold as the only safe investment alternative for consumers who want to safeguard their livelihoods. When the show cuts to commercial break, viewers are treated to an advertisement from Goldline.” In response to Weiner’s probing, Glenn Beck has launched Weinerfacts.com, which is devoted to personally attacking the congressman. The site features multiple posts childishly mocking the congressman’s name and comparing him to various hot dogs wieners.

thoughtful Thursday in Congress $more debates/votes


The Senate will Convene At 9:30am, the Senate will resume consideration of S.3217, Wall Street Reform Bill.

Updates …debates and votes

Financial Reform Bill –No more Bank bailouts — The Bill Passed 59-39

Scott Brown voted with Dems to move the debate forward on Financial Reform, 60-40; though 2Dems voted no they might change if .. Cantwell wants tighter regulation of derivatives would require all standardized swaps to be cleared and Feingold as stated yesterday he feels the job isn’t done yet.

Sheila Blair -said she hopes Congress will “really think hard” about whether to force U.S. banks to spin off their swap trading desks. It could increase, not decrease, risk.”

Paul Miller said, “We are still hearing that the requirement that banks spin off their swaps desks will not make it into the final bill.”

The bill, if approved, would have to be merged in conference with one passed by the House of Representatives in December. The Senate could move to final passage as soon as Thursday night, but Friday looks more likely. “That would then set the stage for a House-Senate conference in early June,” said Concept Capital policy analyst Jaret Seiberg.

The Senate will recess from 10:40am until 12:00 noon for a Joint Meeting of Congress. At 11 a.m., His Excellency Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, the President of Mexico, will address a Joint Meeting of Congress from the Hall of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol. All Senators are invited to attend the joint meeting. Senators will gather in the chamber at 10:30am and will depart from the Senate Chamber at 10:40 a.m. to proceed as a body to the Hall of the House.

The filing deadline for second degree amendments is 1:30pm Thursday, May 20.

At 2:30pm, the Senate will proceed to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Dodd-Lincoln substitute amendment #3739. Roll call votes are possible prior to the cloture vote.

Votes:
160: motion to invoke cloture on the Dodd-Lincoln substitute amendment #3739: ;
Invoked: 60-40

161 Motion to Waive the Budget with respect to Dodd-Lincoln substitute amendment #3739: ;
Waived: 60-39

162: Passage of HR4173, as amended with the text of S.3217, as amended;
Passed: 59-39

Unanimous Consent:
Passed HR5139, Extending Immunities to the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the International Civilian Office in Kosovo Act of 2010

Adopted S.Res.536, Designating June 1, 2010 as “Declaration of Conscience Day” in commemoration of Senator Margaret Chase Smith.

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The next meeting in the House is scheduled 10amET May 20, 2010

CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MAY 20, 2010
111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

6:40 P.M. –
The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on May 21, 2010. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote. Mr. King (IA) moved that the House do now adjourn.

5:07 P.M. –
SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
5:06 P.M. –
Mr. Poe of TX requested the following general leaves to address the House on May 27: himself for 5 min and Mr. Jones for 5 min.
4:59 P.M. –
ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches. The House received a communication from Jesse Jackson, Jr., Member of Congress. Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Mr. Jackson, Jr. notified the House that he had been served with a subpoena for testimony issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in connection with a criminal case pending there, and that after consultation with counsel, he had determined that compliance with the subpoena was consistent with the privileges and rights of the House.
4:58 P.M. –
The House received a communication from Representative Souder wherein he resigns as a member of the House of Representatives effective on May 21, 2010. Mr. Hoyer asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Monday, May 24, 2010, it adjourn to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, for Morning-Hour Debate. Agreed to without objection. Mr. Hoyer asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, May 21, 2010, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2010, for Morning-Hour Debate. Agreed to without objection.

H. Res. 1324:

expressing condolences and sympathies for the people of China following the tragic earthquake in the Qinghai province of the Peoples Republic of China on April 14, 2010

4:26 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.
4:25 P.M. –
Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1339:

expressing support for designation of May as National Foster Care Month and acknowledging the responsibility that Congress has to promote safety, well-being, improved outcomes, and permanency for the Nation’s collective children

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. 1177:

to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition of 5 United States Army 5-Star Generals, George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, Henry “Hap” Arnold, and Omar Bradley, alumni of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to coincide with the celebration of the 132nd Anniversary of the founding of the United States Army Command and General Staff College

4:24 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 voice vote. Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 996:

expressing support for designation of September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection. Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

4:23 P.M. –
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 5128:

to designate the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, District of Columbia, as the “Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building”

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 recorded vote (2/3 required): 409 – 1 (Roll no. 290).

