Daily Whipline

March 6, 2019

MAJORITY WHIPLINE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 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/Last Votes: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 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)

Begin 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 two hours of 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.

**Members are advised that following last votes the House will complete two hours of general debate of H.R. 1.  After general debate, the House will begin consideration of amendments to H.R. 1. Any recorded votes requested on amendments will be postponed until Thursday.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

Michelle Obama