THE DAILY WHIP: MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013

For Immediate Release:

July 8, 2013

Contact:

Katie GrantStephanie Young, 202-225-3130

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

2:00 p.m.: Legislative Business

Unlimited “One Minutes”

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

**MEMBERS ARE ADVISED THAT CLOSE VOTES ARE POSSIBLE THIS WEEK, INCLUDING POTENTIAL VOTES ON AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 2609 – ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2014, RELATING TO PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS (PLA) AND DAVIS-BACON. ANY EXPECTED ABSENCES SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE WHIP’S OFFICE AT x5-3130.

**Members are also advised that the GOP Leadership has announced that votes will occur after 7:00 p.m. when the House is considering Appropriations bills, therefore the House may be voting late into the evening on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

**Following one minute speeches, the House is expected to recess until approximately 5:30 p.m. At that time, the House will reconvene and consider the three bills listed for consideration under suspension of the Rules. Any recorded votes requested will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (3 bills)

  1. H.R. 1341 – Financial Competitive Act of 2013 (Rep. Fincher – Financial Services)
  2. H.R. 1564 – Audit Integrity and Job Protection Act, as amended (Rep. Hurt – Financial Services)
  3. H.R. 1171 – FOR VETS Act of 2013 (Rep. Benishek – Oversight and Government Reform

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Tuesday, July 9: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to begin consideration of H.R. 2609 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule).

 
The Daily Quote

“Lawmakers and aides pouring back into the Capitol this week may be tempted to glance at their desk calendars, smack their foreheads and exclaim, ‘Where did the time go?’ And then, with even more bewilderment, they might wonder, ‘What have we been doing all year?’The July Fourth recess is traditionally considered halftime in the legislative year. In fact, it’s a bit later than that… The House has had votes in 18 weeks but expects just 14 more workweeks before that same Dec. 13 target adjournment… The message for the laborers in the First Session of the 113th Congress is unmistakable: The time is slipping away without much to show for it. And if past is prologue, as has been the case in previous eras, we may have already seen the best this outfit has to offer… President Barack Obama has signed just 15 bills into law so far in 2013. By the time a similarly divided Congress broke for the Fourth of July two years ago, the number was 23. Six months into his first year as president, and working with a unified Democratic Congress, he had taken out his pen on 40 occasions. This Congress is also off to a slow start compared with the four previous re-elected presidents in the first year of their second terms. By July 4, 2005, George W. Bush had signed 20 measures produced by his fellow Republicans then in charge on the Hill. The comparable figures were 26 for Bill Clinton, 60 for Ronald Reagan and 63 for Richard Nixon — and they each faced a Capitol controlled at least in part by the other side.”

-    David Hawkings, Roll Call, 7/7/13