WHIP'S WEEKLY OUTLOOK: SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013

For Immediate Release:

June 16, 2013

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 Monday, 6/17 to Thursday, 6/20.  On Monday, the House will meet at 12PM for Morning Hour and 2PM for legislative business. First votes of the week are expected at 6:30PM on Monday.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 10AM for Morning Hour and 12PM for legislative business.  On Thursday, the House will meet at 9AM for legislative business with last votes expected no later than 3PM. 

On Monday, the House is expected to consider six bills under suspension of the Rules:

  • H.R. 876 – Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection Act  (Rep. Simpson – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 253 – Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act, as amended (Rep. Chaffetz – Natural Resources)
  • H.Res. __  – To amend the Senate Amendment to H.R. 588 – Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgement Act of 2013 (Rep. Young (AK) – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 520 – Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (Rep. Speier – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 674 – Rota Cultural and Natural Resources Study Act (Rep. Sablan – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 862 – To authorize the conveyance of two small parcels of land within the boundaries of the Coconino National Forest containing private improvements that were developed based upon the reliance of the landowners in an erroneous survey conducted in May 1960 (Rep. Kirkpatrick – Natural Resources)

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

  • H.R. 1896 – International Child Support Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (Rep. Reichert – Ways and Means)
  • H.R. 475 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines (Rep. Gerlach – Ways and Means)
  • H.R. 1151 – To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly, and for other purposes (Rep. Royce – Foreign Affairs)

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

  • H.R. 1797– Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (Rep. Franks – Judiciary)
  • H.R. 1947– Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (Rep. Lucas – Agriculture)
    • Committee Markup Information – The Agriculture Committee marked up the bill on Wednesday, 5/15 and reported out the bill by a 36-10 vote.
  • The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, 6/17 at 5PM to report one Rule for General Debate for both bills. We expect a Closed Rule for H.R. 1797 and a Structured Rule for H.R. 1947. Amendments for H.R. 1947 are due to Rules by 2PM on Monday, 6/17. 
THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEES

Markups

Appropriations Committee

FY14 Appropriations Bills:

  • Energy and Water Development Subcommittee Markup - Tuesday, 6/18 at 10:30AM
  • Transportation-HUD Subcommittee Markup – Tuesday, 6/19 at 11AM

Budget Committee

Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/19 at 10AM

Education and Workforce Committee

Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/19 at 9AM

  • H.R. 5 – A bill to support state and local accountability for public education, protect state and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their children's schools, and for other purposes.

Energy and Commerce Committee

Full Committee Markups – Tuesday, 6/18 at 4PM and Wednesday, 6/19 at 10AM

Tuesday –

  • H.R.. 2218 – Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013
  • H.R. 2226 – Federal and State Partnership for Environmental Protection Act of 2013
  • H.R. 2279 – A bill to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act relating to review of regulations under such act and to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 relating to financial responsibility for classes of facilities.
  • H.R. 2318 – A bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 with respect to the applicability of the act to federal facilities, and for other purposes.

Wednesday –

  • H.R. 2218 – Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013
  • H.R. 2226 – Federal and State Partnership for Environmental Protection Act of 2013
  • H.R. 2279 – A bill to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act relating to review of regulations under such act and to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 relating to financial responsibility for classes of facilities.
  • H.R. 2318 – A bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 with respect to the applicability of the act to federal facilities, and for other purposes.

