Daily Leader
HOUSE MEETS AT: FIRST VOTE PREDICTED: LAST VOTE PREDICTED:
10:00 a.m.: Morning Hour
12:00 p.m.: Legislative Business

Fifteen “One Minutes”
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
 
H.Res. 681 – Rule providing for consideration of S. 140 – To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund, Rules Committee Print (Sen. Flake – Natural Resources/Education and the Workforce) (One hour of debate). The Rules Committee has recommended a closed Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce.  The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions, and waives all points of order against the legislation.  Members are urged to VOTE NO.

H.Res. 682
 – Rule providing for consideration of S. 139 – FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Rep. Nunes – Intelligence/Judiciary) (One hour of debate). The Rules Committee has recommended a structured Rule that provides for one hour of general debate with forty minutes equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and twenty minutes of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Judiciary.  The Rule allows for 1 substitute amendment, debatable for 20 minutes equally divided between the offeror and an opponent.  The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions, and waives all points of order against the legislation.  Members are urged to VOTE NO.

S. 140 To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund, Rules Committee Print (Sen. Flake – Natural Resources/Education and the Workforce) (One hour of debate).  This package being brought to the Floor combines a controversial bill: H.R. 986 – Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, with two non-controversial bills: S. 249 – Correcting 99-Year Lease Language for the Pueblos of Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh in New Mexico and S. 140 – To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund.

S. 249 would clarify the Indian Long Term Leasing Act so that the Pueblo of Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh tribes are authorized to lease not only their respective tribal trust lands but also their restricted fee simple lands for up to ninety-nine years.  This change would correct an unintended consequence of earlier amendments to the Indian Long Term Leasing Act which only allowed long-term leasing of the trust land for these two tribes and not the restricted fee simple lands.  S. 249 was reported out of the Natural Resources Committee by unanimous consent on June 26, 2017.

S. 140 would amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010, a settlement bill that resolved the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s claims to the Salt River in Arizona. The 2010 law authorized funding to construct a rural water project to deliver water to the Tribe as well as funding for water-related economic development projects. Since bill passage, the Tribe has identified potential cost-overruns associated with construction of the rural water project. To address these overruns, the Tribe is exploring the use of the 2010 law’s separate funding authorization for “water-related economic development projects.” The Department of Interior has indicated that it is unclear whether funds from the separate economic development account can be used to cover cost-overruns for the rural water project without new legislation. S. 140 was introduced to clarify that the separate fund can be accessed to cover potential cost overruns. S. 140 was ordered favorably reported to the House of Representatives by unanimous consent on November 8, 2017 and passed the Senate by unanimous consent on May 8, 2017. A previous version of the bill also passed the Senate by unanimous consent during the 114th Congress.

H.R. 986 would expand tribal sovereignty by amending the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to add Native American tribes and any commercial enterprise or other institution owned and operated by a tribe on tribal lands to the list of entities (such as state and local governments) that are excluded from the definition of employer and therefore are excluded from coverage under the NLRA.  By expanding sovereignty to commercial and other enterprises owned by tribes, H.R. 986 would take away federally guaranteed labor rights from hundreds of thousands of American workers (both Native and non-Native) and give businesses owned by tribes an advantage over identical businesses not owned by tribal governments. Additionally, thousands of workers employed in commercial enterprises on tribal lands are not tribal members and cannot have any influence or say over tribal policy-making.  For example, nearly 75% of the 600,000 workers employed in tribal casinos are not tribal members.  On November 17, 2015 the House passed identical language to H.R. 986.  That vote can be found here.

Postponed Suspensions (2 bills)
  1. H.R. 4567DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017, as amended (Rep. Katko – Homeland Security)
  2. H.R. 4578Counter Terrorist Network Act (Rep. Vela – Homeland Security)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Thursday, January 11: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to complete consideration of S. 139 FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Rep. Nunes – Intelligence/Judiciary). 
 
THE DAILY QUOTE
“Across the Capitol, a half-dozen House Democrats banded together to push Republicans for a more comprehensive response to Russian disruption of the 2016 election, warning that Moscow will again meddle with the democratic process. Democrats, frustrated by conservative attempts to undercut the investigation into Trump’s ties to Moscow and growing convinced that Republicans aren’t taking electoral security seriously, are increasingly tired of waiting on their colleagues in the majority to act.”

   -    Politico, 1/10/18