Tuesday, July 21, 2020
House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
9:00 a.m. Morning Hour
10:00 a.m. Legislative Business
Fifteen “One Minutes” Per Side
First Votes: 10:30 a.m.
Last Votes: 4:00 p.m.  5:00 p.m.

 

ANY ANTICIPATED MEMBER ABSENCES FOR VOTES TODAY SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP AT 6-3210.

Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Under a Rule (1 bill):

Complete Consideration of H.R. 6395 – William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Rep. Smith (WA) – Armed Services)

This bill authorizes $732 billion in discretionary spending for our national defense to maintain military readiness, enhance capabilities, and prioritize technological security.  This legislation also complies with the bipartisan budget agreement. It authorizes a 3.0% military pay raise and protects military communities from PFAS.  The bill includes targeted provisions to address the covid pandemic, authorizing $1 billion for a Pandemic Preparedness and Resilience National Security Fund. It also authorizes additional funding to support research to respond to the climate emergency and would enable progress toward the closure of Guantanamo Bay.

full summary and short summary from the House Armed Services Committee.

As of last night, the House has completed all debate on H.R. 6395.  A full list of amendments can be found here.

Postponed Amendment Votes (7):

 Omar Amendment #5
Establishes a policy framework for the accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

Jayapal Amendment #6
Strikes the statutory requirement that the Pentagon provide annual Unfunded Priorities lists to Congress.

DeGette Amendment #7
Adds the text of H.R. 2546, the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act.

Neguse Amendment #8
Adds the text of H.R. 823, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act to the bill in addition to permanently withdrawing one million acres of public land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park that are already (as of 2012) subject to a 20-year moratorium on new mining claims. The withdrawal permanently protects an iconic location, tribal communities and sacred sites, local economies, and safe water supplies.

Pocan Amendment #9
Reduces overall authorization level by 10%. Excludes military personnel, DoD federal civilian workforce, and defense health program accounts from the 10% reduction.

Dean Amendment #11
Provides up to $10,000 in immediate assistance to pay down the balance of private student loans. Furthermore, when borrower payments resume, the servicer would have to modify the loan to lower the monthly payment by re-amortizing the loan and/or lowering the interest rate.

Takano Amendment #29
Closes a federal loophole by making military education benefits such as Department of Defense Tuition Assistance count as federal educational assistance funds and limits the availability of federal funds for proprietary for-profit institutions unless the institution derives at least 10% of funds from sources other than federal funds.

As a reminder, amendments this week will not be considered in the Committee of the Whole but rather before the full House. 

          

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Leadership is found in the action to defeat that which would defeat you… You are made by the struggles you choose.”

C.T. Vivian