THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

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. 10:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Following one minute speeches, the House is expected to consider the bills listed for consideration under suspension of the Rules. At approximately 5:15 p.m., the House will consider H.Res. 697. Any recorded votes requested will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Members are advised that a second series of votes is expected at approximately 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. tonight.

Suspensions (15 Bills)

  1. H.R. 4850 – Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act – (Rep. Aderholt – Energy and Commerce)
  2. H.R. 5625 – Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act (Rep. Murphy (CT) – Energy and Commerce)
  3. H.R. 5889 – Nuclear Terrorism Conventions Implementation and Safety of Maritime Navigation Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary)
  4. H.R. 4223 – Safe Doses Act (Rep. Sensenbrenner – Judiciary)  
  5. H.R. 4018 – Public Safety Officers' Benefits Improvements Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Fitzpatrick – Judiciary)
  6. H.R. 3501 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 125 Kerr Avenue in Rome City, Indiana, as the "SPC Nicholas Scott Hartge Post Office" (Rep. Stutzman – Oversight and Government Reform)
  7. H.R. 3412 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1421 Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville, Louisiana, as the "Sergeant Richard Franklin Abshire Post Office Building" (Rep. Boustany – Oversight and Government Reform)
  8. H.R. 3772 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 150 South Union Street in Canton, Mississippi, as the "First Sergeant Landres Cheeks Post Office Building"
    (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Oversight and Government Reform)  
  9. H.R. 3276 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2810 East Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, Florida, as the "Reverend Abe Brown Post Office Building
    (Rep. Castor – Oversight and Government Reform)
  10. Senate Amendment to H.R. 2297 – To promote the development of the Southwest waterfront in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes (Rep. Norton – Oversight and Government Reform)
  11. H.R. 4251 – Securing Maritime Activities through Risk–based Targeting for Port Security Act
    (Rep. Miller (MI) – Homeland Security)
  12. H.R. 4005 – GAPS Act (Rep. Hahn – Homeland Security)
  13. H.R. 1447 – Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011 (Rep. Thompson (MS)  – Homeland Security)
  14. H.R. 5843 – To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to permit use of certain grant funds for training conducted in conjunction with a national laboratory or research facility (Rep. Lungren – Homeland Security)
  15. H.R.  3173 – To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to reform the process for the enrollment, activation, issuance, and renewal of a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to require, in total, not more than one in–person visit to a designated enrollment center (Rep. Scalise – Homeland Security)

H.Res. 697Rule providing for consideration of both H.R. 5973 - Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 and H.R. 5972 - Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013  (One Hour of debate). The Rules Committee has recommended one Rule that provides for consideration of two separate bills.

For both H.R. 5973 and H.R. 5972 , 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 for each bill 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, for both bills.

The Rule also would allow consideration of concurrent resolutions providing for House adjournment in July, without intervention of any point of order. This provision would allow the House to adjourn even if the chamber does not complete its work on extending interest rates for student loans, finishing a transportation bill which would create jobs, or bringing any legislation to the Floor that would create jobs. It would also allow the House to consider an adjournment resolution despite not having finished its work on appropriations bills. The House should not recess at the end of the week before finishing its work. Members are urged to VOTE NO on the Rule.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 5972 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Latham – Appropriations Committee) H.R. 5972 provides a net total of $103.6 billion for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) departments and related agencies. The total, which includes $52 billion to be released from the highway and aviation trust funds is $5.7 billion (5%) less than total current funding and $3.6 billion (3%) less than the President’s request. The measure includes $69.7 billion for the Transportation Department, including $39.9 billion for the Federal Highway Administration, $10.4 billion for mass transit programs, $16 billion for the Federal Aviation Authority, and $1.8 billion for Amtrak. It provides $33.6 billion for Housing and Urban Development.

Republicans are developing this year's spending bills based on the $1.028 trillion discretionary spending cap included in the Republican (Ryan) Budget Resolution rather than the $1.047 trillion cap agreed upon in last year's Budget Control Act. As a result, this bill leaves even less room for other agencies and programs in appropriations bills to be considered down the road, as Republicans try and ‘frontload’ some of the appropriations bills while still fitting under their cap.

Postponed Votes (2 votes)

  1. Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348– Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (Rep. Hoyer) Would instruct conferees to recede from disagreement to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 Members are urged to VOTE YES.
  2. Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (Rep. Black) would instruct conferees to reject provisions from the Senate measure providing grants to prevent and reduce instances of distracted driving (Section 31108), with the exception of provisions calling for a study of distracted driving. Members are urged to VOTE NO.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, June 27: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to continue consideration of H.R. 5972 – Department of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Latham – Appropriations).

 
The Daily Quote

“Congressional negotiators are racing to agree on a transportation bill before the current law expires on June 30. The choices before them are wildly different: a Senate bill that would invest $109 billion over two years on critical road, bridge and mass transit projects, and an ideologically driven, short-term House bill that is loaded with anti-environmental riders and would extend current financing for only three months, leaving future financing up in the air.  At stake here, apart from the need to address the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, are 2.9 million jobs, many in the beleaguered construction industry… This mess should have been solved by now. The Senate passed its bill last March; the House has tied itself in knots on the financing issue and with extraneous amendments that have nothing to do with transportation, like requiring President Obama to approve the risky Keystone XL pipeline, shortchanging environmental reviews and preventing the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating toxic coal ash.”

-     Robert Semple Jr., New York Times, 6/23/12