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Legislative Day of March 09, 2017

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10:00:57 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:01:20 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.
11:10:15 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:14 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 9.
12:00:17 P.M. Today's prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:21 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:23 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Ms. Kuster of NH to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:23 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 March 9, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.: That the Senate passed H.J. Res. 58, S.J. Res. 1, and S. 496.
12:02:48 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.
12:34:35 P.M. H. Res. 180 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 180 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 720) to amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 985) to amend the procedures used in Federal court class actions and multidistrict litigation proceedings to assure fairer, more efficient outcomes for claimants and defendants, and for other purposes."
12:38:46 P.M. H. Res. 180 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 180.
1:06:04 P.M. H. Res. 180 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 180, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Slaughter demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of ordering the previous question until a time to be announced.
1:06:59 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
2:16:12 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 9.
2:16:13 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on ordering the previous question on H. Res. 180, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
2:16:58 P.M. H. Res. 180 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 180 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 720) to amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 985) to amend the procedures used in Federal court class actions and multidistrict litigation proceedings to assure fairer, more efficient outcomes for claimants and defendants, and for other purposes."
2:43:03 P.M. H. Res. 180 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 233 - 186 (Roll no. 138).
2:52:00 P.M. H. Res. 180 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 233 - 184 (Roll no. 139).
2:52:02 P.M. H. Res. 180 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:52:12 P.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.J. Res. 57.
2:55:00 P.M. H.R. 725 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 175. H.R. 725 — "To amend title 28, United States Code, to prevent fraudulent joinder."
2:55:05 P.M. H.R. 725 Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 725
2:55:11 P.M. H.R. 725 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 175 and Rule XVIII.
2:55:12 P.M. H.R. 725 The Speaker designated the Honorable Jody B. Hice to act as Chairman of the Committee.
2:55:52 P.M. H.R. 725 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 725.
3:28:45 P.M. H.R. 725 An amendment, offered by Mr. Soto, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-27 to create an exception for instances of public health risks, including byproducts of hydraulic fracturing, well stimulation, or any water contamination
3:29:02 P.M. H.R. 725 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 175, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Soto amendment No. 1.
3:37:24 P.M. H.R. 725 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Soto amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Raskin demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
3:37:56 P.M. H.R. 725 An amendment, offered by Mr. Cartwright, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-27 to create a separate exception for plaintiffs seeking compensation resulting from the bad faith of an insurer.
3:38:20 P.M. H.R. 725 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 175, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cartwright amendment No. 2.
3:47:04 P.M. H.R. 725 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Cartwright amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Cartwright demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
3:47:22 P.M. H.R. 725 Mr. Farenthold moved that the committee rise.
3:47:36 P.M. H.R. 725 On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
3:47:47 P.M. H.R. 725 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 725 as unfinished business.
3:47:52 P.M. H.R. 985 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 180. H.R. 985 — "To amend the procedures used in Federal court class actions and multidistrict litigation proceedings to assure fairer, more efficient outcomes for claimants and defendants, and for other purposes."
3:47:57 P.M. H.R. 985 Providing for consideration of the bills H.R. 720 and H.R. 985.
3:48:35 P.M. H.R. 985 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 180 and Rule XVIII.
3:48:36 P.M. H.R. 985 The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Chairman of the Committee.
3:48:44 P.M. H.R. 985 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 985.
4:37:13 P.M. H.R. 985 An amendment, offered by Mr. Goodlatte, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 115-29 to make technical, conforming, and clarifying changes to the bill.
4:37:51 P.M. H.R. 985 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Goodlatte amendment No. 1.
4:44:18 P.M. H.R. 985 On agreeing to the Goodlatte amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:44:49 P.M. H.R. 985 An amendment, offered by Mr. Deutch, numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 115-29 to strike the provision on conflicts of interest.
4:45:14 P.M. H.R. 985 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Deutch amendment No. 2.
4:52:46 P.M. H.R. 985 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Deutch amendment No. 2, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Deutch demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:53:22 P.M. H.R. 985 An amendment, offered by Mr. Deutch, numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 115-29 to strike the fee determination based on equitable relief provision.
4:53:46 P.M. H.R. 985 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Deutch amendment No. 3.
5:02:17 P.M. H.R. 985 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Deutch amendment No. 3, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Deutch demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:02:37 P.M. H.R. 985 An amendment, offered by Mr. Soto, numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 115-29 to strike section 1721 to allow discovery to proceed while motions are pending.
