THE DAILY WHIP: THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

For Immediate Release:

June 2, 2011

Contact:

Katie GrantDaniel Reilly, 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” per side
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Continue consideration of H.R. 2017 - The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (Rep. Aderholt – Appropriations) H.R. 2017 appropriates a total of $40.59 billion in discretionary funding for the Homeland Security department in FY2012, which is approximately almost a 3% cut from the current funding level and 7% below the President’s request level. In addition to cutting R&D funding by 42% compared to FY11, the legislation cuts first responder grants by almost 60% from its FY2011 appropriation, which would harm many state and local programs, and includes substantial cuts to firefighter assistance grants (the International Association of Firefighters estimates 1,600 firefighters will lose their jobs if the cuts in this bill are enacted). It also seeks to restructure how FEMA grants are awarded, placing priority on programs associated with emergencies deemed to be of the highest risk. H.R. 2017 also prohibits funding from being used to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay into the United States.
 
Finally, the bill also includes language dealing with immigration which would require ICE to maintain a higher minimum number of filled detention beds on a daily basis.  It does not include any funding for asylum and refugee processing and immigrant integration grants.
 
As of last night, the House had completed reading through the bill and had begun consideration of amendments at the end of the bill. There were 15 amendments with recorded votes pending:
 
Clarke/Higgins/Tonko Amendment.  Relating to the Urban Area Security Initiative
Sessions (TX) Amendment. Relating to A-76 outsourcing
Lummis Amendment. Relating to environmental mitigation resulting from border fence construction  
Carter Amendment. Relating to the Department of Homeland Security’s Climate Change and Adaptation Task Force
Price (NC) Amendment. Relating to waivers of SAFER grant requirements
Sherman Amendment. Relating to the use of funds in contravention of the War Powers Resolution
Gosar Amendment. Relating to the use of funds for wage requirements (Davis-Bacon)
Scalise Amendment.  Relating to the executive order which encourages project labor agreements
King (IA) Amendment.  Prohibiting the use of funds for various ACORN and Community Organizations
Cravaack Amendment.  Relating to section 236(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act
Amash Amendment (#1).  Relating to full-body scanners
Amash Amendment (#2).  Relating to operating full-body scanners
Amash Amendment (#3).  Relating to the Freedom of Information Act
Rokita Amendment (#1).  Contains a 10% reduction across-the-board to all DHS agencies except for CBP and ICE.
Rokita Amendment (#2).  Relating to the Transportation Security Administration and collective bargaining
 
Bill Text for H.R. 2017:
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Background for H.R. 2017:

H.Res. 288 - Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2055 - Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Culberson – Appropriations) (One hour of debate) The Rules committee has recommended an open Rule for consideration of the bill. It provides that the bill will be read by paragraph under the Rules of the House. It allows any Member to submit an amendment under the 5 minute Rule, but orders the Chair to give priority in recognition to those amendments pre-printed in the Congressional Record. It also allows pro forma amendments. The Rule allows one hour of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking member of the committee on Appropriations and allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions.
 
The Rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The Rule also requires the Chair to put the question on retaining Title II (Department of Veterans Affairs) prior to putting the question on engrossment and third reading.
 
H.R. 2055 - Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Culberson – Appropriations) H.R. 2055 appropriates approximately $143 billion for the Veterans’ Affairs Department, VA programs and military construction. The funding level is slightly higher than the current funding level but approximately $1 billion below the President’s budget request.
 
While the bill is largely non-controversial, it does include one provision dealing with project-labor agreements. After an amendment was adopted in committee, the bill now contains no funding to implement Executive Order 13502, which encourages (but does not require) executive agencies to consider the use of project labor agreements in connection with large-scale construction projects.
 
Bill Text for H.R. 2055:
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Background for H.R. 2055:
 
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Friday, June 3: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to continue consideration of H.R. 2017 - The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Aderholt – Appropriations) The House is also expected to continue consideration of H.R. 2055 - Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Culberson – Appropriations). The House is also expected to dispose of H.Con.Res. 51 - Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Libya (Rep. Kucinich – Foreign Affairs).
 
The Daily Quote
“A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans don't like what they've heard so far about congressional Republicans' plans to change Medicare.  According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, a majority also don't think the GOP has cooperated enough with President Barack Obama and, for the first time since they won back control of the House last November, the number of Americans who say that Republican control of the chamber is good for the country has dropped below the 50 percent mark.”
 
-     CNN, 6/1/11