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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021

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Wednesday, March 18, 2021
House Meets at... Votes Predicted at...
12:00 p.m. Legislative Business Fifteen “One Minutes” per side First/Last Votes: 2:45 p.m. - 6:30 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: H.R. 6 – American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 (Rep. Roybal-Allard – Judiciary) This bill establishes a path to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status for Dreamers (individuals who came to the United states when they were young) and for certain individuals who were eligible for or held Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).   The bill provides conditional LPR status for up to 10 years to Dreamers who meet certain basic educational benchmarks. It provides full LPR status to those who reach more advanced professional or career milestones. The bill bars eligibility if an applicant presents a national security risk, has a felony conviction of any kind, or certain misdemeanor convictions.  These provisions match those included in the bill which passed the House last Congress.   The bill also creates a path to LPR status for individuals who had, or were eligible for, TPS on January 1, 2017, or DED on January 20, 2021, if they have been in the United States for at least 3 years and have not committed any acts that would disqualify them for relief under those programs.   Click here for bill text.   Click here for a summary from the Judiciary Committee. The Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Judiciary. H.R. 1603 – Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 (Rep. Lofgren – Judiciary) This bill reforms the agricultural labor sector to ensure that America’s farms can meet their future labor needs.   This bill provides lawful status to approximately 1.7 million undocumented agricultural workers and their families, and reforms the H-2A temporary visa program to improve working conditions and labor protections for agricultural workers, including by requiring employers to maintain safety plans and increasing oversight to prevent foreign labor recruiter abuses.  The bill also increases the number of green cards available to agricultural workers while expanding availability of these green cards to H-2A workers.   The bill also streamlines the H-2A process for employers by simplifying filing procedures and reduces costs associated with the program by providing H-2A workers with 3-year visas.  The bill also opens the H-2A program to year-round agricultural employers (i.e., dairy), creates a pilot program for portable H-2A workers who work for registered employers, and expands the availability and affordability of farmworker housing.  The bill modernizes the electronic verification system (E-Verify) by building in due process protections for authorized workers who are incorrectly rejected by the system and phases the system in to the agricultural sector once all legalization and H-2A reforms have been fully implemented.   Click here for bill text.   Click here for a summary from the Judiciary Committee. The Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Judiciary. Possible Consideration of Suspensions (2 bills) 1. H.R. 1112 – Protect Democracy in Burma Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Foreign Affairs) This bill states it is U.S. policy to condemn the coup, directs the Administration to use its influence at the United Nations to hold the Burmese military accountable for the coup, and to engage with ASEAN members to promote a return to Burma’s democratic transition. It also requires the Secretary of State to submit a one-time report describing efforts to implement U.S. policy regarding Burma. 2. H.Res. 134 – Condemning the military coup that took place on February 1, 2021, in Burma and the Burmese military detention of civilian leaders, calling for the release of all those detained and for those elected to serve in Parliament to resume their duties, and for other purposes (Rep. Levin (MI) – Foreign Affairs) This resolution condemns the military coup and calls on the Tatmadaw to release those arbitrarily detained and restore the democratically elected government. It also calls on the administration to take action to hold the Burmese military accountable, including through targeted, multilateral economic sanctions, and ensure that U.S. based social media companies not allow their platforms to be used as vehicles for disinformation campaigns or advocating violence against the Burmese people.
          

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