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November 29, 2007

Year-End Legislating - Farm bill, Energy, Bankruptcy, SCHIP

Farm Bill

Senate Leaders Near Deal to Limit Farm Bill Amendments
Senate leaders are zeroing in on a deal to limit amendments to the 2007 farm bill, meaning the measure could be back on the floor as early as next week, aides said Monday.

Energy

Deal Near on Energy Bill to Boost Fuel Economy, Use of Alternative Fuels
House and Senate negotiators are poised to seal a deal on an energy bill that would strengthen fuel economy standards for the first time in three decades.

Negotiators Close In on Energy Measure
Congressional negotiators are nearing agreement on the components of an energy bill that would boost fuel efficiency standards for vehicles and require vast increases in the use of biofuels, according to congressional aides and lobbyists.

Bankruptcy

Sen. Dodd Drafting Bankruptcy Legislation
Senate Banking Chairman Christopher J. Dodd said Wednesday that he plans to introduce legislation soon that would rewrite portions of the bankruptcy code.

SCHIP

Advocates Pushing for Short-Term Children's Health Extension
States and child advocates are pressing Congress to abandon its troubled efforts to reauthorize children's health insurance and instead focus on a short-term extension of the program, out of concern that money is running short.

Wisconsin Sticking to the Rules to Boost SCHIP Coverage, Weems Says
Acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Kerry Weems announced Tuesday that Wisconsin has received approval to raise household income eligibility in its State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to 250 percent of the federal poverty line.

November 21, 2007

December Outlook - Iraq, Energy, Health Care

Iraq

House Appropriators Dig in On War Funding Conditions
House appropriators said Tuesday there would be no more emergency war funding without a policy change in Iraq, as the White House demanded unconditional funding by the end of the year.

Pentagon ramps up fight with Congress
Administration plays hardball in funding standoff with Democrats, who call it playing politics with troops.

Pentagon Warns of Civilian Layoffs If Congress Delays War Funding
The Defense Department warned yesterday that as many as 200,000 contractors and civilian employees will begin receiving layoff warnings by Christmas unless Congress acts on President Bush's $196 billion war request.

Energy

Democrats Pare Down Energy Legislation
House Democrats plan to propose a pared-down energy bill when they return from Thanksgiving recess that would include stronger fuel economy and renewable fuel mandates, but would sideline a controversial tax package and renewable portfolio standard.


11/22/2007 Update:

Health Care

Legislation in the Works for Medicare Physician Reimbursement Plan
Senate Finance Committee leaders say they will consider a Medicare physician’s pay package after the Thanksgiving Day recess that would avert a scheduled reimbursement rate cut.

November 20, 2007

Congressional Harvest

Legislative Update
  • Appropriations
  • Veto Override Votes
  • ENDA, Hate Crimes
After Congress honored National Bible Week and passed a typical year-end flurry of legislation in which it began sending appropriations bills to the President, it adjourned for Thanksgiving. A few of these bills have been signed into law.

Some have begun to look back at the first year in control for the new majority. Not to be missed in all of that is the record success of the minority shaping policy with the motion to recommit. The minority has not only maximized its few opportunities for legislative input, but it has also defended these minority rights from several attacks.

While Congress had originally planned to be done for the year by now, there is still much left to do including finishing the appropriations bills and unfinished conference reports such as the Head Start Reauthorization. How the year finishes out is still very much a work in progress.

Read today's edition of Inside the Mountain for more.

November 19, 2007

Congress Adjourned ... Kinda

H.Con.Res. 259: Providing for an adjournment or recess of the two Houses.

Passed House 214-196

Passed Senate by Unanimous Consent.


Time for Congress to get to work
The process is never pretty as Congress races for its holiday break.

Wary of Bush, Reid Sets Senate Pro Forma Sessions
A full two-week recess is under way for the House, but not for the Senate.

FY 2008 Appropriations Update


New Public Law:

P.L. 110-116: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2008


President's Radio Address to the Nation
November 17, 2007 - MP3
In his weekly radio address President Bush said,
Good morning. In a few days, our Nation will celebrate Thanksgiving. Like millions of Americans, members of Congress will travel home for the holiday. Unfortunately, as they get to work carving their turkeys, they're leaving a lot of unfinished work back in Washington, D.C. And unless they complete this work soon, middle-class Americans will pay higher taxes and American troops will not receive the critical funding they need to fight and defeat our enemies.

Political Mud Flies Over Farm Bill as Harkin Hopes for December Action
Farm-state lawmakers say they’re not ready to give up on the 2007 farm bill, even after two weeks of gridlock in the Senate over amendments and a failed vote to limit debate.

Law of The Sea Treaty
Sen. Vitter [R-LA]: Mr. President, I wish to address the Senate and, indeed, our fellow citizens around America today about a very important matter before the Senate, the Law of the Sea Treaty.

House Veto Override Vote - H.R. 3043: Labor, HSS, Education Appropriations

H.R. 3043: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008
Making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes.

Conference Report Votes: Senate, House

11/13/2007: Vetoed by President. (text of veto message: CR H13825-13826)
Boehner Supports President's Veto of Pork-Laden Labor-HHS Spending Bill
The Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations conference report spends nearly $10 billion more the President's budget request.

Passage, Objections of the President Not Withstanding
Failed 277-141


Bush Veto Sets Up Clash on Budget
A budget dispute erupted into a full-scale battle Tuesday as President Bush vetoed the Democrats' top-priority domestic spending bill and the party's Senate leader threatened to withhold war funding if the president does not agree to pull out of Iraq.

