|HOUSE MEETS AT:||FIRST VOTE PREDICTED:||LAST VOTE PREDICTED:|
|9:00 a.m.: Legislative Business
Five “One Minutes”
|10:30 – 11:30 a.m.||???|
|H.Res. 1180 – Rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 88 — Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act [Retirement, Savings, and Other Tax Relief Act of 2018 and the Taxpayer First Act of 2018] (Rep. Blackburn – Ways and Means) (Subject to a Rule). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ways and Means. The Rule waives all points of order against the legislation.
The Rules Committee blocked an amendment made by Reps. Lewis of Georgia, Clyburn of South Carolina, Doggett of Texas, Blumenauer of Oregon, Kind of Wisconsin, Pascrell of New Jersey, Higgins of New York, DelBene of Washington, Chu of California, and Wasserman Schultz of Florida to strike section 507 related to 501(c)(3) organizations engaging in political activities. Members are urged to VOTE NO.
H.Res. 1181 – Rule Waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules (Subject to a Rule). Waives clause 6(a) of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the Rules Committee) against any resolution reported through the legislative day of December 24, 2018.
The Rule also allows for Suspension Authority at any time through the calendar day of December 23, 2018.
Suspensions (35 bills)
The bill makes dozens of changes to tax law. While Democrats may be sympathetic to many of these policies in isolation, this bill fails to help working families, small businesses, and other Americans on many levels. It includes several “technical corrections” to drafting errors in Republicans’ hastily thrown together tax law, yet does nothing for middle-class families and repeats the same error of bringing the legislation to the Floor without public hearings or input.
Instead of working with Democrats to pass a bipartisan package of tax extenders that will help the middle-class, small businesses, and millions of Americans struggling to save for their retirements, Republican leaders are wasting valuable time on the Floor on partisan games during a lame duck session. Instead of debating this partisan bill, House Republicans should focus on responsibly funding the government before the December 7 deadline; reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act; passing a Farm Bill, which expired almost two months ago; and extending the National Flood Insurance Program, which expires on Friday. Members are urged to VOTE NO.
Possible Consideration of Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 695 – Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 (Rep. Frelinghuysen – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule). This measure would kick-the-can-down-the-road on funding the remainder of government as well as extend a number of other critical programs until February 8, 2019 in order to avoid a partial government shutdown. It contains no new funding for the President’s border wall.
The bill extends Fiscal Year 2018 funding levels for seven of the twelve appropriations bills, comprising approximately one quarter of discretionary funding. These are Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, Homeland Security, Financial Services-General Government, Interior-Environment, State-Foreign Operations, and Transportation-HUD bills.
It also makes three new authorization extensions for the life of the CR: Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Act, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, and Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act.
This bill still includes several extensions already riding on the prior CR: National Flood Insurance Programs, Violence Against Women Act, Pesticide Registration Improvement Act, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Additionally, several immigration extensions are included: EB-5, E-Verify, Conrad 30 program for international medical school graduates, Special Immigrant Religious Workers program, and H2B. The bill also extends two expiring Medicaid provisions relating to spousal impoverishment and the money follows the person demonstration program.
Postponed Suspensions (2 bills)
Further information regarding the schedule will be announced as soon as it is available.
|THE DAILY QUOTE|
|“The GOP-controlled Congress on Wednesday severely undermined President Trump’s drive for a border wall… Despite Trump’s insistence on building the border wall, many congressional Republicans never viewed the plan as realistic, and some never fully supported it… Trump has periodically demanded wall funding and threatened to shut down the government to get it — a fight GOP leaders ultimately persuaded him to put off until after the midterm elections. But there were never the votes in the narrowly divided Senate for Trump and Republicans to win the fight once the moment arrived, a reality that McConnell and GOP leaders acknowledged Wednesday…”
- Washington Post, 12/19/2018