Week of October 13, 2003

» Please view "The Weekly Whip" for the week of October 13, 2003.

**Please note it is not clear that H.R. 2559 - Military Construction Appropriations Conference Report or H.R. 2691 - Interior Appropriations Conference Report, which are listed on the Weekly Whip, will actually come to the Floor. 

Floor items that you may want to do press on:

  • Capps Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 6 - Energy Bill
  • CrowleyMotion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 1308 - Child Tax Credit Bill
  • Schakowsky Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 1 - Republican Prescription Drug Bill
  • H.R. ____ - Supplemental Appropriations

Capps Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 6 - Energy Bill

The House will vote next week on the motion offered by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) to instruct conferees on H.R. 6, the Energy Policy Act of 2003. The Capps motion instructs conferees to protect the right of states to participate in decisions regarding coastal development, and to delete language that would threaten the longstanding protection of fragile coastal areas.

  • Press Release from the Office of Representative Lois Capps
  • Floor Statement from the Office of Representative Lois Capps
  • Talking Points from the Office of the Democratic Leader

CrowleyMotion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 1308 - Child Tax Credit Bill

Next week the House will vote on a motion to instruct conferees offered by Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) on the child tax credit to accept the bipartisan Senate-passed child tax credit bill.

Democratsmust keep up the pressure on President Bush and House Republicans to provide the increase in the child tax credit for the 6.5 million families who received no check or a smaller check because House Republicans, led by Tom DeLay, are stalling passage of the Senate bill.

As you may have heard on the House Floor, Majority Leader DeLay continues to offer the ludicrous argument that Congress should only offer the child tax credit to these families if it lasts until 2010, as if the families would rather receive nothing if they can't have it all (please see the attached excerpt from the Congressional Record).

Attached is information to help you do press regarding the CrowleyMotion to Instruct:

  • Excerpts from the scheduling colloquy between House Democratic WhipSteny Hoyer and Majority Leader Tom DeLay
  • Talking Points from the Office of the Democratic Leader
  • Press Release from the Office of Representative Joe Crowley

Schakowsky Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 1 - Republican Prescription Drug Bill

The House will vote next week on a motion offered by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) that instructs conferees on H.R. 1, the Medicare Prescription Drug bill.

The Schakowsky motion would strike House-passed provisions that would establish new tax-free savings accounts (HSAs) for medical expenses - which are a $174 billion tax cut masquerading as help to the uninsured. These funds could be better used to provide subsidies to employers to encourage them not to drop prescription drug coverage for retirees.

Attached is information to help you do press regarding the Schakowsky Motion to Instruct:

  • Talking Points from the Office of the Democratic Leader
  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's Floor Statement on the motion

H.R. ____ - Supplemental Appropriations

The House will vote next week on a Supplemental Appropriations Bill for Iraqand Afghanistan.

Appropriations Ranking Member David Obey will likely seek to offer a substitute during Floor consideration.

Attached is information on the Obey substitute amendment as offered in Full Committee:

  • Talking points on the Obey amendment
  • Fact Sheet on the Obey amendment

View Attachments Bundled Together in a PDF File