Bush Vetoes Domestic Spending Bill, Signs Defense Measure
President Bush on Tuesday triggered a long-awaited showdown with the Democratic Congress over fiscal 2008 appropriations bills, signing the annual Defense spending measure while vetoing the bill funding health, education and labor programs.

House Republicans Sustain Veto of Pork-Laden Labor-HHS-Education Funding Bill

Some Hill Republicans Ready for Spending Compromise, but Bush Is Not
Senate Democratic leaders outlined a compromise proposal Thursday for completing the fiscal 2008 spending bills, and some Republicans indicated they are ready to start making deals.

Splitting the Difference Could Add Up to Appropriations Success
Democrats appear to have a new strategy that could help complete the appropriations process when Congress returns in December.

House Votes - H.R. 3773: RESTORE Act

H.Res. 824: Providing for further consideration of H.R. 3773
Providing For Further Consideration of H.R. 3773, Restore Act of 2007
Rep. Reyes [D-TX]: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, this is an incredible turn of events from our colleagues on the other side of the aisle who are now arguing for undocumented people within the confines of this country. Let me start out by making a flat statement. The RESTORE Act confers no additional rights on undocumented..."

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 221-195

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 224-192


H.R. 3773: Responsible Electronic Surveillance That is Overseen, Reviewed, and Effective Act of 2007
To amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a procedure for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence, and for other purposes.

Debate
Restore Act of 2007

Rep. Hoyer [D-MD]: "I thank my friend for yielding. I thank him for his leadership as well. I thank Mr. Conyers for his leadership, and I thank Mr. Hoekstra and Mr. Smith for their participation. This is a serious issue that confronts us. Mr. Speaker, this legislation, the RESTORE Act, is nothing less than the fundamental reiteration of the most basic concepts ..."

Rep. Shadegg [R-AZ]: "Mr. Speaker, I want to point out that this bill raises a fundamental question: Do we trust judges, unelected judges, to control foreign intelligence? Are we going to move that responsibility from the executive branch to judges? Or is that not their job? As I explained earlier, this measure requires that a warrant be obtained every single..."

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H14059-14061; text: CR H14059)
Failed 194-222

On Passage
Passed 227-189

House Votes - H.R. 3915: Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act

H.Res. 825: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3915
Providing For Consideration of H.R. 3915
Rep. Hensarling [R-TX]: I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this rule. I am very disappointed that one of the most substantial portions of the bill will not be able to be debated today as it was in committee. That has to do with the entirety of the issue of what is known as 'assignee liability.'

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 224-195

On agreeing to the resolution
Agreed to by voice vote.


H.R. 3915: Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007
To amend the Truth in Lending Act to reform consumer mortgage practices and provide accountability for such practices, to establish licensing and registration requirements for residential mortgage originators, to provide certain minimum standards for consumer mortgage loans, and for other purposes.

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

H.Amdt. 902 by Rep. Watt [D-NC]
An amendment numbered 4 printed in House Report 110-450 to allow for actual damages in the liability section.
Failed 169-250

H.Amdt. 903 by Rep. Price [R-GA]
An amendment numbered 16 printed in House Report 110-450 to exempt prime loans from the bill.
Failed 172-249

H.Amdt. 911 by Rep. Garrett [R-NJ]
An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 110-450 to strike the rebuttable presumption under section 203, stating that all qualified safe harbor loans that meet the requirements listed in section 203(c)(3)(C) fall under the safe harbor.
Failed 188-229

H.Amdt. 914 by Rep. Mchenry [R-NC]
An amendment numbered 15 printed in House Report 110-450 to strike Title III--High-Cost Mortgages from the bill.
Failed 168-245

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H14035-14037; text: CR H14035)
Failed 188-231

On Passage
Passed 291-127


Abusive lending bill passes
Congress disappoints advocates on both sides of mortgage divide with new bill.

Senate Vote - H.R. 2419: Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act

H.R. 2419: Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007
To provide for the continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes.

Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Harkin Amdt. No. 3500 (Subst.) to H.R. 2419
Rejected 55-42

Republican Leader Sen. McConnell: Mr. President, this has been an interesting colloquy, but the parliamentary situation we are in is that unless the majority leader gives his consent, no amendments on my side will be allowed. That is an unacceptable way to go forward on a 1,600-page bill that we pass every 5 years. We will continue to talk.


Senate's Farm Bill Includes $10 Billion in New Aid
Thanks to the application of a little last-minute budgetary magic, the farm bill before the Senate this week authorizes about $10 billion in new subsidies, price guarantees and disaster aid in the next decade, even as farmers report near-record profits.

Baucus and Kyl Resurrect Estate Tax Debate
A year ago, estate tax legislation seemed dead, a victim of Republicans' inability to push a final deal through the Senate before the Democrats took over Congress.

Tussle Over Amendments Stalls Senate Action on Farm Bill
Despite days of negotiations, Senate leaders remain at odds over which amendments to the 2007 farm bill should be considered.

Farm Bill Trapped in Senate Stalemate
Senators were heading home for Thanksgiving Friday without any progress to report on a five-year farm bill that is important to many of their constituents.

Farm Bill At Standstill After Vote
Senate Democrats failed yesterday to break an impasse that has stalled action on a five-year, $286 billion farm bill, increasing the possibility that the legislation could be delayed until next year.

Farm bill delay crushing wheat
Senate failure to pass $286 billion farm bill before Thanksgiving puts huge strain on wheat farmers.

