Saturday, June 27, 2020

House Floor Schedule

From the floor colloquy:
Madam Speaker, on Monday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for morning-hour debate. I would repeat that because it is unusual. On Monday, we are meeting at 9 a.m. for morning-hour debate and 10 a.m. for legislative business, with votes expected to occur as early as 2:30 p.m. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for morning- hour debate and 10 a.m. for legislative business. On Thursday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for legislative business.

The House will consider H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. This bill will significantly increase the ACA's affordability and subsidies, lower prescription drug prices, expand coverage, and crack down on junk plans, while strengthening protections for people with preexisting conditions and addressing racial health disparities.

The House will also consider, Madam Speaker, H.R. 7301, which is the Emergency Housing Protection and Relief Act of 2020. This bill would authorize nearly $200 billion for the dire housing needs arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic. H.R. 7301, which was included in the HEROES Act, would help renters and homeowners by extending the eviction and foreclosure moratoria and providing $100 billion for emergency rental assistance; $75 billion for homeowners assistance to cover mortgages, property taxes, and utilities; and more than $11 billion for homeless assistance programs. I would again reiterate that that bill passed as a part of the HEROES Act, which is now pending in the Senate.

Lastly, the House will consider H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. This bill would invest more than $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure, while creating millions of good-paying jobs; combating the climate crisis; and addressing disparities in urban, suburban, and rural communities. The bill includes a 5-year reauthorization of the surface transportation program, invests in schools with the Reopen and Rebuild America's Schools Act, invests over $100 billion in our Nation's affordable housing infrastructure, delivers affordable high-speed broadband internet access to all parts of the country, and promotes new clean renewable energy infrastructure.

We expect, at that point in time, to be out on Thursday for the July Fourth break.

I would tell the House that the 2 weeks that will follow the July Fourth weekend will be reserved, as were the first weeks in June, for committees to do their work, in particular, the National Defense Authorization Act being considered by the House Armed Services Committee. That bill is, obviously, very lengthy. It composes a little more than half of the discretionary spending, and we expect the committee to need substantial time to mark up that bill. In addition, the Appropriations Committee will be marking up its 12 bills for consideration by the House.

Then, the last 2 weeks, we will be taking the products that will not be limited to the NDAA and the appropriations bills, but we will be primarily taking up the time with other legislation that will be promoted and sent to the floor for consideration by the committees.

MONDAY, JUNE 29TH

On Monday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected as early as 2:30 p.m.

H.R. 1425Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee / Education and Labor Committee)

H.R. 7301 –  Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020 (Sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters / Financial Services Committee)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 5332Protecting Your Credit Score Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Josh Gottheimer / Financial Services Committee)

Complete Consideration of H.J.Res. 90 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency relating to “Community Reinvestment Act Regulations” (Sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters / Financial Services Committee)


TUESDAY, JUNE 30TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 2Moving Forward Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.

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