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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. 

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Romick, Chris DeBosier, Courtney Fry, or Javier Martinez in the Office of the Democratic Whip at (202) 225-3130.


The House is scheduled to be in session this week from Tuesday, 7/17 to Friday, 7/20.  On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12PM for Morning Hour 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 five bills under suspension of the Rules:

  • S. 2039 – A bill to allow a State or local government to construct levees on certain properties otherwise designated as open space lands (Sen. Hoeven – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  • S. 1959 – Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act of 2011, as amended (Sen. Burr – Judiciary)
  • H.R. 6018 – To authorize appropriations for the Department of State for fiscal year 2013, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Ros-Lehtinen – Foreign Affairs)
  • S. 2165 – United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 (Sen. Boxer – Foreign Affairs)
  • S. 2009 – Insular Areas Act of 2011 (Sen. Bingaman – Foreign Affairs)

On Wednesday and the balance of the week, the House is expected to consider one bill under suspension of the Rules:

  • H.R. 5872 – Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (Rep. Jeb Hensarling – Budget)

On Wednesday and the balance of the week, the House is also expected to consider:

  • H.R. 5856 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Bill Young – Appropriations)
    • The Appropriations Committee marked up the bill on Thursday, 5/17 and reported out the bill by a voice vote.
    • Rule and Committee Report

FY13 Appropriations Markup

Labor and HHS – Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 7/18 at 10AM


Natural Resources Committee:

Offshore Oil Drilling Plan Replacement – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 7/18 at 10AM

  • H.R. 6082 – Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan

Judiciary Committee:

Judiciary Legislation – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 7/18 at 2PM

  • H.R. 3796 – Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2012
  • H.R. 6062 – Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2012
  • H.R. 3803 – District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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 


Summer Legislative Agenda

Republican Summer Legislative Agenda Memo

The House GOP leadership has announced that in addition to appropriations bills, the following bills are possible for Floor consideration this summer:

  • H.R. 4078 – Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act
  • H.R. 4607 – Midnight Rule Relief Act
  • H.R. 3862 – Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act
  • H.R. 3210 – RELIEF Act
  • H.R. 2309 – Postal Reform Act
  • H.R. 459 – Federal Reserve Transparency Act
  • Legislation related to the ‘01/‘03 tax cuts

FY13 Appropriations

The House has already passed H.R. 5326, the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill, H.R. 5854, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, H.R. 5325, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, H.R. 5855, the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, H.R. 5882, the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, and H.R. 5972, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.  The House has passed Rules to provide for consideration of H.R. 5973, the Agriculture Appropriations bill, and H.R. 6020, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill.  The House is expected to consider H.R. 5856, the Department of Defense Appropriations bill this week.

Agriculture Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 6/6
  • Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 6/19

Defense Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup – Tuesday, 5/8
  • Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 5/17

Financial Services Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 6/6
  • Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/20

Interior, Environment Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 6/20
  • Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/27

Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 7/18 at 10AM

State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

  • Subcommittee Markup –Wednesday, 5/9
  • Full Committee Markup – Thursday, 5/17

Expiring Items

  • Tax extenders including AMT – 1/2012
  • Farm Bill – 9/2012
  • Payroll and SGR Tax Cuts – 1/2013
  • Sequestration – 1/2013
  • 01/03 Tax Cuts – 1/2013

***House Republicans have launched a new site to host bills for the three day posting requirement.  Going forward, all bills will be posted on this site. The direct link is: The site can be accessed from the main page of the Clerk’s website, under “House Floor Proceedings.”***

2012 House Legislative Calendar


During the week of 7/9 – 7/12, the House passed:

  • H.R. 6079 – Patients’ Rights Repeal Act (Rep. Cantor – Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means/Education and the Workforce)
  • H.R. 4402   – National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012 (Rep. Amodei – Natural Resources/Judiciary)

The House also passed five bills under suspension of the Rules:

  • H.R. 4155 – Veteran Skills to Jobs Act (Rep. Denham – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 4114 – Veterans’ Compensation Cost–of–Living Adjustment Act of 2012 (Rep. Runyan – Veterans’ Affairs)
  • H.R. 4367 – To amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to limit the fee disclosure requirement for an automatic teller machine to the screen of that machine (Rep. Luetkemeyer – Financial Services)
  • H.R. 5892 – Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2012 (Rep. McMorris Rodgers – Energy and Commerce)
  • S. 2061 – Former Charleston Naval Base Land Exchange Act of 2012 (Sen. Graham – Judiciary)

Make It In America

Two years ago, House Democrats, led by Whip Hoyer, launched “Make It In America,” a comprehensive plan to create the conditions necessary to help businesses manufacture goods, innovate, and create jobs in the U.S.  Last week, House Democrats announced additional bills added to Democrats’ Make It In America plan and focused on job creation while Republicans wasted time on yet another repeal of the health care reform law.

The Make It In America plan is designed to meet our economic challenges. It makes key investments in creating the conditions for businesses to stay here, innovate here, grow here, add jobs here, build products here, and sell them to the world. Democrats’ ideas for job creation have won support from business and labor leaders alike, and they reflect a belief that America must do more to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build our overseas competitors.

The Make It In America legislation still on the table contains a range of ideas that can help create jobs now and boost our competitiveness over the long term. These include the adoption of a national manufacturing strategy to be crafted in concert with business, labor, and other stakeholders; policies that hold accountable countries that manipulate their currencies to create unfair trade advantages; reform of the corporate tax code, with lower rates and fewer loopholes to encourage growth and job-creation; investment in education and opportunities for students and entrepreneurs to continue making America the innovation capital of the world; the creation of a national infrastructure bank to jump-start road, rail, bridge, port, and airport projects coast to coast; and support for new clean energy businesses that create jobs we can sustain over the long-term.

You can also visit the Make It In America page on Whip Hoyer’s website for regularly updated information. We also encourage you to check the Make It In America on Facebook page to follow news as it is posted.

Voting Rights App

Whip Hoyer launched a new interactive online voting rights app that he developed along with House Administration Committee Ranking Member Rep. Robert Brady.  The app offers state-specific data for all 50 states and six U.S. territories, and includes information on voter registration, new voting requirements, and early voting.  Members of the public and Members of Congress have the ability to share the app through social media and by embedding the app on webpages.

"Recently, attacks on voters' rights in states across the country have threatened one of our most sacred constitutional rights - the ability for citizens to cast a ballot and make their voice heard.  I am disheartened by these attempts to limit this right, which generations of Americans have fought to secure.  That's why I joined with Congressman Brady to create this voting rights app. By providing Americans with the most up-to-date information on registration and voting requirements, Americans can properly exercise their most fundamental right. This technology will help people across the country be active, informed and empowered to fight against voter intimidation and deception."

***Please engage with Mr. Hoyer online by clicking “Like” on his Facebook page, “Follow” on his Twitter page, “Subscribe” on his YouTube page, “Follow” on his Pinterest page and by following him on Instagram at @RepStenyHoyer***

For Immediate Release: 
July 15, 2012