THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013

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

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Evening

H.Res. 288 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2609 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations) (One Hour of Debate). The Rules committee has recommended an open Rule that allows any amendments that comply with House Rules to be considered. The Rule provides for one hour of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Appropriations. The Rule allows any Member to submit an amendment under the 5-minute Rule, but allows the Chair to give priority in recognition to those amendments pre-printed in the Congressional Record. It also allows pro forma amendments and one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 2609 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations) (One Hour of Debate). H.R. 2609 appropriates $30.4 billion in FY 2014 for the Energy Department and federal water projects, which is $4.1 billion below the President’s request and $6.3 billion (17%) below the enacted level for FY 2013. Republicans are developing this year's spending bills based on the $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, this bill leaves even less room for other agencies and programs in appropriations bills to be considered later this year, as Republicans try and ‘frontload’ some of the appropriations bills while still promising $91 billion in appropriations cuts.

The measure increases funding for the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile, but cuts funding for fossil fuels and alternative energy programs and nuclear energy research and development. Funding would also be reduced for a wide range of activities, including Army Corps of Engineers projects, Energy Department science programs, advanced energy research, defense and non-defense environmental cleanup activities, nuclear non-proliferation programs, and most renewable energy programs.

Bill Text for H.R. 2609:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 2609:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)
CRS Report: Energy and Water Development: FY2014 Appropriations

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, July 10: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to continue consideration of H.R. 2609 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations).

 
The Daily Quote

“A day without pay, the first of 11 through September, comes this week for more than 650,000 people who hold civilian jobs with the Defense Department. But officials worry that the Pentagon will be hit even harder in 2014 by having to impose layoffs if automatic budget cuts continue as planned.  About 85 percent of the department’s nearly 900,000 civilians around the world will be furloughed one day each week over the next three months, according to the latest statistics provided by the Pentagon. But while defense officials were able to shift money around to limit the impact of the cuts to furloughs this year, thousands of civilian, military and contract jobs could be on the chopping block next year… Hopes that the number of furlough days could be reduced next year have largely been dashed. Instead, talk is focused more on how to slash spending. Because the department can exact only 22 furlough days a year, it faces the possibility of having to impose layoffs.”

-    Washington Post, 7/7/13