THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011

For Immediate Release:

July 12, 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

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Members are advised that the House will vote on amendments to H.R. 2354 during the first series of votes. The House is not expected to debate any more amendments to H.R. 2354 today.
 
H.R. 1309 - Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011 (Rep. Biggert – Financial Services) (One hour of general debate) The bill reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through Sept. 30, 2016. The bill also makes changes to the program, which provides federally subsidized insurance to homeowners and businesses if their community participates in the program.
 
The Rule, which was adopted on 7/8, provides the Chairman of the committee on Financial Services en bloc authority, so that amendments (not previously considered) can be considered en bloc, and those that are placed into an en bloc are debatable for 10 minutes.
 
 
The Rule made in order 25 amendments. All amendments are debatable for 10 minutes, equally divided between the offeror and an opponent.  The amendments are listed below:
 
Biggert Manager’s Amendment. Relating to making technical corrections
Bachus Amendment. Relating to suspension of the mandatory purchase for certain communities
Speier Amendment. Relating to the requirement that a homeowner purchase flood insurance
Flake Amendment. Relating to striking additional coverage provided for business interruption and cost of living expenses
Ros-Lehtinen/Rivera/Wilson/Hinojosa/Holt Amendment. Relating to striking ‘reforms of premium rates’
Matsui Amendment. Relating to newly-mapped properties
Terry Amendment. Relating to ‘floods-in-progress’
Waters Amendment. Relating to streamlining and reauthorizing certain programs dealing with flood insurance
Palazzo Amendment. Relating to representation on the Technical Mapping Advisory Panel.
Walberg Amendment. Relating to a moratorium on the issuance of any updated rate maps from the date of enactment until new mapping standards are submitted
Cardoza Amendment. Related to areas deemed to be residual risk
Burton/Stark Amendment. Relating to a requirement of written notification by first class mail to each property owner affected by a proposed change in flood elevations, prior to the 90-day appeal period
McGovern Amendment. Relating to reimbursement for certain costs associated with a successful challenge to mapping errors
Brady (TX) Amendment. Relating to a requirement that the FEMA Administrator provide a property owner with certain materials for an appeal process
Cuellar Amendment Relating to a requirement that the Administrator communicate with communities located in areas where flood insurance rate maps have not been updated in 20 years or more
Sherman/Bachus/Meeks Amendment. Relating to a requirement that FEMA reduce the number of flood insurance policies that are directly managed by the Agency
Loebsack Amendment. Relating to a requirement that FEMA notify a prominent local
television and radio station of projected and proposed changes to flood maps
Palazzo Amendment.  Relating to the right to request engineering reports and other documents when surveying damage
Westmoreland Amendment. Relating to a reserve fund requirement to the National Flood Insurance Program.
Miller (MI) Amendment. Relating to terminating current spending on TV and Radio commercials to promote the NFIP in all 50 states
Luetkemeyer Amendment.  Relating to requiring FEMA to study their processes and procedures for making an FIP determination
Canseco Amendment. Relating to requiring a report to Congress on a repayment plan for the agency.  
Scott (VA) Amendment. Relating to a study of the means and effects of facilitating a market for all-peril insurance policies for residential properties.
Walz Amendment. Relating to the use of the Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate locally-operated levee systems
Miller (MI) Amendment. Terminating NFIP by January 1, 2012 and allows States to form interstate compacts to provide insurance.
 
Bill Text for H.R. 1309:
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Background for H.R. 1309:
CRS Report - National Flood Insurance Program: Background, Challenges, and Financial Status
 
Continue Consideration of H.R. 2354 – Energy and Water Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations) H.R. 2354 appropriates approximately $30.6 billion for the Department of Energy and related agencies, related programs, and federal water projects. The funding level is $5.9 billion below the President's FY12 request and $1 billion below the enacted level for 2011.
 
The House completed general debate on 7/8. Last night, the House completed reading through page 24 of the bill. Votes will be taken today on postponed recorded votes. The House is not expected to continue reading through the bill and debating further amendments on H.R. 2354 until Thursday.
 
The following amendments have recorded votes pending:
 
Sessions Amendment.  Relating to outsourcing of federal positions within the Corps of Engineers
Moran Amendment.  Relating to clarifying through Federal guidance or rulemaking, the scope of waters protected by the Clean Water Act
Markey Amendment. Relating to Increasing the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account by $100 million and reducing the Nuclear Energy account
Lamborn Amendment (#5). Relating to the striking of weatherization assistance funds
Connolly Amendment.  Relating to increasing allocations for energy and efficiency and renewable energy
Miller (NC) Amendment. Relating to increasing allocations for energy and efficiency and renewable energy
Broun Amendment. Relating to striking funding for energy and efficiency and renewable energy
Welch Amendment. Relating to increasing allocations for energy and efficiency and renewable energy, and decreasing the National Nuclear Security Administration Weapons activities account
Pompeo (KS) Amendment. Relating to striking funding for energy and efficiency and renewable energy
Tonko (NY) Amendment. Relating to increasing allocations for energy and efficiency and renewable energy, and decreasing the National Nuclear Security Administration Weapons activities account
Garrett (NJ) Amendment. Relating to reducing multiple accounts like the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account, the Energy Research and Development account, the Science account, and the DOE Departmental Administration account
Wu Amendment. Relating to increasing allocations for energy and efficiency and renewable energy and reducing the DOE Departmental Administration account
McClintock (CA) Amendment. Relating to striking funding for energy and efficiency and renewable energy
Schiff (CA) Amendment. Relating to increasing the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy account
Garamendi (CA) Amendment. Relating to reducing the Fossil Energy Research and Development account and increasing the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy account
 
Bill Text for H.R. 2354:
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Background for H.R. 2354:
CRS Report - Energy and Water Development: FY2012 Appropriations
 
Postponed Suspension Vote (1 Bill)
  1. H.R. 2417 - Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act (Rep. Barton – Energy and Commerce) This legislation would repeal certain sections in the 2007 Energy and Independence Act with respect to lighting energy efficiency. This bill repeals energy efficiency standards for light bulbs, incandescent lamps and reflector lamps. This bill went through no formal committee process, and is opposed by lighting manufacturers. H.R. 2417 could have many unexpected consequences, including disadvantaging manufacturers that have already made investments in producing these new bulbs and losing consumer savings of up to $100 per household annually. Members are urged to VOTE NO.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, July 13: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to complete consideration of H.R. 1309 - Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011 (Rep. Biggert - Financial Services) (Subject to a Rule). The House is also expected to begin consideration of H.R. 2018– Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011 (Rep. Mica - Transportation and Infrastructure) (Subject to a Rule).
 
The Daily Quote
“Christine Lagarde, the new head of the International Monetary Fund, said failure to find agreement on raising the U.S. debt ceiling will jeopardize global economic stability…the IMF is ‘concerned’ and ‘very much hoping’ American lawmakers will compromise on raising the debt limit before an Aug. 2 deadline.  A default ‘would be a real shock’ to the world’s largest economy, said Lagarde, who took her post July 5. It would cause interest rates to jump, ‘stock markets taking a huge hit, and real nasty consequences, not just for the United States, but for the entire global economy, because the U.S. is such a big player and matters so much for other countries.’”
 
-     Bloomberg, 7/10/11