Daily Whipline

April 3, 2019

MAJORITY WHIPLINE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019                                                                                                           

House Meets At…

Votes Predicted At…

9:00 a.m. Legislative Business

First Votes: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Last Votes: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 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:

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. and recess immediately.  The House will reconvene at approximately 11:00 a.m. for the purpose of receiving, in a Joint Meeting with the Senate, His Excellency Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  Members are advised to be on the House Floor and seated no later than 10:30 a.m. for the Joint Meeting.

At the conclusion of the Joint Meeting, the House will recess subject to the call of the Chair in order to clear the Chamber. 

     Under a Rule (1 bill):

Begin Consideration of H.R. 1585 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (Rep. Bass – Judiciary)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), enacted in 1994, is landmark legislation responding to our nation’s crisis of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This bill makes numerous substantive improvements to VAWA, described in the materials below from the Judiciary Committee:

Section by Section Summary

Fact Sheet

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order 40 amendments. A full list of amendments can be found HERE and below:

Jeffries Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires that the materials distributed by various federal agencies as set out by the bill are made available in commonly encountered languages. Such materials include information about resources for and rights of survivors.

Scanlon Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires the GAO to report to Congress on legal assistance grants to serve victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault, including an accounting of the amount saved, if any, on housing, medical, or employment programs.

Escobar  Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires a report on the status of women in federal incarceration and collaboration on reentry planning and services for incarcerated women, including development of a national standard on prevention with respect to domestic and sexual violence.

Dean  Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Allows for cross agency coordination and collaboration.

Torres Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to provide a report to Congress on the activities of grant awardees funded through the Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) grant program, as well as on emerging best practices relating to rape prevention and education.

Burgess  Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires state and local governments that are recipients of the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program to include information on best practices regarding reducing the backlog of DNA evidence in those government’s annual reports to the Attorney General.

Waters  Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Creates a new purpose area to the grants to combat violent crimes on campuses, which allows grant funds to be used for the training of campus personnel in how to use victim-centered, trauma-informed interview techniques, informed by evidence based research on the neurobiology of trauma, when asking questions of a student or employee who reports to be a victim of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking.

Young Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Expands the definition of ‘Indian Country’ as it relates to eligibility for participation in the special tribal criminal jurisdiction pilot project, to ensure the inclusion of all lands within any Alaska Native village that are at least 75% Alaska Native.”

Johnson (TX) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Clarifies in law the difference between internal and external transfers when applying for an emergency transfer.

Wagner/Jackson Lee (TX) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Ensures that the Creating Hope through Outreach, Options, Service, and Education for Children and Youth (CHOOSE Children and Youth) Program can continue to include programs that address sex trafficking.

Wagner Amendment #11 (10 minutes of debate)

Enhances VAWA’s transparency and accountability measures by making entities found by the Attorney General to have intentionally misused VAWA grant funds ineligible to apply for future grants for up to 5 years, after reasonable notice and opportunity for a hearing.

Grijalva Amendment #12 (10 minutes of debate)

Expands the definition of domestic violence in the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended by the bill, to include violence against or witnessed by a child under the age of 18, or an elder (as defined by tribal law).

Grijalva Amendment #13 (10 minutes of debate)

Alleviates the costs tribes incur due to the expansion of criminal jurisdiction. Further this amendment provides language allowing the Attorney General to award grants to tribes to improve law enforcement, tribal court personnel and criminal codes.

Emmer/Jayapal Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Authorizes the Office on Violence Against Women to improve the handling of crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by incorporating a trauma-informed approach into the initial response to and investigation of such crimes.

Quigley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires the Secretary of HHS to review and submit a report on whether being a victim of domestic violence increases the likelihood of having a substance use disorder.

Kuster Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Directs the Department of Justice to establish an interagency working group to study existing federal surveys and reporting programs on sexual violence, and to make recommendations on how to harmonize such efforts for improved coordination and data collection.

Meng Amendment #17 (10 minutes of debate)

Ensures that parenting classes are made available to prisoners with limited English proficiency.

Meng Amendment #18 (10 minutes of debate)

Directs the Director of BOP to develop tools to communicate parenting program availability and eligibility criteria to each BOP employee and each pregnant inmate to ensure that each pregnant inmate understands the resources available to them.

