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THE DAILY WHIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 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”
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

H.Res. 374 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2213Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Rep. McSally – Homeland Security) (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 Homeland Security.  The Rule provides for consideration of 1 amendment, 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.  Members are urged to VOTE NO.

H.Res. 375 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 10Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (Rep. Hensarling – Financial Services) (One hour of debate).  The Rules Committee has recommended a structured Rule that provides for ninety minutes of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services.  The Rule provides for consideration of 6 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.  Members are urged to VOTE NO.

H.R. 2213 Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Rep. McSally – Homeland Security) (One hour of debate).  H.R. 2213 would authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to waive the polygraph examination requirement for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) applicants considered “low risk,” specifically military veterans and state and local law enforcement officers.  The bill attempts to accelerate hiring, which proponents of the bill maintain has been delayed due to a shortage of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) polygraph test administrators.

Polygraph requirements are widely used in federal law enforcement.  In addition to CBP, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and Secret Service require applicants to undergo a polygraph examination.  Congress required CBP applicants to undergo polygraph examinations in 2007 amid reports that CBP frequently hired agents who became corrupt or abused their authority.  Opponents of the bill are concerned that relaxing the polygraph requirement could lead to employing unfit CBP officers and agents who pose a risk to national security, have ties to drug or human trafficking organizations, or may exercise their authority in an abusive manner. 

The Rule makes in order 1 amendment, debatable for 10 minutes, equally divided between the offeror and an opponent.  The amendment is:

Lujan Grisham Amendment. Prohibits the bill from going into effect until 1) the CBP completes its evaluation and pilot program of the Test for Espionage, Sabotage, and Corruption (TES-C) which is then certified by the DHS Inspector General and reported to Congress and 2) the DHS Inspector General completes a risk assessment of the population that could receive waivers and certifies to Congress that providing waivers to these individuals would not endanger national security, undermine workforce integrity, or increase corruption in the agency.

Bill Text for H.R. 2213:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 2213:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)

Suspension (1 bill)

  1. H.Con.Res. 33 – Designating the George C. Marshall Museum and George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library (Rep. Goodlatte – Education and the Workforce)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Thursday, June 8: The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.  The House is expected to complete consideration of H.R. 10 – Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (Rep. Hensarling – Financial Services).

The Daily Quote

“Sen. John McCain [R-AZ] recently reflected on the first five months of GOP rule in Washington… ‘The fact is I’m disappointed,’ the famously gruff Arizona Republican fumed in an interview late last month, calling his party’s governing plans a ‘train wreck’ set to hit Congress in September.”

    -     Politico, 6/5/2017