THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014

For Immediate Release:

June 10, 2014

Contact:

Stephanie Young, Mariel Saez 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”

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. ???

Suspensions (2 bills)

  1. H.R. 4810 – The Veterans Access to Care Act (Rep. Miller (FL) – Veterans’ Affairs)
  2. H.Res. 608 – Condemning the senseless rampage and mass shooting that took place in Isla Vista, California, on Friday May 23, 2014, as amended (Rep. Capps – Oversight and Government Reform)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 4745 – Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (Rep. Latham – Appropriations) (One Hour of Debate). The bill provides approximately $52.02 billion in discretionary budget authority for FY 2015, for Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) departments and related agencies, about 2.3% above the level of funding for FY 2014.

Despite the increase in overall funding from FY 2014, the bill makes several severe cuts to critical transportation and infrastructure programs and investments.  It cuts Amtrak’s capital funding by $200 million, after the FY 2014 bill included a 33% cut to Amtrak funding. It provides $1.7 billion in funding for the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant Program, a cut of $254 million (13%).  The bill also makes several cuts to housing programs.  It cuts HOME grants – reducing funding by nearly 30% from FY 2013 enacted levels – to the lowest level since the program began in 1992, as well as the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) (8%) and the Public Housing Fund (5%).

Republicans are developing this year's spending bills based on the $1.014 trillion discretionary spending cap and the 302(a) discretionary allocations agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement. By setting the Appropriations Committee's allocation in-line with the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, House Republicans were able to begin the appropriations process early. House Republicans should use this extra time to ensure that all twelve appropriations bills are enacted before the start of the 2015 fiscal year.

The Rule, which was adopted last week, provides for no further general debate and does not require that amendments be pre-printed in the Congressional Record prior to their consideration.

As of last night, the House had completed reading through all titles of the bill.  The House will resume debating amendments at the end of the bill today.

The following amendments had recorded votes pending as of last night:

  • Gohmert Amendment
  • Nadler Amendment
  • Capito Amendment
  • Broun #1 Amendment  
  • Broun #2 Amendment
  • Broun #3 Amendment
  • Hartzler Amendment 
  • Daines Amendment
  • Gosar #1 Amendment
  • Gosar #2 Amendment
  • Fleming Amendment

Bill Text for H.R. 4745:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 4745:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, June 11: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to consider H.R. 4800 – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (Rep. Aderholt – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule).

 
The Daily Quote

“The House is back in Washington for almost two full months, but don’t look for a lot of breakthroughs: GOP leadership has pared back big-ticket wish lists, choosing instead to sprint for the August recess with a relatively modest legislative agenda. There is less and less serious talk of an overhaul of immigration, a rewrite of the tax code or replacing the Democrats’ health care law. Instead, it’s much more likely the next two months of House floor action — roughly 28 legislative days before a monthlong summer recess — will be consumed by such small-bore economic measures as targeted tax extenders and energy regulation bills…”

-    Roll Call, 6/9/2014