THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2011

For Immediate Release:

December 6, 2011

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

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
H.Res. 479 Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 10 - Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011 (Rep. Davis (KY) – Judiciary/Rules) The Rules Committee has recommended a structured Rule that provides one hour of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary. It allows consideration of 7 amendments, each debatable for 10 minutes, equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. It allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions. It also waives all points of order against the legislation.
 
The Rule also deems an amendment offered by Mr. Ryan (WI) as passed. The amendment would change how costs associated with approving or disapproving rules are accounted for under the Congressional Budget Process, potentially hiding the cost associated with disapproving or approving a Rule each time Congress would act on a proposed regulation.
 
The Rules committee again rejected a proposal by Democrats to consider the bill under an open Rule. Members are urged to VOTE NO on H.Res. 479.
 
Suspensions (10 bills)
  1. H.R. 1254 - Synthetic Drug Control Act (Rep. Dent - Energy and Commerce)
  2. H.R. 2405 - Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (Rep. Rogers (MI) - Energy and Commerce)
  3. H.R. 3237 - SOAR Technical Corrections Act (Rep. Gowdy - Oversight and Government Reform)
  4. H.R. 2297 - To promote the development of the Southwest waterfront in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes (Rep. Norton - Oversight and Government Reform)
  5. H.R. 313 - Drug Trafficking Safe Harbor Elimination Act of 2011 (Rep. Smith (TX) - Judiciary)
  6. H.R. 2471 - To amend section 2710 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer's informed, written consent on an ongoing basis and that consent may be obtained through the Internet (Rep. Goodlatte - Judiciary)
  7. H.R. 1021 - Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act of 2011 (Rep. Smith (TX) -Judiciary)
  8. S.J.Res. 22 - A joint resolution to grant the consent of Congress to an amendment to the compact between the States of Missouri and Illinois providing that bonds issuedby the Bi-State Development Agency may mature in not to exceed 40 years, as amended (Sen. McCaskill - Judiciary)
  9. S. 1639 - A bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to authorize the American Legion under its Federal charter to provide guidance and leadership to the individual departments and posts of the American Legion, and for other purposes (Sen. Tester - Judiciary)
  10. S. 1541 - A bill to revise the Federal charter for the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. to reflect a change in eligibility requirements for membership (Sen. Bennet - Judiciary)
Postponed Suspension Votes (7 bills):
  1. H.R. 944 - To eliminate an unused lighthouse reservation, provide management consistency by incorporating the rocks and small islands along the coast of Orange County, California, into the California Coastal National Monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and meet the original Congressional intent of preserving Orange County's rocks and small islands, and for other purpose (Rep. Campbell - Natural Resources)
  2. S. 535 - Fort Pulaski National Monument Lease Authorization Act (Sen. Isakson - Natural Resources)
  3. H.R. 2360 - POWER Act (Rep. Landry - Natural Resources)
  4. H.R. 2351 - North Cascades National Park Service Complex Fish Stocking Act (Rep. Hastings (WA) - Natural Resources Committee)
  5. H.R. 1560 - To amend the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act to allow the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe to determine blood quantum requirement for membership in that tribe (Rep. Reyes - Natural Resources)
  6. S.683 - Box Elder Utah Land Conveyance Act (Sen. Lee - Natural Resources)
  7. S.Con.Res. 32 - A concurrent resolution to authorize the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make technical corrections in the enrollment of H.R. 470 , an Act to further allocate and expand the availability of hydroelectric power generated at Hoover Dam, and for other purpose (Sen. Bingaman - Natural Resources)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, December 7: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to consider H.R. 10 – Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011 (Rep. Davis (KY) – Judiciary/Rules). The House is also expected to begin consideration of H.R. 1633 – Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 (Rep. Noem – Energy and Commerce) (Subject to a Rule). Members are advised that Motions to go to Conference are also possible.
 
The Daily Quote
“Congress is close to wrapping up one of its least productive sessions in recent memory, as the House and Senate have passed a scant number of bills compared with other non-election years, and President Obama has signed the fewest measures into law in at least two decades…”

-     The Washington Post, 12/5/11