THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

For Immediate Release:

July 30, 2013

Contact:

Katie GrantStephanie Young, 202-225-3130

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

12:00 p.m.: Morning Hour
2:00 p.m.: Legislative Business

Unlimited “One Minutes”

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

**Members are advised that the House is only expecting one vote series today.

**Following one minute speeches, the House is expected to recess until approximately 3:00 p.m. At that time, the House will reconvene and begin one hour of general debate on H.R. 2610. After general debate, the House will begin consideration of amendments to H.R. 2610. Any recorded votes requested will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 2610 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (Rep. Latham – Appropriations) (One Hour of Debate).  The bill provides a total of $97.6 billion for Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) departments and related agencies, including $53.5 billion to be released from the highway and aviation trust funds and $44.1 billion in discretionary appropriations. The discretionary portion of this bill is nearly $10 billion below the version currently under consideration in the Senate.

The bill funds federal-aid highway programs at the levels prescribed by last year's highway authorization law and increases funding for highway, truck and rail safety.  The measure also reduces aviation, mass transit and housing programs, making major cuts to Amtrak (33%), Community Development Block Grants (45%) and HOME grants (30%).

Republicans are developing this year's spending bills based on the post-sequester $967 billion discretionary spending cap included in the Republican (Ryan) Budget Resolution rather than the $1.058 trillion cap agreed upon in the Budget Control Act. As a result, domestic appropriations bills were left with even less room as Republicans fully fund the Defense Department while still promising $91 billion in appropriations cuts. 

Senate Democrats, meanwhile, are developing their FY 2014 spending bills using the $1.058 trillion cap set by the Budget Control Act. The Senate is currently considering its version of the FY 2014 T-HUD spending bill, which would provide $107.5 billion in total budgetary resources.  $54 billion of the Senate version is discretionary budget authority, almost $10 billion more in discretionary spending than the $44.1 billion in the House bill.

The Rule, which was adopted last week, provides for one hour of general debate and does not require that amendments be pre-printed in the Congressional Record prior to their consideration.

Bill Text for H.R. 2610:
HTML Version
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 2610:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)

Suspensions (3 bills)

  1. H.R. 2094 - School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (Rep. Roe - Energy and Commerce)
  2. H.R. 2754 - Collectible Coin Protection Act (Rep. Butterfield - Energy and Commerce)
  3. H.R. 1300 - To amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer programs and community partnerships for the benefit of national wildlife refuges, and for other purposes (Rep. Runyan - Natural Resources)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, July 31: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to continue consideration of H.R. 2610 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (Rep. Latham – Appropriations). The House is also expected to consider several bills under suspension of the Rules.

 
The Daily Quote

With [four] days left on the legislative calendar before the break, there is still no agreement between the House and Senate on a long-delayed Farm Bill (current legislation expires Sept. 30); there is still no accord between congressional leaders and the White House on how to fund the federal government after Oct. 1; and both parties are already fighting over the next increase in the federal debt limit, which administration officials believe will be needed by October or November.” 

-    Washington Post, 7/29/13