THE DAILY WHIP: THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011

House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted:
10:00 a.m.: Morning Hour
11:00 a.m.: Legislative Business

Fifteen “One Minutes” per side

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
H.R. 1473 - Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations) (One Hour of Debate) Funding for the government runs out tomorrow and H.R. 1473 would keep the government open and provide funding for government operations for the remainder of the fiscal year. It provides funding at $1.0498 trillion, with cuts just over $40 billion compared to FY10, and approximately $25 billion below the current funding level. The bill includes a full defense appropriations bill, and funding for the other 11 departments through a continuing resolution. Of the approximately $40 billion in cuts, approximately $18 billion come from changes in mandatory programs.
In addition to funding cuts, which can be viewed under ‘background for H.R. 1473’, the bill includes several policy provisions, including those dealing with DC Vouchers, abortion funding in DC, and transfers of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. H.R. 1473 includes the following provisions: a continuation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, a prohibition on the use of Federal or local DC funds on abortion services, and a prohibition on the use of funds to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay into the United States. This legislation does not include the controversial policy riders that would have prohibited any funds to be used under the Affordable Care Act, or defunded Planned Parenthood.

Bill Text for H.R. 1473:
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Background for H.R. 1473:
Press Statement and Summary – From the Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee
Summary for each Department– From the Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee
Complete List of CutsCompiled by the House Majority Appropriations Committee
 
H.Con.Res. 35 – Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to Make a Correction in the Enrollment of H.R. 1473, regarding the Affordable Care Act (Rep. Alexander – Appropriations) (20 Minutes of Debate) This Enrollment resolution, made in order by H.Res. 218, would direct the clerk to make a correction in enrolling H.R. 1473 after it is passed by the Senate. It would direct the Clerk to add a section at the end of H.R. 1473, which would provide that no funds should be made available to implement any aspect of the Affordable Care Act. This resolution is not expected to pass the Senate and the President has said that he opposes this policy provision.

Bill Text for H.Con.Res. 35:
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H.Con.Res. 36 - Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to Make a Correction in the Enrollment of H.R. 1473 , regarding Planned Parenthood (Rep. Black – Appropriations) (20 Minutes of Debate)
This Enrollment resolution, made in order by H.Res. 218 would direct the clerk to make a correction in enrolling H.R. 1473 after it is passed by the Senate. It would direct the Clerk to add a section at the end of H.R. 1473, which would provide that no funds in the bill should go to Planned Parenthood. This resolution is not expected to pass the Senate and the President has said that he opposes this policy provision.

Bill Text for H.Con.Res. 36:
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H.Res. 223
- Rule providing for consideration of
H. Con. Res. 34 - Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 (Rep. Ryan (WI) – Budget) (One Hour of Debate) The Rules committee has recommended a structured Rule that makes in order 5 amendments in the nature of substitutes, and waives all points of order against them. The Rule makes in order one motion to recommit, with instructions. Finally, the Rule provides that adoption of an amendment in the nature of a substitute shall constitute the conclusion of consideration of the concurrent resolution for amendment.
 
This Rule provides for 4 hours of debate on H.Con.Res. 34 . It provides for three hours equally divided between the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Budget. It also provides for 1 hour of debate equally controlled by Members of the Joint Economic Committee.
 
Begin Consideration of H.Con.Res. 34 - Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 (Rep. Ryan (WI) – Budget) (4 Hours of Debate) The Republican Budget resolution calls for a reduction in spending of over $5 trillion over the next ten years. It proposes cuts that would end Medicare, raising seniors’ costs, decimating Medicaid by changing it into a block grant that cuts $770 billion from the program, and freezing discretionary spending below levels in HR 1 – ignoring defense. Despite those cuts, the misguided Republican budget does not achieve balance over the next ten years. Rather than apply its spending cuts to deficit reduction, it cuts taxes by over $4 trillion, going even further than the Bush Tax Cuts.

Under the Rule, The House will consider the 5 substitute amendments in the following order as designated by the Rule:

  • Cleaver/Scott (VA) Amendment in the nature of a Substitute (Congressional Black Caucus) (30 minutes). The CBC Budget would make significant investments in education, job training, transportation and infrastructure, and advanced research and development programs, aimed at accelerating the economic recovery.  At the same time, the CBC Budget protects the social safety net without cutting Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare.  It would raise new revenue by making the tax system more fair.  It also closes certain corporate tax loopholes and preferences, which will save over $1 trillion on the deficit over the next decade. 
  • Cooper Amendment in the nature of a Substitute (20 minutes). The Cooper Budget takes the benchmarks set by the President’s bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, reducing the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10 years with 2/3 spending cuts and 1/3 tax reform.  While the Commission proposed specific recommendations, this resolution provides a blueprint for committees of jurisdiction to determine how targets are met.  Rather than relying on spending cuts alone, it puts everything on the table to match the Republican Budget’s deficit and debt targets in the 10th year through shared sacrifice.
  • Grijalva/Honda/Lee (CA)/Woolsey/Ellison Amendment in the nature of a Substitute (Congressional Progressive Caucus) (30 minutes). The CPC Budget eliminates the deficit by 2021, while focusing investments on job creation and putting Americans back to work. The CPC budget focuses on restoring America’s economic competitiveness, while implementing a more fair tax system, and it focuses on keeping Americans healthy. This budget would also call for bringing American troops back home, and would reduce the deficit by over $5 trillion over 10 years.
  • Garrett (NJ)/Jordan (OH) Amendment in the nature of a Substitute (RSC Budget) (30 minutes). The RSC Budget would aim to balance the budget in 10 years by cutting over $9 trillion in spending and cutting taxes by nearly $2 trillion.  It would freeze non-defense discretionary at 2006 levels, an almost 50% reduction  over 10 years, while defense spending would dramatically increase. The RSC plan calls for dramatic changes to Medicare and Medicaid as well as other social safety net programs, including a $350 billion cut to the food stamp program.
  • Van Hollen Amendment in the nature of a Substitute (Democratic Alternative Budget) (30 minutes). The Democratic Alternative would protect Medicare and Medicaid, and would achieve primary balance by 2018 through focusing on all spending, including defense discretionary spending. The Democratic Alternative would simplify the tax code, end corporate tax loopholes, and extend tax relief for middle class families. While still making crucial investments in infrastructure and education, it would reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion more than the President’s Budget.
Bill Text for H.Con.Res. 34:
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Background for H.Con.Res. 34:
House Report HTML Version
List of Amendments – House Rules Committee Report, including substitute short summaries
CRS Report
- The Federal Budget: Issues for FY2011, FY2012, and Beyond
 
The Daily Quote
“In a postelection reversal, House Republicans are supporting nearly $450 billion in Medicare cuts that they criticized vigorously last fall when Democrats and President Barack Obama passed them as part of their controversial health care law. The cuts are included in the 2012 budget that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled last week and account for a significant share of the $5.8 trillion in claimed savings over the next decade…”
 
-    Associated Press, 4/13/11