THE DAILY WHIP: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2011

For Immediate Release:

February 17, 2011

Contact:

Katie GrantDaniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted:
9:00 a.m.: Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes” per side

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ???

***Members are advised that votes could occur as early as 9:45 a.m.

*** Members are also advised that votes may occur late Thursday and are possible on Friday, February, 18, 2011. This is a change from the Republicans' announced scheduling plan for the year.

Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 514 - To extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and Intelligence Reform of Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 relating to access to business records, individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers and roving wiretaps until May 27, 2011 (Rep. Sensenbrenner Judiciary/Intelligence) (One Hour of Debate) The Senate amendment to H.R. 514 extends the three provisions through May 27, 2011. They are scheduled to expire on February 28, 2011. The Senate amended legislation that the House passed on February 14, changing the date of expiration from December 8 to May 27.
 
The Senate amendment extends the same three provisions that were included in the House bill: 1. “Roving Wiretap” authority, which provides the ability for authorities to wiretap multiple electronic devices from a single suspected terrorist; 2. “Lone Wolf”, which allows for the government to pursue warrants to conduct surveillance on non-U.S. citizens, engaged in ‘international terrorist activities’ alone; 3. Provision granting the government access to business records relating to a terrorist investigation.
 
Continue Consideration of H.R. 1 – Fiscal Year Continuing Appropriations Act for FY2011 (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations) H.R. 1 is a continuing resolution that would fund federal departments and agencies for fiscal year 2011. It provides $1.029 trillion in non-emergency discretionary funding for fiscal year 2011. It contains a fully funded Defense appropriations bill with other programs and agencies funded through a continuing appropriations resolution.  
 
As of early this morning, the House had completed reading through all of the titles in Division B, and finished reading the bill. The House has 13 amendments with recorded votes pending.

The House is expected to begin consideration of amendments to the end of the bill today. Amendments can be offered at any time but the order will be determined by the Chair, with priority given to members on the Committee. 

 
The Daily Quote
“House Democrats and more centrist Republicans joined forces in a series of spending votes Wednesday, scoring quick wins and sending the clearest sign yet of second thoughts in the GOP over the depth of reductions demanded by the party’s new tea party supporters…But the re-emergence of the centrists is telling, putting the brakes on further domestic cuts and helping to restore programs backed by the White House.”

  -   Politico, 2/16/11