4:15 P.M. –
Considered as unfinished business. 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. 1363:

granting the authority provided under clause 4(c)(3) of rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives to the Committee on Education and Labor for purposes of its investigation into underground coal mining safety

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 413 – 1 (Roll no. 289).

4:08 P.M. –
On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 240 – 177 (Roll no. 288).
2:29 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1363
2:27 P.M. –
Considered as privileged matter.

H. Res. 1361:

recognizing North Carolina Central University on its 100th anniversary

2:26 P.M. –
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 408 – 1 (Roll no. 287).
2:19 P.M. –
Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1336:

congratulating the University of Texas men’s swimming and diving team for winning the NCAA Division I national championship

2:18 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 recorded vote (2/3 required): 405 – 0, 7 Present (Roll no. 286).
2:07 P.M. –
Considered as unfinished business.
2:05 P.M. –
ADJUSTMENT OF THE WHOLE HOUSE – Under Clause 5(d) of Rule XX, the Chair announced that in light of the administration of the Oath of Office to the Gentleman from Pennsylvania, the whole number of the House is 432.
1:59 P.M. –
OATH OF OFFICE – Representative-Elect Critz, Twelfth District, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 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.
1:57 P.M. –
The House received a message from the Clerk. The Clerk transmitted to the House a scanned copy of a Certificate of election received from Mr. Chet Harhut, Commissioner, Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation, Pennsylvania Department of State, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, indicating that, according to the unofficial returns of the Special Election held May 18, 2010, the Honorable Mark S. Critz was elected Representative to Congress for the Twelfth Congressional District, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

H. Res. 1256:

congratulating Phil Mickelson on winning the 2010 Masters golf tournament

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 401 – 0, 8 Present (Roll no. 285). Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

1:48 P.M. –
Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 5327:

to authorize assistance to Israel for the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system

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): 410 – 4 (Roll no. 284).

1:21 P.M. –
Considered as unfinished business.
1:20 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 were postponed.
1:02 P.M. –
ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches. PRINTING OF PROCEEDINGS IN RECORD – Ms. Markey (CO) asked unanimous consent that the proceedings had during the recess be printed in the Congressional Record of today. Agreed to without objection.
1:01 P.M. –
The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 20.
11:53 A.M. –
The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair. JOINT MEETING DISSOLVED – The Speaker announced that the Joint Meeting was dissolved. The House remains in recess subject to the Call of the Chair.
10:54 A.M. –
JOINT MEETING – The House has reconvened in Joint Meeting with the Senate to receive an address by his Excellency Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, President of Mexico.
10:53 A.M. –
The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 20.
10:06 A.M. –
The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The House will reconvene in Joint Meeting with the Senate for the purpose of receiving His Excellency Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, President of Mexico. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 920.
10:04 A.M. –
ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.
10:03 A.M. –
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Watt 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.
10:02 A.M. –
Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Dr. Roderick Lewis Sr., Parkwood Institutional C.M.E. Church, Charlotte, North Carolina.
10:01 A.M. –
The Speaker designated the Honorable Loretta Sanchez to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00 A.M. –
The House convened, starting a new legislative day.


thorny Thursday and some News ..


Like most people… well those who seem sane are definitely wondering how Republicans are going to explain Rand Paul … he has a lot to offer … so says some on the right.

It is my hope that we do not go back in time to a completely different era where people of this country were treated as 3rd World peoples … lunch counter protests street marching and more should not be on any agenda but if so We the People should prepare, those who believe in equal rights for all not just some,  a few or a select group.

I believe Rand Paul is going to enlighten us all about Tea baggers, what they are all about and if not i will attempt to at least make sure people know what he has said in the past and present.  The Rand Paul page will be ( simple) and  hopefully show all or most of his feelings, interviews and comments in quotes that can be captured.

It is obvious to me that the Republican base has changed in a way that most Americans should turn away from.  The idea that the ideology of all  people on the  right truly want to practice exclusion; i may be naïve but we are a country made up of immigrants that include people who are not brown or dark skin who helped build the USA and should be recognized and respected; anyone who commits crimes and beyond should be duly processed and subjected to the rule of law … skin colour should not be the reasonable suspicion factor or element used to solve an issue that affects so many.

