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Thursday, July 14, 2022

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

10:00 a.m. Legislative Business    
Fifteen "One Minutes" per side                  

First Votes: 12:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Last Votes: 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 


Floor Schedule and Procedure:

H.R. 7900 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 (Rep. Smith (WA) – Armed Services)

This year’s NDAA makes significant investments to support our military servicemembers and civilians, confront the growing strategic challenge posed by the People’s Republic of China, and bolster Ukraine’s defense against Vladimir Putin’s unlawful invasion. This legislation also reflects the democratic values of the United States as a strategic and moral imperative by creating a DoD Center for Excellence in Civilian Harm Mitigation. 

Authorizing a total of $839.3 billion for defense discretionary spending, the bill includes a 4.6% base pay increase for service members and civilians at the Department of Defense as well as inflation bonuses for those making less than $45,000 per year.

The bill builds on Congress’s assistance to Ukraine with funding for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and the European Deterrence Initiative. It requires U.S. European Command to reduce reliance on Russian gas. It also has provisions to increase supply chain security and to continue efforts to address harmful contamination at military installations. The FY23 NDAA also includes record funding for HBCUs and MSIs, and a $15 minimum wage for workers on all federal service and construction contracts.  

NDAA Fact Sheet from House Armed Services Committee click here.

NDAA Summary from House Armed Services Committee here.

As of yesterday, the House has completed debate on H.R. 7900, through Connolly Amendment #495.

Today, the House will resume amendment debate, beginning with En Bloc #5.

En Bloc #5: (Jayapal #413, Ocasio-Cortez #415, Wild #440, Quigley #444, DeFazio#465, Katko #543, Katko #544, Katko #545, Katko #546, Keating #547, Keating #548, Kilmer #549, LaMalfa #550, Lamb #551, Lamb #552, Langevin #553, Langevin #554, Levin (MI) #555, Levin (MI) #556, Levin (MI) #557, Lieu #558, Lieu #559, Lieu #560, Lynch #561, Lynch #562, Mace #563, Malinowski #564, Malinowski #565, Malinowski #566, Malinowski #567, Malinowski #568, Malinowski #569, Malinowski #570, Malinowski #571, Malinowski #572, Malinowski #573, Malinowski #574, Carolyn Maloney #575, Carolyn Maloney #576, Matsui #577, McGovern #578, McGovern #579, McGovern #580, McGovern #581, McMorris Rodgers #582, Meeks #583, Meeks #584, Meng #585, Meng #586, Meng #588, Mfume #589, Neguse #590, Neguse #591, Newman #592, Ocasio-Cortez #593, O'Halleran #594, Pappas #595, Payne #596, Peters #597, Phillips #598, Phillips #599, Phillips #600, Phillips #601, Pressley #602, Ross #603, Ruiz #604, Ruiz #605, Sablan #606, Salazar #607, Salazar #608, Sanchez #609, Sanchez #610, Schiff #611, Schiff #612, Schiff #613, Schiff #614, Schiff #615, Schneider #616, Schrier #617, Scott (VA) #618, Sherman #619, Sherman #620, Sherman #621, Sherrill #622, Slotkin #623, Slotkin #624, Smith (NJ) #625, Spanberger #626, Spanberger #627, Speier #628, Speier #629, Speier #630, Speier #631, Stauber #632, Steube #633, Strickland #634, Strickland #635, Strickland #636, Tlaib #638, Torres (CA) #639, Torres (CA) #640, Torres (NY) #641, Torres (NY) #642, Torres (NY) #643, Torres (NY) #644, Trahan #645, Trone #646, Van Duyne #647, Vargas #648, Wagner #649)

Meng Amendment #587

Directs the VA to conduct an awareness campaign regarding the types of fertility treatments, procedures, and services that are available to veterans experiencing issues with fertility, covered under the VA medical benefits package.

Takano Amendment #637

Expands access to hospital and domiciliary care and medical services to South Korean veterans now living in the United States who served as a member of the Korean Armed Forces during the Vietnam War under VA's existing authority to serve allied beneficiaries.

Wild Amendment #650

States that no funding to the Department of State can be made available to the Philippines National Police until the Administration has certified that the Philippines government is meeting certain human rights standards.

