Welcome to the Whip's Weekly Outlook, your one-stop document to find out what's to come in the following weeks on the House Floor and in Committees, as well as a review of the last week in session. Please let us know what you think.
THIS WEEK ON THE FLOOR
The House is scheduled to be in session this week from Tuesday, 7/16 to Friday, 7/19. On Tuesday the House will meet at 12PM for morning hour debate and at 2PM for legislative business. First votes of the week are expected at 6:30PM on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10AM for Morning Hour and 12PM for legislative business. On Friday, the House will meet at 9AM for legislative business with last votes expected no later than 3PM.
On Tuesday, the House is expected to consider three bills under suspension of the Rules:
- H.R. 2576 – To amend title 49, United States Code, to modify requirements relating to the availability of pipeline safety regulatory documents, and for other purposes (Rep. Denham – Transportation and Infrastructure)
- H.R. 1848 – Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013, as amended (Rep. Pompeo – Transportation and Infrastructure)
- H.R. 2611 – To designate the headquarters building of the Coast Guard on the campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue Southeast in the District of Columbia as the "Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building", and for other purposes. (Rep. Norton – Transportation and Infrastructure)
On Wednesday, the House is expected to consider two bills subject to a rule:
- H.R. 2667 – Authority for Mandate Delay Act (Rep. Griffin – Ways and Means)
- H.R. 2668 – “Fairness for American Families Act” (Rep. Young (IN) – Ways and Means)
- The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 7/16 at 5PM to report one Rule for H.R. 2667 and H.R. 2668. The Rules Committee is expected to report a Closed Rule.
On Thursday and the balance of the week, the House may consider two bills subject to a rule:
H.R. 5 – “Student Success Act” (Rep. Kline – Education and the Workforce)
- Committee Markup Information – The Education and Workforce Committee marked up the bill on Wednesday, 6/19 and reported out the bill by a 23-16 party line vote.
- The Rules Committee may also meet during the week of July 7/15 to report a Rule. The Rules Committee is expected to report a Structured Rule. Amendments are due to Rules by 4PM on Monday, 7/15.
H.R. 2397 - Department of Defense Appropriations Act (Rep. Young (FL) – Appropriations)
- Committee Markup Information – The Appropriations Committee marked up the bill on Wednesday, 6/12 and reported out the bill by a voice vote.
- The Rules Committee may also meet during the week of July 7/15 to report a Rule. The Rules Committee is expected to report a Structured Rule. Amendments are due to Rules by 2PM on Tuesday, 7/16.
THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEES
Energy and Commerce Committee
Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 7/16 at 5PM and Wednesday, 7/17 at 10AM
- H.R. 1582 – Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013
- H.R. 1900 – Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act
- H.R. 83 – A bill to require the secretary of the Interior to assemble a team of technical, policy, and financial experts to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and the freely associated states through the development of action plans aimed at reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels and increasing use of indigenous clean-energy resources, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 2094 – School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act
- H.R. 698 – A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish safeguards and standards of quality for research and transplantation of organs infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
- H.R. 2052 – A bill to direct the secretary of Commerce, in coordination with the heads of other relevant federal departments and agencies, to conduct an interagency review of and report to Congress on ways to increase the global competitiveness of the United States in attracting foreign direct investment.
