THE DAILY WHIP: THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014

For Immediate Release:

May 29, 2014

Contact:

Stephanie Young, Mariel Saez 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”

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. ???

**Members are advised that the GOP Leadership has announced that votes will occur after 7:00 p.m. when the House is considering Appropriations bills, and that the House will be voting late into the evening today.

Complete Consideration of H.R. 4660 – Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (Rep. Wolf – Appropriations) (One Hour of Debate). H.R. 4660 provides approximately $51.2 billion in discretionary budget authority for FY 2015, $398 million less than was provided in FY 2014.  The bill increases funding for the National Science Foundation (funded at $7.4 billion, $232.3 million above FY 2014), the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (funded at $856 million, $6 million above FY 2014), and NASA (funded at $17.9 billion, $249.5 million above FY 2014). The bill continues gun-related riders from past bills, and includes new provisions that limit the government's ability to require reporting of certain gun sales, including multiple-unit rifle and shotgun purchases.

The bill cuts funding for grants to state and local law enforcement agencies by $81.6 million, while these governments continue to experience budget problems, and provides increases for most federal law enforcement agencies. In addition, H.R. 4660 provides $96 million for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, a cut of $117.5 million below FY 2014.

Republicans are developing this year's spending bills based on the $1.014 trillion discretionary spending cap and the 302(a) discretionary allocations agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement. By setting the Appropriations Committee's allocation in-line with the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, House Republicans were able to begin the appropriations process early. House Republicans should use this extra time to ensure that all twelve appropriations bills are enacted before the start of the 2015 fiscal year.

As of last night, the House had completed reading to line 23 of page 24 of the bill.  The House will continue debating amendments to the bill today.

The following amendments have recorded votes pending:

  • Pompeo Amendment
  • McNerney Amendment
  • Bridenstine Amendment
  • Thompson (CA) Amendment
  • King (IA) Amendment
  • Cohen Amendment

Bill Text for H.R. 4660:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 4660:
House Report (HTML Version)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Friday, May 30: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to consider H.R. 4681 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 (Rep. Rogers (MI) – Intelligence) (Subject to a Rule).

 
The Daily Quote

“House Republicans were handed a historic opportunity when the Senate passed an ambitious [comprehensive immigration] reform package last June. But the House Speaker, John Boehner, refuses to bring it to a vote, and he and his caucus have spent the last year spewing excuses for inaction… Theirs is not a party that seems ready to embrace immigrants, to hand a domestic-policy triumph to a president they hate, or to put the country and the will of the people ahead of narrow political interests.”

-    New York Times Editorial, 5/28/2014