WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2019                                                                                                           

House Meets At… Votes Predicted At…
9:00 a.m. Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes” Per Side

First Votes: 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

Last Votes: 12:30 – 1:30 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)

  1. H.R. 790 – Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019 (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)

H.R. 790 would authorize a 2.6% pay raise for federal civilian workers for calendar year 2019, the same raise that military service members are receiving for 2019. The bill would provide the pay raise to employees in the competitive and excepted services, prevailing wage or blue collar workers, members of the career Senior Executive Service, and employees in the scientific and senior level positions (SL/ST positions).  The bill would make the 2.6% raise effective upon enactment.

The Rule provides for one hour of debate and makes in order the following amendments:
Trone Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Ensures that all Secret Service employees are included.

Fletcher Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Ensures that all NASA employees are included.

Trahan Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Ensures that all IRS employee are included.


Talking Points from the Oversight and Reform Committee:

    • Historically, Congress has tried to ensure parity in pay increases between federal civilian employees and military service members.  This bill would continue this longstanding tradition.
    • A pay increase would help the federal government compete against the private sector to recruit and retain highly qualified candidates to serve the American people.
    • Over the past several years, federal worker pay and benefits have been subject to Republican attacks.
    • Federal employees have contributed nearly $200 billion to deficit reduction and other government programs over the past several years.
    • Federal workers have endured pay freezes, hiring freezes, higher pension contributions, and furloughs as a result of sequestration and government shutdowns, including the longest shutdown in our nation’s history (35 days).
    • Federal employees deserve a modest pay increase to help offset the cost of inflation and to make up for years of freezes and negligible increases.

Suspension (1 bill)

  1. H.Res. 79 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Government shutdowns are detrimental to the Nation and should not occur, as amended (Rep. Wexton – Oversight and Reform)

H.Res. 79 declares that when any or all of the government shuts down due to the failure of Congress and the President to enact appropriations bills, substantial damage is inflicted on federal employees, all Americans served by those employees, the nation’s economy, and our international reputation. The resolution states that shutting down the government is not an acceptable maneuver in pursuit of any policy outcome and resolves that Congress must always ensure that government operations continue uninterrupted.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone.

  We are it.  It is up to us.  It is up to you.”