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 Monday, 7/22 to Thursday, 7/25. On Monday 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 Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 10AM for Morning Hour and 12PM for legislative business. On Thursday, the House will meet at 9AM for legislative business with last votes expected no later than 3PM.
On Monday, the House is expected to consider six bills under suspension of the Rules:
- H.R. 697 – Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act (Rep. Heck (NV) – Natural Resources)
- H.R. 1300 – To amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer programs and community partnerships for the benefit of national wildlife refuges, and for other purposes (Rep. Runyan – Natural Resources)
- H.R. 1411 – California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013 (Rep. Huffman – Natural Resources)
- H.R. 2353 – To amend title 23, United States Code, with respect to the operation of vehicles on certain Wisconsin highways, and for other purposes (Rep. Petri – Transportation and Infrastructure)
- H.Con.Res. 44 – Authorizing the use of the Capitol Ground for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run (Rep. Norton – Transportation and Infrastructure)
- H.R. 1542 – WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2013 (Rep. Meehan – Homeland Security)
On Tuesday and the balance of the week, the House is also expected to consider:
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.
- The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, 7/22 at 5PM to report a Rule. The Rules Committee is expected to report a Structured Rule.
- H.R. 2218 – Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 (Rep. McKinley - Energy and Commerce)
- Committee Markup Information – The Energy and Commerce Committee marked up the bill on Tuesday, 6/18 and reported out the bill by a 31-16 vote.
- H.R. 1582 – Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013 (Rep. Cassidy - Energy and Commerce)
- Committee Markup Information – The Energy and Commerce Committee marked up the bill on Tuesday, 7/16 and reported out the bill by a 25-18 vote.
- The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 7/23 at 3PM to report a Rule for H.R. 2218 and H.R. 1582 . The Rules Committee is expected to report a Structured Rule for both bills. Amendments are due to Rules by 10AM on Tuesday, 7/23.
THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEES
Education and Workforce Committee
Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 7/24 at 10AM
- H.R. 2637 – Supporting Academic Freedom Through Regulatory Relief Act
Foreign Affairs Committee
Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 7/24 at 10AM
- H.R. 2449 – A bill to authorize the president to extend the term of the Agreement for Cooperation between the government of the United States of America and the government of the Republic of Korea Concerning Civil Uses of Nuclear Energy for a period not to exceed March 19, 2016.
- H.R. 1409 – Export Promotion Reform Act
- H.R. 1926 – State Trade Coordination Act
Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 7/24 at 10AM
- H.R. 2748 – Postal services reform (official title to be confirmed).
- H.R. 2711 – Citizen Empowerment Act
- H.R. 1541 – Common Sense in Compensation Act
- H.R. 1660 – Government Customer Service Improvement Act of 2013
- H.R. 2579 – Government Employee Accountability Act
- H.R. 899 – Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act
- H.R. 1423 – Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act
Veterans’ Affairs Committee
Health Subcommittee Markup – Tuesday, 7/23 at 2PM
- H.R. 2627 – Caring for Coal Miners Act
- H.R. 1443 – Tinnitus Research and Treatment Act of 2013
- H.R. 1612 – A bill to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to convey a parcel of land in Tuskegee, Ala., to Tuskegee University, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 2065 – Safe Housing for Homeless Veterans Act
- H.R. 2072 – Demanding Accountability for Veterans Act of 2013
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. 1900 – Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act
- Appropriations Legislation: Defense; Financial Services; Transportation, HUD; and, Agriculture
- 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 7/16 – 7/19, the House passed:
- H.R. 5 – “Student Success Act” (Rep. Kline – Education and the Workforce)
- 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 House also passed 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)
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
- Floor Statement: The Only Way To Reverse The Sequester's Effects Is With A Big And Balanced Alternative
- Fact Sheet: Sequester–Related Furloughs Will Harm National Security & the Economy
Election Assistance Commission
“This resolution makes it abundantly clear that our voting systems need responsible federal oversight and support, and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) ought to be working at full capacity and with a full slate of commissioners. I was proud to have sponsored the bipartisan Help America Vote Act in 2002, which established the EAC and authorized it to disseminate information about best practices, provide grants to states for the modernization of their voting equipment, and assist in preventing voter fraud. With the recent Supreme Court ruling in Shelby v. Holder, and as some states have moved to adopt discriminatory voter identification laws and place limits on registration and early voting, the work of the EAC is needed now more than ever. I hope Democrats and Republicans can come together to pass this resolution and reaffirm the bipartisan tradition in guaranteeing free and fair access to the ballot for all eligible voters in our country.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 7/19
- Whip Hoyer Introduces Election Assistance Commission Resolution
- Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Voting Rights Act
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.