WHIP'S WEEKLY OUTLOOK: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2011

For Immediate Release:

November 27, 2011

Office of the Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer

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, Courtney Fry, or Lizet Ocampo 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, 11/29 to Friday, 12/2. The House will meet on Tuesday at 2PM for legislative business. The first votes of the week will be on Tuesday at 6:30PM.  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 four bills under suspension of the Rules:
  • H.R. 1801 – Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act (Rep. Cravaack - Homeland Security)
  • H.R. 2465 – Federal Workers Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act (Rep. Kline - Education and the Workforce)
  • H.R. 3012 – Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (Rep. Chaffetz - Judiciary)
  • H.R. 2192 – National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act of 2011 (Rep. Cohen - Judiciary)
On Wednesday, the House is expected to consider one bill under suspension of the Rules:
  • H.Res. 364 – Designating room HVC 215 of the Capitol Visitor Center as the "Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room" (Rep. Wasserman Schultz – Transportation and Infrastructure)
On Wednesday, the House is also expected to consider:
  • H.R. 3094 – Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (Rep. Kline – Education and Workforce)
    • Committee Markup Information – The Education and Workforce Committee marked up the bill on Wednesday, 10/26 and reported out the bill by a 23-16 party line vote.
    • Rule and Committee Report – The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments
      • Rep. Bishop (NY) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Boswell Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Walz Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jackson-Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
On Thursday and the balance of the week, the House is expected to consider:
  • H.R.   3463 – To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions and by terminating the Election Assistance Commission (Rep. Harper – House Administration/Ways and Means)
    • The Rules Committee will meet on Tuesday, 11/29 at 5PM to report a rule.
  • H.R. 527 – Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary)
    • Committee Markup Information – The Judiciary Committee marked up the bill on Thursday, 7/7 and reported out the bill by an 18-8 party line vote.
    • The Rules Committee will meet on Tuesday, 11/29 at 5PM to report a rule, which could limit the amendment process. Amendments are due to Rules by 5PM on Monday, 11/28.
  • H.R. 3010 – Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011 (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary)
    • Committee Markup Information – The Judiciary Committee marked up the bill on Thursday, 11/3 and reported out the bill by a 16-6 party line vote.
    • The Rules Committee will meet on Tuesday, 11/29 at 5PM to report a rule, which could limit the amendment process. Amendments are due to Rules by 5PM on Monday, 11/28.
THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEES
Please find full Committee schedules here: 
A LOOK AHEAD
The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, 12/1 at 3PM on H.R. 10 - Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011.
 
The Majority has released an agenda with tentative dates for the fall and winter months. Their agenda items include: 
  • Legislation to repeal Healthcare Reform provisions regarding grandfathered health plans (November/December)
  • Legislation to block readjustment of the ozone standards (Winter)
  • H.R. 1633 – Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act (Winter)
  • Legislation regarding the EPA’s greenhouse gas new source performance standards (Winter)
  • Legislation regarding small business tax relief (Fall/Winter)
  • Legislation to allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20% of income (Fall/Winter)

Appropriations

The current Continuing Resolution funds the government through Friday, 12/16. The President has signed the conference report on the mini-bus, which includes the FY12 Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science, and Transportation/Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bills. In addition, the package contained a Continuing Resolution to fund the government through December 16, 2011 – or until Congress completes the remaining nine FY12 Appropriations bills. The CR was a “clean” extension and included no new funding provisions for the remaining nine Appropriations bills.  
 
The House has already passed H.R. 2219, the Defense Appropriations bill, H.R. 2112, the Agriculture Appropriations bill, H.R. 2017, the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, H.R. 2055, the Military Construction and VA Appropriations bill, H.R. 2354, the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, and H.R. 2551, the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. 
 