Financial Services Committee

Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/19 at 10AM

  • H.R. 1105 – A bill to amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to provide a registration exemption for private equity fund advisers, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 1135 – Burdensome Data Collection Relief Act
  • H.R. 1564 – Audit Integrity and Job Protection Act
  • Draft Bill – to amend Section 913 of the Dodd-Frank Act

Intelligence Committee

FY14 Intelligence Authorization - Full Committee Markup – TBA

Judiciary Committee

Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act - Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 6/18 at 10AM

  • H.R. 2278 – A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to improve immigration law enforcement within the interior of the United States, and for other purposes

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 other possible legislation for the month of June.  Those items include:

  • H.R. 2019 – The Kids First Research Act
  • H.R. 1549 – Helping Sick Americans Act
  • Agriculture Appropriations Bill
  • Intelligence Authorization Act
  • Legislation related to energy costs

GOP leadership also announced that during the month of July, in addition to Appropriations bills, the House may consider:

  • Legislation related to reforming No Child Left Behind
  • Legislation related to Immigration Reform
  • Legislation related to the Debt Limit

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 6/11 – 6/14, the House passed:

  • H.R. 1256 – Swap Jurisdiction Certainty Act (Rep. Garrett – Financial Services)
  • H.R. 1960 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (Rep. McKeon – Armed Services)

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

  • H.R. 251 – South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act (Rep. Chaffetz – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 993 – Fruit Heights Land Conveyance Act (Rep. Bishop (UT) – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 1157 – Rattlesnake Mountain Public Access Act (Rep. Hastings (WA) – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 1158 – North Cascades National Park Service Complex Fish Stocking Act (Rep. Hastings (WA) – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 723 – Wood–Pawcatuck Watershed Protection Act (Rep. Langevin – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 634 – Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act of 2013, as amended (Rep. Grimm – Financial Services)
  • H.R. 2167 – Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act of 2013 (Rep. Heck (WA) – Financial Services) 
  • H.R. 742 – Swap Data Repository and Clearing House Indemnification Correction Act of 2013 (Rep. Crawford – Agriculture)
  • H.R. 1038 – Public Power Risk Management Act of 2013 (Rep. LaMalfa – Agriculture)
MESSAGING FROM THE WHIP’S OFFICE

Sequestration

“Mr. Speaker, as we proceed with the fifteenth week of the Republican policy of sequester, this House continues to avoid taking the steps it ought to be taking to replace the entire sequester with a balanced alternative. Instead, House Republicans have fully embraced the sequester's draconian cuts, which slash funding from our highest and lowest priorities equally and put our economic recovery and national security at risk…Last week they approved a rule deeming the Ryan budget's caps for next year, which locks in the sequester cuts. This is a blatant violation of the Budget Control Act agreement reached between the two parties in August of 2011. Now, we're about to consider a defense authorization bill that shifts $54 billion in sequester cuts from the Pentagon onto domestic programs, which were already cut by sequester, like Head Start, Meals on Wheels, rental assistance for low-income families. How shameful.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/12

Republican Fiscal Policy

“As we start the appropriations process, it reminds us that we still have a great disagreement within the Republican Party on how to responsibly deal with the fiscal issues that Congress must deal with.  Not only the appropriations process, budget process [and] extending the debt limit.  If the Republicans think that the threat that they continue to pursue, whether it is the debt limit, shutting down government, whatever is going to simply put us in the position that we cannot do what we think is right, they are wrong.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/4

Immigration

“The Senate is proceeding on immigration reform.  I hope they pass immigration reform by July.  The Speaker has been forward‑leaning on this, saying that he would like to move something as well.  I applaud him for that….  I would hope the House would move forward as well on a comprehensive immigration bill, not a piecemeal immigration bill.  You have heard me say many, many times that my belief is that it is absolutely essential if we are going to pass and have a bipartisan vote, that the bill be a comprehensive one in the nature of dealing with all aspects of the broken immigration system.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/11

Student Loans

“Unless Congress acts by July 1, interest rates for student loans will double from 3.4% to 6.8%.  Mindful of the significant burden of student loan debt, Rep. Joe Courtney has introduced a bill that would keep rates low to ensure students can afford to pursue higher education. That is why I am co-signing a discharge petition to bring his bill out of committee and before the full House or consideration… Last month, House Republicans passed a student loan interest rate bill that would raise the cost of college and make it harder for students to pay off their loans.  Their bill is not a viable solution, and it cannot pass the Senate or survive a presidential veto.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/14 

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 delivered this morning.
  • 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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