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  2. Bolster

    Fundraiser || Friends of Kam

    300,000 $850,000 $1,000,000 Total=2,150,000
  3. Bolster

    National Carry Reciprocity Act

    My apologies (I must have posted that in the wrong thread). The bill is not agreed to.
  4. Bolster

    Health Reform Act of 2017

    The bill has Been tabled.
  5. Baudin

    Executive Orders

    Executive Branch Nominations & Appointments By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I appoint the following individual Bill Brink, for Vice President of the United States
  6. Baudin

    Executive Orders

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America- A State of emergency is declared in the State of Texas. A major disaster declaration is also issued for the entire State of Texas.
  7. Vice Presidential Announcement Chief of Staff Bennett, Senator Saunders, and Senator Clay come out to the Rose Garden, flanking the podium. President Baudin comes out with Senator Brink. Thank you for joining me here today. I would like to introduce to you, Senator Bill Brink from the State of New York, who I am nominating to serve as my Vice President. Only a few days ago, I invited Senate Leaders Jackson Clay and John Saunders, as well as House Leaders Speaker Sessions and Leader Linda Sanchez to the White House to discuss the next Vice President of the United States. The name we all could agree on was Senator Bill Brink. I remember when I was elected to the Senate, Bill, who was in the House at the time, gave me a call to congratulate me. His sincerity was touching, and when he was elected to the Senate a few years later, I made sure to make a return call congratulating him. I have nominated Bill not only because he is a truly heartwarming guy, but because he is a steady and reliable hand. A diligent member of the House, and a diligent member of the Senate, Bill has represented his State of New York well. He cares about his constituents and has always put them first. I have no doubt that as Vice President, he will do the same. Ladies and gentlemen, Bill Brink. Vice-Presidential-nominee Senator Bill Brink Thank you, Marc! My fellow Americans, let’s face the facts. We are now on our fifth president in the last five years. Though there have been ups and downs throughout the administrations of our predecessors, I respect each of those predecessors for what they were able to bring to this country. I thank them for keeping this country safe, regardless of the political rhetoric that has spread at times about them. However, today is a new day, a new block on the building blocks of this country. Many are skeptical of this new day. That’s okay. This administration is here to work, I wouldn’t be joining it if it wasn’t.Many have and will ask me why I have accepted the nomination to become Vice President. Marc Baudin and I come from two different ends of this party, after all, I am a New York environmentalist while Marc is an Ohio moderate. In the end, it is a sense of duty why I am standing here today. Marc and I will disagree sometimes, but that will be a good thing. This country has been through some very difficult times just in the last few years: the prison hunger strikes, the border violence in New Mexico, two major hurricanes, and more. I am confident with your help and support, we will be able to make it through the next set of challenges. As they say in the great state of New York where I hail from, excelsior!
  8. Peltier has been a federal inmate for over 41 years Sumter County, Florida: Infamous Native American activist Leonard Peltier is reportedly dying from terminal pancreatic cancer according to prison officials at Coleman Penitentiary in Florida. Peltier is serving two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for first-degree murder in the shooting of two FBI agents during a 1975 conflict on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Peltier became involved in a variety of causes championing Native American civil rights, and eventually joined the American Indian Movement. In the early 1970s, he learned about the factional tensions at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota between supporters of Richard Wilson, elected tribal chairman in 1972, and traditionalist members of the tribe. Wilson had created a private militia, known as the Guardians of the Oglala Nation, whose members were reputed to have attacked political opponents. Protests over a failed impeachment hearing of Wilson contributed to the AIM and Lakota armed takeover of Wounded Knee in February 1973, which resulted in a 71-day siege by federal forces, known as the Wounded Knee incident. On June 26, 1975, Special Agents Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams of FBI were on the Pine Ridge Reservation searching for a young man named Jimmy Eagle, who was wanted for questioning in connection with the recent assault and robbery of two local ranch hands. Soon after his initial report, Williams radioed into a local dispatch that he and Coler had come under high-powered rifle fire from the occupants of the vehicle and were unable to return fire with their .38 Special revolvers. Williams radioed that they would be killed if reinforcements did not arrive. He next radioed that he was hit. FBI Special Agent Gary Adams was the first to respond to Williams' call for assistance, and he also came under intense gun fire; he was unable to reach Coler and Williams. On December 22, 1975, Peltier was named to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Peltier fled to Hinton, Alberta, where he hid in a friend's cabin. On February 6, 1976, he was arrested. In December 1976, he was extradited from Canada based on documents submitted by the FBI that Warren Allmand, Canada's Solicitor General at the time, would later state contained false information. Numerous doubts have been raised over Peltier's guilt and the fairness of his trial, based on allegations and inconsistencies regarding the FBI and prosecution's handling of this case, for example testimony from three witnesses placed Peltier the crime scene. Those three witnesses later recanted, alleging that the FBI, while extracting their testimony, had tied them to chairs, denied them their right to talk to their attorney, and otherwise coerced and threatened them. In recent years, presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have all denied requests for clemency from Peltier, and while former president Jack Kline reportedly considered granting Peltier clemency he ultimately did not. The Office of the Pardon Attorney has reported they have yet to obtain an official request from Peltier but activists who have campaigned for his release has stated the 73 year old is clearly suffering in the prison environment due to his cancer and that he posed no danger to anyone. However former FBI directors and agents have come out against any clemency for Peltier, with one writing in a Facebook post, that he believed Peltier deserved to die in prison.
  9. Conrad

