WHIP'S WEEKLY OUTLOOK: SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 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 Tuesday, 6/25 to Friday, 6/28. On Tuesday 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 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 consider three bills under suspension of the Rules:

  • H.R. 2383 – To designate the new Interstate Route 70 bridge over the Mississippi River connecting St. Louis, Missouri, and southwestern Illinois as the “Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge” (Rep. Davis (IL) – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  • H.R. 1092 – To designate the air route traffic control center located in Nashua, New Hampshire, as the “Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center” (Rep. Kuster – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  • H.R. 2289 To rename section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA (Rep. Johnson (TX) – Ways and Means)

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

  • H.R. 1864 To amend title 10, United States Code, to require an Inspector General investigation of allegations of retaliatory personnel actions taken in response to making protected communications regarding sexual assault (Rep. Walorski – Armed Services)

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

  • H.R. 1613 – Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act (Rep. Duncan – Natural Resources)
    • Committee Markup Information –The Natural Resources Committee marked up the bill on Wednesday, 5/15 and reported out the bill by a 25-16 vote.
  • H.R. 2231 – Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (Rep. Hastings (WA) – Natural Resources)
    • Committee Markup Information – The Natural Resources Committee marked up the bill on Wednesday, 6/12 and reported out the bill by a 23-18 vote.
  • The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 6/25 at 5PM to report one Rule for H.R. 1613 , H.R. 2231 and H.R. 2410 - Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 . We expect a structured Rule for both H.R. 1613 and H.R. 2231 . Amendments are due to Rules for  H.R. 1613 and H.R. 2231 by 4PM on Monday, 6/24.
THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEES

Markups

Appropriations Committee

FY14 Appropriations Bills:

  • Full Committee Markup – Transportation, HUD – Wednesday, 6/26 at 10:30AM

Foreign Affairs Committee

Full Committee Markup – Thursday, 6/27 at 10AM

  • HR 1897 – Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013
  • H Res 131 – A resolution concerning the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the need for international efforts toward long-term peace, stability, and observance of human rights.

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Markup – Wednesday, 6/26 at 2PM

  • HR 1409 – Export Promotion Reform Act
  • HR 1926 – State Trade Coordination Act

Intelligence Committee

FY14 Intelligence Authorization - Full Committee Markup – TBA

Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Markup – Thursday, 6/27 at 2PM

  • HR 1490 – Veterans' Privacy Act
  • HR 1792 – Infectious Disease Reporting Act
  • HR 1804 – Foreign Travel Accountability Act

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

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 6/17 – 6/20, the House passed:

  • H.R. 1797 – Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (Rep. Franks – Judiciary)

The House also passed nine 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. 264 – 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)
  • 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)
MESSAGING FROM THE WHIP’S OFFICE

Farm Bill

“[The farm bill] sets federal policy in a range of areas that deeply affect the lives of farmers, their communities, and consumers. But it also makes a huge difference in the lives of those who rely on food assistance to avoid hunger, especially children. It's a shame that we could not consider the farm bill on its merits without undermining its credibility with what we clearly believe are not reforms and not the elimination of waste, fraud, and abuse…Everybody wants to cut out fraud, waste, abuse. But cutting out assistance for hungry people is neither fraud, nor waste, nor abuse.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/18

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 Refusal to Go to Conference on a Budget

"It has been 91 days since the House passed its budget, but Speaker Boehner has yet to follow regular order by appointing conferees.  Only then can negotiations with the Senate on a final version begin in earnest.  A budget conference is the best shot at reaching a compromise agreement on a big and balanced solution to our deficits that can replace the entire sequester and provide American families and businesses with the certainty they need…There is no more time to waste for Congress to get to work, which is why I am signing the discharge petition to force a vote on Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen's resolution calling on the Speaker to delay no further in appointing conferees.  I hope our colleagues from both sides of the aisle will join us on this petition to send a strong message for regular order in the House - something Speaker Boehner has long stated as his goal." – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/20

Immigration

“I think the majority of the American public support immigration reform.  The polls reflect that.… I think if the Senate passes a bipartisan bill, I think the Republican leadership is going to be under great pressure to let the House work its will. They say that a lot.  They either mean it, or they don't mean it.  They are either hypocrites or not.  If they want the House to work its will, the only way the House can work its will is to have matters put on the Floor for consideration and votes.  They either ought to stop saying they want the House to work its will, or they ought to act consistent with their talk.  They ought to walk the walk.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/18

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.
  • 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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