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Legislative Day of December 16, 2015

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9:00:00 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:18 A.M. Today's prayer was offered by Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben, Chief of Chaplains for the United States Navy, Washington, DC
9:01:40 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:01:42 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Allen to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:00 A.M. The House received a communication from Mr. Ed Cassidy, Chief Administrative Officer wherein he resigns as Chief Administrative Officer of the House effective upon the election of his successor.
9:02:01 A.M. Pursuant to clause 1 of rule 2, Mr. Ed Cassidy, of the State of Connecticut, is removed effective December 31, 2015. Pursuant to the provisions of section 208(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, the Chair appoints William Plaster of the Commonwealth of Virginia to act as and to excercise the duties of Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives, effective December 31, 2015.
9:04:27 A.M. ADMINISTRATION OF THE OATH OF OFFICE - The Speaker administered the Oath of Office to Mr. Will Plaster, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer.
9:05:00 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:14:02 A.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
9:15:30 A.M. H.R. 2820 Mr. Pitts moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.
9:15:31 A.M. H.R. 2820 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2820.
9:29:41 A.M. H.R. 2820 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
9:30:16 A.M. H.R. 4246 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 4246 — "To exempt for an additional 4-year period, from the application of the means-test presumption of abuse under chapter 7, qualifying members of reserve components of the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard who, after September 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 90 days."
9:30:27 A.M. H.R. 4246 Considered under suspension of the rules.
9:30:28 A.M. H.R. 4246 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4246.
9:39:06 A.M. H.R. 4246 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
9:40:04 A.M. S. 1090 Mr. Costello (PA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 1090 — "To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide eligibility for broadcasting facilities to receive certain disaster assistance, and for other purposes."
9:40:22 A.M. S. 1090 Considered under suspension of the rules.
9:40:24 A.M. S. 1090 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 1090.
9:44:53 A.M. S. 1090 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
9:49:57 A.M. H.J. Res. 78 Mr. Rogers (KY) moved to suspend the rules and pass the resolution. H.J. Res. 78 — "Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2016, and for other purposes."
9:50:12 A.M. H.J. Res. 78 Considered under suspension of the rules.
9:50:14 A.M. H.J. Res. 78 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.J. Res. 78.
9:55:55 A.M. H.J. Res. 78 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
9:56:26 A.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
10:31:31 A.M. H.R. 2820 On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 421 - 0 (Roll no. 695).
10:31:32 A.M. H.R. 2820 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10:31:33 A.M. MOMENT OF SILENCE - The House observed a moment of silence in the memory of the victims in San Bernardino, CA.
10:34:36 A.M. H.R. 4246 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4246 — "To exempt for an additional 4-year period, from the application of the means-test presumption of abuse under chapter 7, qualifying members of reserve components of the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard who, after September 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 90 days."
10:43:28 A.M. H.R. 4246 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 419 - 1 (Roll no. 696).
10:43:29 A.M. H.R. 4246 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10:45:20 A.M. S. 1090 Considered as unfinished business. S. 1090 — "To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide eligibility for broadcasting facilities to receive certain disaster assistance, and for other purposes."
10:54:30 A.M. S. 1090 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 420 - 1 (Roll no. 697).
10:54:30 A.M. S. 1090 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10:54:43 A.M. H.R. 3654 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3654 — "To require a report on United States strategy to combat terrorist use of social media, and for other purposes."
10:55:09 A.M. H.R. 3654 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
10:55:18 A.M. H.R. 3654 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:01:24 A.M. H.R. 2297 Mr. Royce moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments.
11:01:37 A.M. H.R. 2297 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the motion to suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments to H.R. 2297.
11:09:31 A.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 571.
11:33:53 A.M. H.R. 2297 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
11:34:21 A.M. H.R. 3750 Mr. Royce moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3750 — "To waive the passport fees for first responders proceeding abroad to aid a foreign country suffering from a natural disaster."
11:34:34 A.M. H.R. 3750 Considered under suspension of the rules.
11:34:36 A.M. H.R. 3750 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3750.
11:45:54 A.M. H.R. 3750 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
11:46:07 A.M. H.R. 2241 Mr. Royce moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2241 — "To direct the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to submit to Congress a report on the development and use of global health innovations in the programs, projects, and activities of the Agency."
11:46:27 A.M. H.R. 2241 Considered under suspension of the rules.
11:46:29 A.M. H.R. 2241 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2241.
11:54:00 A.M. H.R. 2241 At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Royce 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 considered as withdrawn.
11:55:00 A.M. H.R. 4239 Mr. LoBiondo moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4239 — "To require intelligence community reporting on foreign fighter flows to and from terrorist safe havens abroad, and for other purposes."
11:55:13 A.M. H.R. 4239 Considered under suspension of the rules.
11:55:16 A.M. H.R. 4239 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4239.
12:24:28 P.M. H.R. 4239 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
12:25:00 P.M. H.R. 3878 Mrs. Miller (MI) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3878 — "To enhance cybersecurity information sharing and coordination at ports in the United States, and for other purposes."
12:25:12 P.M. H.R. 3878 Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:25:14 P.M. H.R. 3878 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3878.
12:42:47 P.M. H.R. 3878 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
12:42:51 P.M. H.R. 3878 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:43:25 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.
2:00:35 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 16.
2:00:40 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
2:01:51 P.M. H.R. 2297 Considered as unfinished business.
2:31:30 P.M. H.R. 2297 On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 425 - 0 (Roll no. 698).
2:31:31 P.M. H.R. 2297 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:31:52 P.M. H.R. 3750 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3750 — "To waive the passport fees for first responders proceeding abroad to aid a foreign country suffering from a natural disaster."
2:40:24 P.M. H.R. 3750 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 421 - 2 (Roll no. 699).
2:40:25 P.M. H.R. 3750 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:41:10 P.M. H.R. 4239 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4239 — "To require intelligence community reporting on foreign fighter flows to and from terrorist safe havens abroad, and for other purposes."
2:49:13 P.M. H.R. 4239 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 423 - 0 (Roll no. 700).
2:49:13 P.M. H.R. 4239 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:50:48 P.M. Mr. Paulsen asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on December 17. Agreed to without objection.
2:50:49 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
3:10:40 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
5:08:54 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
7:34:43 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 16.
7:34:45 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 December 16, 2015 at 5:21 p.m.: That the Senate passed S. 238 and H.R. 3594 amended.
7:34:47 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 December 16, 2015 at 6:04 p.m.: That the Senate passed H.J. Res. 78.
7:36:07 P.M. Mr. Cole filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 566.
7:37:03 P.M. Mr. Cole moved that the House do now adjourn.
7:37:14 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
7:37:15 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on December 17, 2015.
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