THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2011

For Immediate Release:

February 8, 2011

Contact:

Katie GrantDaniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted:

2:00 p.m.: Legislative Business

Unlimited “One Minutes”

6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Suspensions (2 Bills)

  1. H.R. 514 - To extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and Intelligence Reform of Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 relating to access to business records, individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers and roving wiretaps until December 8, 2011 (Rep. Sensenbrenner - Judiciary) This legislation would extend three provisions that are scheduled to expire on February 28, 2011 – 1. “Roving Wiretap” authority, which allows government to wiretap multiple electronic devices used by a single suspected terrorist; 2. “Lone Wolf”, which allows government to pursue warrants to conduct surveillance on non-U.S. citizens, engaged in ‘international terrorist activities’ alone; 3. Provision granting government access to business records relating to a terrorist investigation.
  2. H.R. __ - To extend trade adjustment assistance and the Andean Trade Preference Act (Rep. Camp - Ways and Means) This legislation would extend the Trade Adjustment Assistance program and the Andean Trade Preference Act through June 30, 2011. Both TAA and ATPA are set to expire on February 13, 2011. To offset the cost, this measure would cut $238 million from the TAA Community College and Career Training grant program from FY2014 funding levels. Under current law, $500 million is available for the program in FY2014.
 
The Daily Quote

“Lawmakers should not use a pending vote on raising the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling as a bargaining chip over the federal budget, and a failure to raise the debt limit could conceivably lead to default and an economic catastrophe…Lawmakers should focus on the taxation and spending issues that make up the federal budget, but the debt limit should not be used as a way to gain leverage in that discussion.”

     -     Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke,  2/3/11