THE DAILY WHIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted:

12:00 p.m.: Morning Hour
2:00 p.m.: Legislative Business


Fifteen “One Minutes” per side

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Members are advised that the House is only expecting one vote series today. Following last votes, the House will debate the two Motions to Instruct on H.R. 4348 offered by Reps. Hahn and Critz. 

After debate on the Motions to Instruct, the House is expected to Recess to accommodate the Congressional White House Picnic. The House will reconvene following the event and continue debating amendments to H.R. 5972 into the evening.

Continue Consideration of H.R. 5972 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Latham – Appropriations Committee) H.R. 5972 provides a net total of $103.6 billion for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) departments and related agencies. The total, which includes $52 billion to be released from the highway and aviation trust funds is $5.7 billion (5%) less than total current funding and $3.6 billion (3%) less than the President’s request. The measure includes $69.7 billion for the Transportation Department, including $39.9 billion for the Federal Highway Administration, $10.4 billion for mass transit programs, $16 billion for the Federal Aviation Authority, and $1.8 billion for Amtrak. It provides $33.6 billion for Housing and Urban Development.

Republicans are developing this year's spending bills based on the $1.028 trillion discretionary spending cap included in the Republican (Ryan) Budget Resolution rather than the $1.047 trillion cap agreed upon in last year's Budget Control Act. As a result, this bill leaves even less room for other agencies and programs in appropriations bills to be considered down the road, as Republicans try and ‘frontload’ some of the appropriations bills while still fitting under their cap.

As of last night, the House had had completed reading to page 74 of the bill.  The House will continue debating amendments to the bill today.

Bill Text for H.R. 5972:
HTML Version

PDF Version
Background for H.R. 5972:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)
CRS Report
- Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD): FY2013 Appropriations

  1. Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (Rep. Hahn)
  2. Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (Rep. Critz)

Postponed Suspension Votes (11 Votes)

  1. H.R. 5889 – Nuclear Terrorism Conventions Implementation and Safety of Maritime Navigation Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary)
  2. H.R. 4018 – Public Safety Officers' Benefits Improvements Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Fitzpatrick – Judiciary)
  3. H.R. 3412 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1421 Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville, Louisiana, as the "Sergeant Richard Franklin Abshire Post Office Building" (Rep. Boustany – Oversight and Government Reform)
  4. H.R. 3501 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 125 Kerr Avenue in Rome City, Indiana, as the "SPC Nicholas Scott Hartge Post Office" (Rep. Stutzman – Oversight and Government Reform)
  5. H.R. 3772 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 150 South Union Street in Canton, Mississippi, as the "First Sergeant Landres Cheeks Post Office Building"
    (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Oversight and Government Reform)  
  6. H.R. 3276 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2810 East Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, Florida, as the "Reverend Abe Brown Post Office Building
    (Rep. Castor – Oversight and Government Reform)
  7. H.R. 4251 – Securing Maritime Activities through Risk–based Targeting for Port Security Act
    (Rep. Miller (MI) – Homeland Security)
  8. H.R. 4005 – GAPS Act (Rep. Hahn – Homeland Security)
  9. H.R. 1447 – Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011 (Rep. Thompson (MS)  – Homeland Security)
  10. H.R. 5843 – To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to permit use of certain grant funds for training conducted in conjunction with a national laboratory or research facility (Rep. Lungren – Homeland Security)
  11. H.R.  3173 – To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to reform the process for the enrollment, activation, issuance, and renewal of a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to require, in total, not more than one in–person visit to a designated enrollment center (Rep. Scalise – Homeland Security)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Thursday, June 28: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to continue consideration of H.R. 5972 – Department of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Latham – Appropriations). The House is also expected to consider H.Res. __ - Resolution recommending that the House of Representatives find Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the committee on Oversight and Government Reform and H.Res. 706 - Authorizing the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas

 
The Daily Quote

“Senate Republicans are keeping their distance from the push in the House to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The cautious approach is an indication that some in the Senate GOP don’t see the conflict driving the Holder vote — the Fast and Furious operation that let guns ‘walk’ into the hands of criminals — as a winning issue in an election year dominated by the economy… House and Senate Democrats, along with a group of 10 national civil rights leaders, on Tuesday chastised Republicans for turning the focus away from the economy and unemployment… Thursday’s contempt vote might well be overshadowed by the Supreme Court’s decision on President Obama’s healthcare law, and civil rights leaders on Tuesday accused Republicans of using the occasion to avoid public outrage at placing the country’s first black attorney general in contempt of Congress.”

-     The Hill, 6/26/12