THE DAILY WHIP: THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

For Immediate Release:

May 17, 2012

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

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Following last votes, the House is expected to debate the two Democratic Motions to Instruct on H.R. 4348 and continue debating amendments to H.R. 4310 late into the evening.

**Members are advised that potential close votes on amendments are expected today.

H.Res. 661 – Rule providing for further consideration of H.R. 4310 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Rep. McKeon – Armed Services) (One Hour of Debate). The Rules committee has recommended a structured Rule for amendments.  The Rule provides for consideration of 142 amendments, each debatable for 10 minutes except for the Lee Amendment that would end the war in Afghanistan by limiting funding to the safe and orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops, which is debatable for 20 minutes. The debate time is equally controlled by the proponent and opponent of the amendment.

H.Res. 661 also provides the Chairman of the committee on Armed Services authority to offer amendments en bloc, consisting of amendments not previously considered. All en bloc amendments are debatable for 20 minutes equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the committee on Armed Services. The Rule also provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

Despite repeated promises of openness by the Republican Majority, the Rules committee did not make in order the McGovern/Smith (WA)/Jones bipartisan amendment on future U.S presence in Afghanistan. On a subject that is critically important to our nation, the Republican Majority rejected Floor consideration of a bipartisan proposal. This is in direct contradiction to a promise made by the Republican Majority to ‘let the House work its will’. Members are urged to VOTE NO on H.Res. 661.       

Continue Consideration of H.R. 4310 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Rep. McKeon – Armed Services) H.R. 4310 would provide for the authorization of funding for the Department of Defense and other related agencies, programs, and operations for fiscal year 2013. It provides for a total of $642.5 billion for the entire fiscal year. The measure's authorization includes $88.5 billion in FY 2013 contingency funds authorized specifically to support operations in Afghanistan and the general war on terrorism.     

In addition to authorizing all operations at the Pentagon, as well as military operations overseas, the bill also includes some policy additions/restrictions, including: a restriction of funds used to release prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay detention center to a foreign country or entity; banning gay marriage in Defense Department facilities and clarifying that chaplains are not required to officiate at same-sex weddings; and language attempting to slow U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. 

The Rule provides for no further general debate, makes in order 142 amendments, and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc:

A full list of the 142 amendments made in order can be found HERE

Bill Text for H.R. 4310:
HTML Version

PDF Version

Background for H.R. 4310:
House Report (HTML Version)

House Report (PDF Version)

Democratic Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (Offered by Rep. Rahall)

Democratic Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (Offered by Rep. Barrow)

Postponed Suspensions (2 Bills)

  1. H.Res. 568 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the importance of preventing the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability, as amended (Rep. Ros–Lehtinen – Foreign Affairs)
  2. H.R. 5740 - To extend the National Flood Insurance Program (Rep. Biggert- Financial Services)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Friday, May 18: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to complete consideration of H.R. 4310 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Rep. McKeon – Armed Services)

 
The Daily Quote

“It’s not often that a senior political figure announces an intention to behave irresponsibly and risk inflicting great harm on the U.S. economy. It’s even rarer that the politician, having already behaved irresponsibly and inflicted harm on the U.S. economy, announces his intention to do so again.  Yet that is the situation in which House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has placed himself.  In a speech Tuesday to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s fiscal summit, he vowed to use the next debt-ceiling debate to extract additional spending cuts as the price of lifting the country’s borrowing limit… There was a point, we confess, when we too hoped that debt-limit brinkmanship might encourage responsible behavior. Then came last summer’s debacle. The country moved closer to the edge of default than anyone had thought imaginable. The U.S. credit rating was downgraded for the first time in history, and the resulting uncertainty and lack of confidence dragged down the economy… So it is appalling that Mr. Boehner would be willing to repeat this dangerous episode, this time at potentially even greater risk. The Treasury is on target to hit the debt limit by early next year. Mr. Boehner said he will insist on additional spending cuts at least as large as the increase in the ceiling. Speaking to the same gathering, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner warned that another round of brinkmanship would be irresponsible and expressed hope that Congress will act without ‘the drama and the pain and the damage they caused the country last July.’  Unfortunately, a second act in the debt ceiling tragedy looks likelier than Mr. Geithner’s vision of adult behavior.”

-     Washington Post Editorial, 5/16/12