Members should be prepared to offer their amendments at the appropriate time today. 

A full list of amendments can be found here.  Members can track consideration of amendments here.

Postponed Amendment Votes (23):

Aguilar Amendment #33

Requires DoD to update Congress on the status of implementing the recommendations from the October 2021 report on screening individuals entering the military. Requires DoD to implement recommendations from the Department’s Countering Extremist Activity Working Group report published in December 2021. 

Torres (CA) Amendment #48

Requires additional notifications and oversight of Section 333 funding for the governments of the Northern Triangle.

Speier Amendment #49

Requires the Secretary of Defense to conduct a gender analysis of the IMET programs and to offer training on gender analysis to partner military personnel participating in IMET programs.

Levin (MI) Amendment #79

Requires the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment to submit a report to Congress on the progress of the Department's implementation of on-site PFAS destruction technologies not requiring incineration and extends the moratorium on PFAS incineration enacted in the FY22 NDAA. 

Speier Amendment #81

Establishes a voluntary, opt-in pilot program for the purpose of suicide prevention.

Bipartisan En Bloc #2
Bipartisan En Bloc #3
Bipartisan En Bloc #4

Bowman Amendment #384

Prohibits U.S. military presence in Syria without Congressional approval within one year of enactment.

Keating Amendment #391

Requires the State Department to establish and staff Climate Change Officer positions to be posted at U.S. embassies, consulates, or diplomatic missions to provide climate change mitigation expertise, engage with international entities on climate change, and facilitate bilateral and multilateral cooperation on climate change, taking specific actions to develop a strategy to improve and increase the study of, mitigation of, and adaptation to climate change and certify that considerations related to the climate are incorporated at U.S. embassies or other diplomatic posts, while also establishing a curriculum at the Foreign Service Institute to provide employees with specialized climate change training.

Jayapal Amendment #392

Establishes an Office of Climate Resilience.

Speier Amendment #395

Incentivize states to enact, at a minimum, the rights afforded to victims in the Survivors Bill of Rights Act.

Pallone/Pappas Amendment #399

Prohibits the President from selling or exporting new F-16s or F-16 upgrade technology or modernization kits to Turkey unless the President provides a certification to Congress that such a transfer is in the national interest of the United States and includes a detailed description of concrete steps taken to ensure that such F-16s are not used by Turkey for repeated unauthorized territorial overflights of Greece.

Garamendi Amendment #410

Waives current law’s requirement that FEMA or federal land management agencies reimburse DOD, with civilian funds, for cost of military support for disaster response to major wildfires that have been declared federal disasters/emergencies

Langevin Amendment #426

Allows for admission of essential scientists and technical experts to promote and protect the national security innovation base.

Schiff Amendment #447

Prohibits the use of evidence obtained by or with the assistance of a member of the Armed Forces in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act in a court or other legal proceeding

Green (TX) Amendment #448

Provides statutory authority for certain procedures related to the Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program and adds new program requirements.

Schiff/Malinowski Amendment #451

Requires the Secretary of State to review actions by Brazilian armed forces related to that country's October 2022 presidential elections and to consider such actions under statutory guardrails on US assistance.

Connolly Amendment #454

Prevents any position in the competitive service from being reclassified to an excepted service schedule that was created after September 30, 2020 and limits federal employee reclassifications to the five excepted service schedules in use prior to fiscal year 2021.

Neguse Amendment #455

Adds the text of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act and the Grand Canyon Protection Act to the bill.

DeGette Amendment #456

Adds the text of Titles I - VI of the Protecting America's Wilderness and Public Lands Act, and adds the text of the Cerro de la Olla Wilderness Establishment Act.

Evans Amendment #461

Reauthorizes the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program and increases the federal cost share for certain grant projects. Extends the program through FY2030 and increases the federal cost share of a grant project that serves a small, rural, or disadvantaged community to 90% of the total cost of the project.

Connolly Amendment #495

Reduces the sunset provision for Section 5112(c) of the Department of State Authorization Act of 2021 (Division E of Public Law 117–81) from 2 years to 1 year.

