Thursday February 14th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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204 Responses to Thursday February 14th – Open Thread

  1. Mandy says:

    The other day, we watched a Vesti News piece where a Russian born jewish guy, a military expert (now resides in Israel) was interviewed in depth. The guy basically says the US military is SERIOUSLY degraded because our ‘best and brightest’ do not join the services.

    Then yesterday, I saw this story:

    https://www.military.com/defensetech/2019/02/12/one-navys-nuclear-war-contingency-aircraft-damaged-hangar-incident.html

    “A Navy plane was being towed out of a hangar last week when its tail clipped the top of the structure, leading to what could amount to millions of dollars in repairs.”

    Okay, accidents happen but y’all – LOOK AT THIS TIDBIT:

    “This marked the Navy’s fifth Class-A aviation mishap five months into fiscal 2019, according to Naval Safety Center data.”

    Class A is incident doing over 2 million in damage.

    AND THE NAVY HAS ALREADY HAD FIVE IN 2019!!!!!

    Are we as degraded as that guy on Vesti News claims? I’m starting to think he may be right!!!!

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    • andyocoregon says:

      You can bet someone got a good posterior chewing.

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    • Also, they have had deadly ship collisions in the last several years where they were at fault.

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      • Mandy says:

        Most of those who were supposed to be ‘on guard’ were WOMEN. That was kept hidden because …. you know …. ‘girl power!’ and all that stupid BS that so many Americans just eat right up.

        I am a CHRISTIAN and I do not believe in the stupid ‘girl power!’ BS. I believe I am a HELPMATE to my husband, and that EACH OF US has unique gifts given BY THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY that combine for perfection. (NOT saying we are perfect by any stretch – saying woman + man = holy perfection per the Lord.)

        Sadly, MANY MANY ‘boomer’ women think it’s just GREAT that their granddaughters can be firefighters or construction workers, etc etc etc. If only they thought the Lord was right and it was great when their granddaughters wanted to be MOMMAS.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Totally agree Mandy. And my Mom was a “boomer” woman; but I missed the last date to be considered a boomer…..but my Mom essentially ran the “NO to the ERA” back in the day for Oklahoma (in cahoots with Phyllis Schlaffley & part of Phyllis’ network of some states that said NO) We are already equal,We do not need to be Superior to Men, and Women and Men biologically compliment each other…and are partners in our Families, and We have FAITH in our homes, …… and we do not want our daughters to be Drafted!

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          • BigMamaTEA says:

            And you know what else Mandy? My Mom and Phyllis et al…..had no problem, nor was there a problem…….that if you as a Woman could physically do those things, you could. My mother-in-law was a Cross-country Trucker back then. I knew one of my Mom’s friends who ran a Construction worker, and she learned the trade from helping her daddy out on job sites growing up….

            The Womyn’s radicals just took it too far. Just like everything else they’ve done since the 60’s. It was actually….like her or not….RBG’s generation which started 20 years before that, where she was the 1st female in her law school, and had to take crap from a professor, who told her she as female shouldn’t be here. She was not forced to leave though….she changed professors. The Hilldabeast aged crowd, who were in collage in the 60’s is where things started to radicalize. My grandmother was a Rosie the Riveter, when the “men went off to war.”

            The 60’s college protestors demanded LEGAL RULES changed in the Constitution, to specify Women get more legal protections than Men. That same group turned into Men-haters, who still want to be not equal; but Superior to men. I call BS.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        AND once of the more recent one of those stupid collisions was a dang FEMALE driver, or whatever you call the one that steers the ship, and she was derelict, and I hope they pulled her rank.

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  2. andyocoregon says:

    Hey Dems, do you still think we don’t need a wall and extra border security?

    https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/02/13/la-gangs-36-arrested-fbi-lapd/

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  3. Herbert Kroll says:

    Fasten your seatbelts, the UniParty has found a new way to promote open borders. The problem being that most of their message is true. UN forecasts of worldwide population growth have, as time passes, shown to be fastly exaggerated. The number of births per woman is dropping fast all over the globe and is now far below the replacement level in most developed countries, the Middle East and Asia. In recent years, Brazil’s fertility rate has dropped to only 1.8. This fact, a dismantling of the ticking bomb that overpopulation was supposed to be, is then used to promote open borders in the current timeframe, juxtaposed to ‘populist ruled countries that choose to die’.

    Within twenty years, they say, immigrants will become scarse and countries will compete for an ever lower number of people who want to emigrate. The US and Canada are supposed to win that battle because both countries are such great places to live (unless liberals and lefties wreck society first, helped by a deluge of immigrants, that is.) Actually, part of the message is not that much different than President Trump’s standpoint on legal, merit-based immigration, but the whole interview is meticulously framed to fit the existing progressive narrative.

