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April 9, 2019

MAJORITY WHIPLINE: TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 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: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Last Votes: 4:30 – 5:30 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:

Under a Rule (1 bill):

     Consideration of 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 provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:

Burgess Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Directs GAO to initiate a study to examine the influence of all entities on the virtuous cycle of the internet ecosystem and whether net neutrality rules protect the access of consumers to a free and open internet.

Latta Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Requires the FCC to share the list of 700 rules that will be permanently forborne by the FCC should this bill become law.

Waters Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Directs the Comptroller General of the United States to submit a report to Congress examining the importance of the 2015 Open Internet Order to ethnic and racial minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged groups, rural populations, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly.

Delgado Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

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.

Porter Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires the FCC to submit a report, within 1 year of enactment, to the Committees of Jurisdiction that describes all enforcement actions taken since enactment by the FCC with respect to persons engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service, including the amount of each fine imposed or settlement agreed to, the actions taken by the FCC to collect such fines and settlements, and the amounts collected for such fines and settlements.

Wexton Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

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.

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)

Affirms that ISPs can still block unlawful content, such as child pornography or copyright-infringing materials.

    Suspensions (2 bills):

  1. H.R. 1759 – BRIDGE for Workers Act (Rep. Murphy – Ways and Means)

This bill modifies the rules for state reemployment services grants to provide states and territories with flexibility to provide services to all workers who need them. Under current law, states can only use the grants to assist workers who are expected to exhaust their unemployment benefits before they find work. The bill would allow states to provide support to any individual receiving earned unemployment benefits, if the state believes services would help the individual return to work more quickly. Faster return to work is associated with higher earnings and more labor force attachment, and also reduces spending on unemployment benefits.

  1. H.R. 1957 – Taxpayer First Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Lewis (GA) – Ways and Means)

The Taxpayer First Act takes bold steps to redesign the IRS with the mission of improving taxpayer service.  It also seeks to modernize the IRS and improve the ease and efficiency of the taxpayer experience when filing taxes, retrieving information, resolving issues, and making payments. The legislation includes more than 45 provisions across a range of IRS programs.  Some of the notable changes the bill seeks to put in place include creating an independent appeals process, strengthening the IRS’s ability to proactively combat identity theft tax refund fraud, excluding certain low-income taxpayers from being referred for private debt collection, and improving the taxpayer experience across the IRS’s suite of taxpayer services.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“You are where you are today because you stand on somebody’s shoulders. And wherever you are heading, you cannot get there by yourself. If you stand on the shoulders of others, you have a reciprocal responsibility to live your life so that others may stand on your shoulders. It’s the quid pro quo of life. We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give.”

Vernon Jordan