**Members are advised that the House is expected to recess at approximately 10:30 a.m. for 30 minutes to accommodate for the arrival ceremony for Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams as he Lies in Honor.  Members are further advised that the House is expected to recess, at approximately 3:15 p.m., to accommodate for the departure ceremony of Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams and the Bipartisan Classified Briefing. The House is expected to reconvene following the conclusion of the briefing, at approximately 4:30 p.m., and take the remaining votes on H.R. 7900.       

Possible Suspensions (8 votes)

1. H.R. 1934 – Promoting United States International Leadership in 5G Act, as amended (Rep. McCaul – Foreign Affairs)

This legislation would create an interagency working group to work with partners to align diplomatic engagement strategies and monitor China’s engagement at the ITU. The interagency group would be required to provide a briefing to relevant committees on China’s engagement at the ITU and on a strategy to work with allies and partners to protect against untrusted networks.

2. H.Con.Res. 59 – Condemning the October 25, 2021, military coup in Sudan and standing with the people of Sudan (Rep. Meeks – Foreign Affairs)

This concurrent resolution condemns the October 25, 2021, coup in Sudan. It recognizes former Prime Minister Hamdok and his cabinet as the constitutional leaders of Sudan’s transitional government and calls for Sudan’s military junta, among other things, to immediately release all civilian government officials, civil society members, and other individuals detained in connection with the coup; return to constitutional rule under the transitional constitution; and lift the state of emergency, including complete restoration of all means of communication. The concurrent resolution also calls on international partners to join U.S. efforts to impose targeted sanctions on the junta and other accomplices in the coup and also suspend Sudan’s participation in all regional multilateral organizations until the country is returned to constitutional rule under the transitional constitution.

3. H.Res. 720 – Calling for stability and the cessation of violence and condemning ISIS-affiliated terrorist activity in northern Mozambique, including the Cabo Delgado Province, and for other purposes (Rep. Jacobs (CA) – Foreign Affairs)

This resolution condemns the violence, targeting of civilians, and terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS-Mozambique in Cabo Delgado Province. It calls on the Government of the Republic of Mozambique, with help from the United States, to end the conflict and provide additional humanitarian support. This resolution also urges the Mozambican government to restore security, counter violent extremism, and address the social and economic drivers of terrorist recruitment and the conflict.  

4. H.Con.Res. 45 – Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the execution-style murders of United States citizens Ylli, Agron, and Mehmet Bytyqi in the Republic of Serbia in July 1999 (Rep. Zeldin – Foreign Affairs)

This resolution expresses the sense of Congress that those individuals responsible for the July 1999 murders of Ylli, Agron, and Mehmet Bytyqi in Serbia should be brought to justice, the Serbian government should prioritize the investigation and prosecution of current or former officials believed to be responsible for their deaths, the United States should devote sufficient resources to fully assist such an effort, and that progress in resolving this case should remain a significant factor in the development of relations between U.S. and the Republic of Serbia.

5. H.Res. 892Calling on the Government of the Republic of Rwanda to release Paul Rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds (Rep. Castro – Foreign Affairs)

This resolution urges the Rwandan government to immediately release Mr. Rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds and allow him to return to the United States. It expresses grave concern with the Government of Rwanda’s actions, including the extrajudicial transfer of Mr. Rusesabagina from the UAE to Rwanda, placing him in solitary confinement, and charging him with multiple crimes. The resolution calls on Rwandan authorities to permit his access to adequate medical care and urges the United States Government to raise the case of Mr. Rusesabagina in all interactions with the Government of Rwanda and press for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds. Lastly, it expresses support for the family of Paul Rusesabagina and their commitment to bringing him home.

6. H.R. 7337 – Access for Veterans to Records Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Carolyn Maloney – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would require the National Archives to submit a plan for eliminating the backlog with target timeframes to the Committee and would authorize $60 million for the Archives to digitize and preserve records and improve the records request process.  According to the Archives, the backlog currently stands at approximately 600,000 requests.

7. H.R. 203 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4020 Broadway Street in Houston, Texas, as the ‘‘Benny C. Martinez Post Office Building’’ (Rep. Garcia (TX) – Oversight and Reform)

8. H.R. 5659 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1961 North C Street in Oxnard, California, as the ‘‘John R. Hatcher III Post Office Building’’ (Rep. Brownley – Oversight and Reform)


"Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith."

 - Alexis de Tocqueville

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