Meng Amendment #19 (10 minutes of debate)

Ensures that cultural competency training is included in trauma screening trainings provided to correctional officers, and each BOP employee, including instructors and health care professionals.

Plaskett Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Increases the minimum amount made available to territories of the United States under the Sexual Assault Services Program and the Transitional Housing Assistance Program.

Bera Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Increases funding for grants to enhance culturally specific services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Gallego Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Directs the GAO to submit a report on the response of law enforcement agencies to reports of missing or murdered Indians, including recommendations for legislative solutions.

Clark Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Establishes a grant program to train state and local law enforcement to prevent, enforce, and prosecute domestic violence-related crimes carried out online and establishes a national resource center to study these crimes. Requires the FBI to update the Uniform Crime Reports and the National Incident-Based Reporting System to include cybercrimes committed against individuals.

Krishnamoorthi Amendment #24 (10 minutes of debate)

Specifies, but does not limit, components of economic security that Americans face when striving for economic stability including: financial empowerment, affordable housing, transportation, healthcare access, and quality education and training opportunities.

Krishnamoorthi Amendment #25 (10 minutes of debate)

Ensures the inclusion of guidelines and best practices for the creation of employee assistance programs.

Brown Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Creates a grant program for states, local governments, Indian tribes, and domestic violence victim service providers and coalitions for technical assistance and training in the operation or establishment of a lethality assessment program (LAP).

Haaland Amendment #27 (10 minutes of debate)

Provides for the inclusion of victim advocates/resources in state courts for urban American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/ANs) where 71 percent of the Native American population resides due to federal relocation and termination policies. This will be offered as an amendment to the DOJ STOP Formula Grant Program for states (authorized by 34 U.S.C § 10441) to address the lack of victim resources for Native American women in urban areas (who experience disproportional rates of sexual/domestic violence) since this group falls outside of the eligibility for the DOJ Victim of Crimes Act Tribal Set-Aside funding, which is only available for tribal programs within reservation boundaries.

Haaland Amendment #28 (10 minutes of debate)

Clarifies that federal criminal information database sharing extends to entities designated by a tribe as maintaining public safety within a tribe’s territorial jurisdiction that have no federal or state arrest authority.

Rouda Amendment #29 (10 minutes of debate)

Adds language that recognizes the ongoing epidemic of violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Rouda Amendment #30 (10 minutes of debate)

Gives college campuses the opportunity to offer primary prevention training, in addition to survivor support services.

Rouda Amendment #31 (10 minutes of debate)

Gives college campuses the opportunity to offer alternative justice response programs.

Rouda Amendment #32 (10 minutes of debate)

Gives college campuses the opportunity to include all participants involved with the resolution process in training which identifies and responds to crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Resolution process members include the Title IX coordinator’s office as well as the office of student conduct.

Craig Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Directs the Secretary of Education to submit a report to Congress regarding an evaluation of programs, events, and educational materials related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and an assessment of best practices and guidance. This report shall be made publicly available online to universities and college campuses to use as a resource.

Schrier Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Specifies that trauma and behavioral health specialists are included in the term “health care professionals.” The amendment would also increase the capacity of existing health care professionals to address issues pertaining to child exposure to violence.

Underwood Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires DOJ to report to Congress the effects of the recent federal government shutdown on DOJ’s efforts to disperse funding and services to victims to domestic violence.

Casten Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Ensures that campus faculty is trained to recognize victims of sexual or domestic violence.

Porter Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Integrates the term "economic abuse" throughout the legislation, wherever "domestic violence" occurs, except if it would trigger an extension of the effective date under section 703(f)(1)(B) of the bill.

Rose (NY) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Expands the National Domestic Violence Hotline to include texting features via telephone.

Axne Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Increases STOP grants from $40 million to $60 million.

Torres Small Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Ensures all provisions of the bill comply with immigration laws.

Postponed Vote (1 bill):

  1. H.Res. 271Condemning the Trump Administration’s Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans’ Health Care (Rep. Allred – Energy and Commerce/Judiciary)

Postponed Suspension (1 bill):

  1. H.R. 829 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1450 Montauk Highway in Mastic, New York, as the “Army Specialist Thomas J. Wilwerth Post Office Building” (Rep. Zeldin – Oversight and Reform)

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.

Thurgood Marshall