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Legislative Day of December 07, 2011

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10:00:00 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:20 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Robert E. Latta to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:39 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.
11:17:55 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:45 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 7.
12:01:09 P.M. Today's prayer was offered by Reverend Roger Schoolcraft, Fayetteville, Arkansas
12:02:34 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:02:44 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Quigley to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:04:37 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.
12:33:42 P.M. H.R. 2055 Mr. Rogers (KY) asked unanimous consent that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference.
12:34:09 P.M. H.R. 2055 On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference Agreed to without objection.
12:34:31 P.M. H.R. 2055 Mr. Dicks moved that the House instruct conferees.
12:34:44 P.M. H.R. 2055 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the Dicks motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 2055. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the managers on the part of the House to recede to the Senate on the higher level of funding for the "Department of Veterans Affairs-Medical and Prosthetic Research" account.
12:40:42 P.M. H.R. 2055 The previous question was ordered without objection.
12:41:13 P.M. H.R. 2055 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Dicks motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 2055, the Chair put the question on adoption of the motion to instruct conferees and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Dicks demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 2055 until a time to be announced.
12:47:27 P.M. H.R. 1540 Mr. McKeon asked unanimous consent that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference.
12:48:31 P.M. H.R. 1540 On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference Agreed to without objection.
12:48:53 P.M. H.R. 1540 Mr. Smith (WA) moved that the House instruct conferees.
12:49:04 P.M. H.R. 1540 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the Smith(WA) motion to instruct confeeres on H.R. 1540. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the managers on the part of the House to insist on the amendments contained in subtitle I of title V of the House bill (sections 581 through 587 relating to improved sexual assault prevention and response in the Armed Forces).
1:10:18 P.M. H.R. 1540 The previous question was ordered without objection.
1:36:54 P.M. H.R. 1540 On motion that the House instruct conferees Agreed to by recorded vote: 421 - 2 (Roll no. 892).
1:37:07 P.M. H.R. 1540 Mr. McKeon moved to close portions of the conference.
1:45:42 P.M. H.R. 1540 On motion to close portions of the conference Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 406 - 17, 1 Present (Roll no. 893).
1:45:43 P.M. H.R. 1540 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:52:47 P.M. H.R. 2055 On motion that the House instruct conferees Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 409 - 13 (Roll no. 894).
1:52:48 P.M. H.R. 2055 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:53:36 P.M. H.R. 2055 The Speaker appointed conferees: Rogers (KY), Young (FL), Lewis (CA), Frelinghuysen, Aderholt, Emerson, Granger, Simpson, Culberson, Crenshaw, Rehberg, Carter, Dicks, Visclosky, Lowey, Serrano, DeLauro, Moran, Price (NC), and Bishop (GA).
1:54:01 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Armed Services for consideration of the House bill and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: McKeon, Bartlett, Thornberry, Akin, Forbes, Miller (FL), LoBiondo, Turner (OH), Kline, Rogers (AL), Shuster, Conaway, Wittman, Hunter, Rooney, Schilling, Griffin (AR), West, Smith (WA), Reyes, Sanchez, Loretta, McIntyre, Andrews, Davis (CA), Langevin, Larsen (WA), Cooper, Bordallo, Courtney, Loebsack, Tsongas, and Pingree (ME).
1:54:11 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for consideration of matters within the jurisdiction of that committee under clause 11 of rule X: Rogers (MI), Myrick, and Ruppersberger.
1:54:15 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Education and the Workforce for consideration of secs. 548 and 572 of the House bill, and secs. 572 and 573 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Petri, Heck, and Miller, George.
1:54:21 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration of secs. 911, 1099A, 2852 and 3114 of the House bill, and sec. 1089 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Upton, Walden, and Waxman.
1:54:25 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Financial Services for consideration of sec. 645 of the House bill, and sec. 1245 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Bachus, Capito, and Ackerman.
1:54:29 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Foreign Affairs for consideration of secs. 1013, 1014, 1055, 1056, 1086, 1092, 1202, 1204, 1205, 1211, 1214, 1216, 1218, 1219, 1226, 1228-1230, 1237, 1301, 1303, 1532, 1533 and 3112 of the House bill, and secs. 159, 1012, 1031, 1033, 1046, 1201, 1203, 1204, 1206-1209, 1221-1225, 1228, 1230, 1245, title XIII and sec. 1609 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Ros-Lehtinen, Chabot, and Berman.
1:54:33 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Homeland Security for consideration of sec. 1099H of the House bill, and sec. 1092 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Lungren, Daniel E., Miller (MI), and Thompson (MS).
