Wednesday, March 10, 2021
House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
9:00 a.m. Legislative Business
Fifteen “One Minutes” per side
First Votes: 12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Last Votes: 4:30 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:

Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1319 – American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Rep. Yarmuth – Budget)

While necessary adjustments were made to comply with the political and institutional realities of the Senate, the major objectives of the bill remain intact, and the positive and far-reaching impacts of the American Rescue Plan Act cannot be disputed. This bill will help struggling families put food on the table and make rent with direct payments that could reach Americans’ accounts just days after the bill is enacted. This bill will help millions of workers by preventing a painful lapse in unemployment benefits, extending enhanced unemployment benefits through September, and making the first $10,200 of unemployment payments tax free. This bill will protect our heroes’ jobs by delivering urgent support to state, local, and tribal governments to help keep teachers, firefighters, and first responders on the job and critical services up and running. This bill will help our nation’s children by providing schools with the resources needed to operate safely and providing life-changing support that will cut child poverty in half. And, this bill will be a turning point in our nation’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, providing necessary resources to speed-up equitable vaccine distribution, bolster testing and tracing, make health care more affordable, and address health disparities.

The most recognizable difference between the House and Senate versions is the absence of the minimum wage increase which did not meet the technical requirements under reconciliation.

 

ARP Title-By-Title Summary [LINK]

ARP Summary of Modifications to the House Bill [LINK]

The Rule, which was adopted on Tuesday, provides for two hours of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Committees on Budget and Ways and Means.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 8 – Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 (Rep. Thompson (CA) – Judiciary)

This bill requires a background check on every gun sale or transfer with limited exceptions.

 

This bill makes it illegal for any person who is not a licensed firearm importer, manufacturer, or dealer to transfer a firearm to any other person who is not licensed without a background check. The exceptions in this bill include but are not limited to a gun transfer that is a gift between spouses, domestic partners, or between parents and their children and a temporary transfer that is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.

 

This bill also prohibits the establishment of a national gun registry.

 

Click here for bill text.

 

Click here for a summary from the Judiciary Committee.

The Rule, which was adopted on Monday, provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Judiciary.

The Rule makes in order the following amendments and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc:

Clyde Amendment

Requires the Attorney General, the Comptroller General, and a nongovernmental organization to each conduct a study, within 180 days of enactment, to determine how and to what extent the provisions of this Act will reduce rates of violent crime and gun violence.

Crist Amendment

Requires an alien lawfully admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa to obtain the approval of the Attorney General before receiving a firearm.

Crow Amendment

Expands the background check exemption for hunting and fishing to also include pest remediation associated with ranching and farming.

Garcia (TX) Amendment

Requires the Attorney General to make available both Spanish and English versions of the form required to conduct of a background check.

Jackson-Lee Amendment

Makes clear that a gun owner who realizes that he or she is at risk of suicide may transfer the gun to someone else, if the risk is imminent, without a background check to prevent self harm.

Lamb Amendment

Clarifies that no background check is required for exchanges of firearms between family members and rather should be viewed, between family members, as two simultaneous gifts.

Newman Amendment

Requires a report to Congress, within 150 day after enactment, analyzing the effect, if any, of this Act on the safety of victims of domestic violence, domestic abuse, dating partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Torres (NY) Amendment

Revises the purpose of the Act to explicitly prohibit gun purchases for certain individuals who do not pass background checks.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 1446 – Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 (Rep. Clyburn – Judiciary)

H.R 1446 is a proposal to close the “Charleston Loophole.” This flaw in the background check system enabled a gunman to obtain the weapon used to murder nine people and wound three others as they participated in a Bible study at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015. Had the FBI background check been completed, the perpetrator of the massacre would have been prevented from purchasing the firearm; however, current law allows firearm sales to proceed after three days if background checks are incomplete. Since 1998, the “Charleston Loophole” has put over 75,000 guns into the hands of prohibited gun owners, 3,000 in 2019.

 

This legislation extends the initial background check review period from three to 10 business days. After that initial 10 business day period, if a background check is not completed, a purchaser may request an expedited review to spur the FBI to complete its investigation.

 

The bill includes a significant protection for gun purchasers: if the expedited review is not completed within the 10 business days after it is requested, the sale may proceed. This bipartisan compromise will ensure that background checks for potential firearms purchasers are completed before sales proceed while also protecting the rights of law-abiding gun purchasers to purchase weapons in a timely manner.

 

The bill is the same as the bill that passed the House last Congress.

 

Click here for the bill text.

 

Click here for a one-pager from the Judiciary Committee.

The Rule, which was adopted on Monday, provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Judiciary.

The Rule makes in order the following amendments and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc:

Burgess Amendment

Requires the Department of Justice Inspector General to submit a report to Congress on the number of NICS denials referred for investigation after a firearm was sold to a person who was later found to be ineligible.

Levin (CA) Amendment

Adds to the GAO reports in the bill, which are to be completed one year, three years, and five years after enactment, data disaggregated by state and the basis for denial in state law.

McBath Amendment

Amends the domestic violence reporting provision to require that the effects of the Act on domestic violence, domestic abuse, dating partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking will be disaggregated by state.

Neguse Amendment

Strikes the current FBI reporting section and replaces it to require the Director of the FBI to make an annual report, which shall be available to the public, that provides disaggregated information on background check denials not made within the 10-day period.

                 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality”

Malala Yousafzai