WHIP'S WEEKLY OUTLOOK: SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012

For Immediate Release:

June 24, 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 Tuesday, 6/26 to Friday, 6/29.  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, and a second series of votes is expected at approximately 10PM – 11PM.  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.  After last votes on Friday, the House is scheduled to go into a week-long recess.

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

  • H.R. 4850 – Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act (Rep. Aderholt – Energy and Commerce)
  • H.R. 5625 – Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act (Rep. Murphy (CT) – Energy and Commerce)
  • H.R. 5889 – Nuclear Terrorism Conventions Implementation and Safety of Maritime Navigation Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary)
  • H.R. 4223 – Safe Doses Act (Rep. Sensenbrenner – Judiciary)  
  • H.R. 4018 – Public Safety Officers' Benefits Improvements Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Fitzpatrick – Judiciary)
  • H.R. 3501 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 125 Kerr Avenue in Rome City, Indiana, as the "SPC Nicholas Scott Hartge Post Office" (Rep. Stutzman – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 3412 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1421 Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville, Louisiana, as the "Sergeant Richard Franklin Abshire Post Office Building" (Rep. Boustany – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 3593 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 787 State Route 17M in Monroe, New York, as the "National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency NCS Officer Gregg David Wenzel Memorial Post Office" (Rep. Hayworth – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 3772 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 150 South Union Street in Canton, Mississippi, as the "First Sergeant Landres Cheeks Post Office Building" (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Oversight and Government Reform)  
  • H.R. 3276 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2810 East Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, Florida, as the "Reverend Abe Brown Post Office Building (Rep. Castor – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • Senate Amendment to H.R. 2297 – To promote the development of the Southwest waterfront in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes (Rep. Norton – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 4251 – Securing Maritime Activities through Risk–based Targeting for Port Security Act (Rep. Miller (MI) – Homeland Security)
  • H.R. 4005 – GAPS Act (Rep. Hahn – Homeland Security)
  • H.R. 1447 – Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011 (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Homeland Security)
  • H.R. 5843 – To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to permit use of certain grant funds for training conducted in conjunction with a national laboratory or research facility (Rep. Lungren – Homeland Security)
  • H.R.  3173 – To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to reform the process for the enrollment, activation, issuance, and renewal of a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to require, in total, not more than one in–person visit to a designated enrollment center (Rep. Scalise – Homeland Security)

On Tuesday, the House is also expected to take two postponed votes:

  • Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (Rep. Hoyer)
  • Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (Rep. Black)

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

  • H.R. 5972– Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Latham – Appropriations Committee)

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

  • H.Res.__  – Resolution recommending that the House of Representatives find Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the committee on Oversight and Government Reform (Rep. Issa – Oversight and Government Reform) (Privileged Resolution)
  • H.R. 5973– Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2011 (Rep. Kingston – Appropriations)
    • Committee Markup Information – The Appropriations Committee marked up the bill on Tuesday, 6/19 and reported out the bill by a voice vote.
    • Rule and Committee Report
  • Further Legislation Relating to H.R. 4628 – Interest Rate Reduction Act
  • Further Legislation Relating to H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II
THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEES

FY13 Appropriations Markup

Interior and Environment – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/27 at 10AM

Markups

Agriculture Committee:

2012 Farm Bill – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 7/11 at 10AM

Budget Committee:

Sequestration Transparency – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/27 at 10AM

  • H.R. 5872 – Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012

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

Foreign Affairs Committee:

Foreign Relations Authorization – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/27 at 10AM

Veterans’ Affairs Committee:

Veterans Oversight and Investigation Legislation – Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 6/27 at 10AM

Veterans Disability Assistance, Memorial Affairs – Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 6/27 at 2PM

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

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.  The House will consider H.R. 5972, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill and H.R. 5973, the Agriculture Appropriations bill.

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

Interior, Environment Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 6/20
  • Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/27 at 10AM

State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

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

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 6/18 – 6/21, the House passed:

  • H.R. 2578 – Conservation and Economic Growth Act (Rep. Denham – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 4480 – Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012 (Rep. Gardner – Energy and Commerce/Natural Resources)
  • Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (Rep. Walz)
  • Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (Rep. McKinley)

The House also passed ten 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)
  • House Amendment to S. 3187 – Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (Sen. Harkin – Energy and Commerce)
MESSAGING FROM THE WHIP’S OFFICE

Surface Transportation Bill

"With thousands of construction jobs on the line and businesses in dire need of certainty, House Republicans should not delay passing a surface transportation bill any longer. [Friday] will mark 100 days since the Senate passed a bipartisan compromise supported by three quarters of Senators - including 22 Republicans - and that bill should have passed the House weeks ago. We cannot continue simply to pass temporary, short-term extensions, which do not provide businesses that rely on our infrastructure with the certainty they need to expand and create jobs.  We must act soon, or risk our recovery stalling.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/20

Hoyer: Bipartisan Senate Transportation Bill Provides Certainty, Creates Jobs

Do-Nothing Congress

With less than one week before the highway bill expires and student loan interest rates double, House Republicans have not scheduled any Floor action this week on either item. By wasting time on political messaging bills, Republicans have shown they are more interested in running out the clock than they are in helping students and families or in creating jobs.

 “We should be working, however, together to find real solutions to meet our pressing challenges. We ought to pass the long-term highway bill to create thousands of construction jobs. We ought to address the looming deadline when student loan interest rates are set to go up on July 1. We ought to get to work on taxes so we can keep low rates in place for middle-class families and ought to get serious about comprehensive deficit debt reduction before we find ourselves on the edge of a fiscal cliff this year.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/20

Another Week by a Do-Nothing Congress: GOP Priorities Continue to Hurt Middle Class, Economic Stability

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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