Jul 282011
 

Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) got a lot of friends from the other side of the aisle to join him in restoring funds to the Fish and Wildlife Service's ESA listing program.

The 224 members in favor of Dicks' amendment yesterday included 187 Democrats and 37 Republicans, with half of the latter hailing from the Northeast (Editor's note: I didn't know Republicans still existed in that region, but indeed, five GOP members each from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, along with three more from Maryland New Hampshire,  made up 18 of the 37.)

Only two Democrats -- Dennis Cardoza of California and Collin Peterson of Minnesota -- joined 200 Republicans to oppose the amendment.

The provision in the House bill would have prohibited spending any money on processing petitions or issuing proposed rules or 12-month findings -- unless they were for the purpose of removing a species from the list or reducing its protection level from endangered to threatened.

So, without further ado, here are the "FWS 37," the three dozen plus one Republican lawmakers who voted to "restore" (the money had never officially been withheld, after all) funding to the listing program.

Northeast

Maryland: Roscoe Bartlett, Andy Harris

New Hampshire: Charles F. Bass

New Jersey: Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, Leonard Lance, Frank A. LoBiondo, Jon Runyan, Christopher H. Smith

New York: Christopher P. Gibson, Michael G. Grimm, Richard L. Hanna, Nan A. S. Hayworth, Peter T. King

Pennsylvania: Charles W. Dent, Michael G. Fitzpatrick, Jim Gerlach, Patrick Meehan, Todd Russell Platts

Midwest

Illinois: Judy Biggert, Robert J. Dold, Timothy V. Johnson

Kentucky: Ed Whitfield (Yes, I realize Ky. can go in the Southeast, too. Perhaps Kentucky needs its own "Appalachian" designation)

Michigan: Candice S. Miller, Fred Upton

Nebraska: Jeff Fortenberry

Ohio: Steven C. LaTourette

Wisconsin: Thomas E. Petri

Southeast

Alabama: Mo Brooks

Florida: Vern Buchanan, Cliff Stearns, C. W. Bill Young

Tennessee: Marsha Blackburn

Virginia: Robert J. Wittman, Frank R. Wolf

West Coast

California: Brian Bilbray

Washington: Jaime Herrera Beutler, David G. Reichert

Six members did not vote, including presidential candidate Michele Bachmann: The ones in italics are Democrats.

Bachmann (MN)
 

Jim Costa (CA)

Gabrielle Giffords (AZ) 

Maurice Hinchey (NY)

Thaddeus McCotter (MI)
 

Pete Stark (CA)

What Congress did yesterday

 Posted by on July 28, 2011
Jul 282011
 

In reverse chronological order...

10:04 P.M. -

The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 28, 2011.
On motion to adjourn
Agreed to by voice vote.
Mr. Paulsen moved that the House do now adjourn. 

H.R. 2584:
making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes
10:03 P.M. -
Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 2584 as unfinished business.
10:02 P.M. -
On motion that the Committee rise
Agreed to by voice vote.Mr. Simpson moved that the Committee rise.
9:57 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Broun (GA) amendment under the five-minute rule.Amendment offered by Mr. Broun (GA). 

An amendment numbered 13 printed in the Congressional Record to decrease funds for the National Endowment for the Humanities by $13,500,000 and apply the funds to the spending reduction account.
9:56 P.M. -
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Walberg amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Walberg demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
9:16 P.M. -
The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration. Considered as unfinished business. 

9:15 P.M. -
Mr. Dreier filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 375.

H.R. 2584:
making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes
9:14 P.M. -
Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 2584 as unfinished business.On motion that the Committee rise
Agreed to by voice vote. 

Mr. Simpson moved that the Committee rise.

8:55 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Walberg amendment under the five-minute rule.Amendment offered by Mr. Walberg. 

An amendment to reduce funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, grants and administration by $10,600,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account.

8:53 P.M. -
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Broun (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Broun (GA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
8:39 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Broun (GA) amendment under the five-minute rule.
Amendment offered by Mr. Broun (GA). 

An amendment numbered 14 printed in the Congressional Record to decrease Smithsonian salaries and expenses by $55,624,000 and transfer the funds to the spending reduction account.

