Week of October 27, 2003

For Immediate Release:

October 27, 2003

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» Please view "The Weekly Whip" for the week of October 27, 2003.

Floor items that you may want to do press on for the week of October 27th:

  • Markey Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 6 - Energy Bill (Postponed Vote)
  • Brown (OH) Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 1 - Republican Prescription Drug Bill (Postponed Vote)
  • Woolsey Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 1308 - Child Tax Credit Bill (Postponed Vote)
  • H.Res. 409 - Repudiating the recent anti-Semitic sentiments expressed by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malyasia

You may want to do press on the following conference reports, which may be considered on the House Floor next week.  However, no firm details on their substance are available at this time:

  • H.R. 2115 - Century of Aviation FAA reauthorization Conference Report
  • H.R. 6 - Energy Conference Report
  • H.R. 2559 - Military Construction Appropriations Conference Report
  • H.R. 2691 - Interior Appropriations Conference Report
  • H.R. 2754 - Energy & Water Appropriations Conference Report
  • H.R. 3289 - IraqSupplemental Appropriations Conference Report

Brown (OH) Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 1 - Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act of 2003

This motion instructs conferees to reject the House-passed "premium support" provision that would turn Medicare into a voucher program.

Attached is information to help you do press:

  • Talking points from the Office of the Democratic Leader

Woolsey Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 1308 - the Child Tax Credit

This motion instructs conferees to insist on the Senate-passed Child Tax Credit measure and is identical to the one that passed in the House on June 12th, 205-201.  It also instructs Conferees to report out a conference report no later than the second legislative day after adoption of this motion.

Attached is information to help you do press:

  • Talking points from the Office of the Democratic Leader

Markey Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 6 - Energy Policy Act of 2003

The motion instructs conferees to insist on House provisions related to nuclear safety and Homeland security.

Attached is information to help you do press:

  • Talking points from the Office of the Democratic Leader

H.Res. 409 - Repudiating the recent anti-Semitic sentiments expressed by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the outgoing prime minister of Malaysia, which makes peace in the Middle Eastand around the world more elusive

Attached is information to help you do press:

  • Press Statement from House Democratic WhipSteny Hoyer

H.R. 2115 - Century of Aviation FAA Reauthorization Conference Report

The Reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration is traditionally a bipartisan bill.  Regrettably, in this Congress, the Republicans rammed controversial provisions through the Conference Committee that undermine aviation safety and security and weaken the airline industry and its workers, including privatizing the air traffic control system.

Republican Leaders have been unable to gather enough support to pass this controversial conference report so they have been attempting to garner votes by removing towers in Republican districts from the privatization list.

Democratswill continue to fight any conference report that does not expressly prohibit privatization as called for in both the House and Senate versions of the bill.

Please see the attached materials provided by the Democratic Staff of the House Transportation Committee and the Office of the Democratic Whipfor assistance in doing press on the FAA Reauthorization Conference Report:

  • Statement from the Democratic Whipon Chairman Mica's plan to buy-off Republican votes
  • An editorial board memo from Representatives Hoyer and Oberstar to newspaper editorial boards and columnists outlining arguments against privatization
  • A summary of the controversial provisions
  • Original list of Air Traffic Control Towers authorized to be privatized

Please note: House Democratswill launch a discharge petition this Wednesday on the Rangel-Cardin-Levin bill to extend unemployment benefits.  Please read the attached press release for further details on this legislation.

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