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March 7, 2019

MAJORITY WHIPLINE: THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 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/Last Votes: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 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)

Continue consideration of H.R. 1 – For the People Act of 2019 (Rep. Sarbanes – House Administration)

This bill is a comprehensive set of reforms to strengthen American democracy and repair democratic institutions. The reforms will 1) make it easier, not harder to vote; 2) end the dominance of big money in our politics; and 3) enact tougher standards to fight corruption in politics and ensure that public officials work for the people.

  • H.R. 1 expands access to the ballot box by creating voluntary automatic voter registration across the country, ensuring that rights are restored for individuals that complete felony sentences, and expanding early voting. It ends partisan gerrymandering and prohibits voter roll purges recently seen in Ohio, Georgia, and elsewhere. It enhances election security and improves oversight to protect U.S. democratic institutions.
  • H.R. 1 empowers citizens by creating a voluntary matching system for small donations, at no expense to the taxpayer. The voluntary matching system will be financed by the newly created Freedom From Influence Fund, paid for by certain assessments on tax crimes and corporate malfeasance. H.R. 1 tightens rules on super PACs and restructures the Federal Election Commission to break the gridlock and enhance its enforcement mechanisms. It requires all organizations involved in political activity to disclose their large donors.
  • H.R. 1 increases accountability by expanding conflict of interest law and divestment requirements, preventing Members of Congress from serving on corporate boards, and requiring Presidents to disclose their tax returns. It improves the Office of Government Ethics and creates a code of ethics for the Supreme Court.

The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order 72 amendments, and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc. A full list of amendments can be found HERE.

Postponed Amendment Votes (2):

Raskin Amendment

Requires corporations make annual assessments of their shareholders’ preferences before making disbursements for political purposes.
Cole Amendment

Maintains provision in current law that bars the executive branch from requiring government contractors to disclose political contributions.

Amendments to be Considered Today (45):

Hice

Removes the provision granting subpoena authority to the Director of the Office of Government Ethics.

Pressley

Lowers the mandatory minimum voting age to age 16 in federal elections.

Green (TN)

Adds a sense of Congress that financial contributions to political and issue advocacy campaigns are protected political speech under the Constitution.

Green (TX)

Requires the Election Assistance Commission to carry out a pilot program under which the Commission shall provide funds to local educational agencies for initiatives to provide voter registration information to secondary school students in the 12th grade.

Grijalva

Requires states to allow an individual who receives a vote by mail ballot to vote by delivering the ballot to a polling place on election day.

Yoho

Requires the Judicial Conference of the United States to implement a judicial code that is at least as stringent as the requirements placed on Members of Congress by the House of Representatives’ Code of Official Conduct.

Moore 29

Requires voting registration materials to be sent with notifications of restoration of rights.

Moore 30

Requires the Government Accountability Office to submit a report to Congress on the challenges and progress made in making elections accessible for those with disabilities, including an assessment of the impact of changes included in the bill.

Davidson 31

Exempts states that have increased voter turnout in recent election cycles from voter registration requirements in the bill.

Davidson 32

Strikes the provision of the bill that allows the SEC to require public companies to disclose to their shareholders their political contributions.

Davidson 33

Strikes the provision of the bill that allows the IRS to clarify what constitutes permitted political activity by tax-exempt 501(c)(4) “social welfare” groups.

Lujan

Increases funding for the Election Infrastructure Innovation Grant Program created in the bill, makes increasing voter participation a goal of that program, and requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology be consulted in carrying out the program.

Porter

Expands the ban prohibiting foreign nationals from contributing to elections under Section 319 of the Federal Election Campaign Act to also ban foreign nationals from contributing to state or local ballot initiatives or referenda.

Pocan 36

Requires the creation of a single lobbying information disclosure portal that combines information submitted under the Foreign Agent Registration Act and the Lobbying Disclosure Act currently held and made available to the public by the House, Senate, and Department of Justice.

Pocan 37

Ends the practice of prison gerrymandering whereby incarcerated persons are counted in the Census as residents of correctional facilities and not their most recent residence prior to imprisonment.

Pocan 38

Requires states to seek to ensure that any voting machine used for the purposes of a federal election, by 2022, is manufactured in the United States.