1:54:37 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on the Judiciary for consideration of secs. 531 of subtitle D of title V, 573, 843 and 2804 of the House bill, and secs. 553 and 848 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Smith (TX), Coble, and Conyers.
1:54:40 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Natural Resources for consideration of secs. 313, 601 and 1097 of the House bill, and modifications committed to conference: Hastings (WA), Bishop (UT), and Markey.
1:54:43 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for consideration of secs. 598, 662, 803, 813, 844, 847, 849, 937-939, 1081, 1091, 1101-1111, 1116 and 2813 of the House bill, and secs. 827, 845, 1044, 1102-1107 and 2812 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Ross (FL), Lankford, and Cummings.
1:54:45 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for consideration of secs. 911 and 1098 of the House bill, and secs. 885, 911, 912 and Division E of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Hall, Quayle, and Johnson, E. B..
1:54:49 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Small Business for consideration of sec. 804 of the House bill, and secs. 885-887 and Division E of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Graves (MO), Ellmers, and Velazquez.
1:54:52 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for consideration of secs. 314, 366, 601, 1098 and 2814 of the House bill, and secs. 262, 313, 315, 1045, 1088 and 3301 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Mica, Cravaack, and Bishop (NY).
1:54:54 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs for consideration of secs. 551, 573, 705, 731 and 1099C of the House bill, and secs. 631 and 1093 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Bilirakis, Buerkle, and Brown (FL).
1:54:59 P.M. H.R. 1540 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Ways and Means for consideration of secs. 704, 1099A and 1225 of the House bill, and sec. 848 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Camp, Herger, and Levin.
1:59:41 P.M. H.R. 10 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 479. H.R. 10 — "To amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that major rules of the executive branch shall have no force or effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted into law."
1:59:46 P.M. H.R. 10 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 10 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. The resolution waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The resolution waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended.
1:59:53 P.M. H.R. 10 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 479 and Rule XVIII.
1:59:54 P.M. H.R. 10 The Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Denham to act as Chairman of the Committee.
2:00:02 P.M. H.R. 10 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 10.
3:18:00 P.M. H.R. 10 An amendment, offered by Mr. Sessions, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 112-311 to require the agency submitting the report on a proposed Federal rule to include an assessment, as part of the cost-benefit analysis submitted to the Comptroller General and each House of Congress, of anticipated jobs gained or lost as a result of implementation, and to specify whether those jobs will come from the public or private sector.
3:18:20 P.M. H.R. 10 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 479, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Sessions Part B amendment No. 1.
3:26:39 P.M. H.R. 10 On agreeing to the Sessions amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:27:05 P.M. H.R. 10 An amendment, offered by Mr. Johnson (GA), numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 112-311 to exempt any rule that the Office of Management and Budget determines would result in net job creation.
3:27:31 P.M. H.R. 10 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 479, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Johnson (GA) Part B amendment No. 2.
3:35:26 P.M. H.R. 10 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Johnson (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Johnson (GA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
3:36:00 P.M. H.R. 10 An amendment, offered by Mr. Schrader, numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 112-311 to require a cost benefit analysis to be included with reports to Congress and require agencies to submit criteria for cost benefit analyses to Congress within 12 months of enactment.
3:36:31 P.M. H.R. 10 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 479, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schrader Part B amendment No. 3.
3:40:56 P.M. H.R. 10 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Schrader amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Schrader demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
3:41:00 P.M. H.R. 10 An amendment, offered by Mr. McKinley, numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 112-311 to reduce the annual effect on the economy of the term `major rule' from $100,000,000 or more to $50,000,000 or more.
3:41:00 P.M. H.R. 10 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 479, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley Part B amendment No. 4.
3:45:22 P.M. H.R. 10 By unanimous consent, the McKinley amendment was withdrawn.
3:45:30 P.M. H.R. 10 An amendment, offered by Mrs. McCarthy (NY), numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 112-311 to exempt any rule relating to food safety, workplace safety, air quality, consumer product safety, or water quality.
3:45:35 P.M. H.R. 10 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 479, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McCarthy (NY) Part B amendment No. 5.
3:52:30 P.M. H.R. 10 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the McCarthy (NY) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mrs. McCarthy (NY) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
3:53:18 P.M. H.R. 10 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee (TX), numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 112-311 to exempt all rules promulgated by the Department of Homeland Security.
3:53:20 P.M. H.R. 10 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 479, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee (TX) Part B amendment No. 6.
4:01:47 P.M. H.R. 10 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee (TX) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:02:18 P.M. H.R. 10 An amendment, offered by Ms. Moore, numbered 7 printed in Part B of House Report 112-311 to exempt any rule relating to veterans or veterans affairs.
