Wednesday, July 1, 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: 1:00 p.m.  4:00 p.m.
Last Votes: 4:00 p.m.  7:00 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. 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 no further general debate.  A full list of amendments can be found here. Summaries for the amendments to be considered today can be found below. As of last night, the House has completed general and amendment debate through En Bloc #3. Today, the House will resume amendment debate, beginning with En Bloc #4.

En Bloc #4 (60 minutes of debate)

This en bloc contains 27 amendments that will designate two future Interstates, one through New Mexico and Texas, and another through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia; directs GAO to study the effectiveness of suicide barriers; clarifies eligibility for the replacement of functionally obsolete railway grade crossing infrastructure; establishes the Western Riverside County Wildlife Refuge; directs GAO to study repeat drunk driving offenders; facilitates wildlife habitat restoration and natural infrastructure projects; makes Puerto Rico eligible under the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART grants; allows Puerto Rico to issue Commercial Drivers Licenses, as States have the authority to do; allows certain Surface Transportation Program funds to be used on local roads, including farm to market roads, in rural areas; makes grant funds available to States who ban any “non-navigational viewing” of cell phones while driving; creates a grant program for smart water technology at publicly owned wastewater treatment facilities.

En Bloc #5 (30 minutes of debate)
This en bloc contains 25 amendments that would support HBCU infrastructure; creates a grant program to support affordability of manufactured housing communities; provides grants to support paid work-based learning programs; requires that medium and heavy duty vehicles purchased by the federal government are zero emission to the maximum extent feasible; encourages USPS to equip vehicles in its fleet with climate control units; ensures that remediation of iron sulfide or other minerals that cause housing degradation is an eligible use of CDBG; requires Tribal and Native Hawaiian consultation in the development of the State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program; funds the removal of lead pipes in public housing; requires a GAO study of high speed internet connectivity in federally assisted housing; permanently reauthorizes the USICH; requires a GAO report on housing infrastructure needs of populations at higher risk of homelessness; establishes a Water Reuse Interagency Working Group; applies Buy America requirements to CDBG with an exemption for housing; requires a triennial report on the status of federal research facilities infrastructure; sets aside $50 million to make postal facilities more accessible; allows for the construction of new public housing; requires a study on the extent to which federal funds have expanded access to and adoption of broadband by socially disadvantaged individuals; requires HUD to study the effect of criminal history on access to housing; takes land into trust for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians; prioritizes Indian Country and areas with high Native populations for broadband expansion; establishes an energy related industries workforce development program; establishes a USGS program to map zones at greater risk of sinkhole formation; amends the eligibility for broadband benefit for low income consumers to include households in which at least one person has received a Federal Pell Grant; triggers Treasury borrowing during recessions to support infrastructure investments; revises the distribution of public housing capital fund dollars.

En Bloc #6 
(30 minutes of debate)
This en bloc contains eight amendments to various divisions of the bill that among other things would bar the use of eminent domain for pedestrian and bicycle projects and apply a different standard to these projects than any other infrastructure projects, preempt State authority to protect waters within that state, deem state permits for dredge and fill activities valid, with no oversight by EPA, strike language in the bill that allows a recipient of a loan from DOT’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program to pay half of the credit risk premium up front and the other half within 10 years, and strike $25 billion in funding from the postal service.

Foxx Amendment (30 minutes of debate)
Eliminates the requirement that all laborers and mechanics working on federal-aid highway and public transportation projects shall be paid wages at rates not less than the locally prevailing wage rate.

Courtney Amendment
(10 minutes of debate) 
Raises truck weight limits for agricultural products on Interstate highways in the State of Connecticut from 80,000 to 100,000 pounds.”

Tlaib Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Adds $4.5 billion per fiscal year for 5 years for comprehensive lead service line replacement projects. Covers replacement costs for full service lines. Priority will be given to entities serving disadvantaged communities and environmental justice communities (with significant representation of communities of color, low-income communities, or Tribal and indigenous communities, that experience, or are at risk of experiencing, higher or more adverse human health or environmental effects).

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 way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”

Ida B. Wells