8:38 P.M. -
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Lankford amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Lankford demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
8:19 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Lankford amendment under the five-minute rule.Amendment offered by Mr. Lankford. 

An amendment to eliminate funding for reception and representation expenses for the Council on Environmental Quality. The amendment transfers the funds, $3 million, to the spending reduction account.

8:14 P.M. -

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Gosar amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Gosar demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
8:06 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Gosar amendment under the five-minute rule.Amendment offered by Mr. Gosar. 

An amendment to increase the National Forest System/Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program by $10 million.

On agreeing to the Hanabusa amendment
Failed by voice vote.

7:59 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Hanabusa amendment under the five-minute rule.Amendment offered by Ms. Hanabusa. 

An amendment to redirect $50,000,000 from the state and private forestry to the Wildland Fire Management program.

On agreeing to the Broun (GA) amendment:  Failed by voice vote.

7:58 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Broun (GA) amendment No. 18 under the five-minute rule.
7:57 P.M. -
Amendment offered by Mr. Broun (GA).

An amendment to decrease FS State and Private Forestry by $20.8 million.
7:53 P.M. -
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Lankford amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Lankford demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
7:49 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Lankford amendment under the five-minute rule.Amendment offered by Mr. Lankford. 

An amendment to strike "not less that 30 percent" and insert "30 percent or less".
7:47 P.M. -
Mr. Simpson raised a point of order against the Bishop (NY) amendment stating that the provisions of the amendment proposes a net increase of the bill. The Chair sustained the point of order.
7:41 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Bishop (NY) amendment under the five-minute rule, pending reservation of a point of order.  Amendment offered by Mr. Bishop (NY). 

An amendment to increase funds for the State and Tribal Assistance Grants program.
7:17 P.M. -
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Richardson amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Simpson demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
7:12 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Richardson amendment under the five-minute rule. 

Amendment offered by Ms. Richardson.

An amendment to increase funding for state pollution control and prevention grants by $5 million. The increase is offset by reducing funding for Capitol Improvement and Maintenance fund by the same amount.

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Blackburn amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mrs. Blackburn demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

6:57 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Blackburn amendment under the five-minute rule.
Amendment offered by Mrs. Blackburn. 

An amendment to reduce the State and Tribal Assistance Grants account by $30 million and applies the savings to the spending reduction account.

6:55 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Richardson amendment: Failed by recorded vote: 193 - 232 (Roll no. 662).
6:48 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Pompeo amendment: Agreed to by recorded vote: 235 - 191 (Roll no. 661).
6:42 P.M. -
On agreeing to the LaTourette amendments: Agreed to by recorded vote: 220 - 206 (Roll no. 660).
6:35 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Dicks amendment: Failed by recorded vote: 174 - 250 (Roll no. 659).
6:28 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Dicks amendment: Failed by recorded vote: 174 - 237 (Roll no. 658).
6:04 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 Richardson amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Richardson demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendments until a time to be announced.
 

5:56 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Richardson amendment No. 23 under the five-minute rule.
5:55 P.M. -
Amendment offered by Ms. Richardson.

An amendment numbered 23 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce the Buildings and Facilities account by $10 million and increase the State and Tribal Assistance Grants account by $10 million.

5:54 P.M. -
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Pompeo amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Pompeo demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of
the amendments until a time to be announced.
5:46 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Pompeo amendment No. 39 under the five-minute rule.
5:44 P.M. -
Amendment offered by Mr. Pompeo. 

An amendment numbered 39 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce the Environmental Programs and Management account by $6,246,000 and applies the savings to the spending reduction account. 

5:43 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Fleming amendment
Failed by voice vote. 

5:33 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the
Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Flemming amendment under the five-minute rule. 

5:31 P.M. -
Amendment offered by Mr. Fleming. 

An amendment to reduce the Environmental Programs and Management account by $48,206,000 and applies the savings to the spending reduction account. 

5:03 P.M. -
Mr. Simpson raised a point of order against the Johnson, E. B. amendment Mr. Simpson stated that the provisions appropriate funds for a program not authorized.
The Chair sustained the point of order. 

