THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014

For Immediate Release:

April 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”

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Suspensions (3 bills)

  1. H.R. 4488 – Gold Medal Technical Corrections Act (Rep. Lewis – Financial Services)
  2. H.R. 627 – National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, as amended (Rep. Paulsen – Financial Services)
  3. H.R. 4167 – Restoring Proven Financing for American Employers Act (Rep. Barr – Financial Services)

H.Res. 555 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 4414 – Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014 (Rep. Carney – Ways and Means) (One Hour of Debate). The Rules committee has recommended a closed Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ways & Means. The Rule allows one motion to recommit, and waives all points of order against the legislation.

H.R. 4414 – Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014 (Rep. Carney – Ways and Means) (One Hour of Debate). This bill would exempt expatriate ("expat") health plans, employers acting as sponsors of such plans, and health insurance issuers providing coverage under such plans from all of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. This exemption is aimed at leveling the playing field between domestic issuers of expat plans and their foreign competitors, and preserving the jobs of over 1200 United States workers employed by domestic issuers of such plans.

This bill is similar to the one that failed under suspension of the Rules on April 9, with a few key changes. This version of the bill would require that expat plans meet the minimum value standards defined under the ACA (i.e. a 60% actuarial value) and comply with laws that existed prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, namely ERISA and the Public Health Service Act. In addition, it changes the length of time an employee must be abroad to be considered an expatriate from 90 days to 180 days and it removes a provision that allowed those who travel abroad at least 15 times per year to be considered expatriates.

Background for H.R. 4414:
CRS Report: H.R. 4414 and Expatriate Health Plan Data

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, April 30: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to consider H.R. 4486 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (Rep. Culberson – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule).

 
The Daily Quote

“There’s six months to go before the elections, and Congress could get a lot done between now and then. But don’t bet on it… Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said repeatedly that GOP leaders want to reform the nation's immigration system. But he's rejected the bipartisan Senate-passed package due to staunch conservative opposition to the citizenship provisions in that bill… the extension of emergency unemployment benefits passed the Senate this month with bipartisan support. But Boehner and the Republicans have declined to take it up…”

-    The Hill, 4/29/2014