4:02:22 P.M. H.R. 10 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 479, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Moore Part B amendment No. 7.
4:10:41 P.M. H.R. 10 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Moore amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Ms. Moore demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:11:11 P.M. H.R. 10 UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the question of adoption of amendments which were debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.
4:36:42 P.M. H.R. 10 On agreeing to the Johnson (GA) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 187 - 236 (Roll no. 895).
4:41:32 P.M. H.R. 10 On agreeing to the Schrader amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 183 - 238 (Roll no. 896).
4:44:44 P.M. H.R. 10 On agreeing to the McCarthy (NY) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 177 - 246 (Roll no. 897).
4:48:26 P.M. H.R. 10 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 177 - 242 (Roll no. 898).
4:52:10 P.M. H.R. 10 On agreeing to the Moore amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 183 - 240 (Roll no. 899).
4:52:28 P.M. H.R. 10 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 10.
4:53:03 P.M. H.R. 10 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.
4:53:17 P.M. H.R. 10 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
4:53:59 P.M. H.R. 10 Ms. DeLauro moved to recommit with instructions to Judiciary.
4:55:34 P.M. H.R. 10 Floor summary: DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the DeLauro motion to recommit. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to insert a provision entitled "Protection of Food Safety and Consumer's Right to Know through Country-of-Origin Labeling".
5:05:01 P.M. H.R. 10 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
5:21:57 P.M. H.R. 10 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 183 - 235 (Roll no. 900).
5:29:29 P.M. H.R. 10 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 241 - 184 (Roll no. 901).
5:29:30 P.M. H.R. 10 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:29:49 P.M. Mr. Webster filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 487.
5:30:36 P.M. Mr. Webster asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2011. Agreed to without objection.
5:31:50 P.M. H. Res. 486 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 486 — "Electing a Member to a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives."
5:32:03 P.M. H. Res. 486 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
5:32:06 P.M. H. Res. 486 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:32:21 P.M. H.R. 1254 Mr. Pitts moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1254 — "To amend the Controlled Substances Act to place synthetic drugs in Schedule I."
5:32:59 P.M. H.R. 1254 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:33:02 P.M. H.R. 1254 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1254.
6:13:51 P.M. H.R. 1254 At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Pitts objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was withdrawn.
6:14:23 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the question of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:15:09 P.M. H.R. 944 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 944 — "To eliminate an unused lighthouse reservation, provide management consistency by incorporating the rocks and small islands along the coast of Orange County, California, into the California Coastal National Monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and meet the original Congressional intent of preserving Orange County's rocks and small islands, and for other purposes."
6:15:48 P.M. H.R. 944 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
6:15:50 P.M. H.R. 944 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:15:51 P.M. S. 535 Considered as unfinished business. S. 535 — "To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to lease certain lands within Fort Pulaski National Monument, and for other purposes."
6:16:13 P.M. S. 535 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
6:16:26 P.M. S. 535 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:16:27 P.M. H.R. 2360 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2360 — "To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to extend the Constitution, laws, and jurisdiction of the United States to installations and devices attached to the seabed of the Outer Continental Shelf for the production and support of production of energy from sources other than oil and gas, and for other purposes."
6:17:13 P.M. H.R. 2360 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
6:17:16 P.M. H.R. 2360 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:17:16 P.M. H.R. 2351 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2351 — "To direct the Secretary of the Interior to continue stocking fish in certain lakes in the North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area."
6:17:55 P.M. H.R. 2351 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
6:17:58 P.M. H.R. 2351 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:17:58 P.M. H.R. 1560 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1560 — "To amend the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act to allow the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe to determine blood quantum requirement for membership in that tribe."
6:18:39 P.M. H.R. 1560 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
6:18:41 P.M. H.R. 1560 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:18:41 P.M. S. 683 Considered as unfinished business. S. 683 — "To provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of land to the town of Mantua, Utah."
6:19:08 P.M. S. 683 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
6:19:13 P.M. S. 683 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:19:13 P.M. S. Con. Res. 32 Considered as unfinished business. S. Con. Res. 32 — "To authorize the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make technical corrections in the enrollment of H.R. 470, an Act to further allocate and expand the availability of hydroelectric power generated at Hoover Dam, and for other purposes."
6:19:56 P.M. S. Con. Res. 32 On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
6:19:59 P.M. S. Con. Res. 32 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:20:50 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
6:21:19 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:08:01 P.M. Mr. Lamborn moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:08:02 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:08:03 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on December 8, 2011.
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