THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014

For Immediate Release:

February 4, 2014

Contact:

Katie GrantStephanie Young, 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”

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

**Members are advised that today, the House is only expected to have one vote series.  Votes on amendments, motion to recommit, and final passage of H.R. 3590 will be postponed until tomorrow.

H.Res. 470 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 3590 – Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2013 (Rep. Latta – Natural Resources/Agriculture/Judiciary/Transportation and Infrastructure/Energy and Commerce) (One Hour of Debate). The Rules Committee has recommended a structured Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Natural Resources. The Rule allows 11 amendments 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. Members are urged to VOTE NO.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 3590 – Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2013 (Rep. Latta – Natural Resources/Agriculture/ Judiciary/Transportation and Infrastructure/Energy and Commerce) (One Hour of Debate). This bill would require the Interior Department and the U.S. Forest Service to provide access to lands managed by those agencies for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting.  The bill also increases the amount of excise taxes on firearms and ammunition that can be used to expand or build new target ranges. It would loosen vehicle restrictions in Federal wilderness areas and allow the issuance of duck hunting permits electronically.  Additionally, the bill allows hunters to import certain polar bear remains taken prior to the species being listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The measure also amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to prohibit EPA from regulating toxic substances contained in bullets, angling lures and other hunting equipment with respect to toxic substances.  Lastly, the bill would prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from restricting firearms on Corps properties.

The Rule makes in order 11 amendments, each debatable for 10 minutes, equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. The amendments are:

Hastings (WA) Manager’s Amendment. Makes technical, clarifying and conforming changes to the Committee Print.
Hanna Amendment.
Requires a report on economic impacts of the bill. The report would include any expected increases in recreational hunting, fishing, shooting, and conservation activities; an estimate of jobs created to support such activities; an estimate of wages related to these jobs; and estimate of anticipated new local, State, and Federal revenue.
Castro Amendment.
Ensures that women and minority groups are added as members of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee created in the bill.
Gallego Amendment.
Adds veterans service organizations to the list of members of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee created in the bill.
Broun Amendment. Requires that hunting, trapping, netting and fishing activities be included as land use in all land management plans to the extent that these activities are not clearly inconsistent with the purposes for which the Federal land is managed.
Ellison Amendment. Strikes the National Environmental Policy Act waivers in the bill.
Smith (MO) Amendment. Preserves current motorized vessel management in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, a National Park in Southeast Missouri.
Crawford Amendment. The amendment prohibits restrictions on the hunting of any migratory game bird over agricultural lands, including farmed wetlands. 
Fleming Amendment. Allows hunting access to the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana for deer hunting with dogs. 
Holt/Connolly/Lowenthal/Van Hollen/Langevin/Cartwright/Ellison/ Blumenauer/Grijalva/Shea-Porter/Capps/Quigley/Delaney/ Davis(CA)/Matsui Amendment. Affirms the Secretary of the Interior's authority to consider climate change when making decisions related to recreation and conservation on public lands.
Kildee Amendment. Maintains access to National Forest System lands for snowmobilers while a winter Travel Management Rule for National Forests is finalized.

Bill Text for H.R. 3590:
PDF Version

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, February 5: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to complete consideration of H.R. 3590 – Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2013 (Rep. Latta – Natural Resources/Agriculture/Judiciary /Transportation and Infrastructure/Energy and Commerce). The House is also expected to consider H.R. 3964 – Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act (Rep. Valadao – Natural Resources) (Subject to a Rule).

 
The Daily Quote

“Last week, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives published their immigration standards—a set of principles to guide debate about immigration in the House. This is a critical first step to fixing our broken immigration system. The Senate bill, which passed last year with the support of both senators from my home state, Illinois, provides more money for border security, allows immigrants already here to work, expands visa programs and establishes an arduous 13-year path to citizenship. The House will act in its own way, as it should. But it should act soon. Immigration reform will make our economy stronger and our country more secure. The whole formula for immigration reform can fall into place if two basic issues are solved. First, securing our borders so we know who is entering our country and for what purpose. Second, a legalization of those folks who are already here, many of whom have been here for a decade or more. In addition, we should provide them with a path to citizenship much like any other immigrant would have. Those two things being satisfied, I believe immigration reform can move forward… Immigration reform is necessary for our economic recovery. It is also critical to our national security, an issue on which we’ve made great strides since 9/11… Immigration reform will make us safer. It will make us economically stronger. It is politically smart and morally right.”

-    Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Politico, 2/2/2014