THE DAILY WHIP: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013

For Immediate Release:

October 4, 2013

Contact:

Katie GrantStephanie Young, 202-225-3130

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

10:00 a.m.: Morning Hour Debate
12:00 p.m.: Legislative Business

Fifteen “One Minutes”

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

H.Res. 371 – Rule providing for consideration of H.J.Res. 75 – Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act, H.J.Res. 76 – Nuclear Weapon Security & Non-Proliferation Act, H.J.Res. 77 – Food and Drug Safety Act, H.J.Res. 78 – Preserving Our Intelligence Capabilities Act, H.J.Res. 79 – Border Safety & Security Act, H.J.Res. 80 – American Indian and Alaska Native, Health, Education, and Safety Act, H.J.Res. 82 – National Weather Monitoring Act, H.J.Res. 83 – Impact Aid for Local Schools Act, H.J.Res. 84 – Head Start for Low-Income Children Act, H.J.Res. 85 – National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act, and H.R. 3223 – Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (One Hour of Debate). The Rules committee has recommended one Rule which provides for consideration of 11 bills.

For the 10 Joint Resolutions, the Rules Committee has recommended a closed Rule that provide for forty minutes of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Appropriations. The Rule allows one motion to recommit for each resolution, and waives all points of order against them.

For H.R. 3223, the Rules Committee has recommended a closed Rule that provides for forty minutes of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The Rule allows one motion to recommit, and waives all points of order against the legislation.

These piecemeal approach bills are not an honest or serious option to reopen the government and will not end the impacts of this shutdown that extend across our country.  Both the President and the Senate have been clear that they won’t accept this kind of game-playing, that only funds certain parts of government while keeping the rest of the government shut down.  House Republicans need to stop playing games and work with Democrats to pass the Senate's clean CR which could end the shutdown today. 

The Rules Committee rejected a motion by Ms. Slaughter of New York to make in order the Senate Amendment to H.J.Res. 59 – Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014, which would end the Republican Government Shutdown, fund the entire government through December 15, 2013, and provide lawmakers with time to reach an agreement on a long-term budget. Members are urged to VOTE NO.

H.J.Res. 85 – National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations) (40 Minutes of Debate). This bill provides funding for protection, preparedness, response and recovery activities of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through December 15, 2013, at the sequester-reduced funding levels, the same level of funding in the clean Senate CR. The bill ignores all other functions under the jurisdiction of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.  Further, this piecemeal bill fails to provide funding for the numerous agencies that also provide assistance in the event of natural disasters.

H.J.Res. 75 – Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act (Rep. Aderholt – Appropriations) (40 Minutes of Debate). The Republican government shutdown has left the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) without funding, leaving at risk the nearly 9 million mothers and children under five living near or below the poverty line who rely on the program’s supplemental vouchers for healthy food, infant formula and other necessities.  This bill is designed to protect Republicans from public disapproval of this effect of the Republican government shutdown.  It would fund the WIC program through December 15, 2013, at the sequester-reduced funding levels, the same level of funding in the clean Senate Continuing Resolution, while failing to provide funding for a host of similar programs designed to help vulnerable families, such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), senior nutrition services like congregate meals and Meals on Wheels, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Saturday, October 5, 2013: The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business.  The House is expected to consider H.R. 3223 – Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (Rep. Moran – Oversight and Government Reform).

 
The Daily Quote

“The hard-line stance of Republican House members on the government shutdown is generating increasing anger among senior Republican officials, who say the small bloc of conservatives is undermining the party… From statehouses to Capitol Hill, frustration is building and spilling out during closed-door meetings as Republicans press leaders of the effort to block funding for the health care law to explain where their strategy is ultimately leading. ‘Fighting with the president is one thing,’ said Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri. ‘Fighting with the president and losing is another thing. When you’re in the minority you need to look really hard to find the fights you can win.’ The complaints come from fervent opponents of the president’s health care overhaul, who say that the shutdown is overshadowing discussion of the problems associated with the law and ruining any chance for revising it. ‘This is a huge distraction,’ said Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee. ‘Instead of that being the conversation, we’re talking about the government shutdown, and the average citizen can’t help but say the Republican Congress isn’t helping.’”

-    New York Times, 10/4/13