THE DAILY WHIP: THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014

For Immediate Release:

May 22, 2014

Contact:

Stephanie Young, Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted:
9:00 a.m.: Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes”

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

H.R. 3361 USA FREEDOM Act (Rep. Sensenbrenner – Judiciary/Intelligence) (One Hour of Debate).  This bill would modify domestic surveillance authorities by prohibiting the government’s bulk collection and storage of business records, including telephone metadata. The measure would require the government to obtain pre-approval from the FISA Court to conduct a search of call detail records for individual target phone numbers on a case-by-case basis, except in cases of emergency.

The bill also expands reporting on business records collection and FISA Court decisions, establishes an amicus to provide outside expertise for significant matters before the FISA Court, and requires the declassification or summaries of FISA court orders and decisions. In addition, the bill aligns the expiration of certain PATRIOT Act provisions with other provisions in FISA.

The Rule, which was adopted yesterday, provides for a closed Rule and one hour of debate.

Bill Text for H.R. 3361:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 3361:
House Report (HTML Version)

House Report (PDF Version)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 4435 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Rep. McKeon – Armed Services). The bill would provide for the authorization of funding for the Department of Defense and other related agencies, programs, and operations for Fiscal Year 2015. It authorizes approximately $513.4 billion in discretionary budget authority, including $495.8 billion for the Department of Defense base budget and $17.6 billion for the defense-related activities of the Department of Energy. It also authorizes $79.4 billion in discretionary budget authority for overseas contingency operations.

The bill supports a 1.8 percent pay increase for military personnel. It also includes important provisions related to sexual assault in the military and authorizes funding for suicide prevention programs among the Special Operations community.

The legislation maintains the current restriction on domestic transfers of Guantanamo detainees and prevents the use of funds for construction or modification of U.S. facilities to house Guantánamo detainees. In addition, the bill places restrictions on military cooperation with Russia, including on nonproliferation matters.

The Rule makes in order no further general debate. As of last night, the House had completed debate on all amendments. The following amendments have recorded votes pending:

  • McKinley Amendment #1
  • Shimkus Amendment #6
  • Smith (WA) Amendment #10
  • Smith (WA) Amendment #11
  • Jenkins Amendment #15
  • Lamborn Amendment #17
  • Schiff Amendment #21
  • Blumenauer Amendment #24

A full list of the 162 amendments made in order can be found HERE.

Bill Text for H.R. 4435:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 4435:
House Report (HTML Version)

House Report (PDF Version)

 
The Daily Quote

“This is how difficult it is to get any sort of immigration-related legislation through the GOP-controlled House: A Republican-authored bill to allow ‘dreamers’ to enlist in the military and also qualify for legal status is being blocked.  Republican Rep. Jeff Denham of California has been lobbying to get a vote on his proposal, the Enlist Act, which is cosponsored by 26 Democrats and 24 Republicans, including Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy… Denham had initially tried to get the proposal through via the National Defense Authorization Act, a must-pass defense bill. GOP leadership killed that idea Friday and on Tuesday night it was blocked in the House Rules Committee from coming to the floor as an amendment to the bill… ‘Not only is this an issue of national security and military readiness, but those kids who are here and have gone through our education system, why wouldn't we let the Department of Defense to pick the best and brightest?’ Denham said. ‘I believe in earned citizenship, but there's no better way to show your patriotism, your commitment, your sacrifice, and the willingness to earn your citizenship than a willingness to serve in our military.’”

-    National Journal, 5/21/2014