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Five “One Minutes”

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

H.R. 4487 – Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2015 (Rep. Cole – Appropriations) (One Hour of Debate). This bill appropriates $3.3 billion for the U.S. House of Representatives and other agencies and programs affiliated with the House, like the Capitol Police, the Library of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Government Printing Office. The $3.3 billion total is the same level of funding as FY 2014, $122.5 million (5%) less than requested by the Administration. The measure freezes House operations at the current level, while increasing funds for the U.S. Capitol Police, GAO, the Congressional Printing Office and the Library of Congress by about 3%. Funding for the Architect of the Capitol is reduced by $40.5 million (8%), but includes $21 million in funding for the third and final phase of the Capitol Dome restoration project.

Republicans are developing this year's spending bills based on the $1.014 trillion discretionary spending cap and the 302(a) discretionary allocations consistent 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 yesterday, makes in order 8 amendments, each debatable for 10 minutes, equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. The amendments are:

Nugent Amendment. Prohibits the CAO of the House of Representatives from making any payments from any Members' representational allowance for the leasing of a vehicle, excluding mobile district offices and short-term vehicle rentals.
Speier Amendment. Increases the Congressional Office of Compliance account by $500,000, to provide for sexual harassment training for all House offices, and decreases the AOC General Administration account by the same amount.
Gosar Amendment. Reduces the funds provided for the Botanic Garden by $3,166,949, returning funding to the FY 2014 level, and applies the savings to the spending reduction account.
Broun Amendment. Reduces the funds provided for the Capitol Visitors Center by $243,000, returning funding to the FY 2014 level, and applies the savings to the spending reduction account.
Duffy Amendment. Zeroes out funding for the Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund (a cut of $3,420,000) and applies the savings to the spending reduction account.
Hall Amendment. Prohibits funds from being used to deliver a printed copy of the CAO's Statement of Disbursements of the House to any Member of the House of Representatives.
Wenstrup Amendment. Prohibits funding for the delivery of printed copies of the Daily Calendar of the United States House of Representatives to member offices, as this document is accessible online.
Holt Amendment. Appropriates $2.5 million to re-institute the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), and decreases the House Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund account by same amount.

Bill Text for H.R. 4487:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 4487:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)

The Daily Quote

“[House Speaker] John Boehner [R-Ohio] teased them last week for whining about the fact that they couldn’t tackle a tough topic like immigration reform. But conservative immigration foes have yet to let go of the speaker’s remarks about them. In the aftermath, they are stepping up their efforts to thwart any plan that might be afoot among House leadership to jam reform through the House by the end of this year. A group of conservatives plans to meet and strategize this week, and are scouring bills searching for offending language that might somehow slip through their gates. ‘We have to man the watchtowers 24/7,’ said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), referring to a feeling among hard-liners that House leaders will try to sneak through immigration measures.”

-    Politico, 4/30/2014