Tuesday, June 30, 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: 11:30 a.m.  1:00 p.m.
Last Votes: 5:30 p.m.  7:30 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):

Begin Consideration of H.R. 2 – Moving Forward Act (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Infrastructure/Education and Labor/Financial Services/Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means/Oversight and Reform/Natural Resources)

This transformational bill makes robust investments in the infrastructure necessary to support the well-being of all Americans and connect them with the services and opportunities needed to succeed in the global economy.  These investments will create millions of American jobs rebuilding our country.

Click here for a fact sheet from the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Click here for a section-by-section from the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The Rule provides for two hours of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The Rule also makes in order six en bloc amendments and three standalone amendments. A full list of amendments can be found here. Summaries for the amendments to be considered en bloc today can be found below:

En Bloc #1 (60 minutes debate)
Provides for consideration of 45 amendments en bloc, including amendments to: strengthen data collected by States under the racial profiling grant program; improve the use of grant funds for education and enforcement activities regarding bicyclist and pedestrian safety; add charging speed and minimization of future upgrade costs as considerations for electric vehicle charging infrastructure grants; include environmental and environmental justice organizations on the list of relevant stakeholders and  consider plans for renewable or zero-emission energy sources for charging and fueling infrastructure when making grant award selections under the program; require the Department of Transportation to consult with the Environmental Protection Agency on the awarding of Community Climate Innovation Grants and ensure public comment in the determination of the types of projects that most significantly reduce carbon pollution; add additional environmental considerations to the goals of the National Highway Freight Program, ensuring that the impacts of railway-highway bottlenecks are considered under the program; expand the role of HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions in DOT research; authorize new research programs and reviews to expand transportation access for low-income, minority, and other underserved communities; ensure that projects submitted to the FTA Capital Investment Grants program can use ridership data collected before the COVID-19 outbreak and projections based on that data, if requested; and ensure that the national surface transportation system funding pilot promotes personal privacy for participants.

En Bloc #2 
(30 minutes debate)
Provides for consideration of 34 amendments en bloc affecting aviation, rail, water and FEMA, including amendments to: increase safety precautions for transportation workers and passengers, expand Buy America and offer higher incentives to the federal rail loan program (RIFF), devotes additional resources towards improving the ecological health of the San Francisco Bay and the New River in California, direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to monitor local drug consumption through an examination of traces of narcotics in wastewater, direct the U.S. Government Accountability Office to study potential affordability and racial disparities in providing water and wastewater rate assistance, direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to lead a multi-agency effort to address climate change concerns in the Ohio River Valley, increase, from 4.5 percent to 5 percent, the base bill’s set-aside for supplemental airport improvement grants to be used for environmental, noise, and resiliency projects at airports, create a new program to incentivize airlines’ phaseout of inefficient airplane types in exchange for newer, eco-friendly types, require a study of ultrafine airborne particles associated with flight operations near airports, require airports that receive supplemental airport grants under the base bill to set aside at least 2 percent of those funds for fiscal year 2021 to assist concessionaires experiencing economic hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, direct GAO to conduct a comprehensive study of the building codes and standards used by FEMA including an assessment of the status of building code adoption across states, tribes, and territories, and direct GAO to conduct a study on the accessibility of FEMA’s disaster assistance programs and whether there are any barriers to access based on race, ethnicity, language, and income level.

En Bloc #3 (30 minutes debate)
Provides for consideration of 28 amendments that will further improve energy efficiency and resilience for critical infrastructure; address greenhouse gas pollution and environmental justice issues at our nation’s ports; create a fund to invest in clean energy technologies and jobs; improve DOE’s laboratory infrastructure and bolster its clean energy research; improve underlying clean school bus and electric vehicle provisions; address PFAS and lead contamination; improve drinking water assistance to our territories; expand Tribal benefits and assistance available under the broadband sections to ensure access to affordable, reliable internet; ensure that Americans living in multi-family and government-assisting housing have access to reliable, high-speed broadband; protect pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable road users; promote the safe use of child booster seats; and prioritize hospital and lab infrastructure projects that will address natural disaster preparedness and reduce wait times for results of COVID-19 tests.

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:

“The things that we love tell us what we are.”

Thomas Aquinas