Daily Whip
House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted:
9:00 a.m.: Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes”
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Complete Consideration of H.R. 2810 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Rep. Thornberry – Armed Services).  The bill would provide for the authorization of funding for the Department of Defense and other related agencies, programs, and operations for Fiscal Year 2018. It authorizes approximately $621.5 billion for base budget requirements and an additional $74.6 billion designated for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).  However, $10 billion of the $74.6 billion designated as OCO will go to non-OCO base budget activities, manipulating the OCO designation created to account for spending to carry out current conflicts.  Even without this OCO plus-up, the bill authorizes $72 billion above the sequester level Budget Control Act’s cap of $549 billion in defense budget authority for FY2018.

The bill supports a 2.4 percent pay increase for military personnel. It also includes important provisions related to sexual assault in the military and authorizes funding for suicide prevention programs among the Special Operations community.

The legislation maintains the current restriction on domestic transfers of Guantanamo detainees and prevents the use of funds for construction or modification of U.S. facilities to house Guantánamo detainees. The bill provides for $4.65 billion for the European Deterrence Initiative and extends the authorization for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.

The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following remaining amendments:

Frankel Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Hunter Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
McGovern Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
En Bloc #3 (20 minutes of debate)
En Bloc #4 (20 minutes of debate)
En Bloc #5 (20 minutes of debate)
En Bloc #6 (20 minutes of debate)
Tenney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

The following amendments had recorded votes pending as of last night:

Franks Amendment
Lamborn Amendment

Bill Text for H.R. 2810:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 2810:
House Report (HTML Version)

House Report (PDF Version)

The Daily Quote

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released a new proposal to overhaul the Affordable Care Act on Thursday after spending three weeks reworking it to win over wavering lawmakers on the right and in the center. But within hours, it was clear that Senate leaders still didn’t have the votes to fulfill their long-standing quest to replace former president Barack Obama’s 2010 health-care law… Moderate Republicans remained concerned Thursday that the new proposal would make insurance unaffordable for some ­middle-income Americans and throw millions off the rolls of Medicaid, the public insurance for disabled and low-income Americans… Looming even larger was the reality that Republicans, despite their control of both chambers of Congress and with President Trump in the White House, have made little progress.”

      -      Washington Post, 7/13/2017