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

10:00 a.m.: Morning Hour
1:00 p.m.: Legislative Business

Fifteen “One Minutes” per side
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

**Members are advised that today, the House is only expecting one vote series. 

Suspensions (2 Bills)

  1. H.R. 2146 – DATA Act, as amended (Rep. Issa – Oversight and Government Reform) The bill establishes accountability and transparency in federal spending by establishing a Federal Accountability and Spending Transparency Commission to oversee and track all federal funding including grants, contracts and loans. The new commission, which would replace the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board created after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would operate a single, comprehensive website to track federal agency spending.
  2. H.R. 3336 – Small Business Credit Availability Act, as amended (Rep. Hartzler – Agriculture) The bill clarifies whether certain financial institutions are exempt from being classified as swap dealers or exempt from swap clearing requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Motion to go to Conference on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (Rep. Mica – Transportation and Infrastructure) and Democratic Motion to Instruct Conferees.

Postponed Suspensions (3 Votes)

  1. H.R. 1038 - To authorize the conveyance of two small parcels of land within the boundaries of the Coconino National Forest containing private improvements that were developed based upon the reliance of the landowners in an erroneous survey conducted in May 1960 (Rep. Gosar - Natural Resources)
  2. H.R. 2050 - Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection Act (Rep. Simpson - Natural Resources)
  3. H.R. 2240 - Lowell National Historical Park Land Exchange Act of 2011 (Rep. Tsongas - Natural Resources)

The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Thursday, April 26: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to consider H.R. 2096 – Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2011, as amended (Rep. McCaul – Science, Space, and Technology), H.R. 3834 – Advancing America's Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2012 (Rep. Hall – Science, Space, and Technology) and H.R. 4257 – Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012 (Rep. Issa – Oversight and Government Reform) – under suspension of the Rules.  The House is also expected to begin consideration of H.R. 3523 – Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Rep. Rogers (MI) – Intelligence) (Subject to a Rule).

The Daily Quote

“House Republicans say the country cannot afford the $6 billion a year that it costs to pay for the lower [student loan interest] rates.  The Ryan budget, recently approved by the House, would allow the rates to double, and, at the same time, would cut taxes by $10 trillion over a decade. Representative John Kline Jr., the chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, said keeping the rates low would mean ‘piling billions of dollars on the backs of taxpayers.’  Instead, Republicans would rather pile that burden on the backs of taxpayers-to-be, specifically the 7.4 million students who now have federally subsidized Stafford loans and the millions more who will need them.  At a time when many graduates are desperate for jobs, the interest rate increase would add an average of $1,000 a year to their debt.”

-     New York Times Editorial, 4/24/12