THE DAILY WHIP: WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011

For Immediate Release:

July 27, 2011

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

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

**Members are advised that S. 627, as amended – Speaker Boehner’s short term debt limit act – will not be considered today. The House is also expected to continue debating amendments to H.R. 2584 after last votes.

Suspensions (1 bill)
  1. H.R. 440 - To provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia (Rep. Wolf – Foreign Affairs)
Continue consideration of H.R. 2584 - - Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, FY 2012 (Rep. Simpson – Appropriations) H.R. 2584 makes appropriations for the department of the Interior and other related agencies and programs. It appropriates at a level that is $2.086 billion, or 7 percent, below the FY 2011 appropriations level and $3.818 billion, or 12.7 percent, below the President's request.
 
This bill makes many dangerous reductions, including an 18 percent cut to EPA’s budget, on top of the 16% cut already imposed on the EPA during this fiscal year. These cuts would be a huge blow to air and water programs at both the Federal and State level. It also includes many policy riders that the GOP forced into the bill. For example, it would prohibit funds for the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings and critical habitat designations. This bill includes dozens of policy riders that have nothing to do with deficit reduction, but more to do with pursuing an ideological agenda.
 
The House completed general debate of H.R. 2584 on Monday, and finished reading through page 32 of the bill last night. The following amendments have recorded votes pending:
 
Clarke Amendment.  Increases EPA's Environmental Programs and Management account and reduces the Management of Land and Resources account
Dicks Amendment. Strikes language from the underlying bill prohibiting the enforcement or implementation of the Endangered Species Act
Tonko Amendment.  Increases funding for National Recreation and Preservation and decreases funding for the Operation of the National Park System
Amash Amendment. Reduces funding for the Operation of the National Park System
Dold Amendment.  Increases EPA's Environmental Programs and Management Geographic Programs and reduces DOI’s Office of the Secretary
Reed (NY) Amendment.  Increases funding provided for state and private forestry programs by $8 million and reduces funds provided for Interior Department Operations by the same amount
Scalise (LA) Amendment. Relating to a decrease in funding for DOI’s Office of the Secretary
 
Bill Text for H.R. 2584:
HTML Version
PDF Version   
 
Postponed Suspension Vote (1 Vote)
  1. H.R. 2056 - To instruct the Inspector General of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to study the impact of insured depository institution failures, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Lynn Westmoreland / Financial Services Committee)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Thursday, July 28: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is once again expected to consider S. 627, as amended – Speaker Boehner’s short term debt limit act. Text can be found here.
 
The Daily Quote

“Few relish the idea of revisiting the kind of bitter, distracting debt ceiling debate that has consumed Congress in recent months. That's why former Congressional Budget Office Director Rudy Penner [Republican CBO director during Reagan administration] said he'd much prefer a debt ceiling increase through the 2012 elections ‘just to delay the type of uncertainty that would be created by a repeat of this debate.’”

 - CNN, 7/26/11