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Legislative Day of April 30, 2014

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10:00:03 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:05 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Charles J. "Chuck" Fleischmann to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:22 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.
10:41:23 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:52 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 30.
12:00:54 P.M. Today's prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:02:39 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:02:40 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Sam Johnson of TX to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:03:09 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.
12:20:05 P.M. H. Res. 557 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 557 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4486) making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4487) making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes."
12:24:18 P.M. H. Res. 557 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 557.
1:40:33 P.M. H. Res. 557 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 227 - 189 (Roll no. 184).
1:40:47 P.M. H. Res. 557 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
1:40:56 P.M. H. Res. 557 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:42:57 P.M. H.R. 4486 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 557. H.R. 4486 — "Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes."
1:43:02 P.M. H.R. 4486 The resolution provides for 1 hour of general debate for both bills. For H.R. 4486, the resolution provides that the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. For H.R. 4487, the resolution makes in order only those specified amendments printed in the report. The resolution provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions during consideration of each bill.
1:43:52 P.M. H.R. 4486 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 557 and Rule XVIII.
1:43:53 P.M. H.R. 4486 The Speaker designated the Honorable Daniel Webster to act as Chairman of the Committee.
1:44:08 P.M. H.R. 4486 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4486.
2:36:17 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Ms. Castor (FL), to reduce the funds available to the Department of Defense Base Closure Account by $9.8 million and increase the funds available for construction and installation of military facilities by the same amount for the purpose of reducing the presence of black mold at military bases.
2:36:25 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Castor amendment under the five-minute rule.
2:42:05 P.M. H.R. 4486 By unanimous consent, the Castor (FL) amendment was withdrawn.
2:42:12 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Turner, numbered 4 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce funds for Defense-Wide Military Construction by $20 million and increase funds for Defense-Wide Planning, Design, and Architect Services by the same amount.
2:42:15 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Turner amendment No. 4 under the five-minute rule.
2:46:29 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Turner amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:08:49 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Ms. Sinema, to reduce the funds available to the General Administration Account for the Department of Veterans Affairs by $1 million and increase the funds available for the VA Office of Inspector General by the same amount for an investigation into the alleged misrepresentation of appointment times and the deaths of veterans at the Phoenix VA Hospital.
3:08:51 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Sinema amendment under the five-minute rule.
3:25:44 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Sinema amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:26:57 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Costa, to reduce available funds for the General Administration Account for the Department of Veterans Affairs by $10.5 million and increase available funds for the General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration Account by $10 million for the purpose of reducing the VA disability claims backlog.
3:26:59 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Costa amendment under the five-minute rule.
3:34:51 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Costa amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:36:23 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Ruiz, to reduce the funds available to the General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration Account by $5 million and increase the funds available to the General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration Account by the same amount for the purpose of investing in a VA Claims Digital Scanning Program to help reduce the VA disability claims backlog.
3:36:25 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Ruiz amendment under the five-minute rule.
3:40:11 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Ruiz amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:44:08 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Terry, to prohibit the use of funds for administrative expenses of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs until the Secretary of Veterans Affairs meets with the Nebraska delegation to discuss alternative options for the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital planned for construction in Omaha, Nebraska.
3:44:12 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Terry amendment under the five-minute rule, pending reservation of a point of order.
3:54:59 P.M. H.R. 4486 By unanimous consent, the Terry amendment was withdrawn.
3:56:08 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. LaMalfa, to add a section stating "If Department of Veterans Affairs casework is brokered out to another office of the Department from its original submission site, a caseworker in a congressional office may contact the brokered office to receive an update on the constituent's case, and that office of the Department is required to update the congressional staffer regardless of their thoughts on jurisdiction".
3:56:11 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the LaMalfa amendment under the five-minute rule, pending reservation of a point of order.
4:01:32 P.M. H.R. 4486 By unanimous consent, the LaMalfa amendment was withdrawn.
4:16:31 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Moran, numbered 5 printed in the Congressional Record to strike section 411 from the bill which prohibits the use of funds appropriated to be used to construct, renovate, or expand any facility in the United States, its territories, or possessions to house any individual detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the purposes of detention or imprisonment in the custody or under the control of the Department of Defense.
4:17:47 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Moran amendment under the five-minute rule.
4:32:05 P.M. H.R. 4486 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Moran amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Blumenauer demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
4:33:29 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Rothfus, numbered 1 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay a performance award under section 5384 of title 5, United States Code.
4:33:46 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Rothfus amendment under the five-minute rule.
5:01:37 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Rothfus amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:02:42 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Murphy (FL), to prohibit the use of funds to maintain or improve Department of Defense real property with zero percent utilization rate according to the Department's real property inventory database.
5:02:54 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Murphy (FL) amendment under the five-minute rule.
5:04:32 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Murphy (FL) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:05:06 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Ross, to prohibit the use of funds by the Secretary of Defense to close a commissary store.
5:05:44 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Ross amendment under the five-minute rule.