Senate Iraq Votes - S. 2340, H.R. 4156

S. 2340: A bill making emergency supplemental appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes.

Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed
Rejected 45-53


H.R. 4156: Orderly and Responsible Iraq Redeployment Appropriations Act, 2008

Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed
Rejected 53-45


War Funding Stalls in Pair of Senate Votes
On a pair of votes that broke largely along party lines, the Senate on Friday failed to advance legislation to provide more funds for war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Funding Bill for Iraq War Falls Short in Senate Vote
Senate Republicans yesterday blocked Democrats' latest effort to end the Iraq war, rejecting a $50 billion military funding package that would have required President Bush to begin withdrawing U.S. troops.

Iraq Bill With Fewer Strings Weighed
Senate Democrats appear ready to omit Iraq withdrawal timelines from a supplemental spending bill in hopes of clearing in December funds for the troops — but House leaders have no intentions of following suit.

House Votes - H.R. 4156: Iraq Funding, Redeployment

H.Res. 818: Providing for consideration of H.R. 4156

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 209-185

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 219-190

Quorum Call
377 present, 55 absent


H.R. 4156: Orderly and Responsible Iraq Redeployment Appropriations Act, 2008
Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes.

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H13941-13943; text: CR H13941)
Failed 192-231
GOP Proposal Would Fund Our Troops Without the Strings Designed to Undermine Success in Iraq
House Republicans are offering a motion-to-recommit proposal to cut the "withdrawal language" in the Democrats' bill that ties the hands of General Petraeus and chokes off funding for our troops. Specifically, the proposal would cut the provisions which would mandate premature withdrawal of our troops - despite their continued success - as they stabilize Iraq and preserve our national security interests in the region. The proposal preserves the underlying reporting requirements tracking the security, political, and economic progress the Iraqis are making.

On Passage
Passed 218-203


House Approves Bill Linking War Funds, Troop Withdrawals
The House yesterday approved a war funding bill that directs President Bush to withdraw most troops from Iraq by the end of next year, escalating a feud between the White House and congressional Democrats over spending priorities in wartime.

House Votes - H.R. 3074: Transportation, HUD Appropriations (Conference Report)

H.Res. 817: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 3074

Will the House Now Consider the Resolution
Passed 197-186

On Approving the Journal
Passed 221-181

On Motion to Adjourn
Failed 150-244

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 221-195

Table Motion to Reconsider
Passed 221-196

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 224-194

Table Motion to Reconsider
Passed 213-194

On Motion to Adjourn
Failed 154-252


H.R. 3074: Making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes.

Previous Votes:
Debate

Conference Report: 110-446

On Motion to Recommit Conference Report
(consideration: CR H13903)
Failed 182-231

On Agreeing to the Conference Report
Passed 270-147


The Bridge to ... Where? Highway Spending Bill Denies Public Access to Basic Info on Federal Projects
A week after sending a pork-laden Labor-HHS bill that included taxpayer funding for a hippie museum in Woodstock, NY and $1 million for the Bill Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Congress is at it again. The leaders of the "House of Hypocrisy" last night unveiled the conference report for the massive Transportation-HUD spending bill.

Tucked into the bill is a provision barring taxpayers and the media from having access to spending information on taxpayer-funded Transportation Department projects:
SEC. 193. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, none of the funds provided in or limited by this Act may be obligated or expended to provide a budget justification for any fiscal year concurrently with the President's annual budget submission to Congress under section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, to any congressional committee other than the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations prior to May 31 following the date of such annual budget submission.
The new language, which was not included in either the House or Senate versions of the bill, prohibits the public release of that information until several months after appropriators have received it. The result is that many spending bills may be [passed by congressional committees] before the public ever has a chance to examine an agency’s detailed justifications and descriptions of its budget requests.

The Transportation-HUD spending bill also includes:
  • $150,000 for construction of Urban Bikeway in West Patterson, NJ, requested by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ).
  • $400,000 to Improve Bike Trails in Highland, IN, requested by Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN).
  • $1,000,000 for the Baton Rouge Riverfront Development and Levee Pedestrian and Bike Path, requested by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).
  • $200,000 for the Native Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden community learning center in Hawaii requested by Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI).
  • $301,500 for the International Peace Garden in Dunseith, ND, requested by Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan (D-ND).
  • $200,000 to complete renovations and transform the Las Vegas Post Office into a museum on local history, requested by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV).
  • $275,000 for the Barrington Stage Company to renovate the Berkshire Music Hall and Octagon House in Pittsfield, MA, requested by Rep. John Olver (D-MA).
Conference Report on H.R. 3074
Rep. Obey [D-WI]: Mr. Speaker, I'd like to make a few observations about the White House comments on this bill, because we are told that the White House intends to veto this bill. Let me point out some facts about this bill. This bill spends about $105 billion, all told. Much has been made in the debate this morning or this afternoon about earmarks...

11/20/2007 Update:
Dems Backing Away From Backing Away From Transparency!
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) announced he struck a deal with House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Olver (D-MA) to remove language that would prohibit the publication of Federal agency budget justifications.
Hat Tip: Open House Project Google Group

Conference Report Votes - H.R. 1429: Head Start Reauthorization

H.R. 1429: Improving Head Start Act of 2007
To reauthorize the Head Start Act, to improve program quality, to expand access, and for other purposes.


House

Previous House Votes

H.Res. 813: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill H.R. 1429

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 224-190

On agreeing to the resolution
Agreed to by voice vote.

Congressional Record:

On Agreeing to the Conference Report

Passed 381-36


Senate

On the Conference Report
Agreed to 95-0

Congressional Record:


Congress Ready to Clear Head Start Policy Overhaul
For the first time in nearly a decade, Congress is poised to overhaul policy guidelines for Head Start, the early childhood development program for low-income preschoolers.

