THE DAILY WHIP: THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014

For Immediate Release:

June 19, 2014

Contact:

Stephanie Young, Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

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

10:00 a.m.: Morning Hour
12:00 p.m.: Legislative Business

Fifteen “One Minutes”

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. ???

**Members are advised that the House is expected to recess at approximately 2:00 p.m. in order to accommodate the GOP Conference Meeting.

**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, and that the House will be voting late into the evening today.

H.Res. 629 – Rule providing for consideration H.R. 4413 – Customer Protection and End User Relief Act (Rep. Lucas – Agriculture) (One Hour of Debate). The Rules Committee has recommended a structured Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Agriculture.  The Rule allows for 8 amendments, debatable for 10 minutes equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions, and waives all points of order against the legislation.

The Rules Committee rejected a motion by Ms. Slaughter of New York to divide debate time equally between the Committees on Agriculture and Financial Services.  The Committee also rejected a motion by Mr. Hastings of Florida to consider H.R. 4413 under an open Rule. Members are urged to VOTE NO.

Complete Consideration of H.R. 4870 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations). H.R. 4870 appropriates $491 billion in FY 2015 discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense – an increase of approximately $4.1 billion (0.8%) from FY 2014 – plus an additional $79.4 billion as a placeholder, pending the Administration’s request, for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) ($6 billion below the FY2014 level). 

The measure includes a military pay raise of 1.8% (0.8% above the President’s request) and continues provisions prohibiting the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. It also includes funding for sexual assault prevention and response programs in the military and suicide prevention programs among the Special Operations community.

Republicans are developing this year's spending bills based on the $1.014 trillion discretionary spending cap and the 302(a) discretionary allocations agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement. By setting the Appropriations Committee's allocation in-line with the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, House Republicans were able to begin the appropriations process early. House Republicans should use this extra time to ensure that all twelve appropriations bills are enacted before the start of the 2015 fiscal year.

The Rule, which was adopted yesterday, provides for no further general debate and does not require that amendments be pre-printed in the Congressional Record prior to their consideration.

As of last night, the House had completed reading through all titles of the bill.  The House will resume debating amendments at the end of the bill today.

The following amendments had recorded votes pending as of last night:

  • Gohmert Amendment
  • Blumenauer Amendment
  • Nadler Amendment
  • Walorski Amendment
  • Miller (MI)/Barber Amendment

Bill Text for H.R. 4870:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 4870:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Friday, June 20: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to consider H.R. 4413 – Customer Protection and End User Relief Act (Rep. Lucas – Agriculture) (Subject to a Rule).

 
The Daily Quote

"House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said he is ready to 'move now' on legislation, saying that 'immigration reform needs to be done.' The 11-term Republican congressman from Virginia told Fox News Latino that the 'status quo' on immigration is unacceptable, that he is ready to move on immigration reform now... '[T]he status quo is simply not adequate. And for those who are very concerned about illegal immigration, it should not be adequate for them either.'"

-    The Washington Post, 6/18/2014