WHIP'S WEEKLY OUTLOOK: SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012

For Immediate Release:

June 17, 2012

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, Chris DeBosier, or Courtney Fry 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, 6/18 to Thursday, 6/21.  On Monday, the House will meet at 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 nine bills under suspension of the Rules:

  • H.R. 4027 – To clarify authority granted under the Act entitled "An Act to define the exterior boundary of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in the State of Utah, and for other purposes" (Rep. Matheson – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 1272 – Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Judgment Fund Distribution Act of 2012 (Rep. Peterson – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 1556 – To amend the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act to allow certain land to be used to generate income to provide funding for academic programs, and for other purposes (Rep. Lujan – Natural Resources)


  • S. 684 – A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of land to the town of Alta, Utah  (Sen. Lee – Natural Resources)


  • S. 404 – A bill to modify a land grant patent issued by the Secretary of the Interior (Sen. Levin – Natural Resources)


  • S. 997 – East Bench Irrigation District Water Contract Extension Act (Sen. Tester – Natural Resources)


  • H.R. 2938 – Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Clarification Act (Rep. Franks – Natural Resources)


  • H.Res. 683 – Expressing the regret of the House of Representatives for the passage of laws that adversely affected the Chinese in the United States, including the Chinese Exclusion Act (Rep. Chu – Judiciary)
  • H.R. 3668 – Counterfeit Drug Penalty Enhancement Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Meehan – Judiciary)

On Tuesday, the House is expected to consider:

  • H.R. 2578– Conservation and Economic Growth Act (Rep. Denham – Natural Resources)
    • Rules Committee Print of Text
    • The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, 6/18 at 5PM to report a Rule, which could limit the amendment process.  Amendments are due to Rules by 10AM on Monday, 6/18.

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

  • Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (Rep. McKinley)
  • H.R. 4480– Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012 (Rep. Gardner – Energy and Commerce/Natural Resources)
    • Rules Committee Print of Text
    • The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 6/19 at 3PM to report a Rule, which could limit the amendment process.  Amendments are due to Rules by 4PM on Monday, 6/18.

On Wednesday and the balance of the week, the House will possibly consider:

  • Motions to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348
  • Legislation related to H.R. 5651 - Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 2012
THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEES

FY13 Appropriations Markups

Agriculture – Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 6/19 at 10:15AM

Transportation, HUD – Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 6/19 at 10:15AM

Financial Services, General Government – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/20 at 10AM

Interior, Environment – Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 6/20 at 1PM

Markups

Energy and Commerce Committee:

Competitiveness and Hydropower Legislation – Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 6/19 at 4PM

  • H.R. 5859 – A bill to repeal an obsolete provision in Title 49, United States Code, requiring motor vehicle insurance cost reporting.
  • H.R. 5865 – American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2012
  • H.R. 4273 – Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act of 2012
  • H.R. 5892 – Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2012
  • H.Con.Res. 127 – A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding actions to preserve and advance the multistakeholder governance model under which the Internet has thrived.

Financial Services Committee:

Electronic Funds Transfer – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/27 at 10AM

  • H.R. 4367 – A bill to amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to limit the fee disclosure requirement for an automatic teller machine to the screen of that machine

Judiciary Committee:

FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization – Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 6/19 at 1PM

  • H.R. 5949 – A bill to extend the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 for five years

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

Summer Legislative Agenda

Republican Summer Legislative Agenda Memo

The House GOP leadership has announced that in addition to appropriations bills, the following bills are possible for Floor consideration this summer:

  • H.R. 4078 – Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act
  • H.R. 4607 – Midnight Rule Relief Act
  • H.R. 3862 – Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act
  • H.R. 3210 – RELIEF Act
  • H.R. 2309 – Postal Reform Act
  • H.R. 459 – Federal Reserve Transparency Act
  • Legislation related to the ‘01/‘03 tax cuts
  • Legislation related to the transfer or sale of federal lands for the use of domestic energy production

FY13 Appropriations

The House has already passed H.R. 5326, the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill, H.R. 5854, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, H.R. 5325, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, H.R. 5855, the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, and H.R. 5882, the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.

Agriculture Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 6/6
  • Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 6/19 at 10:15AM

Defense Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup – Tuesday, 5/8
  • Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 5/17

Financial Services Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 6/6
  • Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/20 at 10AM

Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 5/9
  • Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 5/16

Interior, Environment Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 6/20 at 1PM

Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup – Friday, 5/18
  • Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 5/16

State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup –Wednesday, 5/9
  • Full Committee Markup – Thursday, 5/17

Transportation, HUD Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 6/7
  • Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 6/19 at 10:15AM

302(b) Allocations

  • Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 5/16

Expiring Items

  • Tax extenders including AMT – 1/2012
  • Flood Insurance – 6/2012
  • Highway Authorization – 6/2012
  • PDUFA/MDUFA Authorization – 9/2012
  • Farm Bill – 9/2012
  • Sequestration – 1/2013
  • 01/03 Tax Cuts – 1/2013

***House Republicans have launched a new site to host bills for the three day posting requirement.  Going forward, all bills will be posted on this site. The direct link is: http://docs.house.gov/. The site can be accessed from the main page of the Clerk’s website, under “House Floor Proceedings.”

