THE DAILY WHIP: THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

For Immediate Release:

March 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

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

H.Res. 174 - Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 1076To prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio and the use of Federal funds to acquire radio content(One Hour of Debate) The Rules Committee has recommended another closed Rule for H.R. 1076. The closed Rule provides one hour of debate, equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce committee. It allows one motion to recommit, with instructions. The Rules Committee rejected multiple amendments offered by Democrats and Republicans, including an amendment from Mr. McGovern, which would have required GAO to perform a study of all expenditures of federal funds from federal agencies for advertising on television or radio. The Rules committee also did not make in order an amendment offered by Mr. McGovern, which would have prohibited funds from any federal agency from being used to advertise on the Fox News Channel. Chairman Dreier discouraged Democrats and Republicans from offering amendments and the Rule was reported out of committee with bipartisan opposition. Members are urged to VOTE NO on the Rule

H.R. 1076To prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio and the use of Federal funds to acquire radio content (Rep. Lamborn – Energy and Commerce) (One Hour of General Debate) H.R. 1076 would prohibit the use of federal funds for paying dues to NPR or for acquiring content from NPR for a public radio station. H.R. 1076 would also change the funding formula for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to adhere to this act’s prohibition on federal funding to NPR. It does clarify in the formula, however, that federal funds can go directly to local public radio stations. H.R. 1076 is estimated to save $0 dollars of taxpayer funds.

After 11 weeks with no jobs legislation, before going on an 11-day recess, the Republican Majority is wasting time with legislation, which has seen no committee action and has not been available for 72 hours for the American public to read. H.R. 1076 does not create jobs or reduce the deficit.
 
Bill Text for H.R. 1076:
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Background for H.R. 1076:
No House report – no committee action
CRS Report – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Federal Funding and Issues
 
H.Con.Res. 28 - Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan (Rep. Kucinich - Foreign Affairs) (Two Hours of Debate) The House will debate H.Con.Res. 28 under a unanimous consent agreement. Pursuant to the UC Agreement, Mr. Kucinich will control 1 hour of debate and the Chair and Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs committee each will control 30 minutes. H.Con.Res. 28 directs the President of the United States to remove all armed forces from Afghanistan within 30 days of enactment, or if the President deems that timeline unsafe, to remove them by no later than December 31, 2011.

Bill Text for H.Con.Res. 28:
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The Daily Quote
“I don’t believe that the cuts to domestic discretionary [spending] have much to do with deficit reduction.”
  -    Former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM)
 
[I]f we’re lucky enough to be in the Majority, and I’m lucky enough to be the Speaker, I will not bring a bill to the floor that hasn’t been posted online for at least 72 hours. … With all the technology that is available today, they have all of this online.  So let’s bring more transparency and accountability to how Congress works...”
  -   John Boehner on Fox News, July 23, 2010