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9:00 a.m.: Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes”

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Complete Consideration of H.R. 4870 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations). H.R. 4870 appropriates $491 billion in FY 2015 discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense – an increase of approximately $4.1 billion (0.8%) from FY 2014 – plus an additional $79.4 billion as a placeholder, pending the Administration’s request, for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) ($6 billion below the FY2014 level). 

The measure includes a military pay raise of 1.8% (0.8% above the President’s request) and continues provisions prohibiting the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. It also includes funding for sexual assault prevention and response programs in the military and suicide prevention programs among the Special Operations community.

Republicans are developing this year's spending bills based on the $1.014 trillion discretionary spending cap and the 302(a) discretionary allocations agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement. By setting the Appropriations Committee's allocation in-line with the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, House Republicans were able to begin the appropriations process early. House Republicans should use this extra time to ensure that all twelve appropriations bills are enacted before the start of the 2015 fiscal year.

The Rule, which was adopted on Wednesday, provides for no further general debate and does not require that amendments be pre-printed in the Congressional Record prior to their consideration. The House has completed reading through all titles of the bill.  The House will resume debating amendments at the end of the bill today.

The following amendment had a recorded votes pending as of last night:

  • Lee Amendment #32

Bill Text for H.R. 4870:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 4870:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)

The Daily Quote

“Not surprisingly, budget analysts found that a net increase of 10.4 million people living in the United States over the next decade, and an increase of 16 million over 20 years, would be a tremendous shot in the arm. The CBO has confirmed a gritty street truth about immigration: For all the difficulties and burdens, it is a net plus to the economy. Every senator and congressman who has campaigned in recent years for more economic growth and productivity, who has railed against the budget deficit and lamented the slow recovery, ought to read the sober and persuasive assessment of the CBO on immigration reform… the CBO calculated that with so many more people working, revenues would soar by $459 billion over the same decade; the federal deficit would go down by almost $200 billion. Likewise, the CBO found the legislation would boost the country’s overall economic output by 3.3 percent over the next decade, and by 5.4 percent over two decades, compared to what it would be without reform.”

-    Washington Post Editorial, 6/20/2014