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Legislative Day of July 29, 2015

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Last Floor Action:
8:28:16 P.M. - The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on July 31, 2015.

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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 An amendment, in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Takano, No. 2 printed in House Report 114-234 to provide VA Secretary the authority to immediately suspend without pay any employee whose performance or misconduct is a threat to health or safety; ensure back pay for whistleblowers unfairly terminated, and cap the payment of administrative leave to 14 days. Amendment makes effective date of back pay provision October 1, 2015.
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.
4:20:05 P.M. H.R. 1994 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Takano amendment in the nature of a substitute the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Takano demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:20:23 P.M. H.R. 1994 Mr. Miller (FL) moved that the Committee rise.
4:20:40 P.M. H.R. 1994 On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
4:20:50 P.M. H.R. 1994 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1994 as unfinished business.
4:21:15 P.M. H.R. 3236 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 388. 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."
4:21:20 P.M. H.R. 3236 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.
4:22:05 P.M. H.R. 3236 QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION - The Chair announced that the bill contained an emergency designation pursuant to section 4(g)(1) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 and accordingly, the Chair would put the question of consideration under section 4(g)(2) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010. By voice vote, the Chair announced that the question of consideration had been decided in the affirmative.
4:24:30 P.M. H.R. 3236 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3236.
4:48:38 P.M. H.R. 3236 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
5:32:10 P.M. H.R. 3236 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 385 - 34, 1 Present (Roll no. 486).
5:32:11 P.M. H.R. 3236 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:32:36 P.M. H.R. 1994 Considered as unfinished business. 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."
5:32:52 P.M. H.R. 1994 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
5:33:02 P.M. H.R. 1994 UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of an amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.
5:38:28 P.M. H.R. 1994 On agreeing to the Takano amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 191 - 233 (Roll no. 487).
5:38:33 P.M. H.R. 1994 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1994.
5:39:10 P.M. H.R. 1994 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
5:39:24 P.M. H.R. 1994 The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
5:40:28 P.M. H.R. 1994 Mr. Takano moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
5:40:54 P.M. H.R. 1994 Floor summary: DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Takano motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to ensure that the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs may not remove or demote an individual that has filed a whistleblower complaint or sought corrective action from the Office of Special Counsel or the Inspector General regarding a threat to the health or safety of the public or regarding a prohibited personnel practice.
5:47:46 P.M. H.R. 1994 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
5:55:11 P.M. H.R. 1994 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 184 - 241 (Roll no. 488).
6:02:24 P.M. H.R. 1994 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 256 - 170 (Roll no. 489).
6:02:25 P.M. H.R. 1994 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:02:28 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:03:01 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.
6:03:45 P.M. Mr. Stivers asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, it adjourn to meet at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015. Agreed to without objection.
6:03:59 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
6:16:40 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
7:45:52 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification stating that the national emergency declared with respect to the actions of certain persons to undermine the sovereignty of Lebanon or its democratic processes and institutions is to continue in effect beyond August 1, 2015. - referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 114-53).
7:48:26 P.M. The House received a communication from Bill Shuster, Chairman, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastruct. Pursuant to section 3307 of Title 40, United States Code, Chairman Shuster notified the House that on July 23, 2015, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met in open session to consider 15 resolutions included in the General Services Administrations fiscal years 2015 and 2016 Capital Investment and Leasing Programs. The message contained enclosed copies of resolutions adopted by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on July 23, 2015, which the Chair referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
7:49:02 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further Special Order speeches.
8:27:57 P.M. Ms. Foxx moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:28:15 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:28:16 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on July 31, 2015.
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