THE DAILY WHIP: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013

For Immediate Release:

October 9, 2013

Contact:

Katie GrantStephanie Young, 202-225-3130

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

10:00 a.m.: Morning Hour Debate
12:00 p.m.: Legislative Business

Fifteen “One Minutes”

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Suspension (1 bill)

  1. H.J.Res. 91 – Making continuing appropriations for death gratuities and related survivor benefits for survivors of deceased military service members of the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations)

H.J.Res. 90 – Flight Safety Act (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations) (40 Minutes of Debate).  This bill provides funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through December 15, 2013, at the $986 billion sequester-reduced funding levels, the same level of funding in the clean Senate CR.  This bill was a last-minute addition to the Rules Committee meeting yesterday and is now being rushed to the Floor in violation of the Republican’s 3-day Rule.

Under the Republican government shutdown, nearly 1/3 of all FAA employees have been furloughed, leading to suspension of critical activities including airport & TSA security inspections, evaluations, & audits, training of air traffic control specialists, operational testing and evaluation of NextGen technologies, and air traffic controller performance analysis.  This bill fails to fund any other activities covered by the Transportation-Housing & Urban Development appropriations bill, including the Community Block Grant program, and agencies vital to maintenance and safety of our nation’s transportation and infrastructure.  The Rule for H.J.Res. 90, which was adopted yesterday, provides for a closed Rule and 40 minutes of general debate.  Members are urged to VOTE NO.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Thursday, October 10: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business and votes are expected in the House. The legislative schedule will be announced as it becomes available.

 
The Daily Quote

“A reality is beginning to dawn on — and eat away at — many House Republicans: They aren’t at all sure of their party's strategy to re-open government and lift the debt ceiling. After forcing leadership to pick a fight it didn’t want to pick, sitting through hours of meetings with lots of internal hand-wringing and failing to force Democrats to negotiate, the path to avoid a prolonged government shutdown and the first debt default in American history is completely uncertain… Now, the party is flagging in polls one week into the first government shutdown in nearly two decades. And they’re just eight days ahead of the deadline set by the Treasury to lift the debt ceiling.”

-    Politico, 10/8/13