    A dwindling population, with ever more old people and ever fewer children, it is a serious problem. Don’t let the Left, the progressives, the UniParty, the very people who broke down the family as society’s cornerstone, legalized abortions, promoted divorce, single motherhood, the very people who tell tales of doom about climate change and the environment, “fix” this problem they themselves created.

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  4. BigMamaTEA says:

    Well, isn’t that interesting. I just got a link from the NY Times that Barr has been confirmed…..

    Wonder who is the leaker? THE VOTE IS STILL ONGOING!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Herbert Kroll says:

    Trudeau is finished. Public television is now attacking him over serious elegations of corruption and fraud.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-wilson-raybould-attorney-general-snc-lavalin-1.5014271

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  6. BigMamaTEA says:

    CONFIRMATION of William Barr……Y-54 N- 45- CONFIRMED

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  7. phattcat says:

    Photographer Sets Up Camera Traps To Photograph The Black Leopard In Africa For The First Time In 100 Years

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  8. Dora says:

    This is amazing!

    =====

    Preborn baby’s amazing surgery, return to mother’s womb challenges the morality of abortion
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/preborn-babys-amazing-surgery-return-to-mothers-womb-challenges-the-moralit

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  9. Dora says:

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  10. BigMamaTEA says:

    Explanatory STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY Rep. LOWrEY,(Commie) CHAIRWOMAN OF
    THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS REGARDING H.J. RES. 31
    CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019

    https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20190211/116hrpt9-JointExplanatoryStatement.pdf

    609 pgs. which will encompass some of that 29 page highlight I posted after midnight. And some of the full 1100 pgs.

    This is essentially her stmt to her peeps. (Some very important paragraphs in there.)

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    • amwick says:

      Do you have the Appropriation Act 2019 for Dummies version?

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        IKR!!! Can you believe that they dumped the 29 page outline Wed. night at like 11pm CST, and then about midnight CST I got the 1159 page legislation from Rep McCarthy……and then the old commie-heifer, (House Appropriation Chair) dropped her 600+ page explanation to her peeps (trying to justify her commie-heifer self to somebody) dropped Thurs. am 9am-istCST, and they actually expected the House to vote Thurs.????? (And talk about land-mines…..the 600+ page “Explanation” really points them out!!!

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        • amwick says:

          Already problems,, the thing about potential sponsors for unaccompanied minors… 😦 We have committee camels all over DC…

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          • BigMamaTEA says:

            Oh and I could list several other NO DEAL items….

            There’s one paragraph about “paying contractors when the government was shutdown. These are contractors.Not government employees. Paying contractors for no work? NEVER been done in the history of this Republic……..

            (Reason we have Contractors doing some work? Because we have for the most part , over-paid bureaucrats, who cannot do the job they are paid to do, so over the years, they’ve been allowed to hire contractors to help….INSTEAD…we should just fire the bureaucrat…..and hire the actual contractor as an employee who knows how to do the job!) grrrrr!

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  11. BigMamaTEA says:

    Also, something else for consideration in this game DC is playing……At the beginning of each Calendar year, leadership of both parties, and both chambers, publish a calendar for the year.
    Now, of course, they do have ways to change things as the year progresses.

    That being said…..the House has scheduled to leave the Floor TONIGHT, and not returning until the 25th. Last night their plan was to spend until whatever it took to pass their deal, and leave town.

    Now, the senate, does not have tomorrow blocked off; but then again they rarely, but occasionally work on any Friday if they can avoid it. The senate also has blocked off the entire week next week, and are not scheduled to be back until the 25th also.

    See what they did/do here? Once again, they’re running the same play of working 3 days a week, and then hurry up, at the last minute (Fed. funding on 7 appropriations bills that were due to be finished before Oct.1st 2018, were not finished.) There are 12 “official” appropriations bills to be discussed & then appropriation of the physical $$$$ for each Dept. the way Gov’t is organized at this point.

    Right now senate tee-vee is holding a Cloture Vote on “Conference Report to accompany HJ Res, the Consolidated Appropriations Act.,. (Now, also TurtleHead could also with approval of Schmuckles cut that debate time to less than 30 hours, but we will see.) There will still be the ACTUAL vote on what I posted in the first sentence of this paragraph.

