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Legislative Day of May 21, 2015

May 2015
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Last Floor Action:
3:05:18 P.M. - The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on May 22, 2015.

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10:00:10 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:21 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Garret Graves to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:46 A.M. Today's prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
10:02:10 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
10:02:15 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Dold to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
10:02:46 A.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 May 21, 2015 at 9:39 a.m.: That the Senate passed H. Con. Res. 47, without amendment.
10:03:10 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.
10:17:32 A.M. H.R. 2262 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 273. H.R. 2262 — "To facilitate a pro-growth environment for the developing commercial space industry by encouraging private sector investment and creating more stable and predictable regulatory conditions, and for other purposes."
10:17:37 A.M. H.R. 2262 The resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 2262 and H.R. 880. In addition, the resolution provides for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; and provides for proceedings during the period from May 22, 2015, through May 29, 2015.
10:18:09 A.M. H.R. 2262 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 273 and Rule XVIII.
10:18:11 A.M. H.R. 2262 The Speaker designated the Honorable Garret Graves to act as Chairman of the Committee.
10:18:23 A.M. H.R. 2262 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 2262.
11:24:43 A.M. H.R. 2262 An amendment, offered by Mr. Smith (TX), numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 114-127 to make technical corrections and requires a GAO report on state and municipal spaceports in the existing indemnification regime.
11:26:00 A.M. H.R. 2262 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 273, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Smith (TX) Part A amendment No. 1.
11:28:03 A.M. H.R. 2262 On agreeing to the Smith (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:28:37 A.M. H.R. 2262 An amendment, offered by Mr. Grijalva, numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 114-127 to broaden the coverage of experimental permits to include suborbital launch vehicles to allow for non-revenue testing.
11:29:12 A.M. H.R. 2262 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 273, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grijalva Part A amendment No. 2.
11:31:20 A.M. H.R. 2262 On agreeing to the Grijalva amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:31:39 A.M. H.R. 2262 An amendment, offered by Mr. Rohrabacher, An amenmdment numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 114-127 to create an independent study regarding indemnification for spaceflight participants including options, unintended consequences, and potential costs.
11:32:32 A.M. H.R. 2262 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 273, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rohrabacher Part A amendment No. 3.
11:35:56 A.M. H.R. 2262 On agreeing to the Rohrabacher amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:36:35 A.M. H.R. 2262 An amendment, offered by Mr. Castro (TX), numbered 4 printed in Part A of House Report 114-127 to ensure the Orbital Traffic Management study includes input from nonprofit organizations that conduct research in space traffic and orbital activities.
11:37:10 A.M. H.R. 2262 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 273, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castro (TX) Part A amendment No. 4.
11:39:14 A.M. H.R. 2262 On agreeing to the Castro (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:39:44 A.M. H.R. 2262 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 5 printed in Part A of House Report 114-127 to facilitate outreach to minority- and women-owned businesses on business opportunities in the commercial space industry.
11:40:34 A.M. H.R. 2262 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 273, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee Part A amendment No. 5.
11:43:48 A.M. H.R. 2262 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:44:06 A.M. H.R. 2262 An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 6 printed in Part A of House Report 114-127 to facilitates the participation of HBCU, Hispanic Serving Institutions; National Indian institutions, in fellowships, work-study and employment opportunities in the emerging commercial space industry.
11:45:08 A.M. H.R. 2262 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 273, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee Part A amendment No. 6.
11:47:46 A.M. H.R. 2262 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
11:48:16 A.M. H.R. 2262 An amendment, offered by Ms. Edwards, numbered 7 printed in Part A of House Report 114-127 to substitute the text of S. 1297.
11:48:50 A.M. H.R. 2262 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 273, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Edwards Part A amendment No. 7.
12:34:24 P.M. H.R. 2262 On agreeing to the Edwards amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 173 - 236 (Roll no. 261).
12:34:41 P.M. H.R. 2262 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2262.
12:35:17 P.M. H.R. 2262 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
12:44:32 P.M. H.R. 2262 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 284 - 133 (Roll no. 262).
12:44:33 P.M. H.R. 2262 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:44:36 P.M. H. Res. 274 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 274 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1335) to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen, and for other purposes."
12:53:04 P.M. H. Res. 274 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 237 - 174 (Roll no. 263).
12:53:05 P.M. H. Res. 274 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:54:21 P.M. The House received a communication from Honorable Bill Shuster, Chairman. Pursuant to section 3307 and 3315(b) of Title 40, United States Code, Mr. Shuster notified the House that the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met in open session to consider 2 building project survey resolutions and 1 resolution that amends a resolution approved by the Committee on Feb. 12, 2015, and which was included in the General Services Administration's FY 2015 Capital Investment Leasing programs. Copies of the resolutions adopted by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastucture on May 20, 2015 are enclosed. Referred to Appropriations.
12:55:35 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
1:25:23 P.M. H.R. 2496 Mr. Coffman asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
1:25:40 P.M. H.R. 2496 Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 2496 — "To extend the authorization for the replacement of the existing Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, to make certain improvements in the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, and for other purposes."
1:25:44 P.M. H.R. 2496 On passage Passed without objection.
1:27:44 P.M. H.R. 2496 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:28:02 P.M. HOUR OF MEETING - Mr. Coffman asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on May 22. Agreed to without objection.
1:28:35 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
3:00:00 P.M. Mr. Mooney (WV) asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 2:30 p.m. on May 22. Agreed to without objection.
3:00:40 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House resumed Special Order speeches.
3:05:02 P.M. Mr. Beyer moved that the House do now adjourn.
3:05:17 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
3:05:18 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on May 22, 2015.
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