8-2-2012 Washington DC AFTERNOON:
Apparently on 7-31 most lawmakers had already gone home so there were not enough of them left to form a Quorum (2/3 rds of the members, needed to pass a bill), so thyey brought the bills up again on 8-1-2012 and all passed as amended (amendments to AWA HR-3796 I earlier described HERE).
The House record for 8-1-2012 each bill (nos. #77 #80 and #82) ends as follows:
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The unfinished business is the question on suspending the rules and passing the bill (nos & titles inserted here) …
The Clerk read the title of the bill.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Smith) that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
The question was taken; and (two-thirds being in the affirmative) the rules were suspended and the bill, as amended, was passed.
A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.
There it is folks, “suspend the rules” and “voice vote” (see actual bills for proof of this) so no one can see who voted and how, then their constituents cannot pick at them. i.e., another form of Behind Closed Doors (Using methods to prevent the public from knowing who said or did, what).
So the bills now go on to the Senate.
Now is the time to STEP UP the pressures. Folks need to WRITE letters, and CALL ALL the Senators‘ offices; write multiple letters each telling a different reason why the Adam Walsh Act (HR-3796) should not pass (be civil). The Child Protection Act (HR-6063) also contains some bad, if not illegal language (See Rep. Scott’s comments on 7-31-2012), this too should not pass into law. As for the Byrne Grant bill (HR 6062), well I have no problems with that one, there are bad guys out there who need to be taken down.
Thats all for today. For now have a great day and a better tomorrow.
PS: A few folks have asked what some of the strange terms used by Lawmakers, mean: See Glossary HERE. The old glossary which I think is better, is HERE, but it is no longer updated and I don’t know if there are changes to it. Now there is one other, see HERE this gets into other phrases used around DC. All in all, you’ll find an answer in one of them.