WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2019                                                                                                           

House Meets At… Votes Predicted At…
10:00 a.m. Morning Hour

12:00 p.m. Legislative Business

Fifteen “One Minutes” Per Side

First Votes: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Last Votes: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 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:

Bills Under Rule (1 bill)

H.R. 268 – Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations)

A title-by-title summary of the legislation is available here.

The disaster supplemental bill provides robust funding for relief and recovery to communities struggling to rebuild from natural disasters in 2017 and 2018 including Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Yutu, wildfires, earthquakes, and further recovery for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. It also includes a continuing resolution (CR) covering all seven remaining appropriations bills through February 8.

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:

1) Bishop (GA)/Austin Scott (GA) – Increases emergency assistance funding to agricultural producers who suffered losses from hurricanes, wildfires and other agricultural disaster related losses in 2018 – 10 minutes of debate

2) McGovern Amendment – States that none of the funds in this bill for the Army Corps of Engineers or Department of Homeland Security may be used to plan, develop, or construct the border wall – 10 minutes of debate

3) Rice Amendment – Removes the prohibition on the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s ability to waive requirements related to the environment – 10 minutes of debate

4) Velazquez #4 – Provides $5 million to conduct an independent study, including a survey of participants, on the impact of the additional benefits provided through disaster nutrition assistance on the food insecurity, health status, and well-being of program participants – 10 minutes of debate

5) Velazquez #5 – Provides $25 million for Caño Martín Peña channel ecosystem restoration – 10 minutes of debate

6) Stewart Amendment – Provides increased funding for hazardous fuels management activities to increase the resiliency of federal forests, to protect against catastrophic wildfires and reduce the amount of damage caused by such fires – 10 minutes of debate

7) Thompson (CA) Amendment #7 – Clarifies that winegrape growers whose crops were tainted by smoke from a 2018 wildfire are eligible for assistance under this Act. , even if the damage is discovered after the grapes have been removed from the vine – 10 minutes of debate

8) Thompson (CA) Amendment #8 – Increases funding by $50 million for the Community Development Fund to help address unmet infrastructure needs for grantees that received allocations for disasters that occurred in 2017 – 10 minutes of debate

9) Graves (LA)/Richmond Amendment – Extend eligibility to Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA projects, but ensures they do not receive funding in excess of the amount at which they are authorized – 10 minutes of debate

10) Richmond Amendment – Amends section to clarify that the process for addressing duplication of benefits should be handled in accordance with current law – 10 minutes of debate

11) Westerman/Panetta Amendment – Increases the funding for USFS State and Private Forestry account, with the goals of helping state and private forest managers recover from the catastrophic fires of 2018 and helping these land managers prepare for the next fire season – 10 minutes of debate

12) Jayapal Amendment – Restricts DHS funding from being used for the construction or expansion of immigration detention facilities – 10 minutes of debate

13) Sablan Amendment #13 – Increases the funding for the Northern Marianas Medicaid program by $16 million to help the islands in recovery from Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu – 10 minutes of debate

14) Sablan Amendment #14 – Increases funding for the Marianas food stamps block grant by $15,000,000 to cover the cost of households, not previously eligible for aid, who remain in need of assistance because of continuing income loss after Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu. Out of total population of 53,883, the Food and Nutrition Service reports 40,377 people qualified for disaster nutrition benefits – 10 minutes of debate

15) Radewagen Amendment – Increases the amount of nutritional assistance appropriated in Sec. 101 by $5,000,000 for American Samoa in the aftermath of Cyclone Gita. – 10 minutes of debate

Postponed Suspensions (2 bills)

  1. H.R. 190 – Expanding Contract Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019 (Rep. Marshall – Small Business)

This bill amends the Small Business Act to eliminate the inclusion of option years in the award price for sole source contracts to provide more opportunities for small businesses to compete for federal contracting opportunities. It also requires contracting officers to notify and coordinate with the SBA to ensure eligible small businesses are winning sole-source awards

  1. H.R. 150 – Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act of 2019 (Rep. Foxx – Oversight and Reform)

The bill would require the Office of Management and Budget, jointly the Department of Health and Human Services, to: (1) establish government-wide data standards for information reported by grant recipients, (2) issue guidance directing federal agencies to apply those standards, and (3) require the publication of recipient-reported data collected from all agencies on a single public website.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

            “All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” 

                                                               Edmund Burke