Daily Whipline

March 8, 2019

MAJORITY WHIPLINE: FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019                                                                                                           

House Meets At…

Votes Predicted At…

9:00 a.m. Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes” Per Side

First Votes/Last Votes: 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.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)

Complete 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 Vote (1):

Brindisi Amendment

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

Amendments to be Considered Today (3):

Neguse

Allows 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote ahead of their 18th birthday.

Kirkpatrick

Requires online advertising platforms to require the use of credit card verification values (CVV) for purchases made with credit cards.

Golden

Authorizes the Federal Election Commission to refuse to certify a candidate to participate in the matching public finance program if they have been assessed three or more civil penalties in one or more elections previously and makes a candidate not eligible if there has been a willful violation.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” 

- Maya Angelou