    Now in the House, they are currently in recess, subject to the Call of the Chair. I keep the House Clerk’s text running and will self update going btw, every day while I listen to senate tee-vee.
    The plan last night was to spend all day, doing whatever, and then start the first series of votes tonight (Thurs) The way they set this up, unless something has changed, since last night, they probably won’t take their FINAL Vote until 8-9, maybe even 10:00 pm EST tonight. Then they planned to walk off the Floor until the 25th and dump this in the senate’s lap for tomorrow……

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  12. BigMamaTEA says:

    Okay, more changes in Senate. Cloture Vote – Y-84 – N-15…..3/5 required Cloture APPROVED.

    However (due to agreement between TurtleHead and Schmuckles) All post Cloture time is Expired.
    (slick deal, huh?!!grrr!)

    So now senate tee-vee is taking the actual VOTE on the “Conference Report to accompany HJ Res, the Consolidated Appropriations Act.”

    Bee back when the vote is finished.

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  13. Janie M. says:

    Happy Valentines Day Treepers! One of the MOST romantic Love songs out there. 💕💝💖

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  14. treehouseron says:

    So about the coolest thing imaginable happened earlier, Kanye West (big Trump supporter) surprised his wife Kim Kardashian with a surprise performance, in their living room, from Kenny G.

    I like the way this guy thinks.

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  15. Lucille says:

    President Trump DESTROYS the LIBERAL MEDIA: NO COLLUSION
    Trump Fan Network

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  16. BigMamaTEA says:

    Okay VOTE done PASSED…….Y -83 – N-16 (btw found it interesting Harris & Warren , who are running for POTUS 2020 voted NO. Only one reason why they did that. Naughty girls! They already declared Candidacy, that’s why.

    It takes roughly 1hr-ish, minimum, to get the actual vote count published on-line. Later I’ll ck to see what other demonrats voted no. (Unless I literally write down each one, I can’t remember in whole; but those two broads caught my ear) There were a bunch of R’s who voted no also.

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  17. BigMamaTEA says:

    TurtleHead just came to the dais. The senate will be in ProForma session tomorrow Fri-25th @ 7:00amEST……the 19th @ 10:00amEST and Feb 21st at 10:00am EST.

    The Senate will re-convene on Monday, Feb. 25th 3pmEST.

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  18. BigMamaTEA says:

    Here is what is going on in the House right now……This is EST time.
    http://clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.aspx

    6:27:55 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 14.

    6:28:10 P.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 February 14, 2019, at 12:50 p.m.: that the Senate passed S. 488

    6:28:16 P.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 February 14, 2019, at 4:28 p.m.: that the Senate agreed to the Conference Report to accompany H.J. Res. 31.

    6:28:37 P.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 February 14, 2019, at 4:54 p.m.: that the Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 4

    6:29:02 P.M. Mr. Perlmutter filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 131.

    6:30:20 P.M. H. Res. 131 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 131 — “Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 31) making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes, and providing for proceedings during the period from February 15, 2019, through February 22, 2019.”

    6:31:32 P.M. H. Res. 131 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 131.

    7:04:56 P.M. H. Res. 131 On ordering the previous question Roll Call 85 – Yea and Nay vote pending.

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  19. Lucille says:

    THE RUSHDIE FATWA, THIRTY YEARS LATER
    Who among us would dare to predict what the world would look like thirty years from now?
    February 14, 2019 Bruce Bawer

    Who imagined that mainstream Western publishers, news media, and film and TV producers would routinely celebrate Islam, even as they systematically smeared its critics and denied them a platform?

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/272788/rushdie-fatwa-thirty-years-later-bruce-bawer

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  20. BigMamaTEA says:

    Update from the Clerk of the House……

    7:28:17 P.M. H. Res. 131 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 229 – 195 (Roll no. 85).

    7:36:55 P.M. H. Res. 131 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 230 – 196 (Roll no. 86).

    7:36:56 P.M. H. Res. 131 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

    7:37:35 P.M. H.J. Res. 31 Mrs. Lowrey brought up conference report H.Report 116-9 for consideration under the provisions of H. Res. 131.

    7:39:39 P.M. H.J. Res. 31 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the conference report to accompany H.J. Res. 31.

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  21. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  22. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  23. BigMamaTEA says:

    House Clerk report: times EST

    8:36:43 P.M. H.J. Res. 31 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

    8:36:49 P.M. H.J. Res. 31 On agreeing to the conference report Roll Call 87 – Yea and Nay vote pending.

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  24. David says:

    Hi friends,
    Just an opinion. I think that the panic about the bill that Trump is about to sign is unjustified and misrepresented.
    A simple declaration of a State of Emergency will be blocked in Liberal courts and take till 2020 to pass if it passes. Until then you are likely to have another conservative Justice.
    The bill looks bad but at least it provides some cash to get started while the legal case is moving.
    Trump is not stupid and he was not fooled as some on Breitbart are trying to say.
    Just my humble opinion. Cheer.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Thanks for that David. I personally, always prefer what I call a “fresh Birdseye view”

      Trump is already building the wall in sections, in terms of multiple-mile chunks.

