Week of September 8, 2003

» Please view the "Weekly Whip" outlining the Floor Schedule for the week of September 08, 2003.

Floor items that you may want to do press on:

  • H.R. 2989 - Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004
  • H.R. 2765 - District of ColumbiaAppropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004
  • H.R. 2622 - Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003

H.R. 2989 - Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004

The House began debate on the Fiscal Year 2004 Transportation, Treasury Appropriations Bill the week of September 2nd.  This bill has several shortcomings including:

  • inadequate funding for Amtrak;
  • funding for a pre-certification program for the EITC program which could prove burdensome for families; **COOPER-DELAURO-KILPATRICK AMENDMENT FAILED**
  • afailure to ensure that funding authorized for transportation enhancements (i.e., bike and hiking trails) would be used for those purposes.  **PETRI-OLVER AMENDMENT PASSED**

However, the bill does include important language providing a 4.1 percent pay adjustment for federal employees in 2004.

Please see the attached materials regarding the Transportation, Treasury Appropriations Act:

  • Two statements from Congressman Hoyer regarding the 2004 federal employee pay adjustment
  • A bipartisan letter from Representative Oberstar and other Members regarding the importance of fully funding Amtrak's request
  • A Dear Colleague provided by the Office of Representative Olver regarding their amendment to save the transportation enhancements program
  • Talking Points provided by the Office of Representative Olver regarding the importance of transportation enhancement funding
  • A press release from the Office of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on the EITC pre-certification program

H.R. 2765 - District of ColumbiaAppropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004

The House Republican Leadership had to pull the Fiscal Year 2004 DC Appropriations bill today (Friday, September 5) because they were in danger of losing a revote on the Davis Voucher amendment. 

Any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole can be voted on again when the Committee Rises.  House Democrats were prepared to call for a revote on the Davisamendment which they would have won due to Republican absenteeism.  GOP leaders pulled the bill rather than lose this important vote.

The revote and vote on final passage will likely be rescheduled for Tuesday of next week.

Please see the attached materials provided by the Office of Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton regarding efforts to provide federal funding for school vouchers in the District of Columbiathrough the 2004 District of Columbia Appropriations Act (Davisamendment):

  • An editorial by Congresswoman Norton opposing vouchers
  • Citizen Talking Points for the September 3rd lobby day
  • A letter from Washington, DCelected officials to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the DC Appropriations Subcommittee
  • A letter from parents groups and an accompanying Dear Colleague to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the DC Appropriations Subcommittee

H.R. 2622 - Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003

This bill will help consumers combat identity theft and have more access to their credit information. 

Please see the attached information on FACT:

  • A press release and Dear Colleague provided by the Office of Congresswoman Darlene Hooley, the lead Democratic sponsor of FACT
  • A summary of FACT provided by the Democratic Staff of the Financial Services Committee

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