THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

For Immediate Release:

June 18, 2013

Contact:

Katie GrantStephanie Young, 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

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

H.Res. 266 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 1797 – Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (Rep. Franks – Judiciary) and general debate of H.R. 1947 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (Rep. Lucas – Agriculture) (One Hour of Debate). The Rules committee has recommended one Rule which would provide for consideration of H.R. 1797 and only general debate of H.R. 1947.

The Rules committee has recommended a closed Rule for H.R. 1797 that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the Committee on Judiciary.  The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions and it also waives all points of order against the legislation.

The Rules Committee rejected a motion by Mr. McGovern of Massachusetts to consider H.R. 1797 under an open Rule. The Committee also a rejected a motion by Mr. Hastings of Florida to make in order a number of Democratic amendments aimed at strengthening exceptions to the bill related to rape, incest, and the life and health of the woman.

For H.R. 1947, the Rule provides one hour of general debate, equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Agriculture. The Rule only deals with general debate. A second Rule for amendments to H.R. 1947 is expected to be considered on the Floor tomorrow.

H.R. 1797 – Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (Rep. Franks – Judiciary) (One Hour of Debate). The bill would ban abortions nationwide in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later.  The bill imposes criminal penalties (fines and/or imprisonment of up to 5 years) on medical professionals who violate the ban. The measure provides an exception for cases where the life of the woman is in danger due to a physical illness or physical condition. There is also an exception for cases of incest against a minor and rape, providing the rape or incest has been reported to law enforcement.

Bill Text for H.R. 1797:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 1797:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)
CRS Report: Abortion: Judicial History and Legislative Response

Begin Consideration of H.R. 1947 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (Rep. Lucas – Agriculture) (One Hour of Debate). This bill extends most major federal farm, nutrition assistance, rural development and agricultural trade programs through FY 2018 — but repeals or modifies certain major programs, including dairy programs, and direct payments to farmers.

It repeals direct and countercyclical payments to agriculture commodity producers and replaces them with new risk-management programs to protect farmers when they suffer losses. It also repeals several major dairy programs and replaces them with a new program to manage the supply of dairy products, it expands crop insurance coverage, and it consolidates major conservation programs.

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the bill would reduce spending by $33.3 billion (plus about $6 billion in savings from sequestration) over 10 years compared to the baseline, including a reduction of $20.5 billion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  The bill significantly restricts so-called "categorical eligibility" for SNAP, under which individuals become eligible for SNAP benefits based on their participation in other low-income assistance programs. This would result in the loss of SNAP benefits for about 2 million Americans (and eliminate school lunch eligibility for about 210,000 children).  Changes in the bill to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)/SNAP interaction would also cut benefits for about 1.7 million Americans.

All amendments will be considered starting tomorrow.

Bill Text for H.R. 1947:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 1947:
House Report (HTML Version)

CRS Report: The 2013 Farm Bill: A Comparison of the Senate-Passed Bill (S. 954) and House-Reported Bill (H.R. 1947) with Current Law

Suspensions (3 bills)

  1. H.R. 1896 – International Child Support Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (Rep. Reichert – Ways and Means)
  2. H.R. 475 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines (Rep. Gerlach – Ways and Means)
  3. H.R. 1151 To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly, and for other purposes (Rep. Royce – Foreign Affairs)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, June 19: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to continue consideration of H.R. 1947 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (Rep. Lucas – Agriculture) (Subject to a Rule).

 
The Daily Quote

“I’ll be very frank: I discouraged our leadership from bringing this to a vote on the floor… Clearly the economy is on everyone’s minds, we’re seeing very stagnant job numbers, confidence in the institution of government is eroding and now we’re going to have a debate on rape and abortion. The stupidity is simply staggering.”

-    Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), Roll Call, 6/12/13