Daily Whipline

May 1, 2019

MAJORITY WHIPLINE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 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: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 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:

Begin Consideration of H.R. 9Climate Action Now Act (Rep. Castor – Foreign Affairs/Energy and Commerce)

This bill directs the President to develop a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement, and prohibits the use of funds to advance the withdrawal by the United States from the Agreement.

Talking Points from the House Foreign Affairs Committee:

  • In the face of rising temperatures, surging seas, intensifying natural disasters and public health crises that harm our communities and threaten our security, this crucial legislation represents the first step by House Democrats to force climate action from the administration and ensure the United States does not retreat from our leadership on climate.
  • Retaining our commitment to the Paris Agreement isn’t just good foreign policy. Addressing climate change can create millions of good-paying clean energy jobs, revitalize advanced manufacturing, and create new opportunities for the agricultural industry to sequester carbon in our soils. It can also advance economic justice by dramatically reducing home energy and heating costs for people living on low or fixed incomes and reduce pollution at front-line communities.
  • In the face of President Trump’s reckless refusal to take the climate crisis seriously, let’s stand together as Democrats and show the world that we’re still in this fight. 

The Rule provides for 90 minutes of general debate, with 60 minutes equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. 

The Rule also makes in order 30 amendments. A full list of amendments can be found HERE and summaries for the 20  amendments that will be considered today below:

Deutch Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires the President’s plan and updates to the plan to be submitted to any Committee deemed by the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader to have jurisdiction over the matters contained in the plan.

Espaillat Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Includes findings addressing the importance of climate justice and environmental justice.

Omar Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Includes findings recognizing the importance of the Paris Climate Agreement’s Task Force addressing the impact of climate change on displacement and the global refugee crisis.

Houlahan Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires the President’s plan to meet the United States’ nationally determined contribution to include how the United States may encourage and assist other parties to the Agreement reach their reported goals.

Kuster Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires the administration produce a report examining the effect of the Paris Climate Agreement on clean energy job development in rural communities.

Torres Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Clarifies that the bill does not require or prohibit states or cities from taking more ambitious actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Shalala Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Includes findings that the Paris Agreement recognizes the importance of addressing and minimizing sea level rise, saltwater intrusion, and flooding.

DeSaulnier Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires a National Academy of Sciences report on the consequences of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement for the United States’ global economic competitiveness.

Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Adds a finding noting that the Paris Agreement is an example of multilateral, international cooperation needed to overcome challenges facing the international community.

Gosar Amendment #10 (10 minutes of debate)

Includes findings that the Paris Agreement is a treaty and should be ratified by the Senate prior to any action being taken to execute the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Gosar Amendment #11 (10 minutes of debate)

Strikes Section 3 of the bill, the prohibition on use of funds to advance the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement.

Case Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Includes finding recognizing the role of oceans in the global climate system and international actions being taken to include oceans in the Paris Agreement's nationally determined contributions.

Bost Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires the President's public plan to be posted online to the Federal Register and allow an opportunity for public comment before the plan is submitted to Congress.

Meng Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Includes findings that recognizes the fundamental priority of safeguarding food security and ending hunger, and the particular vulnerabilities of food production systems to the damage caused by climate change.

Gonzalez-Colon / Plaskett Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Directs GAO to complete a study and submit a report to Congress on the impact of the President’s plan on the U.S. territories taking into consideration their unique energy needs and systems and the climate change vulnerabilities faced by communities in these jurisdictions.

Boyle Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Includes findings stating that the Paris Agreement recognizes that adaptation is a key component of the global response to climate change.

Panetta Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Adds a new finding stating, “American leadership encouraged widespread international participation in the Paris Agreement.”

Rouda Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Includes findings recognizing that American cities, states, and businesses are stepping up and pledging to meet the Paris Agreement goals in the wake of absent and uncertain United States federal leadership.

Porter Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Includes findings that recognize the importance of clean energy technology development for the implementation of mitigation and adaptation actions of the agreements under the Paris Climate Accord.

Lee (NV) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Includes findings that the Paris Agreement recognizes the importance of addressing loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, such as drought conditions and water scarcity.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.”

Serena Williams