THE DAILY WHIP: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012

For Immediate Release:

February 6, 2012

Contact:

Katie GrantDaniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

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

12:00 p.m.: Morning Hour
2:00 p.m.: Legislative Business

Unlimited “One Minutes”

6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Following one minute speeches, the House is expected to recess until approximately 4:00 p.m. At that time, the House will reconvene and consider the three bills listed for consideration under suspension of the Rules. At approximately 5:00 p.m., the House will debate H.Res. 537. Any votes requested will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Following votes, the House will begin general and amendment debate on H.R. 1734.

Suspensions (3 Bills)

  1. H.R. 306 - Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act (Rep. Jones - Natural Resources)
  2. H.R. 1162 - To provide the Quileute Indian Tribe Tsunami and Flood Protection, and for other purposes (Rep. Dicks - Natural Resources)
  3. H.R. 2606 - New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act, as amended (Rep. Grimm - Natural Resources)

H.Res. 537 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 1734 - Civilian Property Realignment Act (Rep. Denham – Transportation and Infrastructure/Oversight and Government Reform/Rules) The Rules Committee has recommended a structured Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The Rule allows six amendments, each debatable for 10 minutes equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. It also provides one motion to recommit, with or without instructions. Lastly, it waives all points of order against the legislation.

The Rules committee rejected a motion by Mr. McGovern to consider the bill under an open Rule. 

H.R. 1734 - Civilian Property Realignment Act (Rep. Denham – Transportation and Infrastructure/Oversight and Government Reform/Rules)  The bill would establish an independent Civilian Property Realignment Commission to identify ways for the federal government to reduce its inventory of federal properties and consolidate government agency offices. The commission would consist of a chairman appointed by the president, and confirmed by the Senate, and eight other members appointed by the president. Once any of the commission’s recommendations have been approved by the president, Congress would then be required to take an up-or-down vote on them.

The measure provides for a one-time authorization of $20 million for salaries and expenses of the commission. In addition, it provides a one-time authorization of $62 million to be deposited into the Asset Proceeds and Space Management Fund for activities related to the implementation of the commission’s recommendations. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1734 would cost $3 million in 2012 and $68 million over the 2012-2017 period. Finally, the legislation requires that the commission identify at least five federal properties with a total fair market value of at least $500 million that are not on the list of excess properties recommended by the agencies.  The commission must identify these properties within 180 days after the appointment of its members, and must submit the list of properties as commission recommendations.

The Rule makes in order 6 amendments, each debatable for 10 minutes, equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. The amendments are:

Rep. Norton Amendment #8.  Would require federal agencies to compile environmental information about all property being considered for action and provide for a limited review of property by homeless service providers
Rep. Denham Amendment. Would provide for a limited review of property by homeless service providers
Rep. Connolly Amendment. Would protect the ability of federal agencies to work with local governments to preserve appropriate excess federal property as open space, eliminating federal maintenance expenses while preserving public benefits
Rep. Jackson-Lee Amendment. Would add a sense of Congress that the Civilian Property Realignment Commission should take steps to provide assistance to small and minority-owned businesses seeking to be awarded contracts to redevelop federal property and requires the Commission to report to Congress and the President every 6 months regarding contracting and the size of the entities awarded contracts
Rep. Norton Amendment #7. Would streamline GSA's notification process of excess properties by requiring GSA to directly notify Indian tribes of available excess properties and granting Indian tribes the option of obtaining the properties directly from GSA at fair market value rather the Department of Interior
Rep. Carnahan Amendment. Would require the use of life-cycle cost analysis in the design or lease of federal buildings receiving at least 50% Federal funding and which construction cost is over $1,000,000 or the space to be leased is over 25,000 square feet. Would require future prospectuses submitted to Congress for the construction, alteration or acquisition of a building or space to be leased by the Administrator of General Services to describe the use of life-cycle cost analysis and how its use has impacted long-term costs

Bill Text for H.R. 1734:
HTML Version

PDF Version
Background for H.R. 1734:
House Report (HTML Version)

House Report (PDF Version)
CRS Report
- Civilian Property Realignment Act of 2011 (H.R. 1734): Analysis of Key Provisions
CBO Cost Estimate

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Tuesday, February 7: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to consider H.R. 3521 - Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2011 (Rep. Ryan (WI) - Budget/Rules) (Subject to a Rule). The House is also expected to complete consideration of H.R. 1734 - Civilian Property Realignment Act (Rep. Denham – Transportation and Infrastructure/Oversight and Government Reform/Rules).

 
The Daily Quote

“Unpopular and divided, the once mighty House Republicans are laboring to repair their image and frame a new agenda…. House Republicans long to establish a reputation as the party of job creation and to blunt the notion that they are recalcitrant and combative.…But attracting positive attention while avoiding confrontation is proving to be a challenge in an election year, particularly for a group that in 2011 seemed to relish showdown after showdown. Members are still struggling to sing from the same legislative hymnal”

- The New York Times, 2/2/12