5:03:00 P.M. H.R. 985 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Soto amendment No. 4.
5:10:41 P.M. H.R. 985 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Soto amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Soto demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:10:58 P.M. H.R. 985 An amendment, offered by Mr. Johnson (GA), numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 115-29 to exempt civil actions alleging fraud.
5:11:20 P.M. H.R. 985 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Johnson (GA) amendment No. 5.
5:21:13 P.M. H.R. 985 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 the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:21:27 P.M. H.R. 985 An amendment, offered by Mr. Conyers, numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 115-29 to exempt civil rights actions from the bill's class action provisions.
5:21:50 P.M. H.R. 985 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Conyers amendment No. 6.
5:30:10 P.M. H.R. 985 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Conyers amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Conyers demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:30:27 P.M. H.R. 985 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 7 printed in Part B House Report 115-29 to replace the substantive text of the bill with a requirement that the bankruptcy asbestos trust report quarterly an aggregate list of demands received and payments made
5:30:48 P.M. H.R. 985 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 7.
5:39:10 P.M. H.R. 985 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:39:43 P.M. H.R. 985 An amendment, offered by Mr. Espaillat, numbered 8 printed in Part B of House Report 115-29 to exempt a claimant who is or has been living in public housing or any dwelling unit for which rental assistance provided under section 8.
5:40:04 P.M. H.R. 985 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Espaillat amendment No. 8.
5:45:22 P.M. H.R. 985 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Espaillat amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Espaillat demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
6:07:56 P.M. H.R. 985 On agreeing to the Deutch amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 182 - 227 (Roll no. 140).
6:12:21 P.M. H.R. 985 On agreeing to the Deutch amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 189 - 228 (Roll no. 141).
6:16:12 P.M. H.R. 985 On agreeing to the Soto amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 192 - 230 (Roll no. 142).
6:19:25 P.M. H.R. 985 On agreeing to the Johnson (GA) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 190 - 230 (Roll no. 143).
6:22:41 P.M. H.R. 985 On agreeing to the Conyers amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 191 - 230 (Roll no. 144).
6:26:21 P.M. H.R. 985 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 193 - 229 (Roll no. 145).
6:29:16 P.M. H.R. 985 On agreeing to the Espaillat amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 193 - 228 (Roll no. 146).
6:29:40 P.M. H.R. 985 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 985.
6:30:03 P.M. H.R. 985 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
6:30:18 P.M. H.R. 985 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.
6:32:09 P.M. H.R. 985 Mr. Kildee moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary.
6:32:33 P.M. H.R. 985 DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the bill back to the House with an amendment to add an exemption for any civil action brought forward to protect drinking water supplies.
6:40:37 P.M. H.R. 985 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
6:47:05 P.M. H.R. 985 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 188 - 234 (Roll no. 147).
6:53:07 P.M. H.R. 985 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 220 - 201, 1 Present (Roll no. 148).
6:53:10 P.M. H.R. 985 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:54:30 P.M. H.R. 725 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 725 — "To amend title 28, United States Code, to prevent fraudulent joinder."
6:54:47 P.M. H.R. 725 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
6:54:48 P.M. H.R. 725 UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
7:00:09 P.M. H.R. 725 On agreeing to the Soto amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 189 - 233 (Roll no. 149).
7:03:01 P.M. H.R. 725 On agreeing to the Cartwright amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 187 - 229 (Roll no. 150).
7:03:24 P.M. H.R. 725 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 725.
7:03:44 P.M. H.R. 725 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
7:04:28 P.M. H.R. 725 Ms. Kuster (NH) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary.
7:06:47 P.M. H.R. 725 Floor summary: DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kuster (NH) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the bill back to the House with an amendment to add an exemption for any civil action brought forward that pertains to ethics in government.
7:09:04 P.M. H.R. 725 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
7:14:50 P.M. H.R. 725 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 187 - 233 (Roll no. 151).
7:20:44 P.M. H.R. 725 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 224 - 194 (Roll no. 152).
7:20:45 P.M. H.R. 725 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
7:21:51 P.M. Migratory Bird Conservation Commission - Pursuant to section 2 of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 715a), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission: Mr. Thompson of CA.
7:23:57 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
7:41:55 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
9:14:30 P.M. Mr. Yoho moved that the House do now adjourn.
9:14:38 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
9:14:39 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on March 10, 2017.
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