The Oil Dump along the Gulf Coast is becoming much more of a disaster we all need everyone in Government to get crazy over. The economy in the Gulf Coast is under attack and the 3stooges will never be able to really reverse the damage but the people should demand to be reimbursed for the Revenue lost; this dump will effect the Coast for a very long time and plans for the future of the Gulf Coast and its People need to be started … by our government.   The oil dump is now a month long and while things are being done; it all seems to be behind some sort giant door of secrets and or a group of folks who clearly do not know what to do… The effort by the EPA today is long overdue but the EPA finally took steps to stop BP from using the current poison and has told BP to use a different source within 24hrs; this is just one of several things that transpired over the last few days…

Kevin Costner has offered up a machine he bought  after the Valdez dump and hopefully this thing will be used immediately…and like others …tankers should be out there siphoning what is on the bottom on the floor of the Gulf where our Oyster beds are, Shrimping cages and while there are miles and miles of oil plumes out there no one seems to be dealing with those plumes floating toward the Marshes and Wetlands …

Other News…

**Bill Halter now leads Blanche Lincoln- 48% to 46%– in overnight polling for the June 8 Run-Off!

**News that Kevin Costner offered up a machine to drain oil out of the Gulf Coast is in fact a great idea…he bought the machine after the Valdez dump and hopefully this thing will be used immediately…and like others …tankers should be out there siphoning what is on the bottom on the floor of the Gulf.

**EPA has finally tells BP to stop using the current poison to disperse the oil dump on the Gulf Coast and change to a different one within 24hrs

**Don Blakenship/Massey mine hearing is today

**House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told The Hill yesterday that she vows to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by the end of this year. “I don’t have any doubt that ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ will be a memory by the end of this year,” said Pelosi.TP

**Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has set Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings for June 28. “I would urge everybody to come to the hearing with an open mind, listen to her answers to those questions, and we will make sure that every senator — both sides of the aisle — has ample time to ask the questions they want,” Leahy said.TP

**Congress about to limit political speech of bloggers? read the article at hotair.com


C-SPAN …

House Speaker News Conference

Toyota Recall

Lawmakers call for stricter Auto safety laws, Toyota to testify

The House Subcmte. that oversees auto safety will examine whether Toyota and NHTSA have taken adequate steps to investigate and correct Toyota’s sticking accelerator pedals. Lawmakers will also consider amendments to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, a wide-ranging rewrite of U.S. safety laws. Toyota USA Sales Chief Jim Lentz will testify alongside Nat’l Highway Traffic Safety Admin. David Strickland.

watch House Hearing: C-SPAN3 at 10am ET
read Toyota exec: Electronics are not to blame
read Consumer Reports: Proposed Safety Regs.

Coal Mine CEO to Appear Before Congress For the First Time Since Disaster

Twenty-nine miners were killed in an explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia on April 5th. For the first time since the accident, Don Blankenship, the head of Massey Energy, will testify before a Senate Appropriations Cmte. on investments and spending in mine safety programs. Mr. Blankenship is expected to discuss problems with his company’s ventilation systems and other issues for which the company has been

watch Senate Hearing: c-span.org at 2pm ET
watch Senate HELP Cmte. Hearing on Mine Safety (4/27

Mexican President addresses Congress: Immigration main topic

Mexican Pres. Felipe Calderon is expected to comment on U.S. immigration policy in remarks to a Joint Meeting of Congress. This comes as the House and Senate prepare for possible debate on immigration legislation. Yesterday he criticized the new Arizona state immigration law, saying that millions of immigrants “still live in the shadows; and at times, like in Arizona, even face patterns of discrimination.” The speech caps a two-day state visit.

watch Mexican President: C-SPAN at 11am ET

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UNDER THE RADAR

ECONOMY — GRASSLEY SIGNS ON TO ESTATE TAX BILL THAT COULD EXEMPT HIS ENTIRE FORTUNE WHILE AFFECTING FEW OTHERS: President Bush’s massive tax cuts for the rich included a provision that that repealed the estate tax in 2010. Though the tax is slated to spring back to the 2001 rate in 2011, the House passed a bill late last year to re-establish the tax at the reduced 2009 level. Under this rate, estates worth less than $3.5 million pay no taxes at all, while larger estates pay 45 percent of anything above that threshold. As a bill to reinstate the tax is negotiated in the Senate, some senators have been pushing to cut this tax on multi-millionaires even lower to 35 percent, while raising the exemption to $5 million. Iowa’s Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) has signed onto the plan, thus coming out in support of what could be an enormous tax break for his own family. Grassley’s net worth is between $2.1 and $5.2 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, so his entire estate could be exempted under a $5 million exemption. Moreover, Grassley’s proposed tax cut would affect few families other than his own. If the 2009 rate were made permanent, 99.8 percent of estates would owe no tax at all. If these levels were made permanent, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities points out that “[o]nly three percent of taxes owed” would be from estates that are, like Grassley’s, worth less than $5 million. The vast majority of current estate tax revenue comes from the “extremely wealthy,” with 62.5 percent of revenue coming from estates worth more than $20 million. Beyond this, the cut would cost $60 to $80 billion in lost revenue, which would have to be offset with spending cuts or other tax increases. As the Wonk Room’s Pat Garofalo has noted, it’s a huge waste to spend $60-80 billion in order to help the wealthiest 0.2 percent of households while we have soaring deficits and high unemployment.

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