5:07:03 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Ross amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:07:39 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Takano, numbered 3 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds made available in this Act for the All-Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program under chapter 30 of title 38, United States Code, or the Post 9/11 Educational Assistance Program under chapter 33 of such title.
5:08:00 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Takano amendment No. 3 under the five-minute rule, pending reservation of a point of order.
5:09:47 P.M. H.R. 4486 Mr. Culberson raised a point of order against the Takano amendment. Mr. Culberson stated that the amendment seeks to change existing law and constitutes legislation in an appropriations bill. The Chair sustained the point of order.
5:10:14 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Blumenauer, to prohibit the use of funds to implement Veterans Health Administration directive 2011-004 with respect to the prohibition on VA providers from completing forms seeking recommendations or opinions regarding a Veteran's participation in a State marijuana program.
5:10:29 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Blumenauer amendment under the five-minute rule.
5:46:01 P.M. H.R. 4486 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Blumenauer amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Blumenauer demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
5:46:47 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Runyan, to add a new section at the end of the bill to prohibit funds used to propose, plan for, or execute a new or additional Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round.
5:48:21 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Runyan amendment under the five-minute rule.
5:50:04 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Runyan amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:57:55 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Takano, to prohibit the use of funds for the All-Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program to be used for recruiting or marketing activities.
5:58:19 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Takano amendment under the five-minute rule, pending reservation of a point of order.
6:00:27 P.M. H.R. 4486 Mr. Culberson raised a point of order against the Takano amendment. The Chair sustained the point of order.
6:00:48 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to prohibit the use of funds to create or maintain any patient record-keeping system other than those currently approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office in Washington DC.
6:00:54 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Gosar amendment under the five-minute rule.
6:04:03 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:04:16 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Grayson, to prohibit the use of funds to enter into a contract with any offeror or any of its principals if the offeror certifies, as required by Federal Acquisition Regulation, that the offeror or any of its principals has been convicted of or had a civil judgement rendered against it.
6:04:19 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Grayson amendment under the five-minute rule.
6:06:03 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Grayson amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:06:17 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to increase funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs Information Technology Systems by $3,215,910 and to reduce funds for Department of Veterans Affairs General Administration by the same amount.
6:06:21 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Gosar amendment under the five-minute rule.
6:10:05 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:10:16 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, to prohibit the use of funds for benefits for homeless veterans and training and outreach programs to be used by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in contravention of subchapter II and III of chapter 20 of title 38, United States Code.
6:10:27 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Jackson Lee amendment under the five-minute rule.
6:15:51 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:16:01 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Farenthold, to prohibit the use of funds to pay the salary of any officer or employee of the Federal Government who has certified a statement of facts to a United States attorney under section 104 of the Revised Statutes.
6:16:04 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Farenthold amendment under the five-minute rule.
6:19:38 P.M. H.R. 4486 Mr. Bishop (GA) raised a point of order against the Farenthold amendment. Mr. Bishop (GA) stated that the amendment seeks to change existing law and constitutes legislation in an appropriations bill. The Chair sustained the point of order.
6:20:39 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Peters (MI), to prohibit the use of funds for a contract that includes first-class travel by the contractor.
6:20:41 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Peters (MI) amendment under the five-minute rule.
6:24:20 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Peters (MI) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:24:29 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mr. Nunes, to prohibit the use of funds for the closure or abandonment of any facility located at Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal.
6:24:35 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Nunes amendment under the five-minute rule.
6:26:07 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Nunes amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:26:30 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mrs. Walorski, to prohibit the use of funds to be used by the Secretary of Veterans affairs to implement sole source contracting at the national level for the selection of devices and test strips for the self-monitoring of blood glucose.
6:26:39 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Walorski amendment under the five-minute rule.
6:29:07 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Walorski amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:29:15 P.M. H.R. 4486 An amendment, offered by Mrs. Noem, to prohibit the use of funds to prepare an environmental impact statement in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 with respect to a health care facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs that is (1) designated as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service; and (2) located in a highly rural area.
6:29:17 P.M. H.R. 4486 DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with debate on the Noem amendment under the five-minute rule.
6:31:20 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Noem amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:31:57 P.M. H.R. 4486 UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
7:03:07 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Moran amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 168 - 249 (Roll no. 185).
7:04:34 P.M. H.R. 4486 MOMENT OF SILENCE - The House observed a moment of silence with respect to the victims of the recent tornados.
7:07:22 P.M. H.R. 4486 UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that proceedings would resume on the adoption of amendments.
7:13:21 P.M. H.R. 4486 On agreeing to the Blumenauer amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 195 - 222 (Roll no. 186).
7:13:49 P.M. H.R. 4486 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 4486.
7:14:47 P.M. H.R. 4486 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
7:14:58 P.M. H.R. 4486 The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
7:22:49 P.M. H.R. 4486 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 416 - 1 (Roll no. 187).
7:22:50 P.M. H.R. 4486 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:23:01 P.M. Mr. Culberson asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on May 1. Agreed to without objection.
7:24:11 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:28:23 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:22:10 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:22:15 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:22:25 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on May 1, 2014.
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