|WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 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: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Last Votes: 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 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)
- H.R. 648 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations)
The Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Appropriations.
The legislation reflects conference agreements for six appropriations bills: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. It also includes language to pay federal employees who have been working without pay or who have been furloughed because of the Trump Shutdown.
The explanatory statement for Front Matter is available here, Division A here, Division B here, Division C here, Division D here, Division E here, and Division F here.
A summary of the bill is available here.
Talking Points from the Appropriations Committee
- House Democrats continue to work to reopen the government and end the Trump Shutdown. This legislation is the 10th bill the House will consider to reopen the government.
- This legislation is the product of a bipartisan House-Senate compromise agreed last year. The legislative text reflects careful conference negotiations between appropriators from both parties and both houses. In fact, House Republicans have urged Democrats to bring up these bills instead of Senate-passed bills the House has already considered this month.
- It will immediately reopen the government and pay federal employees. It funds all agencies outside Homeland Security through September 30. It also includes language ensuring federal employees who are working without pay or who have been furloughed receive back pay.
- The bills include more than $1.6 billion in border security-related measures. They provide $563.4 million for immigration judges to reduce the backlog of immigration cases, $524.2 million for construction at ports of entry to facilitate lawful entries and trade, and $527 million to assist Central American countries as they work to improve security and economic stability.
- All six bills in the package reject the deep cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget in favor of bipartisan compromise. The bills reject tens of billions of dollars in cuts that President Trump proposed to important priorities for the American people. They also reject scores of proposed program eliminations that would have hurt American families, businesses, and communities.
- The legislation rejects dozens of poison pill provisions that would hurt Americans. As a product of bipartisan compromise, the conferenced bills omit Republican policy riders that threatened clean air and water, public safety, consumer protection, and women’s health care.
Postponed Vote (1 bill)
- H.J.Res. 28 – Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations)
This is a continuing resolution (CR) covering all seven remaining appropriations bills through February 28. It was originally debated and considered on the floor on Thursday, January 17.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.”
– 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified January 23, 1964