THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

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. 7:00 p.m.
All suspensions, except H.R. 672, will be debated starting at 2:00 p.m. Recorded votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Following votes, the House will debate H.R. 672. The recorded vote on H.R. 672 will occur tomorrow.
 
Suspensions (5 Bills)
  1. H.R. 1632 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5014 Gary Avenue in Lubbock, Texas, as the "Sergeant Chris Davis Post Office" (Rep. Neugebauer - Oversight and Government Reform)
  2. H.R. 771 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1081 Elbel Road in Schertz, Texas, as the "Schertz Veterans Post Office" (Rep. Cuellar - Oversight and Government Reform)
  3. S. 655 - A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 95 Dogwood Street in Cary, Mississippi, as the "Spencer Byrd Powers, Jr. Post Office" (Sen. Cochran - Oversight and Government Reform)
  4. S. 349 - A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4865 Tallmadge Road in Rootstown, Ohio, as the "Marine Sgt. Jeremy E. Murray Post Office" (Sen. Brown - Oversight and Government Reform)
  5. H.R. 672 - Election Support Consolidation and Efficiency Act (Rep. Harper - House Administration/Science, Space, and Technology) This legislation would eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which was created as part of the Help America Vote Act, within 60 days of enactment of the bill. It would also transfer a few duties and responsibilities of the EAC to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
    H.R. 672 is a reckless cut to a program that has served a valuable purpose since its creation. Cutting the EAC would actually shift costs to the FEC and local governments, not save money.
    In Committee, the GOP Majority rejected two amendments offered by Mr. Gonzalez; the first amendment in the nature of a substitute would have reformed and reauthorized the EAC. The second amendment would have delayed the termination of the EAC so that the Government Accountability Office could conduct a study on the effects of this termination and report back to Congress. Now, the GOP Leadership is taking this bill up under suspension with no opportunity for amendments. Members are urged to VOTE NO.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, June 22: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to begin consideration of H.R. 1249 – America Invents Act (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary/Budget) (Subject to a Rule). The House is also expected to begin consideration of H.R. 2021 - Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011 (Rep. Gardner - Energy and Commerce) (Subject to a Rule).
 
The Daily Quote
“But no one should inaccurately minimize the risk of tampering with the markets’ faith in U.S. credit and credibility. In the end, the debt ceiling must be raised, and the Bernanke-Elmendorf warnings about the consequences kept in mind. The need to raise the debt ceiling reflects past choices, not future ones. The latter will be difficult enough. They will become even harder if politicians allow the United States to come close to default.”
 
-     The Washington Post, 6/19/11