THE DAILY WHIP: THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017

House Meets At:First Vote Predicted:Last Vote Predicted:

10:00 a.m.: Morning Hour
12:00 p.m.: Legislative Business

Fifteen “One Minutes”
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

***MEMBERS ARE ADVISED THAT CLOSE VOTES ARE POSSIBLE THIS WEEK.  ANY EXPECTED ABSENCES SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE WHIP’S OFFICE AT x5-3130.

H.Res. 440 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2810 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Rep. Thornberry – Armed Services).  The Rules Committee has recommended a structured Rule for additional amendments.  The Rule provides for consideration of 122 amendments, each debatable for 10 minutes, equally controlled by the proponent and opponent of the amendment.

The Rule also provides the Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services authority to offer amendments en bloc, consisting of amendments not previously considered. All en bloc amendments are debatable for 20 minutes equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the committee on Armed Services. 

The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions, and waives all points of order against the legislation.

The Rules Committee rejected a motion by Mr. Polis of Colorado to strike amendment #315 offered by Rep. Hartzler of Missouri from the list of amendments made in order, which prohibits medical treatment by the Department of Defense relating to gender transition.  Members are urged to VOTE NO.

Continue Consideration of H.R. 2810 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Rep. Thornberry – Armed Services) (Subject to a Rule). 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.  A full list of the 122 amendments made in order in the second Rule can be found HERE.

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

Conaway Amendment
Polis Amendment
Jayapal/Pocan Amendment
Nadler Amendment
Blumenauer Amendment #8
Aguilar Amendment
Rogers (AL) Amendment
Garamendi Amendment
Blumenauer Amendment #13
McClintock Amendment

Bill Text for H.R. 2810:
PDF Version

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

House Report (PDF Version)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Friday, July 14: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to complete consideration of H.R. 2810 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Rep. Thornberry – Armed Services).  
The Daily Quote

“Republicans are failing at governance... Legislative results have been in short supply for unified Republican government as first the House and now the Senate have gotten badly bogged down in trying to overhaul the Obama administration’s health care law — a top priority of Republicans since 2010. The stalemate has been ugly, preventing Republicans from moving ahead on long overdue budget, spending and tax priorities and leaving Mr. McConnell and Senate Republicans frustrated and doubting their abilities.”

      -      New York Times, 7/12/2017