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, 5/20 to Thursday 5/23. On Monday, 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 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 two bills under suspension of the Rules:
- H.R. 258 – Stolen Valor Act (Rep. Heck (NV) – Judiciary)
- H.R. 1073 – Nuclear Terrorism Conventions Implementation and Safety of Maritime Navigation Act of 2013 (Rep. Sensenbrenner – Judiciary)
On Tuesday, the House is expected to consider six bills under suspension of the Rules:
- H.R. 1412 – Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013 (Rep. Coffman – Veterans’ Affairs)
- H.R. 570 – American Heroes COLA Act, as amended (Rep. Runyan – Veterans’ Affairs)
- H.R. 1344 – Helping Heroes Fly Act, as amended (Rep. Gabbard – Homeland Security)
- H.R. 324 – To grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the First Special Service Force, in recognition of its superior service during World War II, as amended (Rep. Miller (FL) – Financial Services)
- S. 982 – Freedom to Fish Act (Sen. Alexander – Transportation and Infrastructure)
- S.Con.Res. 16 – Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for the unveiling of a statue of Frederick Douglass (Sen. Schumer – House Administration)
On Wednesday and the balance of the week, the House is expected to consider two bills under suspension of the Rules:
- H.R. 271 – Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act of 2013 (Rep. Olson – Energy and Commerce)
- H.R. 1949 – Improving Postsecondary Education Data for Students Act, as amended (Rep. Messer – Education and the Workforce)
On Wednesday and the balance of the week, the House is also expected to consider:
- H.R. 3 – Northern Route Approval Act (Rep. Terry – Transportation and Infrastructure/Energy and Commerce/Natural Resources)
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Markup Information – The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee marked up the bill on Thursday, 5/16 and reported out the bill by a 33-24 vote.
- Energy and Commerce Committee Markup Information – The Energy and Commerce Committee marked up the bill on Wednesday, 4/17 and reported out the bill by a 30-18 vote.
- Natural Resources Committee Markup Information – The Natural Resources Committee marked up the bill on Wednesday, 4/24 and reported out the bill by a 24-17 vote.
- The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 5/21 to report a Rule. The Rules Committee is expected to report a Structured Rule. Amendments are due to the Rules Committee by 10AM on Tuesday, 5/21.
- H.R. 1911 – Making College More Expensive Act (Rep. Kline – Education and the Workforce)
- Education and Workforce Committee Markup Information – The Education and Workforce Committee marked up the bill on Thursday, 5/16 and reported out the bill by a 24-13 vote.
- The Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, 5/22 to report a Rule. The Rules Committee is expected to report a Structured Rule. Amendments are due to the Rules Committee by 10AM on Wednesday, 5/21.
THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEES
FY14 Appropriations Markups:
- 302(b) Allocations – Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 5/21 at 11AM
- Military Construction-VA – Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 5/21 at 11AM
- Homeland Security – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 5/22 at 10AM
Armed Services Committee
Defense Authorization Markups:
- Strategic Forces Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 5/22 at 10:30AM
- Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 5/22 at 12PM
- Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee Markup – Wednesday, 5/22 at 1:30PM
- Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee Markup – Thursday, 5/23 at 9AM
- Readiness Subcommittee Markup – Thursday, 5/23 at 10:30AM
- Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 6/5 at 10AM
Foreign Affairs Committee
Nuclear Iran Prevention Act – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 5/22 at 10AM
- H.R. 850 – Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013
Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act – Full Committee Markup – Tuesday, 5/21 at 10AM
- H.R. 982 – Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013
Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Government Overhaul and Transparency Legislation – Full Committee Markup – Wednesday, 5/22 at 1PM
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 possible legislation for the month of May. The remaining item is:
- H.R. 1724 – The Kids First Research Act
GOP leadership also announced that this summer, in addition to Appropriations bills, the House is expected to consider:
- Legislation related to the Debt Limit
- Department of Defense Authorization bill
- Legislation related to energy costs
- The Farm Bill
- 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 5/14 – 5/17, the House passed:
- H.R. 45 – To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care–related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Rep. Bachmann – Energy and Commerce/Education and the Workforce/Ways and Means)
- H.R. 1062 – SEC Regulatory Accountability Act (Rep. Garrett – Financial Services)
The House also passed eight bills under suspension of the Rules:
- H.R. 180 – National Blue Alert Act of 2013, as amended (Rep. Grimm – Judiciary)
- H.R. 1580 – To affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance (Rep. Walden – Energy and Commerce)
- S.Con.Res. 10 – Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha (Sen. Hirono – House Administration)
- H.R. 701 – To amend a provision of the Securities Act of 1933 directing the Securities and Exchange Commission to add a particular class of securities to those exempted under such Act to provide a deadline for such action (Rep. McHenry – Financial Services)
- H.R. 384 – Homes for Heroes Act of 2013, as amended (Rep. Al Green – Financial Services)
- H.R. 356 – Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act (Rep. Bishop (UT) – Natural Resources)
- H.R. 767 – To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project (Rep. Cramer – Natural Resources)
- H.R. 573 – To amend Public Law 93–435 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands, providing parity with Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa (Rep. Sablan – Natural Resources)
MESSAGING FROM THE WHIP’S OFFICE
“Thirty-seven votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Let us set aside for a moment the important issue of how health reform is working and making quality care accessible and affordable for more Americans. I'll be speaking more about that from this Floor in coming days, as I know some of my colleagues will. What I find – and I believe most Americans find – incomprehensible is how this House could waste its time on such a blatantly partisan vote when the effects of sequestration are having a growing negative effect on our economy and on the lives of so many American families. That ought to be our focus this week and every week until we find a solution, Mr. Speaker.
“Speaker Boehner said this 37th repeal vote is justified because freshman Members have not had an opportunity to vote on that issue. If that is his view, then, by the same reasoning he should allow a vote on a balanced alternative to the sequester. Freshmen have not had a chance to cast their votes on whether to replace the entire sequester with a big and balanced solution to deficits. If the House proceeds with a vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act on the grounds that members deserve an opportunity to be on the record on such an important issue, surely, surely, Mr. Speaker, we also ought to have a vote on replacing the sequester, which we know is having adverse effects on our economy and on our national security.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 5/15
- The GOP Agenda: Political Messaging Over Jobs, Economy
- 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
“This Republican majority[‘s] essential strategy has been, since it took over in January 2011, to create fiscal crisis. And it has done so to the detriment of our economy and our country. It has done so and… [for] the first time in history… America's credit was downgraded by a rating industry. So… I am not confident that they won't do that again. In my opinion, they are holding the budget process hostage. … I think they're holding it hostage to try to offer some solution, and if we don't buy it, threaten the creditworthiness of the United States of America. I think that's a terribly irresponsible policy, a detrimental policy, and a policy that I have not seen pursued as vigorously ever.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 5/14
- 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, 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.