|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.|
|H.Con.Res. 119 – Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy (Rep. Scalise – Ways and Means) (One hour of debate). The resolution expresses the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be “detrimental to American Families and businesses, and is not in the best interest of the United States.” This partisan resolution has no democratic co-sponsors and condemns tax policy that could be helpful in curbing carbon pollution that contributes to climate change. Not only do House Republicans constantly target the environment with their anti-Clean Air Act legislation and try to tie the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but they refuse to listen to hard scientific facts about the need to maintain policy tools and strategies to address harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Instead of addressing the Trump Administration’s manufactured family separation crisis on the border, responding to Russia’s attempts to undermine our democracy by interfering in our elections, working to address climate change, or taking action to prevent skyrocketing health care costs that are bleeding American families dry, House Republicans are wasting time on this resolution.
The Rule, which was adopted yesterday, provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ways and Means.
Complete Consideration of H.R. 6147 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019 (Rep. Calvert – Appropriations). This bill combines two FY19 appropriations bills – Department of Interior, Environment Appropriations Act, and Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act – into one “Minibus” package that fails to fully fund critical domestic programs and includes controversial policy riders, many of which Democrats have successfully fought to keep out of the enacted appropriations bills in past years.
Neither division in this bill receives an increase from the FY18 enacted level. Republicans have prioritized what little additional funding is available to non-defense appropriations to the Department of Homeland Security, presumably to fund President Trump’s border wall and deportation policies. This approach leaves many Democratic priorities virtually flat-funded. Additionally, the Financial Services division does not utilize its full allocation, effectively cutting the bill by 2.5%, undermining the Bipartisan Budget Act passed earlier this year.
The Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations division is flat-funded from FY18 and contains numerous problematic provisions. This division:
The Rule provides for no further general or amendment debate.
|THE DAILY QUOTE|
|“The House floor is seeing an uptick in messaging bills as Republicans prepare for a monthlong district work period... Nonetheless, some Republicans feel like their majority would be better… if they spent less time on messaging bills and more time on legislation to address problems the American people face. ‘I’ve never been one that believes that you just put forth bills that send a message,’ Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said… As an example, the North Carolina Republican said GOP lawmakers should have spent this week passing legislation to stop foreign interference in the U.S. election cycle…”
- Roll Call, 7/19/2018