|THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 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: 6:30 p.m. Last Votes: Evening
Floor Schedule and Procedure: Following “One Minutes,” the House will recess subject to the call of the Chair. Following Senate passage of the Conference Report to Accompany H.J.Res. 31, the House will reconvene to begin consideration of the Conference Report. Under a Rule (1 bill) Conference Report to Accompany H.J.Res. 31 – Making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations) The text of the legislation can be found here. The Joint Explanatory Statement can be found here. A division-by-division summary of the legislation can be found here. Talking Points from the Appropriations Committee
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Democrats secured major victories on key priorities on the Homeland Security bill:
- Denying President Trump the billions of dollars he demanded for a wasteful, ineffective concrete wall: fully rejecting the President’s demand for $5.7 billion for his wall by providing $1.375 billion for bollard fencing with language specifying that new fencing is limited to currently deployed designs – ruling out the President’s border wall proposal;
- A path to a reduction in ICE detention beds: providing a glide path to reduce ICE detention beds from 49,057 today to 40,520 at the end of the fiscal year, bringing the number of detention beds back to the level of average daily population funded in the FY18 omnibus bill. This reduction in ICE detention beds, combined with Democratic control of the Appropriations Committee, will provide a check on the Trump Administration’s out-of-control deportation policy that targets law-abiding families instead of focusing on deporting violent criminals;
- A more humane immigration system: with $415 million for enhanced medical support, transportation, food and clothing for migrants in detention, particularly children and families; $30.5 million for family case management; and an expansion in Alternatives to Detention participants from 82,000 to 100,000; and.
- Smart, effective border security: $564 million to install non-intrusive inspection equipment at ports of entry; $113 million for additional air and marine assets; $100 million for new border security technology, $77 million for opioid detection equipment; and $59 million for 600 new Customs officers.
- Key investments in national security: a new Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter, the first icebreaker in over 40 years and an $884 million increase for the Transportation Security Agency.
In addition to the bipartisan compromise on Homeland Security, the government funding deal includes six other appropriations bills that reject President Trump’s deep budget cuts and instead make bold investments in top Democratic priorities:
- Delivering a pay raise to federal workers: securing a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal civilian workers that overrides the President’s decision to deny them a pay raise;
- Combating the Trump Administration’s assault on the Census: investing $3.8 billion in the Census, an increase of $1 billion, to ensure a fair and accurate count;
- Building safer communities: with more than $3 billion for state and local law enforcement to keep communities safe, including by addressing the opioid crisis, closing sexual assault kit backlogs and hiring more police officers;
- Rebuilding America’s infrastructure: with $17 billion in funding for new infrastructure investments to improve our roads, bridges, highways, railways and mass transit.
- Supporting small businesses: restoring and increasing investments in job-creating initiatives for economic and business development, including for minority and women-owned businesses, that the Trump Administration tried to eliminate or slash;
- Rejecting the Trump Administration’s attacks on the environment: blocking the Administration’s deep cuts to initiatives to protect clean water, clean air and public lands and investing a total of $9.3 billion in the EPA and Land and Water Conservation Fund;
- Strengthening America’s global leadership: Rejecting the Trump Administration’s radical cuts and securing $9.1 billion in security assistance for our allies, $5.7 billion for PEPFAR and $1.7 billion for Food for Peace.