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
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

**Members are advised that today, the House is only expected to consider the Rule for H.R. 1406. Tomorrow, the House will complete consideration of the bill.  

H.Res. 198 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 1406 – “Pay Working Families Less Act” (Rep. Roby – Education and the Workforce) (One Hour of Debate). The Rules committee has recommended a structured Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce.  The Rule allows 1 amendment debatable for 10 minutes equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions and it also waives all points of order against the legislation.

The Rules Committee rejected a motion by Ms. Slaughter to consider the bill under an open Rule. The committee also blocked numerous Democratic amendments, including an amendment offered by Reps. DeLauro/Courtney/Esty that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave. Members are urged to VOTE NO.

Bill Text for H.R. 1406:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 1406:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)

The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Wednesday, May 8: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business and recess immediately. The House will reconvene at approximately 10:20 a.m. for the purpose of receiving, in a Joint Meeting with the Senate, the Honorable Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea.  Following the Joint Meeting, the House is expected to begin consideration of H.R. 807 – “Pay China First Act” (Rep. McClintock – Ways and Means) (Subject to a Rule) and complete consideration of H.R. 1406 – “Pay Working Families Less Act” (Rep. Roby – Education and the Workforce).

The Daily Quote

“Credit rating agencies and investors may not be reassured because they may insufficiently distinguish between default and technical default. It’s easy to imagine a credit rating agency downgrading the U.S. for not paying contractors or States on time… If the U.S. government legally commits to paying someone a benefit, or agrees to pay a firm for a good or a service, the U.S. government should fulfill that agreement in a timely fashion. To do otherwise is taking the first step to becoming a banana republic.”

-    Keith Hennessey, Former Bush Administration Economist, Roll Call Wonk Wire, 1/16/13