THE DAILY WHIP: MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011

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. 7:30 p.m.

The House will consider amendments to H.R. 2354 until approximately 5:30 p.m. At that time, the House is expected to begin debating H.R. 2417. The recorded vote on H.R. 2417 will not be taken today.

**Members are advised that the vote series at 6:30 p.m. is expected to be longer than usual. Following last votes, The House is expected to continue debating amendments to H.R. 2354 into the evening.
 
Continue Consideration of H.R. 2354 – Energy and Water Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations) H.R. 2354 appropriates approximately $30.6 billion for the Department of Energy and related agencies, related programs, and federal water projects. The funding level is $5.9 billion below the President's FY12 request and $1 billion below the enacted level for 2011.
 
The House completed general debate on 7/8. The House will begin reading the bill by section at 2:00 p.m. Any Member that has an amendment should be prepared to offer their amendment at the appropriate place in the bill, and as early as 2:00 p.m.
 
Bill Text for H.R. 2354:
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Background for H.R. 2354:
CRS Report - Energy and Water Development: FY2012 Appropriations
 
Suspension (1 Bill)
  1. H.R. 2417 - Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act (Rep. Barton – Energy and Commerce) This legislation would repeal certain sections in the 2007 Energy and Independence Act with respect to lighting energy efficiency. This bill repeals energy efficiency standards for light bulbs, incandescent lamps and reflector lamps. This bill went through no formal committee process, and is opposed by lighting manufacturers. H.R. 2417 could have many unexpected consequences, including disadvantaging manufacturers that have already made investments in producing these new bulbs and losing consumer savings of up to $100 per household annually. Members are urged to VOTE NO.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Tuesday, July 12: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to begin consideration of H.R. 1309 - Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011 (Rep. Biggert - Financial Services) (Subject to a Rule). The House is also expected to continue consideration of H.R. 2354 - Energy and Water Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Frelinghuysen - Appropriations).
 
The Daily Quote

“After months of bigger worries, investors in U.S. Treasuries are starting to be on edge about the approaching deadline to raise the U.S. government's debt ceiling. While most investors expect Congress to lift the $14.29 trillion limit by Aug. 2, the date pinpointed by the Treasury Department as the deadline before the government has trouble paying its bills, a failure to do so would force the U.S. into a technical default, and likely prompt ratings firms to reassess the country's triple-A credit rating.”

  -  The Wall Street Journal, 7/10/11