Daily Whipline

April 10, 2019

MAJORITY WHIPLINE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019                                                                                                           

House Meets At…

Votes Predicted At…

9:00 a.m. Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes” Per Side

First/Last Votes: 10:00 – 11:00 a.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. 1644Save the Internet Act of 2019 (Rep. Doyle – Energy and Commerce)

This bill will reverse the repeal by President Trump’s FCC of critical net neutrality protections.  The bill enacts three net neutrality principles – no blocking, no throttling and no paid prioritization.  It restores FCC’s authority to support funding of broadband access and deployment, particularly important for rural communities.  The bill is a codification of the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order in a similar manner to last year’s Congressional Review Act that passed the Senate and had bipartisan support in the House.

Click here for a fact sheet from the Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Rule, which was adopted yesterday, provides for no further general debate and made in order 12 amendments. As of last night, the House has completed debate through Wexton Amendment #6.

Amendments to be considered today

Davids Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires that within 1 year of enactment, the GAO shall produce a report examining the FCC’s efforts to assess competition in the wireline and wireless broadband internet access markets, and how the FCC can better assess competition, and what steps, if any the FCC can take to better increase competition in the wireless and wireline broadband internet access markets.

Stanton Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Directs the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to engage tribal stakeholders and providers to ensure accessible and affordable broadband on tribal lands.

Trone Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Finds that annual FCC reports on the state of broadband deployment are important to fostering further deployment and that Congress relies on the accuracy of these reports. Requires that 1) the FCC may not release such a report based on information it knows to be inaccurate and 2) the Commission use its best efforts to accurately detail deployment and to correct inaccurate representations about a report made prior to its release.

Brindisi Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires the GAO to produce a report about the ways in which the U.S. government can promote the deployment of broadband Internet access service, especially to rural areas and areas currently unserved by high-speed broadband access.

Spanberger Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires the GAO to determine the accuracy and granularity of broadband maps produced by the FCC, and to submit to Congress a report that identifies programs and actions restored under 2(b) that rely on these maps and that makes recommendations for how the FCC can produce more accurate maps.

McAdams Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Restates that the 2015 Open Internet Order’s no blocking rule does not apply to unlawful content.

Postponed Amendment Votes (2):

Delgado Amendment

Requires GAO to produce a report, within 1 year, reviewing the benefits to consumers of broadband internet access providers offering broadband internet access service on a standalone basis and what steps Congress can take to increase the availability of standalone broadband internet access service to consumers, particularly those living in rural areas.

Wexton Amendment

Requires the Federal Communications Commission to submit to Congress within 30 days a plan for how the Commission will evaluate and address problems with the collection of Form 477 data regarding the deployment of broadband Internet access service. Form 477 is used by the FCC to determine which providers are servicing which areas and it is the government’s main source of data used for identifying underserved areas of opportunity.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill