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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

10:00 a.m. Morning Hour
12:00 p.m. Legislative Business                
Fifteen "One Minutes" per side    

First/Last Votes: 1:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.           

 


Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Suspension (1 bill)

  1. H.R. 5323 – Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 (Rep. DeLauro – Appropriations)

The legislation provides $1 billion to replace missile interceptors that were used to protect Israeli civilians from Hamas rockets during heavy fighting in May.

Complete Consideration of H.R. 4350 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (Rep. Smith (WA) – Armed Services)

This bill makes historic policy changes that will benefit our service members and their families while investing in future capabilities that will allow for the United States to confront the unprecedented challenges facing our nation at home and abroad. 

  

The FY22 NDAA includes funding to support a 2.7 percent pay increase for our service members and civilians and increases the allowable parental leave for primary and secondary caregivers. The bill also makes historic changes to combat sexual assault in the military and gives the DC mayor control of the DC National Guard for the first time in history. The FY22 NDAA authorizes $768 billion in discretionary spending for national defense, providing historic investments in our service members, innovation, and emerging technologies to ensure the Department of Defense has the capability to modernize its national security processes and confront new challenges.  

  

The bill authorizes nearly $1 billion in additional cybersecurity investments and $500 million for DoD relocation support for SIV holders and at-risk Afghans. The bill contains provisions to address strategic challenges posed by China, includes significant funding to promote academic partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, requires the Department of Defense to establish a sustainable aviation fuel pilot program to lower its carbon footprint, and requires the Department of Defense to use enforceable state standards for clean-up of PFAS contamination when they are more strict than federal regulations. The bill does not include the arbitrary statutory prohibitions on transfer of detainees out of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that hinder progress toward its closure. 

  

The bill also provides for the sense of Congress recognizing the men and women of the Armed Services for securing Hamid Karzai International Airport and supporting the largest Noncombatant Evacuation Operation in United States history. The sense of Congress also recognizes the ultimate sacrifice of the 13 servicemembers—11 Marines, one sailor, and one solider—who gave their lives for this mission. 

 

Click here for the bill text

 

Click here for a full summary and a short summary from the Armed Services Committee.

As of yesterday, the House has completed debate on H.R. 4350.

Postponed Amendment Votes (17):

Bowman Amendment #25

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

Mfume Amendment #26

Increases the governmentwide goals for small business participation in federal contracts and for certain small business concerns.

Khanna Amendment #28

Terminates U.S. military logistical support, and the transfer of spare parts to Saudi warplanes conducting aerial strikes against the Houthis in Yemen and permanently ends intelligence sharing that enables offensive strikes and any U.S. effort to command, coordinate, participate in the movement of, or accompany Saudi or United Arab Emirates-led coalition forces in the war in Yemen.

Meeks Amendment #30

Requires the suspension of U.S. sustainment and maintenance support to Saudi air force units responsible for airstrikes resulting in civilian casualties in Yemen with certain exemptions for territorial self-defense, counterterrorism operations, and defense of U.S. government facilities or personnel.

Carolyn Maloney Amendment #35

Replaces the congressional publication entitled United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, commonly known as the Plum Book, with an online public directory and requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to publish the information contained in the Plum Book on a public website in a format that is easily searchable and that otherwise meets certain data standards.

Johnson (GA)/McClintock Amendment #36

Restricts the Department of Defense (DOD) from transferring certain surplus military property to federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies. Specifically, DOD may not transfer to such agencies specified property such as controlled firearms, ammunition, grenade launchers, explosives, certain vehicles or trucks, armored or weaponized drones, certain controlled aircraft, silencers, or long-range acoustic devices. DOD may waive this limitation and transfer certain vehicles or trucks if DOD determines that the transfer is necessary for disaster or rescue purposes or for another purpose where life and public safety are at risk.

Garamendi Amendment #38

Prohibits funding for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program and W87-1.

Schrader Amendment #39

Reduces Unfunded Priority Lists to only four Service Branches of the United States Military plus United States Special Operations Command, for a total of five.

Ocasio-Cortez/Pocan Amendment #40

Reduces overall authorization level by 10%. Excludes military personnel, DoD federal civilian workforce, and defense health program accounts from the 10% reduction.

Jacobs (CA)/Lee (CA) Amendment #41

Reduces amounts authorized for defense spending in FY22 to no more than the approximate amount requested by the President.

Langevin Amendment #42

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

Bowman/Clark Amendment #105

Adds the President, Vice President, and any Cabinet member to the current statutory prohibition on Members of Congress contracting with the federal government.

Bipartisan En Bloc #2

Bipartisan En Bloc #3

Bipartisan En Bloc #4

Leger Fernandez Amendment #241


Provides an apology to individuals and their families in NM, UT, ID, and other states who were exposed to radiation from nuclear testing.

Torres (CA) Amendment #435

Reinstates standard Congressional Notification procedures for the export of certain items to foreign countries. 

Possible Passage of Postponed Suspensions (8 votes)

1. S. 848 – Consider Teachers Act of 2021 (Sen. Braun – Education and Labor)

This bill would codify Department of Education (ED) regulations to improve the administration of the TEACH Grant program.  These changes will help reduce the amount of grants that convert to loans by creating an appeal process for erroneously converted grants and providing better counseling to students.  The bill also requires ED to extend the service window for current recipients by 3 years to ensure that individuals can complete their service during the pandemic

2. H.R. 1029 – Free Veterans from Fees Act (Rep. Steube – Natural Resources)

This bill waives special use permit application fees for special events at war memorials on land administered by the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., and its environs when a majority of attendees are veterans or Gold Star Families.

3. H.R. 1154 – Great Dismal Swamp National Heritage Area Act (Rep. McEachin – Natural Resources)

This bill authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating certain land as the Great Dismal Swamp National Heritage Area.

4. H.R. 3533 – To establish occupational series for Federal positions in software development, software engineering, data science, and data management, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Obernolte – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would require the Office of Personnel Management to update or establish occupational series for federal government positions in software development, software engineering, data science, and data management within 270 days of enactment.

5. H.R. 3599 – Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Khanna – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would establish a personnel rotation program for cybersecurity professionals at federal agencies.  OPM would issue an operational plan providing policies, processes, and procedures for the program, and GAO would report on agency and employee participation in the program.

6. H.R. 1204 – District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Salary Home Rule Act, as amended (Rep. Norton – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would give the District of Columbia the authority to pass a law to increase the pay of its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) above the existing statutory allowable pay for the CFO

7. H.R. 978 – Chai Suthammanont Remembrance Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would require federal agencies to create evidence-based reentry plans for employees required to return to federal offices after a public health emergency  The bill would require agency officials to develop and make public the requirements and specifications for how the government would protect the health and safety of federal employees while continuing operations and providing vital services to the public

8. H.R. 2617 – Performance Enhancement Reform Act, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would require agencies’ chief performance officers to work in consultation with the chief human capital officer, the chief information officer, the chief data officer, and the chief financial officer to prepare the annual performance plans required of each agency by law.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles."

-Jimmy Carter 

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