THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

For Immediate Release:

May 20, 2014

Contact:

Stephanie Young, Mariel Saez 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”

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

**Members are advised that following last votes, the House is expected to consider general debate and the first seven amendments to H.R. 4435. Any recorded votes requested will be postponed until tomorrow.

H.Res. 585 – Rule providing for consideration of both H.R. 4660 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (Rep. Wolf – Appropriations) and H.R. 4435 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Rep. McKeon – Armed Services) (One Hour of debate). The Rules committee has recommended one Rule which would provide for consideration of H.R. 4660 and general debate and the first seven amendments to H.R. 4435.

For H.R. 4660, 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, 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.

The Rule also provides for one hour of general debate on H.R. 4435, equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Armed Services and makes in order the first 7 amendments to the bill, debatable for 10 minutes equally divided between the offer or and an opponent. A second Rule for the remaining amendments to H.R. 4435 is expected to be considered on the Floor tomorrow.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 4435 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Rep. McKeon – Armed Services) (One Hour of Debate). The bill would provide for the authorization of funding for the Department of Defense and other related agencies, programs, and operations for Fiscal Year 2015. It authorizes approximately $513.4 billion in discretionary budget authority, including $495.8 billion for the Department of Defense base budget and $17.6 billion for the defense-related activities of the Department of Energy. It also authorizes $79.4 billion in discretionary budget authority for overseas contingency operations.

The bill supports a 1.8 percent pay increase for military personnel. It also includes important provisions related to sexual assault in the military and authorizes funding for suicide prevention programs among the Special Operations community.

The legislation maintains the current restriction on domestic transfers of Guantanamo detainees and prevents the use of funds for construction or modification of U.S. facilities to house Guantánamo detainees. In addition, the bill places restrictions on military cooperation with Russia, including on nonproliferation matters.

A list of the first 7 amendments made in order can be found HERE.

Additional amendments will be considered beginning tomorrow.

Bill Text for H.R. 4435:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 4435:
House Report (HTML Version)

House Report (PDF Version)

Suspensions (7 bills)

  1. Conference Report to H.R. 3080 – Water Resources Reform and Development Act (Rep. Shuster – Transportation and Infrastructure/Budget/ Ways and Means/Natural Resources) - Members are urged to VOTE YES
  2. H.R. 3530 – Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (Rep. Poe – Judiciary)
  3. H.R. 3610 – Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (Rep. Paulsen – Judiciary/Education and the Workforce)
  4. H.R. 4225 – Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act (Rep. Wagner – Judiciary)
  5. H.R. 4058 – Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act, as amended (Rep. Reichert – Ways and Means)
  6. H.R. 4573 – International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking, as amended (Rep. Smith (NJ) – Foreign Affairs/Judiciary)
  7. H.Res. 573 – Condemning the abduction of female students by armed militants from the terrorist group known as Boko Haram in northeastern provinces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended (Rep. Wilson (FL) – Foreign Affairs)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, May 21: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to continue consideration of H.R. 4435 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Rep. McKeon – Armed Services) (Subject to a Rule).  The House is also expected to consider H.R. 4031 – The Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 (Rep. Miller (FL) – Veterans’ Affairs) – under suspension of the Rules.

 
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