THE DAILY WHIP: THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

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

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
H.Res. 264 - Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 754 - Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Rep. Rogers (MI) – Intelligence)(One Hour of Debate)The Rules committee has recommended a structured Rule that would provide 1 hour of general debate, equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The Rule allows 9 amendments to be considered and also provides one motion to recommit, with or without instructions. The Rules committee did not allow several amendments offered by Democratic Members. They rejected an attempt by Rep. Slaughter to consider the bill under an open Rule, and did not allow several Democratic amendments that would have congratulated the intelligence community on the mission involving Osama Bin Laden, because they were ruled not to be germane.
 
Complete Consideration of H.R. 1231 – ‘Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act’ (Rep. Hastings (WA) – Natural Resources) (One Hour of Debate)
H.R. 1231 would require the Interior Department to lease areas on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for oil and gas development requested by the Governor of an adjacent state, or that are considered to have undiscovered, technically recoverable oil. H.R. 1231 would also mandate that the Interior Department include set goals for producing oil and natural gas on the OCS, and it would include minimum standards for those goals. Lastly, H.R. 1231 would direct the Interior Department to report to Congress on the progress of achieving that goal of production. The title of H.R. 1231 is misleading, since it seeks to reverse a moratorium that no longer exists. 
 
As of yesterday, all debate on the amendments was completed and the following amendments have recorded votes pending:
 
Tsongas Amendment: Requires that any applicant for a permit must include a plan for worst-case oil spill containment and clean-up
Brown (FL) Amendment: Makes permanent the current moratorium on the eastern Gulf of Mexico set to expire in 2022
Thompson (CA) Amendment: Clarifies that the Secretary may not include oil and gas development off the northern coast of California in any oil and gas leasing program set forth in the legislation
Inslee Amendment: Requires the approval of the Governor and State legislature in Washington in order to proceed with any leasing of land for oil and gas development off the coast of Washington state.
 
Bill Text for H.R. 1231:
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Background for H.R. 1231:
House Report HTML Version
House Report PDF Version
CRS Report - U.S. Offshore Oil and Gas Resources: Prospects and Processes
 
Begin Consideration of H.R. 754 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Rep. Rogers (MI) – Intelligence) (One Hour of Debate) H.R. 754 provides an authorization for all intelligence agencies and operations for the rest of fiscal year 2011. The Following amendments were made in order:
 
Rogers (MI) Amendment: Would clarify that Section 411 of the bill, which provides certain authorities for Defense Intelligence Agency Expenditures, applies only to National Intelligence Program funds. Would also strike Section 412 of the reported bill, providing for the establishment of certain transfer accounts for intelligence funds
Barrow (GA) Amendment: Would task the Director of National Intelligence with creating a pilot grant program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to assist in creating and maintaining academic curricula that teach advanced critical foreign languages, and for study abroad programs. Amendment aims to help intelligence community meet strategic, diversity and critical language goals
Dent (PA) Amendment: Would require the Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the CIA within 90 days of enactment of this Act to submit to the congressional intelligence committees all information possessed by the DNI and the CIA relating to the pursuit and targeting of Anwar al-Awlaki by the Federal Government, as well as an analysis of the legal impediments to pursuing the capture of Anwar al-Awlaki
Welch (VT) Amendment: Would instruct the Director of National Intelligence to create and implement guidelines for the use of contractors
Gibson (NY) Amendment: Would require the Director of National Intelligence to submit to Congress a report containing recommendations the Director considers appropriate for consolidating the intelligence community
Waters (CA) Amendment: Would require, within 180 days after enactment, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community to submit to Congress a report on the degree to which racial and ethnic minorities in the United States are employed in professional positions in the intelligence community and barriers to the recruitment and retention of additional racial and ethnic minorities in these positions
Hinchey (NY) Amendment: Would require the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to report to the House and Senate Intelligence panels on information it has regarding the human rights violations of the military government in Argentina that resulted in 30,000 disappearances between the mid-1970's and mid-1980's. The amendment also seeks to help shed light on the unknown fate of hundreds of Argentine children who were born in captivity and distributed to members of the Argentine security forces
Carney (DE) Amendment: Would establish the sense of Congress that railway transportation should be included in transportation security plans for intelligence agencies
Grimm (NY)/Reed (NY) Amendment: Would commend the United States intelligence community for their successful operation in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice and their continued efforts against al Qaeda. It is based on Senate Resolution 159, which passed the Senate 97 to 0
 
Bill Text for H.R. 754:
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Background for H.R. 754:
 
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Friday, May 13: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to complete consideration of H.R. 754 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Rep. Rogers (MI) – Intelligence).
 
The Daily Quote
“The House Republican budget would leave up to 44 million more low-income people uninsured as the federal government cuts states' Medicaid funding by about one-third over the next 10 years nonpartisan groups said in a report …The budget passed by House Republicans last month on a party-line vote calls for sweeping health care changes…The study estimated that 36 million to 44 million people would lose coverage from the combined impact of the block grant and repealing Obama's law. The study found that federal spending for Medicaid would decline by $1.4 trillion from 2012 to 2021, a reduction of about one-third from what is now budgeted.”
 
-          The Associated Press, 5/11/11