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

Five “One Minutes” per side
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Complete Consideration of H.R. 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (Rep. McKeon – 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 2014. It provides for $552.1 billion in new discretionary authority for DOD ($54 billion above sequestration levels) plus an additional $85.8 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) ($5 billion above the President’s request).

In addition to authorizing all operations at the Pentagon, as well as military operations overseas, the bill also includes some policy additions/restrictions, including: a restriction of funds used to both release prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay detention center to a foreign country or entity, and on domestic transfers and construction or modification of U.S. facilities to house Guantánamo detainees; Sexual Assault Prevention (SAP), including a removal of commanders’ authority to dismiss or reduce court martial sentences, longer statutes of limitations, victim counseling, and SAP training requirements and oversight; and language aimed at expanding religious freedom protections for service members.

As of last night, the House had completed debate on amendments through the Coffman amendment (#37). There are 11 amendments remaining to debate, each debatable for 10 minutes equally divided between the offeror and an opponent, except for an amendment offered by Mr. Smith of Washington and amendments considered en bloc, which are debatable for 20 minutes equally divided between the chair and ranking member of the committee on Armed Services, or their designees.

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

  • Turner Amendment #21
  • Holt Amendment #22
  • McCollum Amendment #25
  • Nolan Amendment #32
  • Larsen/Cooper Amendment #33
  • Gibson Amendment #36
  • Coffman Amendment #37

A full list of the 172 amendments made in order can be found HERE.

Bill Text for H.R. 1960:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 1960:
House Report (HTML Version)

House Report (PDF Version)

The Daily Quote

“Speaker John Boehner faces a divided conference and some of the trickiest legislative waters he’s had to navigate since the fiscal-cliff fight in trying to manage a farm bill fight in the House. The nearly $1 trillion measure is supposed to come to the floor for a vote next week, but may be pulled from the calendar due to a lack of support, according to congressional…sources… GOP leadership is not eager to move any more bills that divide their majority, but the issue is further complicated by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy’s support for the farm bill. … ‘As a longtime proponent of top-to-bottom reform, my concerns about our country’s farm programs are well known,’ Boehner said. ‘But as I said on the day I became speaker, my job isn’t to impose my personal will on this institution or its members.’…GOP aides said that approach is emblematic of how Boehner is running the House, especially after an attempt to forge a grand top-down deficit bargain last year with President Obama failed.”  

-    The Hill, 6/12/13