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 Wednesday, 9/25 to Friday, 9/27, with possible votes into the weekend. On Wednesday 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 Wednesday. On 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.
On Wednesday, the House is expected to consider three bills under suspension of the Rules:
- H.R. 1961 - To amend title 46, United States Code, to extend the exemption from the fire-retardant materials construction requirement for vessels operating within the Boundary Line (Rep. Chabot – Transportation and Infrastructure)
- H.R. 3095 - To ensure that any new or revised requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment of individuals operating commercial motor vehicles for sleep disorders is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding, and for other purposes (Rep. Bucshon – Transportation and Infrastructure)
- H.R. 2600 - To amend the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act to clarify how the Act applies to condominiums (Rep. Carolyn Maloney – Financial Services)
On Thursday, the House is expected to consider:
- H.R. 687– Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2013 (Rep. Gosar – Natural Resources)
On Friday, and the balance of the week, the House is also expected to consider:
- Possible consideration of legislation related to the debt ceiling
- Further action on H.J.Res. 59 - Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations)
THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEES
FY14 Intelligence Authorization - Full Committee Markup – TBA
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 months of September and October, the House is expected to consider:
- H.R. 2728 – Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act
- H.R. 2019 – The Kids First Research Act
- The Water Resource Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA)
- Legislation related to delaying and defunding the Affordable Care Act
- Legislation related to Immigration Reform
- Legislation related to energy costs
- Debt Limit Suspension – 5/17
- Continuing Resolution – 9/30
- Farm Bill – 9/30
- SGR – December
- UI Benefits – December
- GSP – 7/31
- NDAA – 9/30
- TANF – 9/30
- Tax Extenders – 12/31
- Trade Adjustment Assistance – 12/31
RECAP OF LAST WEEK
During the week of 9/17 – 9/20, the House passed:
- H.R. 1526– Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act (Rep. Hastings (WA) – Natural Resources)
- H.J.Res. 59 - Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations)
- H.R. 3102 – Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act (Rep. Lucas – Agriculture)
- H.R. 761 – National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 (Rep. Amodei – Natural Resources)
The House also passed four bills under suspension of the Rules:
- H.R. 2449 – To authorize the President to extend the term of the Agreement of 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 (Rep. Royce – Foreign Affairs)
- H.R. 301 – To provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia (Rep. Wolf – Foreign Affairs)
- S. 793 – Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013, as amended (Sen. Menendez – Foreign Affairs)
- H.R. 3092 – To amend the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, and for other purposes (Rep. Guthrie – Education and the Workforce)
MESSAGING FROM THE WHIP’S OFFICE
Pressing Fiscal Issues
“I am deeply disappointed that Republicans continue to risk a government shutdown by appealing to the most extreme members of their party through a continuing resolution that has no chance of passing the Senate or being signed by the President. This latest gimmick by the House Republican leadership doubles down on their dangerous policy of sequester and includes poison-pill policy riders to defund the Affordable Care Act and pursue a ‘pay China first’ approach that paves the way for Republican threats to default on our debt.
“With just days remaining before the end of the fiscal year, there ought to be no doubt that Republicans are more interested in partisan games that risk a government shutdown than meaningful dialogue with Democrats to avert that possibility through a bipartisan compromise. I strongly urge the Republican leadership to reconsider its approach and work across the aisle to craft a continuing resolution that will keep our government open and operating in a responsible way.” – Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 9/18
- Whip Hoyer Discusses Fiscal Issues at Politico’s Morning Money Breakfast Briefing
- Hoyer Floor Remarks Opposing House Republicans’ Partisan Continuing Resolution
- Hoyer Statement on Republican Continuing Resolution
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.