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Legislative Day of February 16, 2012

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10:00:23 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:35 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Daniel Webster to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:51 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.
11:30:04 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:00 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 16.
12:01:16 P.M. Today's prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:02:41 P.M. POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS ON APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL - The Speaker announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Quayle demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Speaker announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Quayle objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Speaker postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the approval of the Journal until a time to be announced. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
12:03:08 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Poe of TX to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:03:30 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.
12:37:44 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on February 16, 2012 at 9:48 a.m.: That the Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 99, without amendment.
12:37:56 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
3:16:33 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 16.
3:16:38 P.M. H.R. 3408 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3408 — "To set clear rules for the development of United States oil shale resources, to promote shale technology research and development, and for other purposes."
3:16:59 P.M. H.R. 3408 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
3:17:49 P.M. H.R. 3408 An amendment, offered by Mr. Thompson (CA), numbered 13 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to clarify that the legislation does not allow for oil and gas drilling on the northern coast of California.
3:17:54 P.M. H.R. 3408 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 547, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Thompson (CA) Part A amendment No. 13.
3:28:11 P.M. H.R. 3408 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Thompson (CA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Thompson (CA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
3:29:50 P.M. H.R. 3408 An amendment, offered by Mr. Holt, numbered 14 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to affirm that nothing in the underlying bill will affect funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
3:29:52 P.M. H.R. 3408 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 547, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Holt Part A amendment No. 14.
3:36:46 P.M. H.R. 3408 By unanimous consent, the Holt amendment was withdrawn.
3:37:10 P.M. H.R. 3408 An amendment, offered by Ms. Hanabusa, numbered 15 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to require that offshore oil and gas leases contain specific safety requirements.
3:37:13 P.M. H.R. 3408 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 547, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hanabusa Part A amendment No. 15.
3:46:54 P.M. H.R. 3408 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Hanabusa amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hastings (WA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
3:47:15 P.M. H.R. 3408 An amendment, offered by Mr. Hastings (WA), numbered 16 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to streamline the NEPA process to allow for expedited development of renewable energy projects on federal lands and waters.
3:47:18 P.M. H.R. 3408 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 547, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hastings (WA) Part A amendment No. 16.
3:58:42 P.M. H.R. 3408 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Hastings (WA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Holt demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
3:58:56 P.M. H.R. 3408 An amendment, offered by Mr. Markey, numbered 17 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to expand on the oil export ban already included in the Arctic drilling subtitle (Sec. 17706) to prohibit export of any natural gas produced pursuant to a lease issued under Title XVII of this Act.
3:58:58 P.M. H.R. 3408 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 547, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Markey Part A amendment No. 17.
4:12:47 P.M. H.R. 3408 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Markey amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Markey demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
4:13:15 P.M. H.R. 3408 An amendment, offered by Mr. Markey, numbered 18 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to require companies holding defective leases which allow them to drill on public lands off-shore without paying a royalty, to renegotiate those leases prior to bidding on new leases issued pursuant to Title XVII of this Act.
4:13:17 P.M. H.R. 3408 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 547, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Markey Part A amendment No. 18.
4:25:22 P.M. H.R. 3408 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Markey amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hastings (WA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
4:25:58 P.M. H.R. 3408 An amendment, offered by Mr. Labrador, numbered 19 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to minimize NEPA requirements for a geothermal exploration test project so a project can quickly move forward if resources are found.
4:26:01 P.M. H.R. 3408 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 547, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Labrador Part A amendment No. 19.
4:38:56 P.M. H.R. 3408 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Labrador amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Garamendi demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
4:39:29 P.M. H.R. 3408 An amendment, offered by Mr. Scalise, numbered 20 printed in Part A of House Report 112-398 to dedicate Clean Water Act penalties associated with the Deepwater Horizon disaster to the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund.
4:39:32 P.M. H.R. 3408 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 547, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Scalise Part A amendment No. 20.
4:54:21 P.M. H.R. 3408 On agreeing to the Scalise amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:54:55 P.M. H.R. 3408 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3408 as unfinished business.
4:55:50 P.M. H.R. 3630 Conference report H. Rept. 112-399 filed.
4:56:22 P.M. H.R. 3408 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3408 — "To set clear rules for the development of United States oil shale resources, to promote shale technology research and development, and for other purposes."
4:56:54 P.M. H.R. 3408 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
4:57:27 P.M. H.R. 3408 UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
5:22:38 P.M. H.R. 3408 On agreeing to the Thompson (CA) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 167 - 253 (Roll no. 64).
5:27:26 P.M. H.R. 3408 On agreeing to the Hanabusa amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 189 - 228 (Roll no. 65).
5:32:58 P.M. H.R. 3408 On agreeing to the Hastings (WA) amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 250 - 171 (Roll no. 66).
5:37:12 P.M. H.R. 3408 On agreeing to the Markey amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 168 - 254 (Roll no. 67).
5:40:34 P.M. H.R. 3408 On agreeing to the Markey amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 183 - 238 (Roll no. 68).
5:44:51 P.M. H.R. 3408 On agreeing to the Labrador amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 244 - 177 (Roll no. 69).
5:45:01 P.M. H.R. 3408 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 3408.
5:45:45 P.M. H.R. 3408 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
5:46:01 P.M. H.R. 3408 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.
5:46:47 P.M. H.R. 3408 Ms. Castor (FL) moved to recommit with instructions to Natural Resources.
5:47:07 P.M. H.R. 3408 DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castor (FL) 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 add a new section to restrict permits for new oil and gas slant, directional, or offshore drilling around the Great Lakes or the Florida Everglades.
5:56:15 P.M. H.R. 3408 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
6:13:26 P.M. H.R. 3408 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 176 - 241 (Roll no. 70).
6:19:21 P.M. H.R. 3408 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 237 - 187 (Roll no. 71).
6:19:22 P.M. H.R. 3408 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:19:43 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.
6:20:04 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Jackie Speier. Ms. Speier submitted her resignation from the Committee on Homeland Security. The resignation was accepted without objection.
6:20:44 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Paul Tonko. Mr. Tonko submitted his resignation from the Committee on the Budget. The resignation was accepted without objection.
6:20:45 P.M. The House received a communication from The Honorable John Dingell. Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dingell notified the House that he had been served with a subpoena, issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, to produce documents in a criminal case and that after consultation with the Office of General Counsel, he had determined that compliance with the subpoena is inconsistent with the precedents and privileges of the House.
6:21:21 P.M. H. Res. 553 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 553 — "Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives."
6:22:02 P.M. H. Res. 553 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
6:22:12 P.M. H. Res. 553 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:22:43 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House continued with further one minute speeches.
6:25:15 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
7:15:57 P.M. Mr. Scott (SC) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 554.
7:16:31 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House resumed Special Order speeches.
8:34:38 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:34:48 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:34:49 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on February 17, 2012.
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