Bill to Expand Head Start, Bolster Its Teacher Qualifications Is Approved
With two overwhelming votes, Congress approved a bill yesterday that would boost teacher qualifications in federally funded Head Start preschools, expand access to the program for children from low-income families and scrap a controversial system for testing 4-year-olds.

November 17, 2007

House Suspension Votes - Week of November 12

The House suspended the rules and voted on the following bills:


H.R. 3315: To provide that the great hall of the Capitol Visitor Center shall be known as Emancipation Hall.
Passed 398-6

H.R. 1593: Second Chance Act of 2007
Passed 347-62

H.R. 3403: 911 Modernization and Public Safety Act of 2007
Passed 406-1

H.R. 3461: Safeguarding America's Families by Enhancing and Reorganizing New and Efficient Technologies Act of 2007
Passed 398-6
Hold That Elevator, Please, I've Got a Vote to Make
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer interrupted a scheduled five-minute floor vote Wednesday to do what he and his predecessors have done repeatedly over the years — warn that there would be no more extended time limits for votes.

REGARDING TIME FOR VOTING

Rep. Neil Abercrombie [D-HI]: I don't think anybody is going to argue with you, Mr. Majority Leader, but that means that you have got to do something about the elevators. I mean it. I'm not kidding. If you are going to make it work, if you are going to make the 15 minutes work, we have to have people in the elevators or the doorkeepers or somebody keeping everybody out of the elevators.

Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD]: Reclaiming my time, ladies and gentlemen, if the elevators are slow, you leave with 10 minutes remaining on the vote. You be here.



H.Res. 812: Expressing the sympathy and pledging the urgent support of the House of Representatives and the people of the United States for the victims of the devastating flooding in southern Mexico.
Passed 421-0

H.R. 3320: Support for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews Act of 2007
Passed 407-13

H.Res. 811: Condemning the November 6, 2007, terrorist bombing in Afghanistan and expressing condolences to the people of Afghanistan and the members of the Wolesi Jirga.
Passed 418-0

H.R. 3845: PROTECT Our Children Act of 2007
Passed 415-2

H.R. 719: Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2007
Passed 417-0

H.R. 4120: Effective Child Pornography Prosecution Act of 2007
Passed 409-0

H.R. 4136: Enhancing the Effective Prosecution of Child Pornography Act of 2007
Passed 416-0

Senate Committee - Bills Passed

The following have passed out of committee and could be brought to the Senate floor at any time.
Resolutions and designation bills have been excluded.
  • S. 2340: A bill making emergency supplemental appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1970: Addressing the Disaster Needs of Children Act of 2007. A bill to establish a National Commission on Children and Disasters, a National Resource Center on Children and Disasters, and for other purposes.
  • S. 311: A bill to amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.
  • S. 2345: An original bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and to extend the financing for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.
  • S. 2338: An original bill to modernize and update the National Housing Act and enable the Federal Housing Administration to more effectively reach underserved borrowers, and for other purposes.

11/19/2007 Update:
S. 274: Federal Employee Protection of Disclosures Act
A bill to amend chapter 23 of title 5, United States Code, to clarify the disclosures of information protected from prohibited personnel practices, require a statement in nondisclosure policies, forms, and agreements that such policies, forms, and agreements conform with certain disclosure protections, provide certain authority for the Special Counsel, and for other purposes.

Senate Voice Votes - Week of November 12

The following Senate bills have passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent.
Resolutions such as National Adoption Day have been excluded.
  • S. 597: An act to extend the special postage stamp for breast cancer research for 4 years.
  • S. 1679: A bill to provide that the great hall of the Capitol Visitor Center shall be known as Emancipation Hall
  • S. 2168: Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2007
  • S. 2371: A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to make technical corrections.
These bills now go to the House.


11/19/2007 Update:

The following House bills have passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent.
Resolutions and designations have been excluded.
  • H.R. 2761: Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act of 2007
  • H.R. 465: Asian Elephant Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2007
  • H.R. 50: Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization Act of 2007
These bills either go to conference or to the President.

House Voice Votes - Week of November 12

The following House bills passed the House by voice vote (step 1).
Resolutions and redesignations have been excluded.
  • H.R. 1534: Mercury Export Ban Act of 2007
  • H.R. 2614: To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in certain water projects in California.
  • H.R. 2627: Act Commemorating the LITE, or Lifetime Innovations of Thomas Edison
  • H.R. 2705: Compacts of Free Association Amendments Act of 2007
  • H.R. 3013: Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007
  • H.R. 3703: To amend section 5112(p)(1)(A) of title 31, United States Code, to allow an exception from the $1 coin dispensing capability requirement for certain vending machines.
  • H.R. 3919: Broadband Census of America Act of 2007
  • H.R. 4134: To direct the Attorney General to provide grants for Internet crime prevention education programs
  • H.R. 4153: College Cost Reduction and Access Act Technical Amendments of 2007
  • H.R. 4154: To increase the insurance limitations on Federal insurance for bonds issued by the designated bonding authority for Historically Black Colleges and Universities capital financing.

November 14, 2007

The History Transparency Enables

This was originally posted to The Open House Project's Google Group:

Transparency and opening up Congress will change the legislative process. (Of course, the legislative process needs changing, or we wouldn't be looking for reform, right?) Pretending they won't will only slow down the opening process.

There are vast differences between legislating and programming. They are almost as different as language is from numbers. Yes, there is a legislative process, but that process is entirely controlled by written words--the rules of each chamber--not mathematical code. These rules are written in English (no immigration reference intended) which must be interpreted and understood. Some rules are more well known than others and some are more used than others. And then you hear about those rules that are rarely invoked, especially in the Senate, but a little more in the House these days, too.

