THE DAILY WHIP: WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013

For Immediate Release:

July 24, 2013

Contact:

Katie GrantStephanie Young, 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. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

**Members are advised that the House is only expected to consider the Rule for H.R. 2218 and H.R. 1582 today. The House is expected to complete consideration of the bills tomorrow.

H.Res. 315 – Rule providing for consideration of both H.R. 2218 – Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 (Rep. McKinley – Energy and Commerce) and H.R. 1582 – Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013 (Rep. Cassidy – Energy and Commerce) (One Hour of Debate). For H.R. 2218, the Rules committee has recommended a structured 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 3 amendments debatable for 10 minutes equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions and it also waives all points of order against the legislation.

For H.R. 1582, the Rules committee has recommended a structured 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 6 amendments debatable for 10 minutes equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions and it also waives all points of order against the legislation.

The Rules Committee rejected a motion by Ms. Slaughter of New York to consider both H.R. 2218 and H.R. 1582 under open Rules.

Complete Consideration of H.R. 2397 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act (Rep. Young (FL) – Appropriations). H.R. 2397 appropriates $512.5 billion in FY 2014 discretionary funding for the Department of Defense ($26.2 billion above current FY 2013 funding after sequestration) plus an additional $85.8 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) ($5 billion above the President’s request).  The measure also includes a military pay raise of 1.8% (0.8% above the President’s request) and continues provisions prohibiting the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S.

Republicans are developing this year's spending bills based on the post-sequester $967 billion discretionary spending cap included in the Republican (Ryan) Budget Resolution rather than the $1.058 trillion cap agreed upon in the Budget Control Act. As a result, domestic appropriations bills were left with even less room for other agencies and programs, as Republicans fully fund the Defense Department while still promising $91 billion in appropriations cuts.  Their plan for shifting sequestration’s Defense cuts onto Non-Defense appropriations bills ignores the so-called Defense Firewall written into the Budget Control Act, and so would trigger an additional Defense cut of nearly $48 billion on top of sequestration.

As of last night, the House had completed debate on amendments through the Hanabusa amendment (#66). The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following remaining amendments:

Rep. Kilmer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Nadler Amendment #69 (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Nadler Amendment #70 (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Pierluisi/Young (AK) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Brooks Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Schiff Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Speier/Wilson (FL)/Chu/Eshoo/Keating/Brownley/Esty/Rush/ Schakowsky/Walz/Meng/Carolyn Maloney/Braley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Speier/Schrader/Wilson (FL)/Chu/Eshoo/Keating/Brownley/Esty /Rush/Schakowsky/Walz/Meng/Carolyn Maloney/Braley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Esty Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Radel Amendment (20 minutes of debate)
Reps. Massie/Amash/Yoho Amendment (20 minutes of debate)
Rep. Nugent Amendment (15 minutes of debate)
Reps. Amash/Conyers/Mulvaney/Polis/Massie Amendment (15 minutes of debate)

The following amendments had recorded votes pending as of last night:

  • Terry Amendment
  • Jones Amendment
  • LaMalfa Amendment
  • Mulvaney/Van Hollen/Coffman/Murphy (FL) Amendment
  • Stockman Amendment
  • Walorski Amendment
  • Bonamici Amendment

A full list of the 100 amendments made in order can be found HERE.

Bill Text for H.R. 2397:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 2397
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version) 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Thursday, July 25: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to complete consideration of both H.R. 2218 – Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 (Rep. McKinley – Energy and Commerce) and H.R. 1582 – Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013 (Rep. Cassidy – Energy and Commerce).

 
The Daily Quote

“House Speaker John Boehner’s assertion over the weekend that lawmakers in this Congress shouldn’t be judged by how many new laws they create but ‘on how many laws we repeal’ unleashed a wave of criticism… Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Boehner was trying to answer host Bob Schieffer’s question about how it feels to be among those leading a Congress widely hailed as unproductive. A paltry 21 laws have been passed by both chambers and signed into law this session… Even by Boehner’s own measure, Congress may come up short. No major law has been repealed this session, either.”

-    National Journal, 7/22/13