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Legislative Day of March 10, 2017

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9:00:05 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:09 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Evan H. Jenkins to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
9:00:27 A.M. Today's prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:40 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:01:44 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Wenstrup to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:00 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with one minute speeches, which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:14:34 A.M. H.R. 720 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 180. H.R. 720 — "To amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability, and for other purposes."
9:14:39 A.M. H.R. 720 Providing for consideration of the bills H.R. 720 and H.R. 985.
9:15:03 A.M. H.R. 720 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 180 and Rule XVIII.
9:15:04 A.M. H.R. 720 The Speaker designated the Honorable Evan H. Jenkins to act as Chairman of the Committee.
9:15:37 A.M. H.R. 720 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 720.
9:56:38 A.M. H.R. 720 An amendment, offered by Mr. Soto, numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-29 to reinstate the FRCP 11(c)(2) safe harbor provision to allow parties to avoid penalties by withdrawing or correcting the claims within 14 days from when the alleged violation of rule 11(b) becomes known, anytime up until the end of the discovery period.
9:56:41 A.M. H.R. 720 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Soto Part A amendment No. 1.
10:04:00 A.M. H.R. 720 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.
10:04:43 A.M. H.R. 720 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 115-29 to strike the provision mandating the award of reasonable attorney's fees and costs, restoring judicial discretion to award such fees and costs, when warranted.
10:04:45 A.M. H.R. 720 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee Part A amendment No. 2.
10:11:39 A.M. H.R. 720 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.
10:12:13 A.M. H.R. 720 An amendment, offered by Mr. Conyers, numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 115-29 to exempt from the bill civil actions alleging any violation of a constitutional or civil right.
10:12:15 A.M. H.R. 720 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Conyers Part A amendment No. 3.
10:19:11 A.M. H.R. 720 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.
10:19:56 A.M. H.R. 720 An amendment, offered by Mr. Jeffries, numbered 4 printed in Part A of House Report 115-29 to exempt actions pertaining to whistleblowers.
10:19:58 A.M. H.R. 720 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jeffries Part A amendment No. 4.
10:27:40 A.M. H.R. 720 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Jeffries amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Jeffries demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
10:27:41 A.M. H.R. 720 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.
10:50:16 A.M. H.R. 720 On agreeing to the Soto amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 181 - 225 (Roll no. 153).
10:54:54 A.M. H.R. 720 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 185 - 225 (Roll no. 154).
10:59:21 A.M. H.R. 720 On agreeing to the Conyers amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 190 - 227 (Roll no. 155).
11:03:29 A.M. H.R. 720 On agreeing to the Jeffries amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 189 - 229 (Roll no. 156).
11:03:38 A.M. H.R. 720 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 720.
11:04:00 A.M. H.R. 720 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
11:05:12 A.M. H.R. 720 Ms. Lofgren moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary.
11:05:23 A.M. H.R. 720 DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back with an amendment to add a section at the end of the bill prohibiting language to be construed to apply to a civil action that implicates the foreign emoluments clause of the United States Constitution.
11:12:05 A.M. H.R. 720 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
11:19:25 A.M. H.R. 720 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 186 - 232 (Roll no. 157).
11:30:43 A.M. H.R. 720 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 230 - 188 (Roll no. 158).
11:30:45 A.M. H.R. 720 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:30:57 A.M. COLLOQUY ON HOUSE SCHEDULE - The Chair recognized Mr. Hoyer for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy with Mr. McCarthy on the expectations regarding the legislative schedule for the House during the upcoming week.
12:06:18 P.M. Mr. McCarthy asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Friday, March 10, 2017, it adjourn to meet on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, when it shall convene at noon for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.
12:07:53 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
12:17:48 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
1:19:44 P.M. UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL COUNCIL - Pursuant to 36 U.S.C 2302 and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL COUNCIL: Mr. Deutch and Mr. Schneider.
1:20:07 P.M. Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.
1:20:14 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
1:20:15 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on March 14, 2017.
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