Enter structured data. A system that comprehensively can record everything that happens in a legislative chamber must have a place or way to account for anything that can happen. That means a thomas.loc.gov, GovTrack.us, OpenCongress.org or any open government kind of site should thoroughly know about every rule that can followed/invoked at any time.

Anyone can read the rules of a chamber, but there are only a very select few people in the world that have a thorough understanding of how these chambers work, and those folks most likely either are working in the parliamentarian's office, or once did and are now making lots of money working for lobbyists.

To see what I mean, take a look at any bill status page on Thomas and you'll see what I mean. As I've thought about how a bill becomes text, I've realized that the bill status page is just like a Twitter page for each bill where the chamber clerks manually write a line about what happened. A lot of it is consistent and therefore can be parsed, but there are no parsers out there that can anticipate every possible event recorded there.

Now, let's assume for a minute that we get over that rather formidable hump and we have a parser that can account for everything that can possibly happen in each chamber. Whoever builds that will know the chambers better than any staffer, and even staffers will know more of their procedural options for their legislative jousting efforts.

Once you know what your additional options are, you will use them!

That's when these reforms will change the legislative process.

Creating and getting Congress to internally adopt that kind of comprehensive electronic legislative recording environment means changing things with easily more than a century of history. Yes, this is indeed an uphill climb. These are not the efforts of one Congress or one election. These may not even be efforts of a single lifetime.

November 11, 2007

110th Congress - 2007 End Game, Part II

2007 End Game, Part I

House of Representatives:
Not So Fast, Mr. Obey: Hoyer Says No to a Yuletide Session
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer on Thursday threw cold water on the idea that the House could still be in session a few days before Christmas, a painful prospect that Appropriations Chairman David R. Obey had raised earlier in the week.

Senate:
Reid Predicts Difficult Path to Thanksgiving Break
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., warned his colleagues Friday to expect long days and important votes before the start of the Thanksgiving break two weeks from now.


Public Urgency Seen Changing Senate Climate Votes
As Congress’ main bill aimed at tackling climate change moves toward the Senate floor, opposition on the issue may be receding like the Arctic ice among senators who are up for re-election.

House Votes - Conferee Instructions - H.R. 3074, H.R. 3093

H.R. 3074: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008

On Motion to Instruct Conferees
Passed 397-16


H.R. 3093: Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008

On Motion to Instruct Conferees
Passed 218-186


Angry Hispanic Democrats Confront House Leaders
Tensions between Hispanic Democrats and House leaders exploded Friday when a bloc of Hispanic lawmakers voted to derail a major tax bill, relenting only after an angry confrontation on the floor with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.

House Votes - H.R. 3996: Temporary Tax Relief Act

H.Res. 809: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3996

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 215-185

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 220-185

On Approving the Journal
Passed 221-175

On Motion to Adjourn
Failed 184-204
Angry Hispanic Democrats Confront House Leaders
Tensions between Hispanic Democrats and House leaders exploded Friday when a bloc of Hispanic lawmakers voted to derail a major tax bill, relenting only after an angry confrontation on the floor with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.

H.R. 3996: Temporary Tax Relief Act of 2007
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, and for other purposes.

TTRA 2007 includes the following provisions:
  1. Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) relief with a married couple exemption of $66,250 and a single person exemption of $44,350.
  2. Property tax relief through a standard deduction for those who do not itemize.
  3. Expanded child tax credit.
  4. Extension of the state and local sales tax deduction.
  5. Extension of the tuition deduction.
  6. Extension of the teacher's deduction for classroom supplies.
  7. Extension of the IRA charitable rollover for gifts up to $100,000 per year.
Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

On Passage
Passed 216-193


House Passes Tax Bill After Procedural Protests
The House on Friday passed an $82.5 billion tax bill that would extend expiring tax breaks for a year and shield millions of Americans from exposure to the alternative minimum tax.

House Passes Bill to Ease Alternative Minimum Tax
The House yesterday narrowly approved a $73.8 billion measure to protect millions of families from the alternative minimum tax and offer new tax breaks to middle-income homeowners and low-income parents, offset by tax increases that would land primarily on wealthy Wall Street financiers.

Rangel AMT Bill Proposes Tax Increases and Gimmicks
The main thrust of this legislation is to provide permanent, new taxes in order to temporarily prevent scheduled tax increases. Specifically, the legislation would extend dozens of expiring tax provisions and prevent the AMT from impacting 21 million new taxpayers for one year. In both respects, the legislation does not actually provide new tax relief, it merely prevents tax increases.

Why Patch the AMT When We Can Repeal It?
The bill contains a long list of one-year tax extenders and just a one-year “patch” for the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). But why? It is universally accepted that the AMT was never intended to affect the tens of millions of taxpayers it is expected to affect this year. Not adjusting the AMT’s exemption for inflation in the original law in 1969 was clearly a mistake.

The good news is that there is an alternative. The Taxpayer Choice Act (H.R. 3818) would immediately, fully, and permanently repeal the AMT without raising taxes on anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Republicans Highlight Nonpartisan Report Showing "Mother of All Tax Hikes" Raises Taxes on Middle-Class Families
The report debunks claims by congressional Democrats that the Pelosi-Rangel tax hike would only raise taxes on "rich" Americans.

Blue Dog Dilemma: Oppose a 130 Percent Tax Hike or Support Majority's Tax-and-Spend Agenda
Blue Dog Democrats face a difficult choice today: oppose a 130 percent tax hike on entrepreneurs and risk-takers who invest and create family-wage jobs or line up behind their party leadership's ever-expanding tax-and-spend agenda.

