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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 Monday, 7/9 to Thursday, 7/12.  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 seven 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)
  • H.R. 6019 – Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Reauthorization and the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Jackson–Lee – Judiciary)
  • S. 1959 – Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act of 2011 (Sen. Burr – Judiciary)
  • S. 2061 – Former Charleston Naval Base Land Exchange Act of 2012 (Sen. Graham – Judiciary)

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

  • H.R. __– Patients’ Rights Repeal Act (Rep. Cantor – Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means/Education and the Workforce)
    • The Rules Committee will meet on Monday, 7/9 at 5PM to report a Rule.

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

  • H.R. 4402  – National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012 (Rep. Amodei – Natural Resources/Judiciary)
    • The Natural Resources Committee marked up the bill on Wednesday, 5/16 and reported out the bill by a 24-12 vote.
    • The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 7/10 at 3PM to report a Rule, which could limit the amendment process.  Amendments are due to Rules by 10AM on Tuesday, 7/10.


Agriculture Committee:

2012 Farm Bill – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 7/11 at 10AM

Judiciary Committee:

Judiciary Legislation – Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 7/10 at 10AM

  • H.R. 3796 – Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2012
  • H.R. 4362 – A bill to provide effective criminal prosecutions for certain identity thefts, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 6063 – A bill to amend Title 18, United States Code, with respect to child pornography and child exploitation offenses.
  • Draft Bill – Intellectual Property Attache Act
  • H.R. 6062 – Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2012
  • H.R. 1950 – A bill to enact Title 54, United States Code, "National Park System," as positive law.
  • Draft Bill – To make improvements in the enactment of title 41, United States Code, into a positive law title and to improve the Code
  • H.R. 3803 – District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Natural Resources Committee:

Natural Resources Legislation – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 7/11 at 10AM

  • H.R. 3641 – Pinnacles National Park Act
  • H.R. 4100 – A bill to strengthen enforcement mechanisms to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, to amend the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950 to implement the Antigua Convention, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 4484 – Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act
  • H.R. 4606 – A bill to authorize the issuance of right-of-way permits for natural gas pipelines in Glacier National Park, and for other purpose.
  • H.R. 5958 – A bill to name the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Contact Station of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in honor of James L. Buckley.
  • H.R. 5987 – Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act

Veterans Affairs Committee:

Veterans Legislation – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 7/11 at 10AM

  • H.R. 5753 – A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on Butanedioic acid, dimethylester polymer with 4-hydroxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-1-piperdine ethanol.
  • H.R. 5880 – Veterans Disability Examination Access Improvement Act
  • H.R. 5881 – Access to Veterans Benefits Improvement Act
  • H.R. 3730 – Veterans Data Breach Timely Notification Act
  • H.R. 4481 – Veterans Affairs Employee Accountability Act
  • H.R. 5948 – Veterans Fiduciary Reform Act of 2012
  • H.R. 4115 – Helping Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Return to Employment at Home Act
  • H.R. 3524 – A bill to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide certain rights for persons who receive treatment for illnesses, injuries and disabilities incurred in or aggravated by service in the uniformed services, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 4057 – Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2012
  • H.R. 4740 – Fairness for Military Homeowners Act of 2012
  • H.R. 5747 – Military Family Home Protection Act
  • H.R. 3337 – Open Burn Pit Registry Act of 2011
  • H.R. 4079 – Safe Housing for Homeless Veterans 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, H.R. 6020, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, and H.R. 5856, the Department of Defense Appropriations bill.

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

  • No markups scheduled

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
  • 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 6/26 – 6/29, the House passed:

  • H.R. 5972 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 (Rep. Latham – Appropriations Committee)
  • H.Res. 711 – Privileged Resolution recommending that the House of Representatives find Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, in criminal contempt of Congress (Rep. Issa – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.Res. 706 – Authorizing the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas (Rep. Issa – Rules Committee)
  • Conference Report on H.R. 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (Rep. Mica – Transportation and Infrastructure/Energy and Commerce/Natural Resources/Science, Space, and Technology/Ways and Means/Financial Services)

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

  • H.R. 4850 – Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act (Rep. Aderholt – Energy and Commerce)
  • H.R. 5625 – Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act (Rep. Murphy (CT) – Energy and Commerce)
  • H.R. 5889 – Nuclear Terrorism Conventions Implementation and Safety of Maritime Navigation Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary)
  • H.R. 4223 – Safe Doses Act (Rep. Sensenbrenner – Judiciary)  
  • H.R. 4018 – Public Safety Officers' Benefits Improvements Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Fitzpatrick – Judiciary)
  • H.R. 3501 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 125 Kerr Avenue in Rome City, Indiana, as the "SPC Nicholas Scott Hartge Post Office" (Rep. Stutzman – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 3412 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1421 Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville, Louisiana, as the "Sergeant Richard Franklin Abshire Post Office Building" (Rep. Boustany – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 3772 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 150 South Union Street in Canton, Mississippi, as the "First Sergeant Landres Cheeks Post Office Building" (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Oversight and Government Reform)  
  • H.R. 3276 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2810 East Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, Florida, as the "Reverend Abe Brown Post Office Building (Rep. Castor – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • Senate Amendment to H.R. 2297 – To promote the development of the Southwest waterfront in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes (Rep. Norton – Oversight and Government Reform)
  • H.R. 4251 – Securing Maritime Activities through Risk–based Targeting for Port Security Act (Rep. Miller (MI) – Homeland Security)
  • H.R. 4005 – GAPS Act (Rep. Hahn – Homeland Security)
  • H.R. 1447 – Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011 (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Homeland Security)
  • H.R. 5843 – To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to permit use of certain grant funds for training conducted in conjunction with a national laboratory or research facility (Rep. Lungren – Homeland Security)
  • H.R. 3173 – To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to reform the process for the enrollment, activation, issuance, and renewal of a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to require, in total, not more than one in–person visit to a designated enrollment center (Rep. Scalise – Homeland Security)

Make It In America

***Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer will deliver a major policy speech at the Center for American Progress on the role of manufacturing in building a strong and competitive economy on Monday, July 9 at 12:00PM.  Whip Hoyer will offer an assessment of the Make It In America plan at the two-year mark and highlight new proposals to help U.S. manufacturers lead our recovery forward.  Click here to RSVP.***

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.

***Please engage with Mr. Hoyer online by clicking “Like” on his Facebook page, “Follow” on his Twitter page, and “Subscribe” on his YouTube page.***

For Immediate Release: 
July 8, 2012