Frankel

Clarifies that election administration improvement grants may be used to implement and model best practices for ballot design, ballot instructions, and the testing of ballots.

Ruiz

Prohibits federal funds from being spent at businesses owned or controlled by the President, Vice President, or a Cabinet-level official.

Takano

Requires a federal officeholder or candidate for federal office to resolve their campaign contributions within 6 years of leaving office or campaign.

Meng

Requires the Election Assistance Commission poll worker training manual to ensure services are delivered in a culturally competent manner.

Beyer

Adds provision to the bill requiring the Election Assistance Commission to make grants to states to encourage involvement of minors in election activities.

Schneider

Requires the Federal Election Commission to make recommendations to Congress regarding how to ensure financial disclosure for PACs and Super PACs established before Election Day but whose first disclosure would occur after Election day, as well as their use of debt that is paid off after Election Day for disbursements made before Election Day.

Brown 45

Ensures that early voting hours on Sundays are equal to early voting hours on other days.

Brown 46

Requires states to include in their annual report on voter registration statistics, the breakdown of race, ethnicity, age and gender of the individuals whose information is included in the report.

Brown 47

Requires states to inform voters if their early voting polling location is changed within the seven days before the start of early voting.

Brown 48

Requires a portion of early voting hours to occur outside of normal business hours to ensure maximum accessibility to working individuals.

Brown 49

Requires the states to include in their bi-annual report to Congress on the operation of the voter information hotline, a description of any actions taken in response to reports of voter intimidation or suppression.

Espaillat

Requires the GAO to report to Congress the extent to which state redistricting commissions have met the membership diversity requirements in the bill.

O’Halleran 51

Prohibits senior executive branch officials from violating the Federal Travel Regulations with taxpayer funds, requires federal agencies to disclose quarterly reports to Congress detailing senior officials’ travel on government aircraft, and requires the Office of Government Ethics to issue a report to Congress on recommendations to strengthen the Federal Travel Regulations.

O’Halleran 52

Requires the Department of Defense to regularly disclose reports to Congress detailing the direct and indirect costs to the Department in support of presidential travel, including any costs incurred for travel to properties owned or operated by the President or his immediate family.

O’Halleran 53

Requires the Department of Defense to provide Congress regular reports on direct and indirect costs to the Department in support of travel on military aircraft provided to senior executive branch officials, including whether any spousal travel provided was reimbursed to the federal government.

Brindisi

Requires states to equalize polling hours across the state within certain parameters. Provides exceptions for municipalities to set longer hours.

McAdams

Decreases, from 20% to 10%, the threshold by which an individual qualifies as a “lobbyist” under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.

Case

Incentivizes political party committees to prioritize small dollar donations (up to $200) by allowing a higher limit on contributions to candidates if they are from accounts made up of such small dollar donations.

Houlahan

Increases requirement that states provide four hours of early voting per day in the bill to ten hours.

Phillips 58

Clarifies the authority of FEC attorneys, including the General Counsel, to represent the FEC in actions before the Supreme Court.

Phillips 59

Expands the scope of the revolving door restriction to include a prohibition on "lobbying activity” for former government officials leaving public service during the two-year cooling off period.

Phillips 60

Ensures the FEC Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel consists of individuals with diverse party affiliation and diverse gender and ethnic backgrounds.

Levin (MI)

Prohibits violators of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 and their immediate family members from serving on redistricting commissions.

Trahan 62

Prohibits agents registered under the Foreign Agents Act from serving on an independent redistricting commission.

Trahan 63

Extends the guarantee of residency for purposes of voting to family members of absent military personnel.

Kim

Requires all paper ballots used in an election for Federal office be printed in the United States on paper manufactured in the United States.

Harder

Requires that any person or entity that makes a lobbying contact with a covered legislative branch official or a covered executive branch official shall indicate whether the person or entity is registered as a lobbyist.

Horsford

Requires all forms made available by the Federal Election Commission to allow for accent symbols.

Finkenauer

Exempts the state of Iowa's current nonpartisan redistricting system from the Sec. 2401 requirement.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I am, and always will be a catalyst for change.” 

- Shirley Chisholm