Budget, Taxes and the Economy
(2) - H Res 515: Debt Limit Disapproval - Previous Question
January 18, 2012 - Scott, R-S.C., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule (H Res 515) that would provide for a motion to proceed to a joint resolution disapproving of the president's exercise of authority to raise the borrowing limit even if the joint resolution has not been reported to the House. Motion agreed to 238-176.
(4) - H J Res 98: Debt Limit Disapproval - Passage
January 18, 2012 - Passage of the joint resolution that would disapprove of a request by the president for a $1.2 trillion debt limit increase. Current law provides for a $1.2 trillion increase in the debt limit upon certification from the president that the debt is within $100 billion of the debt limit unless a disapproval measure is enacted. Passed 239-176.
(7) - H Res 516: Fiscal 2013 Budget Importance - Adoption
January 24, 2012 - Ryan, R-Wis., motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution that would declare the sense of the House that the adoption of a fiscal 2013 federal budget is of national importance. Motion agreed to 410-1.
(9) - HR 3630: Year-End Extensions - Motion to Instruct
January 24, 2012 - Capps, D-Calif., motion to instruct conferees to file a conference report by Feb. 17, 2012 on a bill (HR 3630) that would extend the 4.2 percent employee payroll tax rate, Medicare payment rates to doctors and workers' eligibility for certain expanded unemployment benefits. Motion agreed to 397-16.
Congress and the Federal Government
(1) - : Quorum Call - Call of the House
January 17, 2012 - Quorum was present with 378 members responding (56 members did not respond.).
(3) - : Procedural Motion - Journal
January 18, 2012 - Approval of the House Journal of Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Approved 292-120.
(5) - HR 3117: Electronic Duck Stamp - Passage
January 23, 2012 - Wittman, R-Va., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would grant the Interior Department permanent authority to authorize states to issue electronic duck stamps, digital versions of a federal migratory-bird hunting license that also helps fund conservation efforts. States would be required to remit to the Interior Department the face value of the stamp as well as the federal portion of any additional fees. Motion agreed to 373-1.
Energy, Environment and Federal Lands
(6) - HR 1141: Rota Forest Sites Study - Passage
January 23, 2012 - Wittman, R-Va., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would direct the Interior Department to study the feasibility and suitability of designating certain forest sites on Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as a unit of the National Park System. Motion agreed to 278-100.
(12) - HR 1173: Long-Term Care Program Repeal - Rule
January 31, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 522) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program authorized as part of the 2010 health care overhaul law. Adopted 251-157.
Transportation and Homeland Security
(11) - HR 3801: Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling - Passage
January 25, 2012 - Reichert, R-Wash., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would subject individuals who smuggle drugs into the United States using certain light, one-person aircraft to the same penalties that apply for smuggling with other aircraft. It would specify that ultralight vehicles would be included under this aviation smuggling ban, subjecting their operators to the same penalties for violations. Motion agreed to 408-0.
(8) - HR 2070: World War II Memorial Prayer Plaque - Passage
January 24, 2012 - Johnson, R-Ohio, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would direct the Interior Department to install in the area of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., a plaque or inscription with the words of a prayer said to the nation by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 6, 1944, the morning of D-Day. The agency would not be allowed to use federal funds for the plaque, but could solicit private contributions. Motion agreed to 386-26.
(10) - HR 1022: Buffalo Soldiers Study - Passage
January 25, 2012 - Johnson, R-Ohio, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would direct the Interior Department to study options for commemorating the role of the Buffalo Soldiers, a group of African-American troops, in the early days of the National Park System. Motion agreed to 338-70.