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Home » Majority Whipline » MAJORITY WHIPLINE: TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2021

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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2021

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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: 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Last Votes: 5:00 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. 3005 – To direct the Joint Committee on the Library to replace the bust of Roger Brooke Taney in the Old Supreme Court Chamber of the United States Capitol with a bust of Thurgood Marshall to be obtained by the Joint Committee on the Library and to remove certain statues from areas of the United States Capitol which are accessible to the public, to remove all statues of individuals who voluntarily served the Confederate States of America from display in the United States Capitol, and for other purposes (Rep. Hoyer – House Administration)

The bill directs the Joint Committee on the Library to replace the bust of Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney in the Old Supreme Court Chamber of the United States Capitol with a bust of Thurgood Marshall, our nation’s first African American Supreme Court justice. The bill prohibits representation of Confederate soldiers or officials in the National Statuary Hall Collection. The bill also has provisions that require the Joint Committee on the Library to remove three other specific statues from any area of the U.S. Capitol that is accessible to the public.  The following three statues to be removed are of men who were notorious in their lifetimes for their white supremacist views: statue of Charles Brantley Aycock; statue of John Caldwell Calhoun; statue of James Paul Clarke.

The Rule will provide for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration.

H.R. 2662 – IG Independence and Empowerment Act (Rep. Carolyn Maloney – Oversight and Reform)

This package increases the independence of Inspectors General, protects IGs from political retaliation, and provides IGs additional tools to perform thorough investigations.

 

This bill would amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 to require that an IG may be removed only for cause, require Congress to be notified before an IG is placed on non-duty status, require that in the event of an IG vacancy an acting IG must be the first assistant in the same office or other senior official within the IG community, and increase accountability and transparency for the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) Integrity Committee.

 

The bill would also grant IGs the authority to subpoena witnesses for testimony who are not currently federal employees; provide the Department of Justice (DOJ) IG the authority to initiate investigations into wrongdoing by DOJ attorneys; expand whistleblower trainings for Office of Inspector General (OIG) employees; require notification to Congress of an IG’s ongoing work when an IG is removed, transferred, or placed on non-duty status; provide a single appropriation for the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE); require IGs to notify Congress if agencies deny access to requested information; and require CIGIE to establish minimum standards and best practice for IG training.

 

Click here for bill text.

 

Click here for a one pager from the Oversight and Reform Committee.

The Rule will provide for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

The Rule makes in order the following amendments and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc:

Axne Amendment

Requiring more detailed rationale for firing an Inspector General.

Bourdeaux Amendment

Ensures Inspectors General receive training on the use of, and process for, the suspension or debarment of persons for eligibility for Federal contracts

Carter (LA) Amendment

Ensures that IGs are paid at least the same rate as senior advisors who work in the same office.

Comer Amendment

Strikes from the bill:  for-cause removal protections for IGs (Title I), requirements that an acting IG be an independent and qualified individual from within the IG community (Title III), and authority to compel testimony from witnesses who are not current federal employees (Title V).

Malinowski Amendment

Provides an exception to the requirement that IGs provide notice 30 days before placing an IG on nonduty status if the IG poses a threat to the workplace or threatens an investigation.

Torres (NY) Amendment 

Requires GAO to conduct a review and issue a report evaluating processes for investigating wrongdoing by Inspectors General, including processes of the Integrity Committee of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency and processes of Inspector General offices.

**Members are advised that upon adoption of the Rule, all recorded votes pending on bills considered under suspension of the Rules may be voted on in a single en bloc on Tuesday.

Postponed Suspensions (8 votes)

1. H.R. 567 – Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Program Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. McCaul – Foreign Affairs)

This bill authorizes the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Program and requires the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the Administrator of USAID, to submit a comprehensive, interagency strategy, a plan to monitor and evaluate TSCTP programs and identify the key indicators that will be used to measure performance and progress under the strategy.

2. H.R. 3261 – To repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Rep. Spanberger – Foreign Affairs)

This bill repeals the 1991 AUMF that authorized the Gulf War.

3. H.R. 3283 – To repeal the joint resolution entitled, “A joint resolution to promote peace and stability in the Middle East”, as amended (Rep. Meijer – Foreign Affairs)

This bill repeals a never-invoked authorization for force and assistance in the Middle East signed into law in 1957.

4. H.Res. 186 – Calling for the immediate release of Trevor Reed, a United States citizen who was unjustly found guilty and sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison (Rep. Pfluger – Foreign Affairs)

This resolution calls for the immediate release of Trevor Reed, a U.S. citizen convicted on July 30, 2020, of trumped up charges in Russia and sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison camp. It expresses support for all unjustly detained prisoners in Russia, condemns the practice of politically motivated imprisonment, and urges U.S. officials to raise the case during all interactions with the Russian government.

5. H.R. 2471 – Haiti Development, Accountability, and Institutional Transparency Initiative Act, as amended (Rep. Jeffries – Foreign Affairs)

This bill requires the State Department to provide: 1) an assessment of the La Saline Massacre that took place on November 13, 2018; and 2) an all-encompassing report that includes strategies and assessments of State Department, USAID initiatives and partnerships with the Haitian government on human rights, freedom of the press and assembly, and anti-corruption efforts, as well as actions to support post-earthquake and post-hurricane recovery and development.

6. H.R. 1500 – Global Learning Loss Assessment Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Houlahan – Foreign Affairs)

The bill would require a report on the impact of COVID-19 on USAID basic education programs, including the magnitude of global learning loss that will result from protracted school closures; descriptions of forms of distance learning in low resource contexts; an analysis of how school closures affect marginalized children; data on Agency programs being carried out to continue learning during the pandemic; and a description of the authorities and resources USAID needs to support education programs during and after the pandemic that will mitigate learning loss and help students get back on track.

7. H.Res. 402 – Urging the Administration to facilitate assistance in response to the devasting impacts of COVID-19 in India, as amended (Rep. Sherman – Foreign Affairs)

This resolution recognizes the devastating impact of COVID–19 in India, urges the Administration to facilitate assistance to India and neighboring countries, and recognizes the help from Indian Americans and U.S. firms and calls on their continued efforts.

8. H.R. 3385 – HOPE for Afghan SIVs Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Crow – Judiciary)

This bill would provide the Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to expedite the issuance of special immigrant visas (SIVs) for Afghan translators and contractors who assisted the U.S. government by allowing these individuals to complete the requisite medical examination after they enter the United States.  SIV recipients would be admitted to the United States as conditional permanent residents until such time that the medical examination is completed, and the Secretary of Homeland Security determines that they are not inadmissible on health-related grounds.  The bill requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to consult with the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish procedures to ensure, to the greatest extent practicable, that medical examinations are completed within 30 days of admission.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

 

“To cheapen the lives of any group of men, cheapens the lives of all men”

-William Pickens

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