Appropriations Bills Not Yet Passed:
  • H.R. 2584 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Simpson – Appropriations)
  • H.R. 2434 – Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Emerson – Appropriations)
    • Committee Markup Information – The Appropriations Committee marked up the bill on Thursday, 6/23, and reported out the bill by a 27-21 vote.
  • H.R. 2596 – Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Wolf – Appropriations)
    • Committee Markup Information – The Appropriations Committee marked up the bill on Wednesday, 7/13, and reported out the bill by a voice vote
  • H.R. 3070 – Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Rehberg – Appropriations)
    • Markup Postponed
  • State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill
    • Markup Postponed
  • Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill
    • Markup Postponed
RECAP OF LAST WEEK
During the week of 11/14 – 11/18, the House passed:
  • H.R. 2838 – Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011, as amended (Rep. LoBiondo – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  • H.R. 822– National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 (Rep. Stearns -Judiciary)
  • Conference Report on H.R. 2112 – The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (Rep. Rogers – Appropriations)
The House also passed nine bills under suspension of the Rules:
  • H.R. 1791 – To designate the United States courthouse under construction at 101 South United States Route 1 in Fort Pierce, Florida, as the "Alto Lee Adams, Sr., United States Courthouse” (Rep. Rooney – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  • H.R. 588 – To redesignate the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge as the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge (Rep. Harper – Natural Resources)
  • H.R. 3004 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 260 California Drive in Yountville, California, as the “Private First Class Alejandro R. Ruiz Post Office Building” (Rep. Thompson (CA) – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • S. 1412 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 462 Washington Street, Woburn, Massachusetts, as the “Officer John Maguire Post Office” (Sen. Kerry – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 298 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 500 East Whitestone Boulevard in Cedar Park, Texas, as the “Army Specialist Matthew Troy Morris Post Office Building” (Rep. Carter – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 2422 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 45 Bay Street, Suite 2, in Staten Island, New York, as the “Sergeant Angel Mendez Post Office” (Rep. Grimm – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 2660 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 122 North Holderrieth Boulevard in Tomball, Texas, as the “Tomball Veterans Post Office” (Rep. McCaul – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 2415 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 11 Dock Street in Pittston, Pennsylvania, as the “Trooper Joshua D. Miller Post Office Building” (Rep. Barletta – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • Senate Amendment to H.R. 674 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the imposition of 3 percent withholding on certain payments made to vendors by government entities, to modify the calculation of modified adjusted gross income for purposes of determining eligibility for certain healthcare-related programs, and for other purposes (Rep. Herger – Ways and Means)
MESSAGING FROM THE WHIP’S OFFICE
Republicans have spent too much time on partisan bills that won’t create jobs and too little time focused on helping put Americans back to work. Rather than pursue a partisan agenda, it’s time for Republicans to work with Democrats on the American Jobs Act and the Make It In America plan – bipartisan proposals that will boost our economy and create jobs now.

American Jobs Act

The American Jobs Act is fully paid for, includes bipartisan ideas, enjoys support from the majority of Americans and will create jobs and grow our economy now. Democrats in Congress are pushing for enactment of provisions contained in the American Jobs Act. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans voted to block consideration of the American Jobs Act, and House Republicans refuse to bring it to the floor. Senate Republicans have also voted against two bills with provisions of the American Jobs Act that would have kept teachers and first responders on the job, as well as made needed investments in infrastructure that would have created jobs. 
 
From the White House:

Deficit Reduction

“I am extremely disappointed at the Joint Select Committee’s announcement that they have failed to reach an agreement. There is no alternative, in my view, except to keep working toward the objective of a big, balanced deal. It is my intention to continue working toward that goal, and I urge both the members of the Committee – who have worked hard... As I have said all along, failure is not an acceptable outcome. Our nation is facing crippling deficits that make it harder to invest in job creation and economic growth. We must come to grips with the deficit challenge that confronts us and make the tough decisions necessary for success. History will properly judge us harshly if we fail to continue working toward a comprehensive, balanced, $4 trillion stabilizing solution to the challenge that confronts us. I hope we will redouble our efforts toward that end.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 11/21

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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