History of the Democrats' AMT Proves "Tax the Rich" Really Means "Tax the Middle Class"
Congressional Democrats are fond of saying they want to tax "the rich." Yet in reality, "the rich" often means millions of middle class families and small business owners. The alternative minimum tax (AMT) is the perfect example. So how did the AMT - created by Democrats in 1969 and supposedly meant only for "the rich" - spiraled out of control onto the backs of millions of middle class families?

Boehner: Majority's Political Games on AMT Will Delay Tax Refunds for 50 Million Taxpayers
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today blasted Congress for the ongoing delay in protecting 23 million taxpayers from unnecessarily paying the alternative minimum tax (AMT) next year and called on the House and Senate Majority to send a clean AMT bill to the President before Thanksgiving. Congress' failure to act in a timely manner means some 50 million taxpayers will face a massive delay in receiving tax refunds next year.

11/12 Update:
Various Pressures Mount, but Outlook Still Uncertain for AMT Package
House Democrats won the first major tax fight of 2007, with only eight members of their caucus defecting as they pushed an $82.5 billion measure to passage.

House Votes - H.R. 3355: Homeowners' Defense Act of 2007

H.Res. 802: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3355

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 222-191

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 225-190


H.R. 3355: Homeowners' Defense Act of 2007
To ensure the availability and affordability of homeowners' insurance coverage for catastrophic events.

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

H.Amdt. 885 by Rep. Klein [D-FL]
An amendment numbered 17 printed in the Congressional Record to make technical and conforming changes; add a new title which inserts new provisions on reinsurance coverage for qualified reinsurance programs; and to insert provisions requiring a study on the need for conditional coverage of commercial residential lines of insurance.
Agreed to 253-159

H.Amdt. 886 by Rep. Roskam [R-IL]
An amendment numbered 6 printed in the Congressional Record to insert clarifying language to the bill relating to best practices in building codes.
Failed 168-249

H.Amdt. 888 by Rep. Roskam [R-IL]
An amendment numbered 13 printed in the Congressional Record to insert clarifying language with respect to catastrophic loans and losses covered by such loans.
Failed 172-245

H.Amdt. 890 by Rep. Manzullo [R-IL]
An amendment numbered 1 printed in the Congressional Record to insert clarifying language relating to delinquency of loans made for assistance in connection with a natural or other major disaster.
Failed 176-242

H.Amdt. 895 by Rep. Shays [R-CT]
An amendment in the nature of a substitute numbered 5 printed in the Congressional Record to insert a complete new text.
Failed 166-246

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H13367-13368; text: CR H13367)
Failed 175-239

On Passage
Passed 258-155


House Passes Disaster Insurance Bill
Disaster-prone states would get help confronting the crisis in available and affordable homeowner insurance under legislation passed Thursday by the House.

House Conference Report Votes - H.R. 3222: Defense Appropriations

H.Res. 806: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 3222

Will the House now consider the resolution
Passed 220-191

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 217-196

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 226-184


H.R. 3222: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2008
Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes.

Previous Conference Report Vote

On Agreeing to the Conference Report
Passed 400-15


House Advances Final Defense Spending Bill
The House and Senate were pushing Thursday to send the fiscal 2008 Defense spending bill to President Bush, allowing the House to begin considering a $55 billion emergency war funding bill that would demand but not require a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

(How do you demand something, but not require it?)

Stopgap Funding Measure Boosts Veterans', Disaster Programs
The continuing resolution that Congress cleared Thursday night for President Bush would keep most of the government funded at current levels through Dec. 14. But a few programs would fare better.

A Golf Program in the Defense Bill?
There are over two thousand earmarks in the Defense Appropriations bill--and one of them is a golf program for kids.

Defense Bill Contains $20 Million for Red Cross
The FY08 defense appropriations bill includes $20 million to help the Red Cross continue its historic mission of supporting U.S. troops and their families.

House Votes - H.R. 3688: Peru Free Trade Agreement

H.Res. 801: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3688

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 349-55


H.R. 3688: United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
To implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.

Debate
United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
Rep. McDermott [D-WA]: The Peru Free Trade Agreement is a step in the right direction. It marks the first time in history that a FTA has incorporated labor and environmental provisions.

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

On Passage
Passed 285-132


House Passes Bill Implementing Peru Trade Pact
The House passed legislation Thursday that would implement a free-trade agreement with Peru, even though fewer than half the Democrats on hand voted for the measure.

House Sends Free-Trade Pact With Peru to Vote in Senate
The House of Representatives approved a free-trade agreement with Peru yesterday, the first such accord passed by Congress since Democrats won control last year.

11/22/2007 Update:
How Trade Breakthrough Almost Broke Down in Congress
Just weeks ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hailed the 285 to 132 vote in favor of the Peru Free Trade Agreement, which she had helped shepherd through the chamber, as a moment steeped in Democratic tradition.

House Votes - H.R. 3685: Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

On Motion to Adjourn
Failed 164-254

H.Res. 793: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3685

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 224-192

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 218-205


H.R. 3685: Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007
To prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

MegaVote: This bill that would bar employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against potential workers based on their real or supposed sexual orientation. (Emphasis ours. "Perceived" is the language from the bill.)

