THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011

For Immediate Release:

February 15, 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

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

H.Res. 92 - Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 1 – Fiscal Year Continuing Appropriations Act for FY2011 (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations) (1 hour of debate) The Rules Committee has recommended a rule with a pre-printing requirement for H.R. 1 . It allows any Member to offer an amendment, provided that they have submitted their amendment and it is printed in the Congressional record (the deadline to submit is the evening of February 15). It also allows for one motion to recommit with instructions.

H.Res. 92 includes a provision that would prohibit the transfer of funds between 302(b) allocations, making it more difficult to offer amendments.

The Rule also provides for martial law authority for any resolution that the Rules committee reports with respect to H.R. 1 from now through February 17.

H.R. 1 – Fiscal Year Continuing Appropriations Act for FY2011 (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations) H.R. 1 is a continuing resolution that would fund federal departments and agencies for fiscal year 2011. It provides $1.029 trillion in non-emergency discretionary funding for fiscal year 2011. It contains a fully funded Defense appropriations bill with other programs and agencies funded through a continuing appropriations resolution.  
 
While Democrats and Republicans agree that it is critical to reduce the deficit, H.R. 1 is not a real plan to do that. Instead, it makes many irresponsible and misguided cuts in key areas, including:
  • Dangerous Cuts in Public Safety: several of which would mean the firing of approximately 1330 police officers and 2400 firefighters on the streets
  • Slashing Education, leaving the U.S. behind its global competitors: Some of the cuts would translate to more than 200,000 kids kicked out of the Head Start program and thousands of teachers getting fired. Other cuts would mean an $800 reduction in the maximum Pell grant award, per student
  • Rolling back investments in innovation and infrastructure that has made the U.S. a world leader: Some of these innovation cuts include $2.5 billion reduction for NIH funding, rolling back key cancer and disease research; $1.4 billion cut to science and energy research; $2.5 billion rescission to high speed rail projects; and dangerous cuts to our air traffic control system
 
The Daily Quote
“The House debate beginning Tuesday over a 2011 GOP spending measure could take on a bit of a Wild West atmosphere…In the current environment of heated debate over spending and deficits, the amendments will likely be numerous, and GOP leaders acknowledge they don’t know exactly what will happen.”
 
  -   Wall Street Journal, 2/14/11