THE DAILY WHIP: FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted:
9:00 a.m.: Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes” per side

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
**Following last votes, The House is expected to debate H.R. 2354 (general debate only). Any Member with an amendment to H.R. 2354 should be prepared to offer that amendment as early as 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11.
 
Complete Consideration of H.R. 2219 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act (Rep. Young (FL) – Appropriations) H.R. 2219 appropriates approximately $530 billion for non-emergency military functions of the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2012, which is approximately $9 billion below the President’s request.  It also includes $119 billion in emergency spending for defense activities related to the wars.
 
The House completed general debate of H.R. 2219 on 6/23. The House finished debating amendments last night. The House is expected to complete consideration of the bill today with votes on amendments, the Motion to Recommit and Final Passage. The following amendments have recorded votes pending:
 
Flake(AZ) Amendment (#1). Relating to cutting funds for public schools on military installations
Flake (AZ) Amendment (#2).  Relating to cutting funds for the Overseas Contingency Operations Transfer Fund
Flake (AZ) Amendment (#3).  Relating to cutting funds from the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation account
Huelskamp Amendment (#77). Relating to prohibiting the use of funds from being used to train chaplains to prepare for the ‘Don't Ask Don't Tell’ repeal
Polis Amendment.  Relating to the reduction of troops stationed in Europe and reducing overall troop levels by 10,000
 
Bill Text for H.R. 2219:
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Background for H.R. 2219:
CRS report - Defense: FY2012 Budget Request, Authorization and Appropriations 
 
H.Res. 340 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 1309 - Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011 (Rep. Biggert – Financial Services) (One hour of debate) The Rules committee has recommended a structured Rule for H.R. 1309. The Rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking member of the committee on Financial Services and allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions. The Rule provides for consideration of 25 amendments, each debatable for 10 minutes. It also waives all points of order against the bill and consideration of the amendments made in order under the Rule.
 
The Rule also provides the Chairman of the committee on Financial Services en bloc authority, so that amendments (not previously considered) can be considered en bloc, and those that are placed into an en bloc are debatable for 10 minutes.
 
H.Res. 337 - Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2354 – Energy and Water Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations) (One hour of debate) The Rules committee has recommended an open Rule. It provides that the bill will be read by paragraph under the Rules of the House. It allows any Member to submit an amendment under the 5 minute Rule, but allows the Chair to give priority in recognition to those amendments pre-printed in the Congressional Record. It also allows pro forma amendments. The Rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking member of the committee on Appropriations and allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions.
 
Begin Consideration of H.R. 2354 – Energy and Water Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations) (One hour of general debate only) H.R. 2354 appropriates approximately $30.6 billion for Energy and Water related agencies, related programs, and departments. The funding level is $5.9 billion below the President's FY12 request, and $1 billion below the enacted level for 2011.
 
Bill Text for H.R. 2354:
HTML Version
PDF Version    
Background for H.R. 2354:
House Report HTML Version
House Report PDF Version
 
The Daily Quote
“…We raised the debt ceiling seven times during the Bush administration and now in this administration, they're using it as a hostage and you really don't have any business by playing Russian roulette to get your way in some other matter. We should be more grown up than that… [If we don’t meet the August 2nd deadline] you're playing with fire when you don't need to play with fire. And we don't need to tell the rest of the world that any time people in Congress start throwing a tantrum that we're not going to pay our bills.”
 
-     Warren Buffett, CNBC, 7/7/11