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, 7/8 to Thursday, 7/11. On Monday the House will meet 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 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)
On Tuesday and the balance of the week, the House is also expected to consider:
H.R. 2609– Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations)
- Committee Markup Information – The Appropriations Committee marked up the bill on Wednesday, 6/26 and reported out the bill by a 28-21 vote.
- The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, 7/8 at 5PM to report a Rule. The Rules Committee is expected to report an Open Rule.
H.R. 761– National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 (Rep. Amodei – Natural Resources)
- Committee Markup Information – The Natural Resources Committee marked up the bill on Wednesday, 5/15 and reported out the bill by a 24-17 vote.
- The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 7/9 at 3PM to report a Rule. The Rules Committee is expected to report a Structured Rule. Amendments are due to Rules by 10AM on Tuesday, 7/9.
THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEES
Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Markup – Tuesday, 7/9 at 10AM
Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 7/10 at 9:30AM
Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 7/10 at 11AM
Energy and Commerce Committee
Subcommittee on Energy and power – Wednesday, 7/10 at 9AM
- 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.
FY14 Intelligence Authorization - Full Committee Markup – TBA
Science, Space and Technology Committee
Environment Subcommittee Markup – Tuesday, 7/9 at 10AM
- H.R. 2413 - Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2013
Space Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 7/10 at 10AM
- NASA Authorization 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. 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; Transportation, HUD; and, Agriculture
- H.R. 2019 – The Kids First Research Act
- Legislation related to student loan rates
- Possible action on a revised farm bill
- 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 6/25 – 6/28, the House passed:
- H.R. 1613 – Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act (Rep. Duncan (SC) – Natural Resources)
- H.R. 2231 – Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (Rep. Hastings (WA) – Natural Resources)
The House also passed four bills under suspension of the Rules:
- H.R. 2383 – To designate the new Interstate Route 70 bridge over the Mississippi River connecting St. Louis, Missouri, and southwestern Illinois as the “Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge” (Rep. Rodney Davis – Transportation and Infrastructure)
- H.R. 1092 – To designate the air route traffic control center located in Nashua, New Hampshire, as the “Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center” (Rep. Kuster – Transportation and Infrastructure)
- H.R. 2289 – To rename section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA (Rep. Sam Johnson – Ways and Means)
- H.R. 1864 – To amend title 10, United States Code, to require an Inspector General investigation of allegations of retaliatory personnel actions taken in response to making protected communications regarding sexual assault (Rep. Walorski – Armed Services)
MESSAGING FROM THE WHIP’S OFFICE
“It is extremely disappointing that Congress has failed to act to keep student loan interest rates low. It was no surprise that rates would double today from 3.4% to 6.8%, but partisan dysfunction in Congress continues to stand in the way of solving even the most predictable and easily preventable problems facing our country. The future competitiveness of our economy depends on making sure all of our students who wish to pursue higher education and learn the skills they need to thrive in a twenty-first century workforce can afford to do so.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 7/1
“Mr. Speaker, as we proceed with the fifteenth week of the Republican policy of sequester, this House continues to avoid taking the steps it ought to be taking to replace the entire sequester with a balanced alternative. Instead, House Republicans have fully embraced the sequester's draconian cuts, which slash funding from our highest and lowest priorities equally and put our economic recovery and national security at risk…Last week they approved a rule deeming the Ryan budget's caps for next year, which locks in the sequester cuts. This is a blatant violation of the Budget Control Act agreement reached between the two parties in August of 2011. Now, we're about to consider a defense authorization bill that shifts $54 billion in sequester cuts from the Pentagon onto domestic programs, which were already cut by sequester, like Head Start, Meals on Wheels, rental assistance for low-income families. How shameful.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/12
Republican Refusal to Go to Conference on a Budget
"It has been 91 days since the House passed its budget, but Speaker Boehner has yet to follow regular order by appointing conferees. Only then can negotiations with the Senate on a final version begin in earnest. A budget conference is the best shot at reaching a compromise agreement on a big and balanced solution to our deficits that can replace the entire sequester and provide American families and businesses with the certainty they need…There is no more time to waste for Congress to get to work, which is why I am signing the discharge petition to force a vote on Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen's resolution calling on the Speaker to delay no further in appointing conferees. I hope our colleagues from both sides of the aisle will join us on this petition to send a strong message for regular order in the House - something Speaker Boehner has long stated as his goal." – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/20
- Hoyer Statement on Discharge Petition to Appoint Conferees
- Hoyer Discusses Economy, Budget, on Fox News’ “Your World With Neil Cavuto”
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.