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

H.Amdt. 882 by Rep. Miller [D-CA]
An amendment numbered 1 printed House Report 110-422 to
  1. provide explicitly that any religious corporation, school, association or society that is exempt under either Section 702(a) or 703(e)(2) of Title VII's religious exemptions is exempt under ENDA. It clarifies that the scope of Title VII's exemption is exactly the scope of ENDA's exemption (if a school is exempt from Title VII's religious discrimination prohibitions, it will also be exempt from ENDA); and
  2. clarify that ENDA does not alter the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in any way. It strikes language referencing `a same-sex couple who are not married' in the Employee Benefits section of ENDA. It also inserts language clarifying that the term `married' has the meaning given such term in DOMA, directly incorporating DOMA's definition of marriage.
Agreed to 402-25

H.Amdt. 883 by Rep. Souder [R-IN]
An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 110-422 to strike paragraph (3) of section 8(a), which prohibits employers from conditioning employment on a person being married or being eligible to be married.
Agreed to 325-101

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H13250-13252; text: CR H13250)
Failed 198-222
GOP Proposal Will Protect State & Federal Marriage Laws
House Republicans will offer a motion-to-recommit proposal to protect state and federal marriage laws from being overturned, modified, or restricted in any way as a result of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) under consideration today.

On Passage
Passed 235-184


White House veto threat: PDF


Narrower Bill Seeking Workplace Protection for Gays, Lesbians Passes House
After two weeks of delay, hours of cantankerous debate and several moves to slow or kill its movement, a bill that seeks to protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination passed the House on Wednesday.

The Majority’s ENDA Problem
Freedom of Religion, Meet Free Flow of Litigation
By Rep. Roy Blunt



Boehner: Majority's ENDA Bill Will Be Boon to Trial Lawyers, Weaken State and Federal Marriage Laws

Oppose Special Rights Bill for Homosexual Conduct

GAY SUPER RIGHTS BILL PASSES
This week the House passed ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which grants special rights to homosexuals. If signed into law this organization would be forced to hire homosexuals as would Christian radio and TV stations. All commercial religious enterprises including Christian and Jewish bookstores would be forced to hire homosexuals. Non-denominational Christian schools are covered under ENDA as well. The bill allows for trial lawyers to get huge sums of money based on "perceived" discrimination. That is, if a homosexual feels uncomfortable working at a Christian bookstore that was forced to hire him, he can then sue the store as well.

Although forced through by Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi some 25 Democrats voted "no." HOWEVER: Some 35 Republicans crossed over and voted for this bill that would give rights to homosexuals which other Americans do not have.

House Votes - H.R. 3043: Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations

H.Res. 794: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 3043

Will the House now consider the resolution
Passed 203-178

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 218-183

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 216-182

On Motion to Adjourn
Failed 158-248


H.R. 3043: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008
Making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes.

Conference Report: 110-427

Funding Level Details:
  • The umbilical cord blood stem cell inventory is funded at the Senate level of $12 million, $3 million less than the $15 million level included in the Smith (NJ)/Davis (AL) amendment which passed on voice vote, but above the $4 million originally included in the version of the bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee.
  • The Title X program which serves as a funding stream for abortion-providing organizations like Planned Parenthood is funded at just under $311 million which reflects a $28 million increase. The $28 million increase in Title X funds is paired with a $28 million increase in abstinence education funding.
Pro-life provisions retained:
  • DOMESTIC FUNDING BAN (HYDE)—bans federal funding of domestic abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or life of the mother. (enacted in various forms in FYs 1976-2007)
  • ABORTION NON-DISCRIMINATION PROVISION (HYDE-WELDON)—provides conscience protection for health care entities. By preventing local entities from discriminating against health care entities because they refuse to provide, pay for or refer for abortion. (Enacted FY 2005-07)
  • EMBRYO DESTRUCTIVE RESEARCH FUNDING BAN (DICKEY-WICKER)—ban on federal funding of harmful human embryo research with report language saying it does not conflict with the President’s embryonic stem cell policy. (enacted in FYs 1996-2007)
  • MEDICARE ADVANTAGE CONSCIENCE PROTECTION—conscience protection for health care entities under the Medicare ADVANTAGE program to ensure that they will not be discriminated against in state and federal programs if they refuse to provide abortions. (Enacted FY 1999-2007)
  • RAPE REPORTING—provision stating that Title X grantees are not exempt from state reporting laws on child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape or incest. (Enacted FY 1999-2007)

On Agreeing to the Conference Report
Passed 269-142

Senate Conference Report Votes

On Agreeing to the Senate Amendment
Passed 274-141


Democrat Labor-HHS/Military-Veterans Conference Report Daschles Taxpayers
Later tonight, Speaker Pelosi and the rest of the Democrat Leadership will bring an 853-page Labor-HHS/ Military-Veterans Conference Report to the floor of the House. This bill will include secret earmarks that were inserted after both the House and Senate voted on the different spending bills included in this larger Conference Report.

House Passes Labor-HHS, Military-Veterans Conference Report
Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 3043, the conference report for the combined FY 2008 Labor-HHS and Military-Veterans Appropriations bills. This legislation, at $215.4 billion, is a $21.2 billion (or 10.9 percent) increase above last year, and $13.8 billion (or 6.8 percent) above the President’s request. The President has threatened to veto this legislation, and the 269 to 142 vote in favor of H.R. 3043 would not be enough to overturn such a veto.

Boehner Opposes Labor-HHS Bill Over Excessive Spending, Wasteful Pork
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) opposed the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations conference report (H.R. 3043), noting the Majority failed to secure a veto-override margin on a measure that spends some $12.2 billion above the President's request.