5:00 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the
Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the E.B. Johnson(TX) amendment under the five-minute rule, pending reservation of a point of order. 

Amendment offered by Ms. Johnson, E. B..

An amendment that inserts "and fellowships" after development within the Science and Technology account. 

4:58 P.M. -
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the LaTourette en bloc amendments, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendments and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. LaTourette demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendments until a time to be announced. 

4:40 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the
Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the LaTourette En Bloc amendments under the five-minute rule. 

Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. LaTourette.

An amendment comprised of several amendments offered en bloc: reduce the Science and Technology account by $20 million and increase the Environmental Programs and Management account by $13 million, increase the funding for the Geographic Programs by $50 million and increase the funding for the
Great Lakes Initiative by $50 million. 

4:38 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Moran amendment
Failed by voice vote. 

4:04 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Moran amendment under the five-minute rule. 

4:03 P.M. -
Amendment offered by Mr. Moran. 

An amendment to strike the Wild Lands Funding Prohibition account from the bill. 

4:02 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Dicks amendment
Failed by voice vote. 

3:34 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Dicks amendment under the five-minute rule. 

Amendment offered by Mr. Dicks.

An amendment to strike section 121 of the bill. 

3:33 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Dicks amendment
Failed by voice vote. 

3:23 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of 

H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Dicks amendment under the five-minute rule.

Amendment offered by Mr. Dicks.

An amendment to strike section 120 from the bill. 

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Dicks amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Dicks demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of
the amendment until a time to be announced.

3:02 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363,
the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Dicks amendment under the five-minute rule. 

Amendment offered by Mr. Dicks.

An amendment to strike section 119 from the bill. 

3:01 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Dicks amendment
Failed by voice vote. 

2:53 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Dicks amendment under the five-minute rule. 

Amendment offered by Mr. Dicks.

An amendment to strike section 118 from the bill. 

2:46 P.M. -
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Dicks amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Dicks demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of
the amendment until a time to be announced. 

2:09 P.M. -
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 363, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Dicks amendment under the five-minute rule. 

Amendment offered by Mr. Dicks.

An amendment to strike section 116 of the bill. 

2:05 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Scalise amendment as modified Agreed to by recorded vote: 215 - 213 (Roll no. 657)

2:01 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Reed amendment   Agreed to by recorded vote: 237 - 189   (Roll no. 656)

1:55 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Dold amendment    Failed by recorded vote: 137 - 291  (Roll no. 655)

1:52 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Amash amendment     Failed by recorded vote: 131 - 294, 1 Present (Roll no. 654)

1:47 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Tonko amendment     Failed by recorded vote: 184 - 238 (Roll no. 653)

1:44 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Dicks amendment: Agreed to by recorded vote: 224 - 202 (Roll no. 652)

1:39 P.M. -
On agreeing to the Clarke (MI) amendment
Failed by recorded vote: 173 - 251
(Roll no. 651)

1:15 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. 

The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.

Considered as unfinished business.

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 27.

1:12 P.M. -
The Speaker announced that the House do now recess.
The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair. 

H.R. 440:
to provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia
1:11 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. 

12:33 P.M. -
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 440

Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Smith (NJ) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until later in the legislative day.

12:09 P.M. -
ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House resumed one minute speeches. 

H.R. 1309:
to extend the authorization of the national flood insurance program, to achieve reforms to improve the financial integrity and stability of the program, and to increase the role of private markets in the management of flood insurance risk, and for other purposes

Senate returned papers to House.

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 1406 and S. 846.
The Senate also agreed to return the papers of H.R. 1309.

12:03 P.M. -
ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with one-minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle. 

12:02 P.M. -
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Sires 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.

12:01 P.M. -

Today's prayer was offered by Reverend Rick Postell, Christian Renewal Church, Brunswick, Georgia. 

12:00 P.M. -
The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 27. 

11:08 A.M. -
The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today. 

10:01 A.M. -
MORNING-HOUR DEBATE - The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business. 

The Speaker designated the Honorable Kenny Marchant to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

10:00 A.M. -
The House convened, starting a new legislative day.