the Daily Whip: Thursday, May 26, 2016

By Newsroom America Feeds at 26 May 2016 - (202) 225-3130 FLOOR SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016 House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted: 9:00 a.m.: Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes”
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

H.Res. 751 – Rule providing for consideration of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2577 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 (One hour of debate). The Rules Committee has recommended a closed Rule that provides that the House concurs in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2577, with an amendment consisting of H.R. 897 – “Pesticide Trojan Horse Bill” (Rep. Gibbs – Transportation and Infrastructure), H.R. 4974 – Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 (Rep. Dent – Appropriations), and H.R. 5243 – Zika Response Appropriations Act of 2016 (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations). All three of these bills were overwhelmingly opposed by Democrats when they came up for a vote this week and last week. This package of bills is inadequate, irresponsible, and partisan.

The Rule makes in order a motion offered by the Chair of the Committee on Appropriations that the House insist on its amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2577 and request a conference with the Senate thereon.

The Rules Committee rejected a motion by Mr. McGovern of Massachusetts to modify the House amendment by replacing the provisions related to the Zika virus with the text of H.R. 5044 which would fully fund the Administration’s request. Members are urged to VOTE NO.

Complete Consideration of H.R. 5055 – Energy and Water Appropriations Act, 2017 (Rep. Simpson – Appropriations). The bill includes numerous controversial policy riders that: (1) block the Administration’s recently released Clean Water Rule clarifying federal jurisdiction to protect certain bodies of water; (2) prohibit any changes to the definition of “fill material” and “discharge of fill material” for the purposes of the Clean Water Act; (3) restrict the application of the Clean Water Act in certain agricultural areas, including farm ponds and irrigation ditches; (4) allow guns to be carried on all Corps of Engineers lands; and (5) prohibit new nuclear nonproliferation projects in Russia.

The bill appropriates $37.44 billion in discretionary budget authority for the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other agencies funded in the bill for FY 2017. It is $259 million above FY 2016 levels and $168 million above the President’s request. However, it appropriates $93 million below the bill passed by the Senate last week. The Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency office is cut $248 million below FY 2016 and $1.07 billion below the President’s request.

Because the Republican majority was unable to bring a budget to the Floor to guide the appropriations process, the House Appropriations Committee has not released a full list of funding allocations for each appropriations bill, making it impossible to compare this bill to all other appropriations bills in the context of the budget caps. Members are urged to VOTE NO.

The Rule makes in order no further general debate. As of last night, the House has no recorded votes pending on amendments.

Bill Text for H.R. 5055:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 5055:
House Report (HTML Version)
House Report (PDF Version)

Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 4974 - Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act/H.R. 5243 - Zika Response Appropriations Act/H.R. 897 - Zika Vector Control Act and Democratic Motion to Instruct Conferees

The Daily Quote

“This is no way to fight an epidemic… Three months is an eternity for control of an outbreak… There is a narrow window of opportunity here and it’s closing. Every day that passes makes it harder to stop Zika.”

- Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York Times, 5/24/2016

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