THE DAILY WHIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011

For Immediate Release:

January 26, 2011

Contact:

Katie GrantDaniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted:
10:00 a.m.: Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes” per side

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
H.Res. 54 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 359 - To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions (Rep. Cole - Ways and Means/House Administration) (1 hour of debate) The Rules Committee has recommended a modified open Rule, which would provide for 1 hour of general debate and up to 5 hours of debate for pre-printed amendments and pro forma amendments. The pre-printing requirement allows any Member to offer an amendment, as long as that amendment was printed in the Congressional record from the night before. The Rule also allows for any Member to offer a Pro Forma amendment on the floor under the 5 minute Rule.
 
H.R. 359 - To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions (Rep. Cole - Ways and Means/House Administration) (1 hour of general debate; maximum 5 hours of amendment debate) H.R. 359 would end the taxpayer option to designate a portion of their federal income tax to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund. It would also move any remaining balance in the fund to the general fund of the U.S. Treasury. 
 
H.R. 359 would not strengthen our federal election campaign process, nor would it help to correct some of its current flaws. It would simply eliminate the program, which aims to give smaller donors an equally important role in the election process. This bill also does not include any language to stem the influence of corporate donations in the election process, nor does it include language pertaining to the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision decided last year. Members are urged to VOTE NO.
 
The Daily Quote
“Our debt is the product of acts by many presidents and many Congresses over many years. No one person or party is responsible for it. There is no doubt the President came into office facing a severe fiscal and economic situation.”

  -    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), 1/25/11