THE DAILY WHIP: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

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

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

Fifteen “One Minutes”
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

H.Res. 275 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 1695 – Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 (Reps. Goodlatte/Conyers – Judiciary) (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 Judiciary.  The Rule provides for consideration of 2 amendments, debatable for 10 minutes, equally controlled by the proponent and opponent of the amendment. The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions, and waives all points of order against the legislation.

The Rule also provides that H.Res. 254 shall be laid on the table.  H.Res. 254 was a Rule that was hastily reported out of the Rules Committee as a last minute attempt by the Republican Leadership to look like they were making progress on health care before their Members faced constituents during the two week recess.  Now, the Republican Leadership is attempting to do away with this Rule quickly and quietly so they do not face more public anger and embarrassment over the fact that they have yet to produce a health care plan. Members are urged to VOTE NO.

H.R. 1695 Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 (Reps. Goodlatte/Conyers – Judiciary) (One hour of debate).  This bill would change the appointment process for the Register of Copyrights to a Presidential appointee subject to Senate confirmation, from the current process which provides for the Librarian of Congress to make the appointment.   

The Rule makes in order 2 amendments, debatable for 10 minutes, equally divided between the offeror and an opponent.  The amendments are:

Rep. Deutch Amendment. Requires the Register of Copyrights to be capable of identifying and supervising a Chief Information Officer or similar official responsible for managing information technology systems.
Rep. Chu Amendment. Specifies that nothing in the bill shall impact the mandatory deposit requirements of title 17.

Bill Text for H.R. 1695:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 1695:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)

Postponed Suspension (1 bill)

  1. S. 496 – A bill to repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform" (Sen. Duckworth – Transportation and Infrastructure)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Thursday, April 27: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.  The House is expected to begin consideration of H.R. 1694 – Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017 (Rep. Chaffetz – Oversight and Government Reform) (Subject to a Rule).  
The Daily Quote

“Lawmakers of both parties renewed their hopes of striking a deal this week to fund the government, after President Donald Trump backed off his push to get immediate funding for a border wall… The decision by Trump to postpone a battle over wall funding… came as a victory for Democrats who oppose a wall… If no deal is reached — and passed— by Friday at midnight, most of the government would run out of money…  Republicans made clear they have no interest in a government shutdown, for which they would likely be blamed, since they control both houses of Congress and the presidency.”

     -    CQ, 4/26/2017