THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012

For Immediate Release:

March 20, 2012

Contact:

Katie GrantDaniel Reilly, 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

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

H.Res. 587Rule providing for consideration of H.R 2087 - To remove restrictions from a parcel of land situated in the Atlantic District, Accomack County, Virginia (One Hour of debate) The Rules Committee has recommended a modified open Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the Committee on Natural Resources. The Rule allows any amendment submitted and printed in the Congressional Record, dated March 19, 2012. It allows pro forma amendments and waives all points of order against the legislation. The Rule also provides one motion to recommit, with or without instructions.

H.R. 2087 - To remove restrictions from a parcel of land situated in the Atlantic District, Accomack County, Virginia (Rep. Rigell - Natural Resources) (One hour of debate) The bill directs the secretary of Interior to remove public use and recreation restrictions on land in Accomack County, Va., within 90 days of enactment.  The measure would allow Accomack County in Representative Rigell’s district to acquire full ownership of the federal land worth more than $800,000, for free. The National Park Service’s Federal Lands to Parks Program (FLP) transfers federal land to local communities, usually at no cost, for public recreation purposes. In each case, the land transfer includes a requirement that, if the parcel is no longer used for recreational purposes, it will revert to federal ownership. Through the FLP, the National Park Service deeded approximately 32 acres of federal land to Accomack County, Virginia in 1976. The deed included the standard reversionary clause and the land was transferred free of charge. Accomack County is seeking to waive the reversionary clause and create an “aerospace technology park” on the land.

The legislation should be classified as an earmark and is another step in the Republican plan to sell or give away our National Parks, Forests, Public Lands and Refuges. This bill is not a comprehensive jobs plan and will do nothing to put Americans back to work or grow our economy. Instead, the House should be considering the Senate passed bipartisan transportation legislation which would create jobs and invest in our infrastructure.

There were 2 amendments submitted and printed in the Congressional Record.

Bill Text for H.R. 2087:
HTML Version

PDF Version

Background for H.R. 2087:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)

Suspension (1 Bill)

  1. H.R. 665 - Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act, as amended (Rep. Chaffetz - Oversight and Government Reform)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, March 21: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to begin consideration of H.R 5 - Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act (Rep. Gingrey - Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means/Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule).

 
The Daily Quote

“Most of the budget Ryan is putting together is to be modeled on his 2012 budget, which sparked a political firestorm over its proposal to convert Medicare into a premium-support system.”

-     The Hill, 3/19/12