WHIP'S WEEKLY OUTLOOK: SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013

For Immediate Release:

July 28, 2013

Contact:

Katie GrantStephanie Young, 202-225-3130

Welcome to the Whip's Weekly Outlook, your one-stop document to find out what's to come in the following weeks on the House Floor and in Committees, as well as a review of the last week in session. Please let us know what you think. 

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Romick, Courtney Fry, or Javier Martinez in the Office of the Democratic Whip at (202) 225-3130.

THIS WEEK ON THE FLOOR

The House is scheduled to be in session this week from Tuesday, 7/30 to Friday, 8/2. On Tuesday the House will meet at 12PM for Morning Hour debate and at 2PM for legislative business. First votes of the week are expected at 6:30PM on Tuesday.  On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10AM for Morning Hour and 12PM for legislative business.  On Friday, the House will meet at 9AM for legislative business with last votes expected no later than 3PM. 

On Tuesday, the House is expected to begin consideration of:

  • H.R. 2610 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (Rep. Latham – Appropriations)

On Tuesday, the House is also expected to consider three bills under suspension of the Rules:

  • H.R. 2094 – School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (Rep. Roe - Energy and Commerce)
  • H.R. 2754 – Collectible Coin Protection Act (Rep. Butterfield - Energy and Commerce)
  • H.R. 1300 – To amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer programs and community partnerships for the benefit of national wildlife refuges, and for other purposes (Rep. Runyan - Natural Resources)

On Wednesday and the balance of the week, the House is expected to consider twelve bills under suspension of the Rules:

  • H.R. 2711 – Citizen Empowerment Act, as amended (Rep. Jenkins - Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 2579 – Government Employee Accountability Act, as amended (Rep. Kelly (PA) - Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 1660 – Government Customer Service Improvement Act of 2013, as amended (Rep. Cuellar – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 313 – Government Spending Accountability Act, as amended (Rep. Farenthold - Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 1541 – Common Sense in Compensation Act, as amended (Rep. Meadows - Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 2565 – STOP IRS Act (Rep. Renacci - Ways and Means)
  • H.R. 2769 – Stop Playing on Citizen's Cash Act (Rep. Roskam - Ways and Means)
  • H.R. 2768 – Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2013, as amended (Rep. Roskam - Ways and Means)
  • H.R. 1897 – Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013, as amended (Rep. Smith (NJ) - Foreign Affairs)
  • H.R. 850 – Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (Rep. Royce - Foreign Affairs)
  • H.Res. 222 – Recognizing the long-term partnership and friendship between the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, working together towards peace and security in the Middle East, as amended (Rep. Meeks - Foreign Affairs)
  • Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1911 – Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 (Rep. Kline - Education and the Workforce

On Wednesday and the balance of the week, the House is also expected to consider:

  • H.R. 2610 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (Rep. Latham – Appropriations)
  • H.R. 1582– Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013 (Rep. Cassidy – Energy and Commerce)
    • Committee Markup Information – The Energy and Commerce Committee marked up the bill on Tuesday, 7/16 and reported out the bill by a 25-18 vote.
    • The Rules Committee met on Tuesday, 7/23 and reported a Structured Rule.
  • H.R. 367– REINS Act (Rep. Young (IN) – Judiciary/Rules/Budget)
    • Committee Markup Information – The Judiciary Committee marked up the bill on Thursday, 4/11 and reported out the bill by a 20-9 party line vote.
  • H.R. 2009 – Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act (Rep. Price (GA) – Ways and Means)
  • The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, 7/31 at 3PM  to report a Rule for H.R. 367 and H.R. 2009 . The Rules Committee is expected to report a Structured Rule for H.R. 367. Amendments are due to Rules by 2PM on Tuesday, 7/30.
THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEES

Markups

Energy and Commerce Committee

Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 7/30 at 4PM and Wednesday, 7/31 at 10 AM

  • H.R. 2810 – A bill to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reform the sustainable growth rate and Medicare payment for physicians' services, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 2844 – FCC Consolidated Reporting Act (Official title to be confirmed).

Intelligence Committee

FY14 Intelligence Authorization - Full Committee Markup – TBA

Natural Resources Committee

Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 7/31 at 10AM

  • H.R. 255 – A bill to amend certain definitions contained in the Provo River Project Transfer Act for purposes of clarifying certain property descriptions, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 553 – A bill to designate the exclusive economic zone of the United States as the "Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States."
  • H.R. 623 – Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act
  • H.R. 908 – Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act
  • H.R. 930 – New Philadelphia, Ill., Study Act
  • H.R. 1170 – A bill to direct the secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation, to convey, by quitclaim deed, to the City of Fernley, Nev., all right, title and interest of the United States, to any federal land within that city that is under the jurisdiction of either of those agencies.
  • H.R. 1526 – Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act
  • H.R. 1684 – Ranch A Consolidation and Management Improvement Act
  • H.R. 1818 – Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act of 2013
  • H.R. 1963 – A bill to amend the Water Conservation and Utilization Act to authorize the development of non-federal hydropower and issuance of leases of power privileges at projects constructed pursuant to the authority of the Water Conservation and Utilization Act, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 2388 – A bill to authorize the secretary of the Interior to take certain federal lands located in El Dorado County, Calif., into trust for the benefit of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 2463 – Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act
  • H.R. 2650 – Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Non-Intercourse Act of 2013
  • H.R. 2728 – Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act
  • H.R. 1168 – A bill to direct the secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land Management, to convey to the city of Carlin, Nev., in exchange for consideration, all right, title and interest of the United States, to any federal land within that city that is under the jurisdiction of that agency, and for other purposes.

Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Full Committee Markup – Thursday, 8/1 at 10AM

Please find full Committee schedules here:

Committee on Agriculture
Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Armed Services
Committee on the Budget
Committee on Education and the Workforce
Committee on Energy and Commerce – Hearings
Committee on Energy and Commerce – Markups
Committee on Financial Services – Hearings
Committee on Financial Services – Markups
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Committee on Homeland Security
Committee on the Judiciary
Committee on Natural Resources
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform – Hearings
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform – Markups
Committee on Rules
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology – Hearings
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology – Markups  
Committee on Small Business – Hearings
Committee on Small Business – Markups
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Committee on Ways and Means
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence 

A LOOK AHEAD

2013 House Legislative Calendar

In a memo to House Republicans, GOP leadership announced that during the month of July the House is expected to consider:

  • H.R. 1900 – Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act
  • Appropriations Legislation: Financial Services; and, Agriculture
  • H.R. 2019 – The Kids First Research Act
  • Border security legislation that has been passed by the Homeland Security Committee

Expiring Items

  • Debt Limit Suspension – 5/17
  • Student Loan Interest Rate Deduction – 7/1
  • Continuing Resolution – 9/30
  • Farm Bill – 9/30
  • SGR – December
  • UI Benefits – December
RECAP OF LAST WEEK

During the week of 7/22 – 7/25, the House passed:

  • H.R. 2218 – Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 (Rep. McKinley – Energy and Commerce)
  • H.R. 2397 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act (Rep. Young (FL) – Appropriations)

The House also passed five bills under suspension of the Rules:

  • H.R. 697 – Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act (Rep. Heck (NV) – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 1411 – California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013 (Rep. Huffman – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 2353 – To amend title 23, United States Code, with respect to the operation of vehicles on certain Wisconsin highways, and for other purposes (Rep. Petri – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  • H.Con.Res. 44 – Authorizing the use of the Capitol Ground for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run (Rep.  Norton – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  • H.R. 1542 – WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2013 (Rep. Meehan – Homeland Security)
MESSAGING FROM THE WHIP’S OFFICE

Sequestration

“Congress has the ability to end the furloughs they are experiencing – now. We have the ability to keep those kids from losing Head Start and our seniors from losing meals. We have that ability now. We can do so by coming together in a bipartisan way to replace the sequester with a balanced alternative that includes spending cuts and – yes – revenues…This is what Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen has put forward seven times, Mr. Speaker, only to see it prevented by the Majority from receiving a vote. The Speaker says ‘let the House work its will.’ Well, perhaps this is the will of the House. I hope not… I urge my colleagues to work together across this aisle so we can end the sequester – end the sequester – and restore fiscal discipline in a way that does not harm our security, our economy, the most vulnerable in our country, or America itself.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 7/24

Election Assistance Commission

“This resolution makes it abundantly clear that our voting systems need responsible federal oversight and support, and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) ought to be working at full capacity and with a full slate of commissioners.  I was proud to have sponsored the bipartisan Help America Vote Act in 2002, which established the EAC and authorized it to disseminate information about best practices, provide grants to states for the modernization of their voting equipment, and assist in preventing voter fraud.  With the recent Supreme Court ruling in Shelby v. Holder, and as some states have moved to adopt discriminatory voter identification laws and place limits on registration and early voting, the work of the EAC is needed now more than ever.  I hope Democrats and Republicans can come together to pass this resolution and reaffirm the bipartisan tradition in guaranteeing free and fair access to the ballot for all eligible voters in our country.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 7/19

Make It In America

Since the Make It In America plan was launched, House Democrats have met with a variety of stakeholders – businesses, labor representatives, entrepreneurs, innovators, economists – and repeatedly heard the same ideas about what it will take to Make It In America. That’s why the Make It In America plan for the 113th Congress is focused on four key priorities that can bring about the changes needed to help businesses grow and create jobs here, and which are the most likely to draw bipartisan support. These priorities are central to creating jobs, helping manufacturers produce more goods here, maintaining America’s innovation edge, and preparing a highly skilled workforce: adopt and pursue a national manufacturing strategy; promote the export of U.S. goods; encourage businesses to bring jobs and innovation back to the U.S.; and, train and secure a twenty-first century workforce.

  • Make It In America Speech – Click here for the text of Mr. Hoyer’s Make It In America speech.
  • Key Priorities – The Make It In America plan is focused on four key priorities that will help businesses grow and create jobs here. Click here for information on the four key priorities.
  • Make it In America Legislation – Click here for the full list of legislation.
  • Manufacturing Issue Report – Click here for an issue report on the importance of manufacturing to our economic recovery.
  • Enacted Laws - Click here to see a list of the ten enacted laws from the Make It In America plan.
  • Statements of Support - Click here to read statements of support from across the country.

Additional information can be found on the Make It In America page.

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