November 10, 2007

House Vote - H.Res. 379: French Presidential Welcome

H.Res. 379: Congratulating Nicolas Sarkozy on his election to the presidency of France
Passed 395-0

Congressional Record, November 7: House, Senate
GovTrack has not pulled the French president's speech, but it is available in the less user-friendly official version of the Congressional Record under House items.


Congress to Welcome Sarkozy As America's Newest Old Friend
How times have changed. French President Nicolas Sarkozy will address a joint meeting of Congress on Nov. 7, signaling the fulsome transformation of relations between Washington and Paris.

Sarkozy Pledges to Strengthen Relations With U.S.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy continued his Washington charm offensive yesterday, telling Congress he stands with the United States in fighting terrorists and backing President Bush's strategy to confront Iran even as he found time to consult with the leading Democratic presidential contender.

House - Passed Committee

Rule: (meaning imminent floor consideration of the legislation noted therein)

H.Res. 813: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 1429) to reauthorize the Head Start Act, to improve program quality, to expand access, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1429: On Motion to Instruct Conferees
Passed 400-0

Legislative Program - Week of November 12-16


Bills:

H.R. 3690: U.S. Capitol Police and Library of Congress Police Merger Implementation Act of 2007
To provide for the transfer of the Library of Congress police to the United States Capitol Police, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3915: Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007
To amend the Truth in Lending Act to reform consumer mortgage practices and provide accountability for such practices, to establish licensing and registration requirements for residential mortgage originators, to provide certain minimum standards for consumer mortgage loans, and for other purposes.

Senate Vote - Attorney General Nomination

Confirmation Michael B. Mukasey of New York, to be Attorney General
Nomination Confirmed 53-40


Senate Confirms Mukasey as Attorney General After Debate on Torture
The Senate confirmed Michael Mukasey as the 81st attorney general Thursday night by a 53-40 margin. Mukasey attracted the support of independent Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut and six Democrats, despite widespread dissatisfaction in their caucus with his answers to questions about coercive interrogation techniques and executive power.

Senate Confirms Mukasey By 53-40
A divided Senate narrowly confirmed former federal judge Michael B. Mukasey last night as the 81st attorney general, giving the nominee the lowest level of congressional support of any Justice Department leader in the past half-century.

Veto Override Votes - H.R. 1495: Water Resources Development Act

H.R. 1495: Water Resources Development Act of 2007
To provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes.

Previous Votes
Veto Override Votes

On Water Bill, House Votes to Override Bush Veto for First Time
The House voted to override a veto by President Bush for the first time yesterday, acting to save a $23 billion water resources bill stuffed with pet projects sought by lawmakers from both political parties.

A Bush Veto Is Overridden for the 1st Time
A year after Democrats won control of Capitol Hill, Congress delivered its clearest victory yet over President Bush yesterday, resoundingly overturning his veto of a $23 billion water resources measure -- the first veto override of Bush's presidency.

Veto Override Is First of Bush's Presidency
The Senate overrode President Bush’s veto of a massive water resources bill Thursday, marking the first time since he took office that Congress has enacted a law over his objections.

Override: Senate enacts water resources bill
President Bush suffers first veto override of his seven-year-old presidency Thursday with bill passage.

Senate Conference Votes - H.R. 3043: Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations

H.R. 3043: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008
Making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes.

Senate Amendments, Passage Votes

PDF of White House Statement of Administration Policy: H.R. 3043, S. 1710

Debate, Votes

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Motion to Waive Rule XXVIII, Paragraph 3
Rejected 47-46

Motion to Recede and Amend the Bill
Agreed to 56-37

Senate Voice Votes - Senate Bills (First Chamber)

The following have passed the Senate and now go to the House:


S. 1347: A bill to amend the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act to modify the date as of which certain tribal land of the Lytton Rancheria of California is deemed to be held in trust and to provide for the conduct of certain activities on the land.

S. 680: Accountability in Government Contracting Act of 2007
A bill to ensure proper oversight and accountability in Federal contracting, and for other purposes.

House Voice Votes

The following passed the House by Voice Vote:

House bills (a House Voice Vote is its first stop)

Senate bills (a House Voice Vote is its second stop)
After passing both chambers, these bills go to the President.
  • S.J.Res. 7: A joint resolution providing for the reappointment of Roger W. Sant as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • S. 2206: A bill to provide technical corrections to Public Law 109-116 (2 U.S.C. 2131a note) to extend the time period for the Joint Committee on the Library to enter into an agreement to obtain a statue of Rosa Parks, and for other purposes.

House Suspension Votes - November 6, 2007

Bills passed under suspension of the rules in the House must pass with a 2/3 majority.


H.Con.Res. 162: Expressing the sense of Congress that Congress and the President should increase basic pay for members of the Armed Forces.
Passed 409-0

H.R. 3997: Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2007
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide earnings assistance and tax relief to members of the uniformed services, volunteer firefighters, and Peace Corps volunteers, and for other purposes.
Passed 410-0

H.R. 3495: Kids in Disasters Well-being, Safety, and Health Act of 2007
To establish a National Commission on Children and Disasters, a National Resource Center on Children and Disasters, and for other purposes.
Passed 402-8

House Votes - H.Res. 799: Impeaching Vice President Cheney

H.Res. 799: Impeaching Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors.
(Thomas link)

On Motion to Table
Failed 162-251

On ordering the previous question
Passed 218-194

On Motion to Refer the Resolution
Passed 218-194


House GOP Embraces Cheney Impeachment Bid to Embarrass Democrats
For a few hours Tuesday, House Republicans sided with a liberal Democrat on a move to talk about impeaching Vice President Dick Cheney, vexing the majority leadership and bringing the planned agenda to a standstill.

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