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

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

Fifteen “One Minutes” per side
4:30 – 5:00 p.m.  5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

**Members are advised that following “One Minutes,” the House is expected to recess until 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. to accommodate the Democratic Caucus with President Obama. Following the Democratic Caucus, the House will reconvene and debate the Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 803.

**Members are also advised that today, the House is only expected to consider the Rule for H.R. 803. Tomorrow, the House will complete general debate and consider the amendments to H.R. 803.  

H.Res. 113 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 803 – SKILLS Act (Rep. Foxx – Education and the Workforce/Judiciary/Agriculture/Veterans’ Affairs/Energy and Commerce/Transportation and Infrastructure) (One Hour of Debate). The Rules Committee has recommended a structured Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. The Rule allows 5 amendments debatable for 10 minutes equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. The Rule also makes in order 1 amendment in the nature of a substitute, debatable for 20 minutes, equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. It allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions. It also waives all points of order against the legislation. The Republican Majority rejected a motion by Mr. Hastings of Florida to consider H.R. 803 under an open Rule. Members are urged to VOTE NO.

Bill Text for H.R. 803:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 803:
CRS Report – Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Reauthorization Proposals in the 113th Congress: Comparison of Major Features of Current Law and H.R. 803

The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Friday, March 15: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to complete consideration of H.R. 803 – SKILLS Act (Rep. Foxx – Education and Workforce/Judiciary/Agriculture/Veterans’ Affairs/Energy and Commerce/ Transportation/Infrastructure).

The Daily Quote

“House Budget Committee chairman, Representative Paul Ryan, unveiled his 2014 spending plan: a retread of ideas that voters soundly rejected, made even worse, if possible, by sharper cuts to vital services and more dishonest tax provisions. The budget, which will surely fly through the House, was quickly praised as ‘serious’ and job-creating by the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, though it is neither. By cutting $4.6 trillion from spending over the next decade, it would reverse the country’s nascent economic growth, kill millions of real and potential jobs, and deprive those suffering the most of social assistance. All the tired ideas from 2011 and 2012 are back: eliminating Medicare’s guarantee to retirees by turning it into a voucher plan; dispensing with Medicaid and food stamps by turning them into block grants for states to cut freely; repealing most of the reforms to health care and Wall Street; shrinking beyond recognition the federal role in education, job training, transportation and scientific and medical research. The public opinion of these callous proposals was made clear in the fall election, but Mr. Ryan is too ideologically fervid to have learned that lesson. The 2014 budget is even worse than that of the previous two years…”

-    New York Times Editorial, 3/12/13