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Last Floor Action:
3:58:11 P.M. -H.R. 1994
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 388, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Takano amendment in the nature of a substitute No. 2.

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10:00:14 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:23 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Charles J. "Chuck" Fleischmann to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:36 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.
10:53:52 A.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 614, S. 764, and S. 242. Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 64 and S. Con. Res. 20.
10:53:53 A.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE - The House resumed with Morning-Hour Debate.
11:30:23 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:04 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 29.
12:00:11 P.M. Today's prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:31 P.M. POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS ON APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL - The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Wilson (SC) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Wilson (SC) objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the approval of the Journal until a time to be announced.
12:02:06 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Higgins to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:22 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.
12:43:05 P.M. H. Res. 388 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 388 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1994) to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3236) to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, to provide resource flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care services, and for other purposes."
12:46:28 P.M. H. Res. 388 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 388.
2:17:30 P.M. H. Res. 388 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 242 - 180 (Roll no. 483).
2:28:35 P.M. H. Res. 388 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 243 - 183 (Roll no. 484).
2:28:36 P.M. H. Res. 388 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:28:38 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to suspend the rules, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
2:28:40 P.M. H.R. 1300 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1300 — "To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to make anthrax vaccines and antimicrobials available to emergency response providers, and for other purposes."
2:36:36 P.M. H.R. 1300 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 424 - 0 (Roll no. 485).
2:36:36 P.M. H.R. 1300 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:37:08 P.M. H.R. 1994 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 388. H.R. 1994 — "To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes."
2:37:13 P.M. H.R. 1994 Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. All points of order against consideration of the bills are waived. For H.R. 1994, The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. No amendment will be in order except those printed in the report accompanying the resolution.
2:37:32 P.M. H.R. 1994 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 388 and Rule XVIII.
2:37:33 P.M. H.R. 1994 The Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Fortenberry to act as Chairman of the Committee.
2:38:04 P.M. H.R. 1994 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1994.
3:07:47 P.M. H.R. 1994 The Committee rose informally to recieve a message from the President.
3:07:55 P.M. H.R. 1994 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole resumed its sitting.
3:47:03 P.M. H.R. 1994 An amendment, offered by Mr. Benishek, numbered 1 printed in House Report 114-234 to reform and improve the VA Inspector General's ability to report on problems and problem employees at the VA. Also, it requires the IG to release reports including employee misconduct to the public and explain what changes the VA has requested, requires the IG to identify a manager responsible for fixing an identified problem, makes it easier to fire an identified employee, and targets the bonuses of employees that fail to solve problems.
3:47:08 P.M. H.R. 1994 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 388, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Benishek amendment No. 1.
3:57:25 P.M. H.R. 1994 On agreeing to the Benishek amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:58:07 P.M. H.R. 1994 Amendment in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Takano.
3:58:11 P.M. H.R. 1994 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 388, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Takano amendment in the nature of a substitute No. 2.
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