      I live in Oklahoma which is the next State north of Texas. Now, I can be at the worst point of the west Texas border in roughly a 10 hour drive as the S.Westerly far end is where the trouble begins for Texas.

      I have friends and family members that live in all parts of Dallas, Texas in all directions. I have family that cousins and friends who live close to south Houston, and then towns close enough as we’re traveling West nearer the physical border. I have pictures, taken by people I know firsthand and trust. Wall sections are going up coming from, well they broke ground in El Paso where Trump just had his last rally from like 24 hours after he left.

      And if you follow along from California…where Trump has been re-building sections previously there, which if I published, people would be aghast as to what was considered barrier before (in some places) essentially heading East towards me towards me……Multi-mile sections are showing up where you can see how they are all going to connect up when he’s finished.

      Anyway….I am keeping a sharp eye on what’s going on; because…..what most who don’t live in the Southern states here, don’t realize, is it’s just not where they cross illegally, but even some ports of entry…..if the coyotes/smugglers get in through ports they quickly get on our main original two different Interstate Highways…If the drug runners are able to get through Texas…..they show up in MY STATE, and we are the exact intersection of those two main Interstates …..built back in the 1950’s so you could almost drive a vehicle (military if necessary) from almost the complete southern border to the Northern border of the continuous 48…(which we call I-35..and also the one that can almost go East or West from the middle which we call I-40) Guess where those two intersect? Right in the Capital City of my State of Oklahoma.

      My point in this whole geography lesson is…….You would not believe how many of these drug smugglers are busted with litterally sometimes tons of illicit drugs sometimes in one vehicle. Sometimes they’re sneaky, like literally lining the outline of their vehicles to follow the metal frame top to bottom and all sides then putting the inside pieces all back in, to not long ago….someone just put 50lb size burlap sacks over-stuffed with pills that turned out to be Fentanyl. This dude had 50 of those things full, in what used to be the 2nd seat, and back of a large cargo van!!!! We see it on our nightly news frequently enough that not a month goes buy without a new “ingenious” way, false gas tanks, and all kinds of shenanigans. I being, a local can show you exactly where the STATE Authorities, with all kinds of Fed authorities stake them out.

      But of course our Congress-critters who live in States up North and East all along the way from here…..are some of the first to whine about their terrible heroin/fentanyl troubles in their states; but are also some of biggest obstructionists to President Trump when it comes to building the Wall. Oh, they demanded big dollars this last summer for anti-drug programs…….but , duh, how about we solve the route (literally) of where 90% of the drugs are coming from….it will probably cost less over all in the end, than their multi-billions of dollars they screamed for, for their “opioid-crisis!”

      The Wall is being built.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      David….the only exception to that statement you made….Any President being challenged by Congress, either/party…….has the ability to Fast-Track the issue DIRECTLY to the Supreme Court. It only takes one challenge in one little Federal court against any POTUS…….BOOM appeals by POTUS can be zoomed directly to the Supreme Court.

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  25. BigMamaTEA says:

    Okay….the rest…Clerk of the House…..looks like the senate got out of town tonight, and maybe the House didn’t …LOL!

    9:01:25 P.M. H.J. Res. 31 On agreeing to the conference report Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 300 – 128 (Roll no. 87).

    9:01:26 P.M. H.J. Res. 31 Motions to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

    9:02:37 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and put the question de novo.

    9:03:11 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.

    9:03:17 P.M. S. Con. Res. 4 Mrs. Lowrey asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker’s table and consider.

    9:03:30 P.M. S. Con. Res. 4 Considered by unanimous consent. S. Con. Res. 4 — “Providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.J. Res. 31.”

    9:03:38 P.M. S. Con. Res. 4 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

    9:03:42 P.M. S. Con. Res. 4 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

    9:05:10 P.M. Mr. Hoyer asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on February 15. Agreed to without objection.

    9:05:22 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

    9:21:13 P.M. Ms. Kuster (NH) moved that the House do now adjourn.

    9:21:44 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

    9:21:45 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on February 15, 2019.

    ****go here http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/index.asp and click on the Roll # , and that will lead you to a breakdown of the actual votes

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  26. mj_inOC says:

    Early today rainbow from Daughter #2 on the way to San Francisco meeting…
    God’s promise from Scripture!

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  27. They got him this time…………

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