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
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Evening

**Members are advised that the GOP Leadership has announced that votes will occur after 7:00 p.m. when the House is considering Appropriations bills, therefore the House may be voting late into the evening today.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 2217 – Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (Rep. Carter – Appropriations) (One Hour of Debate). H.R. 2217 appropriates $38.993 billion in discretionary budget authority in FY 2014 for the Department of Homeland Security. The discretionary budget authority is $600 million below the FY 2013 enacted level and $37 million below the President’s request for FY 2014, but $1.234 billion above the FY 2013 level under sequestration. Accounting for an additional $1.46 billion in mandatory Coast Guard pension payments and $5.626 billion in designated disaster relief, the measure provides a total of $46.079 billion.

Relative to FY 2013 enacted levels, the bill increases funding for Customs and Border Protection and cybersecurity but reduces funding for the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It continues funds for state and local law enforcement to carry out immigration enforcement activities, and rejects the administration proposal to decrease the number of detention beds the government maintains for preparing individuals to be deported. It also prohibits the use of ICE funding to provide for abortions and prohibits funds to transfer or release detainees from Guantánamo Bay.

Republicans are developing this year's spending bills based on the $967 billion discretionary spending cap included in the Republican (Ryan) Budget Resolution rather than the $1.058 trillion cap agreed upon in the Budget Control Act. As a result, this bill leaves even less room for other agencies and programs in appropriations bills to be considered later this year, as Republicans try and ‘frontload’ some of the appropriations bills while still promising $91 billion in appropriations cuts.

Bill Text for H.R. 2217:
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Background for H.R. 2217
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)

The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Thursday, June 6: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to continue consideration of H.R. 2217 – Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2014 (Rep. Carter – Appropriations).

The Daily Quote

“The House on Tuesday passed the first of 12 spending bills… The boost for veterans came even as Republicans controlling the chamber marched ahead with a plan that would require most other domestic programs to absorb even deeper cuts next year than those in place now after the imposition of across-the-board spending cuts… Republicans are coping with the shortfall by slashing across a broad swath of domestic programs, forcing cuts in the range of 20 percent, for instance, to a huge domestic spending bill that funds aid to local school districts, health research and enforcement of labor laws. Cuts to domestic agencies are magnified by a move to restore $28 billion in sequester-imposed cuts to the Pentagon. The GOP strategy is to, early on, advance popular, bipartisan bills like the veterans’ measure and a homeland security bill to be debated Wednesday, and then bring up bills making deep cuts later in the summer — if at all.”

-    Associated Press, 6/4/13