THE DAILY WHIP: FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted:

9:00 a.m.: Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes” per side

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

H.Res. 717Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 5856 - Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Young (FL) – Appropriations), H.R. 6020 - Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Emerson – Appropriations) and  the Conference Report to H.R. 4348 (Rep. Mica - Transportation and Infrastructure/Energy and Commerce/Natural Resources/Science, Space, and Technology/Ways and Means/Financial Services)  (One Hour of debate). The Rules Committee has recommended one Rule that provides for consideration of three separate measures.

For both H.R. 5856 and H.R. 6020, the Rules committee has recommended an open Rule that allows any amendments that comply with House Rules to be considered. The Rule provides for one hour of general debate for each bill equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Appropriations. The Rule 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 and one motion to recommit, with or without instructions, for both bills.

For the Conference Report on H.R. 4348, the Rules committee has recommended a closed Rule that provides for one hour of general debate. The Rule allows no amendments and one motion to recommit, with or without instructions. It also waives all points of order against the Conference Report.

The Rule also allows for same day authority and Suspension Authority for any resolution reported on June 29, 2012, providing for consideration of measures addressing expiring provisions of law and a concurrent resolution correcting the enrollment of H.R. 4348.

Conference Report to H.R. 4348 - Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (Rep. Mica - Transportation and Infrastructure/Energy and Commerce/Natural Resources/Science, Space, and Technology/Ways and Means/Financial Services) (One Hour of debate). The Conference Report will keep highway programs running through September 2014, and includes the one year student loan and five year flood insurance reauthorizations, in order to avoid lapses in the programs. Highway programs and reduced student loan rates were set to expire on June 30 and the National Flood Insurance Program was set to expire July 31.

In addition to other transportation provisions, the legislation would attempt to shorten the average review time for new transportation projects from 15 years to just seven, in part by requiring various environmental reviews to proceed concurrently and by exempting emergency road, highway or bridge reconstruction from review under the National Environmental Policy Act.  This measure would require truckers to install electronic data recorders in their rigs and establish a new National Highway Performance Program aimed at improving non-Interstate roads and bridges deemed essential to the economy

This version of the conference report would also remove a flood insurance provision included in an earlier version that would have required property owners in areas protected by levees and dams, referred to as “areas of residual risk,” to purchase the insurance. The report also includes a provision, initially left out of the earlier version, that would allow states to commercialize highway rest stops.

Bill Text for Conference Report on H.R. 4348:
PDF Version

Complete Consideration of H.R. 5972 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Latham – Appropriations Committee) H.R. 5972 provides a net total of $103.6 billion for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) departments and related agencies. The total, which includes $52 billion to be released from the highway and aviation trust funds is $5.7 billion (5%) less than total current funding and $3.6 billion (3%) less than the President’s request. The measure includes $69.7 billion for the Transportation Department, including $39.9 billion for the Federal Highway Administration, $10.4 billion for mass transit programs, $16 billion for the Federal Aviation Authority, and $1.8 billion for Amtrak. It provides $33.6 billion for Housing and Urban Development.

Republicans are developing this year's spending bills based on the $1.028 trillion discretionary spending cap included in the Republican (Ryan) Budget Resolution rather than the $1.047 trillion cap agreed upon in last year's Budget Control Act. As a result, this bill leaves even less room for other agencies and programs in appropriations bills to be considered down the road, as Republicans try and ‘frontload’ some of the appropriations bills while still fitting under their cap.

The House has completed debate on all amendments at the end of the bill.  The following amendments have recorded votes pending:

Rep. Blackburn Amendment
Rep. McClintock Amendment #13
Rep. Lankford Amendment
Rep. Denham Amendment
Rep. Landry Amendment

Bill Text for H.R. 5972 :
HTML Version

PDF Version
Background for H.R. 5972 :
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)
CRS Report
- Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD): FY2013 Appropriations

 
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-          USA Today, 6/28/12