THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012

For Immediate Release:

March 6, 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 - 2:00 p.m. 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

**Members are advised that today, the House is only expecting one vote series.  Any recorded votes requested on amendments to H.R. 2842 will be postponed until tomorrow. 

H.Res. 570Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2842 - Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development Act of 2011  (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, at least one day prior to the day of consideration on the Floor. 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.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 2842 - Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development Act of 2011 (Rep. Tipton - Natural Resources) (One hour of debate) The bill clarifies the Bureau of Reclamation's role in permitting hydropower projects on federal canals and water pipelines. The bill would also exempt small-scale hydropower projects on federal canals and pipelines from federal environmental review requirements, and creates a process for contracting the operations of such facilities to private or local entities. Under current law, the construction of hydropower conduits is subject to federal environmental review processes under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

Despite Republican’s claims, the bill is not a comprehensive jobs plan and will do nothing to put Americans back to work or grow our economy.

There were 3 amendments submitted and printed in the Congressional Record.

Bill Text for H.R. 2842:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 2842:
House Report (HTML Version)

House Report (PDF Version)

Suspension Bill (1 bill):

  1. H.R. 4105 - To apply the countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 to nonmarket economy countries (Rep. Camp - Ways and Means)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, March 7: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to complete consideration of H.R 2842 - Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act of 2011. The House may also begin consideration of H.R. 3606 - Jumpstart Our Business Startups (Rep. Fincher - Financial Services) (Subject to a Rule).

 
The Daily Quote

“But the House transportation bill remains mired in intraparty squabbling and the GOP Conference is set to meet and discuss the subject on Wednesday. Boehner was forced to separate the transportation and energy components of the broad package two weeks ago, yet even that move did not jump-start consideration of either piece.”

-     Roll Call, 3/3/12