Veterans’ Affairs Committee
Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 7/17 at 2:30PM
Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Markup – Thursday, 7/18, at 10AM
Please find full Committee schedules here:
Committee on Agriculture
Committee on Appropriations
Committee on Armed Services
Committee on the Budget
Committee on Education and the Workforce
Committee on Energy and Commerce – Hearings
Committee on Energy and Commerce – Markups
Committee on Financial Services – Hearings
Committee on Financial Services – Markups
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Committee on Homeland Security
Committee on the Judiciary
Committee on Natural Resources
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform – Hearings
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform – Markups
Committee on Rules
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology – Hearings
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology – Markups
Committee on Small Business – Hearings
Committee on Small Business – Markups
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Committee on Ways and Means
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
A LOOK AHEAD
In a memo to House Republicans, GOP leadership announced that during the month of July the House is expected to consider:
- H.R. 2218 – Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act
- H.R. 1582 – Energy Consumers Relief Act
- H.R. 1900 – Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act
- H.R. 5 – The Student Success Act
- Appropriations Legislation: Defense; Financial Services, and Transportation, HUD
- H.R. 2019 – The Kids First Research Act
- Legislation related to student loan rates
- Border security legislation that has been passed by the Homeland Security Committee
- Debt Limit Suspension – 5/17
- Student Loan Interest Rate Deduction – 7/1
- Continuing Resolution – 9/30
- Farm Bill – 9/30
- SGR – December
- UI Benefits – December
RECAP OF LAST WEEK
During the week of 7/8 – 7/11, the House passed:
- H.R. 2609 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations)
- H.R. 2642 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (Rep. Lucas – Agriculture)
The House also passed three bills under suspension of the Rules:
- H.R. 1341 – Financial Competitive Act of 2013 (Rep. Fincher – Financial Services)
- H.R. 1564 – Audit Integrity and Job Protection Act, as amended (Rep. Hurt – Financial Services)
- H.R. 1171 – FOR VETS Act of 2013 (Rep. Benishek – Oversight and Government Reform)
MESSAGING FROM THE WHIP’S OFFICE
“Mr. Speaker, beginning this week, literally hundreds of thousands of civilian workers are being furloughed, particularly at the defense installations in Maryland’s Fifth District, across the state, and around the country. That means, as of Monday, more than 650,000 hardworking, middle-class defense employees are being forced to take a 20% pay cut for the remainder of the fiscal year. Now, it isn't because they're not doing their job well. They are. It isn't because they don't have enough work. They do. And it isn't because we don't need their talents, their experience, and their dedication to service. We need them more now than ever. These employees are being furloughed because Congress has failed… This Congress has failed to achieve deficit reduction in a balanced and responsible way. Instead we now have the sequester: a senseless, stupid, irrational policy. That's a real shame, Mr. Speaker, that partisan politics is keeping some of our country's best and brightest from doing their jobs supporting our war-fighters as they serve in Afghanistan and around the world.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 7/10
- Fact Sheet: Sequester-Related Furloughs Will Harm National Security & the Economy
- Floor Statement: The Sequester’s Furloughs Are Undermining National Security
- Floor Statement: Sequester Continues as Republicans Refuse to Take Action
“To move forward with a bill that does not include this funding is a shameful abandonment of the most vulnerable in our country, including the 76% of SNAP-participating households that include a child, senior citizen, or person with a disability. Republicans know this is a bill to nowhere – even if they succeed in passing it through the House, the Senate will not consider a Farm Bill without nutrition assistance. This dead-on-arrival messaging bill only seeks to accomplish one objective: to make it appear that Republicans are moving forward with important legislation even while they continue to struggle at governing…I am extremely disappointed that Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor have chosen to bring this partisan bill to the Floor. Instead, let us work together to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill that funds nutrition assistance and protects the most vulnerable in our country from the very real threats of hunger, poverty, and disease. Congress owes it to the American people to act responsibly in line with our highest principles.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 7/10
Make It In America
Since the Make It In America plan was launched, House Democrats have met with a variety of stakeholders – businesses, labor representatives, entrepreneurs, innovators, economists – and repeatedly heard the same ideas about what it will take to Make It In America. That’s why the Make It In America plan for the 113th Congress is focused on four key priorities that can bring about the changes needed to help businesses grow and create jobs here, and which are the most likely to draw bipartisan support. These priorities are central to creating jobs, helping manufacturers produce more goods here, maintaining America’s innovation edge, and preparing a highly skilled workforce: adopt and pursue a national manufacturing strategy; promote the export of U.S. goods; encourage businesses to bring jobs and innovation back to the U.S.; and, train and secure a twenty-first century workforce.
- Make It In America Speech – Click here for the text of Mr. Hoyer’s Make It In America speech.
- Key Priorities – The Make It In America plan is focused on four key priorities that will help businesses grow and create jobs here. Click here for information on the four key priorities.
- Make it In America Legislation – Click here for the full list of legislation.
- Manufacturing Issue Report – Click here for an issue report on the importance of manufacturing to our economic recovery.
- Enacted Laws - Click here to see a list of the ten enacted laws from the Make It In America plan.
- Statements of Support - Click here to read statements of support from across the country.
Additional information can be found on the Make It In America page.