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, 6/11 to Friday, 6/14. On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12PM for Morning Hour and 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:
- H.R. 251 – South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act (Rep. Chaffetz – Natural Resources)
- H.R. 993 – Fruit Heights Land Conveyance Act (Rep. Bishop (UT) – Natural Resources)
- H.R. 1157 – Rattlesnake Mountain Public Access Act (Rep. Hastings (WA) – Natural Resources)
- H.R. 1158 – North Cascades National Park Service Complex Fish Stocking Act (Rep. Hastings (WA) – Natural Resources)
- H.R. 723 – Wood–Pawcatuck Watershed Protection Act (Rep. Langevin – Natural Resources)
On Wednesday and the balance of the week, the House is expected to consider four bills under suspension of the Rules:
- H.R. 634 – Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act of 2013, as amended (Rep. Grimm – Financial Services)
- H.R. 2167 – Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act of 2013 (Rep. Heck (WA) – Financial Services)
- H.R. 742 – Swap Data Repository and Clearing House Indemnification Correction Act of 2013 (Rep. Crawford – Agriculture)
- H.R. 1038 – Public Power Risk Management Act of 2013 (Rep. LaMalfa – Agriculture)
On Wednesday and the balance of the week, the House is also expected to consider:
- H.R. 1256 – Swap Jurisdiction Certainty Act (Rep. Garrett – Financial Services)
- H.R. 1960 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (Rep. McKeon – Armed Services)
- Committee Markup Information – The House Armed Services Committee marked up the bill on Wednesday, 6/5 and reported out the bill by a 59–2 vote.
- The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 6/11 to report one Rule for both bills. We expect a closed Rule for H.R. 1256. The Rules Committee is also expected to meet on Wednesday, 6/12 to report a Rule for H.R. 1960 which would allow for amendments to be made in order. Amendments must be submitted to the Rules Committee by 10AM on Tuesday, June 11.
THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEES
FY14 Appropriations Markups:
- Defense – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/12 at 10AM
Natural Resources Committee
Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/12 at 2PM
- H.R. 2231 – Offshore Energy and Jobs Act
- H.R. 1964 – A bill to amend the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976 to direct the secretary of the Interior to conduct an expeditious program of competitive leasing of oil and gas in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, including at least one lease sale in the reserve each year in the period 2013 through 2023, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 1126 – Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Completion Act
- H.R. 740 – Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act
- H.R. 657 – Grazing Improvement Act
- H.R. 412 – Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act
- H.R. 697 – A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain federal land in Clark County, Nev., for the environmental remediation and reclamation of the Three Kids Mine Project Site, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 841 – A bill to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 931 – A bill to provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the state of Oregon.
- H.R. 1411 – California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013
- H.R. 1497 – War Memorial Protection Act
- H.R. 1548 – Native American Energy Act
- H.R. 1825 – A bill to direct federal public land management officials to exercise their authority under existing law to facilitate use of and access to federal public lands for fishing, sport hunting and recreational shooting, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 2166 – A bill to direct the secretary of the Interior and secretary of Agriculture to expedite access to certain Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of each secretary for good Samaritan search–and–recovery missions, and for other purposes.
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 other possible legislation for the month of June. Those items include:
- H.R. 1947 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (Farm Bill)
- H.R. 2019 – The Kids First Research Act
- H.R. 1549 – Helping Sick Americans Act
- Agriculture Appropriations Bill
- Defense Appropriations Bill
- Intelligence Authorization Act
- Legislation related to energy costs
GOP leadership also announced that during the month of July, in addition to Appropriations bills, the House may consider:
- Legislation related to reforming No Child Left Behind
- Legislation related to Immigration Reform
- Legislation related to the Debt Limit
- 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 6/3 – 6/6, the House passed:
- H.R. 2216 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (Rep. Culberson – Appropriations)
- H.R. 2217 – Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2014 (Rep. Carter – Appropriations)
The House also passed six bills under suspension of the Rules:
- H.R. 1919 – Safeguarding America's Pharmaceuticals Act of 2013, as amended (Rep. Latta – Energy and Commerce)
- S. 622 – Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Reauthorization Act of 2013 (Sen. Harkin – Energy and Commerce)
- H.R. 126 – Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act (Rep. Jones – Natural Resources)
- H.R. 1206 – Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2013 (Rep. Wittman – Natural Resources)
- H.R. 885 – San Antonio Missions National Historic Park Boundary Expansion Act of 2013 (Rep. Doggett – Natural Resources)
- H.R. 671 – Ruth Moore Act of 2013 (Rep. Pingree – Veterans’ Affairs)
MESSAGING FROM THE WHIP’S OFFICE
"Mr. Boehner continues to say that we want to have the House work its will. If you have heard him say that once, you have heard him say it 1,000 times. .... And the House is not being able to work its will. [Democrats] believe the sequester needs to be replaced. We need to go to conference. We are not allowed to vote on either one of those issues. [Rep.] Chris Van Hollen has been pursuing amendments and initiatives. He did so last night. They are not going to make that in order. So it is unfortunate that the House, in fact, is being precluded from working its will. … I am very concerned that the inability or unwillingness of the Republicans to come to an agreement and compromise is going to lead us in September to a very rocky place, very destabilizing to our economy and undermining the confidence of our people.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/4
- Republicans Proceed With Appropriations Despite Failure to Finalize Budget that Replaces the Sequester
- Hoyer, Lee Op–Ed: Our Moral Obligation
- The GOP Agenda: Political Messaging Over Jobs, Economy
- Floor Statement: Reject This Rule And Reject The Sequester
- Floor Statement: Let's Have A Vote On A Balanced Alternative To The Sequester
- Floor Statement: Congress Ought To Focus On The Sequester Until We Find A Solution
- Hoyer Discusses the Sequester and Republican Partisanship on MSNBC
Republican Fiscal Policy
“As we start the appropriations process, it reminds us that we still have a great disagreement within the Republican Party on how to responsibly deal with the fiscal issues that Congress must deal with. Not only the appropriations process, budget process [and] extending the debt limit. If the Republicans think that the threat that they continue to pursue, whether it is the debt limit, shutting down government, whatever is going to simply put us in the position that we cannot do what we think is right, they are wrong.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 6/4
- Former Supporters of Regular Order, Republicans Continue to Reject Budget Conference
- GOP Continues to Play Games with the Debt Limit, Putting Economy at Risk
- Floor Statement: Stop Playing Partisan Games with the Debt
- Floor Statement: Congress Has A Responsibility to Meet Its Challenges In A Sensible Way
- Hoyer Discusses The Budget, Sequester, And Debt Limit On "The Bill Press Show"
- Hoyer Discusses the Budget, Debt Ceiling, Immigration Reform on Bloomberg
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 delivered this morning.
- 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.