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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2022

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Friday, July 29, 2022

 

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

9:00 a.m. Legislative Business           
Five “One Minutes” Per Side

First Votes: 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.   

Last Votes: ???

 

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:

H. Res. __ – Waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules, and for other purposes

H.R. 5118 – Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act (Rep. Neguse – Natural Resources)

 

This package provides strategic and targeted investments to improve conditions for fire-adapted ecosystems, protect communities from catastrophic wildfires, provide for expanded science programs, enhance drought resiliency, modernize data and technology when responding to droughts, and ensure a whole-of-government approach to these issues.

 

The bill establishes new pay and hiring authorities for Federal wildland firefighters, authorizes a 10-year National Wildfire Response Plan, provides tools and resources to assist with wildfire related activities including prescribed fire training and planning, and gives Tribes and Conservation Corps an expanded role in reducing wildfire risk. The bill provides $500 million for actions to prevent key reservoirs of the Colorado River from declining to critically low water elevations, makes investments in new drought-proof water supply projects, secures water reliability for Indian Country, advances modern water management data and technology, and protects and restores critical ecosystems.

 

The bill ensures a whole-of-government response to wildfire, drought, and other natural disasters by providing enhanced assistance for those impacted by recent wildfires; improving programs at the Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Fire Administration; establishing the National Disaster Safety Board; and directing the President to establish a National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program to reduce the loss of life and property from wildland fires through coordination of Federal efforts. The bill also addresses the needs of environmental justice communities greatly impacted by drought, wildfire and other climate events by supporting measures to improve local environmental conditions, centering environmental justice considerations at Executive Branch agencies, and providing new enforcement tools to counter prohibited environmental discrimination.

 

Click here for a fact sheet from the Natural Resources Committee.

 

Click here for a section-by-section from the Natural Resources Committee.


The Rule, which was adopted on Tuesday, provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Natural Resources and makes in order the following amendments:

McCarthy Amendment

 

Reduces the amount of funding provided for the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Program from $400,000,000 to $150,000,000. Authorizes a grant program to supply drinking water to rural communities in which a significant number of private wells are not producing water, and provides $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2023 through 2027 to fund the program. The program sunsets five years after the bill is enacted.


Schrier Amendment

 

Expands NOAA’s wildland fire and fire weather activities; authorizes wildland fire science activities at the United States Geological Survey as part of the National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program; allows NOAA, NASA, DOE, and the U.S. Fire Administration to support the activities of the Joint Fire Science Program.


Velazquez/Graves (LA) Amendment

 

Revises the collateral requirements in the Rise After Disaster Act of 2015 to allow borrowers to obtain a disaster loan for up to $25,000 from the Small Business Administration without pledging collateral

Possible Consideration of Legislation Related to Public Safety

Complete Consideration of H.R. 263 – Big Cat Public Safety Act (Rep. Quigley – Natural Resources)

 

The Big Cat Public Safety Act amends the Captive Wildlife Safety Act to prohibit private possession and breeding of big cats and restrict direct contact between the public and big cats.

The Rule, which was adopted on Wednesday, provides for no further debate.

Postponed Suspensions (2 votes)

 

1. H.R. 7283 – STREAM Act, as amended (Rep. Cartwright – Natural Resources)

 

This bill makes a correction to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) so that money appropriated for coal abandoned mine land cleanup can be used to treat acid mine drainage.

 

2. S. 3451 – A bill to include certain computer-related projects in the Federal permitting program under title XLI of the FAST Act, and for other purposes (Sen. Hagerty – Natural Resources)

 

This bill expands the expedited environmental review and permitting process under Title 41 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, commonly known as FAST-41, to include certain computer-related infrastructure projects. 

 
 
 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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