THE DAILY WHIP: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

For Immediate Release:

September 11, 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

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

**Members are advised that the House is only expected to consider the Rule for H.R. 5544 and H.R. 5949 today.  The House will complete consideration of the bills tomorrow. 

**Members are also advised that the House is only expecting one vote series today.

H.Res.  773 – Rule providing for consideration of both H.R. 5544 – Minnesota Education Investment and Employment Act (Rep. Cravaack – Natural Resources) and H.R. 5949 – FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2012 (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary/Intelligence) (One Hour of Debate). The Rules committee has recommended one Rule which provides for consideration of H.R. 5544 and H.R. 5949.

For H.R. 5544, the Rules Committee has recommended a structured Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Natural Resources. The Rule allows 4 amendments debatable for 10 minutes equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. It allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions. It also waives all points of order against the legislation.

For H.R. 5949, the Rules Committee has recommended a closed Rule that provides for 40 minutes of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Judiciary and 20 minutes of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions and it also waives all points of order against the legislation.

Once again, the Republican Majority rejected a motion by Mr. McGovern of Massachusetts to consider H.R. 5544 and H.R. 5949 under an open Rule.

Suspensions (21 bills)

  1. H.R. 4631 – Government Spending Accountability Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Walsh – Oversight and Government Reform)
  2. H.R. 538 – Government Customer Service Improvement Act, as amended (Rep. Cuellar – Oversight and Government Reform)
  3. H.R. 4305 – Child and Elderly Missing Alert Program (Rep. Chabot – Judiciary)
  4. H.R. 2800 – To amend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to reauthorize the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program (Rep. Waters – Judiciary)
  5. H.R. 6185 – Local Courthouse Safety Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Adams – Judiciary)
  6. H.R. 1775 – Stolen Valor Act of 2011 (Rep. Heck – Judiciary)
  7. H.R. 6215 – To amend the Trademark Act of 1946 to correct an error in the provisions relating to remedies for dilution, as amended (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary)
  8. S. 3245 – A bill to extend by 3 years the authorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program, the E-Verify Program, the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program, and the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program (Sen. Leahy – Judiciary)
  9. H.R. 6189 – To eliminate unnecessary reporting requirements for unfunded programs under the Office of Justice Programs, as amended (Rep. Conyers – Judiciary)
  10. H.R. 6080 – To make improvements in the enactment of title 41, United States Code, into a positive law title and to improve the code (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary)
  11. H.R. 4057 – Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Bilirakis – Veterans’ Affairs)
  12. H.R. 3857 – Public Transit Security and Local Law Enforcement Support Act (Rep. Turner (NY) – Homeland Security)
  13. H.R. 6028– No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012 (Rep. Walsh – Homeland Security)
  14. H.R. 6131 – To extend the Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006, and for other purposes (Rep. Bono Mack – Energy and Commerce)
  15. H.R. 5865 – American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2012 (Rep. Lipinski – Energy and Commerce)
  16. S. 710 – Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act (Sen. Thune – Energy and Commerce)
  17. H.R. 1410 – Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2011 (Rep. Smith (NJ) – Foreign Affairs)
  18. H.R. 1464 – North Korean Refugee Adoption Act of 2011 (Rep. Royce – Foreign Affairs)
  19. H.Res. 177 – Expressing support for internal rebuilding, resettlement, and reconciliation within Sri Lanka that are necessary to ensure a lasting peace (Rep. Grimm – Foreign Affairs)
  20. H.Res. 484 – Calling on the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to respect basic human rights and cease abusing vague national security provisions such as articles 79 and 88 of the Vietnamese penal code which are often the pretext to arrest and detain citizens who peacefully advocate for religious and political freedom (Rep. Loretta Sanchez – Foreign Affairs)
  21. S.Con.Res. 17 – A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Taiwan should be accorded observer status in the International Civil Aviation Organization (Sen. Menendez – Foreign Affairs)

Postponed Suspension (1 Vote)

  1. H.R. 4264 – FHA Emergency Fiscal Solvency Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Biggert – Financial Services)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, September 12: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to consider H.R. 5544 – Minnesota Education Investment and Employment Act (Rep. Cravaack – Natural Resources) and H.R. 5949 – FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2012 (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary/Intelligence).

 
The Daily Quote

“Does anyone remember the American Jobs Act? A year ago President Obama proposed boosting the economy with a combination of tax cuts and spending increases, aimed in particular at sustaining state and local government employment. Independent analysts reacted favorably. For example, the consulting firm Macroeconomic Advisers estimated that the act would add 1.3 million jobs by the end of 2012… But the bill went nowhere, of course, blocked by Republicans in Congress. And now, having prevented Mr. Obama from implementing any of his policies, those same Republicans are pointing to disappointing job numbers and declaring that the president’s policies have failed. Think of it as a two-part strategy. First, obstruct any and all efforts to strengthen the economy, then exploit the economy’s weakness for political gain. If this strategy sounds cynical, that’s because it is.”

-     Paul Krugman, New York Times, 9/9/12