    Press Office of John Saunders

    Saunders to relax whip on coming Attorney General nomination WASHINGTON DC - Senate Minority Leader John Saunders spoke to members of the press regarding the nomination of Tracey Hattie Butler. "Following my previous announcement on Ms Butler for Attorney General of the United States, I offered her an opportunity to come to speak to me in private, an opportunity to which she availed of. If the nomination of Tracey Hattie Butler comes to the Senate floor, I will relax the Republican whip on her cloture and final vote on the Senate floor, despite previous Republican opposition to the nomination. Myself, however, will still be voting against her on the Senate floor - but I am willing to give her a chance. In private, some of my concerns were alleviated with the answers she gave me and that is why, now, I am willing to give her the opportunity to be confirmed by the United States Senate as Attorney General. Make no mistake however, this will be a free vote and some Republicans may still vote nay on her cloture."
  10. MrAnderson

    Alessandro Nova (D-FL)

    Approved
  11. Conrad

    @JohnSaunders

    Sad to see the motion to re-commit the Thin Blue Line Act. But I am glad that the Majority Leader, Senator Clay who voted against tabling, will come out and vote again in the defense of police officers across the United States.
  12. Yesterday
  13. Avner

    @BBCBreaking

    @BBCBreaking: Farah Pahlavi, the last Empress of Iran has died aged 78 at her home in Potomac, Maryland. @BBCBreaking: Farah was married to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran who was overthrown in 1979 by the Islamic Revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini. @BBCBreaking: The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement praising her death, calling her a "satanic dog which led Iranians astray with her immoral policies." @BBCBreaking: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has allegedly warned allied & friendly nations to Iran not to attend the funeral, while reports have indicated the Iranian government is actively lobbying the Egyptian government not to allow Pahlavi's body to be put to rest with the Shah at Al-Rifa'i Mosque.
  14. Gally

    Motion to Suspend and Pass

    Mr. President, I second the motion. I yield.
  15. Conrad

    @JohnSaunders

    I have motioned to suspend and pass two commonsense bills which help small businesses in the United States.
  16. The following players are officially signed out for inactivity @Rangerboy The following member is given a warning for approaching the edge of activity limits: @Macmillan @Michael @Evan @Jahnson
  17. Avner

    Dutch Savage (I-Illinois)

    Processed
  18. TexAgRepublican

    Health Reform Act of 2017

    nay
  19. Conrad

    Motion to Suspend and Pass

    Mr President, I motion to suspend and pass both the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act and the Small Business Investment Opportunity Act. I ask that the question be divided and yield.
  20. Mr Saunders introduces with thanks to Mr Vitter... A BILL To amend title 44 of the United States Code, to provide for the suspension of fines under certain circumstances for first-time paperwork violations by small business concerns. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2017”. SEC. 2. SUSPENSION OF FINES FOR FIRST-TIME PAPERWORK VIOLATIONS BY SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS. Section 3506 of title 44, United States Code (commonly referred to as the “Paperwork Reduction Act”), is amended by adding at the end the following: “(j) Small Businesses.— “(1) SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN.—In this subsection, the term ‘small business concern’ has the meaning given that term under section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632). “(2) IN GENERAL.—In the case of a first-time violation by a small business concern of a requirement regarding the collection of information by an agency, the head of the agency shall not impose a civil fine on the small business concern unless the head of the agency determines that— “(A) the violation has the potential to cause serious harm to the public interest; “(B) failure to impose a civil fine would impede or interfere with the detection of criminal activity; “(C) the violation is a violation of an internal revenue law or a law concerning the assessment or collection of any tax, debt, revenue, or receipt; “(D) the violation was not corrected on or before the date that is 6 months after the date on which the small business concern receives notification of the violation in writing from the agency; or “(E) except as provided in paragraph (3), the violation presents a danger to the public health or safety. “(3) DANGER TO PUBLIC HEALTH OR SAFETY.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—In any case in which the head of an agency determines under paragraph (2)(E) that a violation presents a danger to the public health or safety, the head of the agency may, notwithstanding paragraph (2)(E), determine not to impose a civil fine on the small business concern if the violation is corrected not later than 24 hours after receipt by the owner of the small business concern of notification of the violation in writing. “(B) CONSIDERATIONS.—In determining whether to allow a small business concern 24 hours to correct a violation under subparagraph (A), the head of an agency shall take into account all of the facts and circumstances regarding the violation, including— “(i) the nature and seriousness of the violation, including whether the violation is technical or inadvertent or involves willful or criminal conduct; “(ii) whether the small business concern has made a good faith effort to comply with applicable laws and to remedy the violation within the shortest practicable period of time; and “(iii) whether the small business concern has obtained a significant economic benefit from the violation. “(C) NOTICE TO CONGRESS.—In any case in which the head of an agency imposes a civil fine on a small business concern for a violation that presents a danger to the public health or safety and does not allow the small business concern 24 hours to correct the violation under subparagraph (A), the head of the agency shall notify Congress regarding the determination not later than 60 days after the date on which the civil fine is imposed by the agency. “(4) LIMITED TO FIRST-TIME VIOLATIONS.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—This subsection shall not apply to any violation by a small business concern of a requirement regarding collection of information by an agency if the small business concern previously violated any requirement regarding collection of information by the agency. “(B) OTHER AGENCIES.—For purposes of making a determination under subparagraph (A), the head of an agency shall not take into account any violation of a requirement regarding collection of information by another agency.”.
  21. Mr Saunders for himself introduces with thanks to Mr Knight a bill... A BILL To amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to increase the amount of leverage made available to small business investment companies. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Small Business Investment Opportunity Act of 2017”. SEC. 2. INDIVIDUAL SBIC LEVERAGE LIMIT INCREASE. Section 303(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 (15 U.S.C. 683(b)(2)(A)(ii)) is amended by striking “$150,000,000” and inserting “$175,000,000”.
  22. Conrad

    @JohnSaunders

    Prayers for those affected by the landfall of Hurricane Elizabeth. I will be returning home to Texas tonight to assist the local community in recovery efforts.
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