2012 House Legislative Calendar

RECAP OF LAST WEEK

During the week of 6/5 – 6/8, the House passed:

  • H.R. 5325 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations)
  • H.R. 436  – Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2011 (Rep. Paulsen – Ways and Means)
  • H.R. 5855 – Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Aderholt – Appropriations)
  • H.R. 5882 – Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Crenshaw – Appropriations)

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

  • H.R. 2060 – Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act (Rep. Walden – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 2336 – York River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2011 (Rep. Pingree – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 1740 – To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of Illabot Creek in Skagit County, Washington, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (Rep. Larsen – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 3263 – Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act of 2011 (Rep. Cole – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 241 – To authorize the conveyance of certain National Forest System lands in the Los Padres National Forest in California (Rep. Gallegly – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 2512 – Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act (Rep. Heck – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 4222 – To provide for the conveyance of certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the Tucson Unified School District and to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, and for other purposes (Rep. Grijalva – Natural Resources)
  • S. 363 – A bill to authorize the Secretary of Commerce to convey property of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the City of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and for other purposes (Sen. Wicker – Natural Resources)
  • S. 292 – Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act  (Sen. Murkowski – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 4282 – International Child Support Recovery Improvement Act of 2012 (Rep. Berg – Ways and Means)
MESSAGING FROM THE WHIP’S OFFICE

President’s Speech on the Economy

“We heard President Obama lay out a plan for America’s economic future to provide businesses with certainty, to create jobs for the middle class, and to pay down our debt. The American people understand what’s at stake this year: the progress of our economic recovery and the potential for a new generation of prosperity. The path laid out by the President is the right way to further our recovery, as demonstrated by the success of our auto industry after Democrats took action to prevent automakers from going bankrupt. Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress have focused on an extreme, partisan agenda instead of working with Democrats to strengthen our economy.  That they would hold student loan interest rates and investments in critical infrastructure hostage for the sake of politics says much about their seriousness when it comes to doing what’s necessary to get our economy moving again and put Americans back to work.” – whip Steny Hoyer, 6/15

Republican Legislative Agenda

House Republicans have put forward a summer legislative agenda that does not focus on job creation or reducing the deficit, ignores critical legislation like a highway bill or stopping the student loan interest rate from increasing on July 1, and holds the middle class tax cut hostage to a tax cut for the wealthy.  Rather than working with Democrats on legislation that Americans have been asking for, House Republicans are wasting time on controversial bills that will not go anywhere, and have nothing to do with jobs.

“I think [the Republican summer agenda] is spin but I don’t think it’s substantive. I don't think it really addresses the issues that are critical to the economy.  In my opinion [getting things done] is going to be a real challenge between now and the election. … We need to have substantive agreement … The single biggest stimulus package we could have is coming together and putting this country on a long-term, fiscally sustainable, credible path. I think that would free up trillions of dollars that businesses have and I think they'd feel confident in the economy. Every business person I talk to around this country agrees that's the key.  We have a long way to go. But one of the problems is we've had this gridlock in the Congress where the principal objective has been to undermine the ability of President Obama to move this country forward.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/1

Hoyer: No Action by House Republicans on Critical Legislation This Week

GOP Summer Break: While Americans Ask for Jobs, Republicans Ignore Jobs, Push Partisan Bills that Hurt Economy

Make It In America

The Make It In America agenda and the American Jobs Act are designed to meet our economic challenges. Both make key investments in creating the conditions for businesses to stay here, innovate here, grow here, add jobs here, build products here, and sell them to the world. Democrats’ ideas for job creation have won strong support from business and labor leaders alike, and they reflect a belief that America must do more to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build our overseas competitors.

The Make It In America legislation still on the table contains a range of ideas that can help create jobs now and boost our competitiveness over the long term. These include the adoption of a national manufacturing strategy to be crafted in concert with business, labor, and other stakeholders; policies that hold accountable countries that manipulate their currencies to create unfair trade advantages; reform of the corporate tax code, with lower rates and fewer loopholes to encourage growth and job-creation; investment in education and opportunities for students and entrepreneurs to continue making America the innovation capital of the world; the creation of a national infrastructure bank to jump-start road, rail, bridge, port, and airport projects coast to coast; and support for new clean energy businesses that create jobs we can sustain over the long-term.

You can also visit the Make It In America page on Whip Hoyer’s website for regularly updated information. We also encourage you to check the Make It In America on Facebook page to follow news as it is posted.

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