As introduced in the House of Representatives on May 18, 2012
H.R. 5843 would permit recipients of certain Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to use funding for training and exercises conducted in conjunction with a national laboratory or research facility. CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would not affect the federal budget; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
Estimates of discretionary budget authority and outlays for fiscal year 2013.
Will the Supreme Court Rule Based on Law or Politics?
Based on the text of the Constitution and 200 years of precedent, it’s crystal clear that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. That notwithstanding, tomorrow morning the Supreme Court is set to rule on the partisan legal attacks on Obamacare.
Here’s the rundown on what you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s landmark decision.
A decision in the Obamacare cases the Supreme Court heard over three days in March.
10:00 a.m. Eastern time tomorrow, Thursday.
The U.S. Supreme Court, which unfortunately does not allow cameras or recording devices in the court room. You can check out the liveblog at SCOTUSblog and the @ThinkProgress twitter feed for the latest breaking news.
WHAT THE HIGH COURT IS RULING ON:
While the part of Obamacare that requires almost all Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty has attracted the most coverage, the Supreme Court will actually rule on four separate questions.
- Tax Anti-Injunction Act: The Tax Anti-Injunction Act prevents individuals from suing to prevent a tax from being collected—they must first pay the tax and then seek reimbursement. Because the minimum coverage requirement of the Obamacare law operates by effectively imposing a tax on those who do not get insurance, the Court will consider whether the Anti-Injunction Act (enacted way back in 1867) prevents a challenge to that requirement from moving forward until someone actually pays the tax in 2015.
- Minimum Coverage (Individual Mandate): The Court will also decide whether Congress’ broad authority to regulate the national economy under the Commerce, Necessary and Proper, and Taxing Clauses of the Constitution includes the power to regulate the national health care market by requiring most Americans to carry insurance.
- Severability: In the unlikely event that the Supreme Court strikes down part of the Affordable Care Act, it will need to decide whether some other parts of the law must be struck down along with it.
- Medicaid Expansion: The Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid to cover all Americans who earn up to 133% of the poverty rate. States may either participate in this program, or they may exercise their legal right to opt out of Medicaid. Nevertheless, the plaintiffs argue that the Medicaid expansion somehow “coerces” states into not exercising this legal right. The justices will decide whether this novel reading of the word “coercion” is valid.
WHAT’S AT STAKE:
While much is at stake tomorrow, here are some key benefits of Obamacare that the Republicans’ partisan legal attacks have put under threat:
- The ability of more than 30 MILLION uninsured Americans to obtain affordable health insurance coverage
- The right to obtain health insurance even if you or your child has a preexisting condition
- Billions of dollars in annual prescription drug benefits for seniors
- Significantly lower premiums for those who purchase health insurance directly from insurance companies
- Preventive care, including cancer screenings and birth control, at no additional cost
- An end to lifetime limits on coverage
- The ability to stay on your parents’ insurance until age 26
- A rule requiring your insurance company to spend at least 80 cents of every dollar you pay in premiums on medical care, instead of advertising, overhead, and profits
Watch this space tomorrow for everything you need to know about the High Court’s ruling.
Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed
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A GOP representative now running for Senate once lobbied to help preserve apartheid South Africa.
Unbelievable photos of the horrible wildfires in Colorado.
A judge has let Florida’s voter purge move forward despite federal laws prohibiting it.
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Jun 26, 2012: GOP Keeps Digging on Immigration
GOP Responses on Immigration Growing Even More Extreme The GOP would be well-served to remember the first rule of holes: When you’re in one, stop digging. It was clear that Republicans sensed political danger in attacking the president’s new immigration policy, at least initially. Many top Republicans had no response at all when the news [...]
Jun 25, 2012: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
What You Need to Know About Today’s Supreme Court Rulings Today, the Supreme Court issued three very important rulings: Arizona v. United States: A case on the constitutionality of Arizona’s SB1070 “papers please” anti-immigrant law. American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock: A case about Montana’s century-old ban on corporate money in elections. Miller v. Alabama: [...]
Jun 22, 2012: An Outsourcer-in-Chief in the Oval Office?
The Washington Post has a blockbuster, must-read story today detailing how Mitt Romney and Bain Capital were “pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States” to countries like India, China, and elsewhere. ThinkProgress’ Pat Garofalo gets to the heart of it: Bain “invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs [...]
Jun 21, 2012: Who Supports Obama’s New Immigration Policy?
Republicans Keep Digging On Immigration Republicans have been thrown into disarray by the president’s very popular announcement on immigration, with Mitt Romney and others simply refusing to say where they stand. Well, we wanted to know where they stand so that you could know too. So ThinkProgress called the offices of every single Republican in [...]
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- The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Employment-Based Health Insurance
- Testimony on CBO’s Appropriation Request for Fiscal Year 2013
- H.R. 4119, the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2012
- H.R. 2050, the Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection Act
- H.R. 3263, the Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act of 2011
- H.R. 1335, a bill to revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station, and for other purposes
- H.R. 2947, a bill to provide for the release of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land conveyed by the United States in 1950 for the establishment of an airport in Cook County, Minnesota
- H.R. 665, Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act of 2012
- H.R. 2240, the Lowell National Historical Park Land Exchange Act of 2011
the Senate Convenes: 9:30amET June 28, 2012
- Following the prayer and pledge, the Majority Leader will be recognized.
- The first hour will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Majority controlling the second half.
- The Senate will continue to debate the flood insurance bill on Thursday. We await House action on the transportation bill. We also have to consider the student loan extension before the end of the week
Senator Reid announced on the floor that he expects the Surface Transportation conference report, which includes Student Loan Interest Rate and Flood Insurance provisions, to be filed soon. We should know within the next hour or so if we can finish tonight or come back tomorrow. Another message will be sent as soon as we have more information.
No ROLL CALL VOTES
Completed the Rule 14 process of S.3342, a bill to improve information security and for other purposes. (McCain and others)
No EXECUTIVE ITEMS
17Dems voted with Republicans
- Peterson, Owens, Altmire, Barrow, Donnelly
- Critz, Matheson, McIntyre, Walz, Ross, Rahall
- Boswell, Chandler, Kissell, Hochul, Kind, Boren
7:24:00 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
|10:00:25 A.M.||The House convened, starting a new legislative day.|
|10:00:35 A.M.||The Speaker designated the Honorable Gregg Harper to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.|
|10:00:54 A.M.||The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on June 27, 2012 at 9:12 a.m.: That the Senate concurred in the House amendment to S. 3187.|
|10:01:18 A.M.||MORNING-HOUR DEBATE - The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.|
|10:12:26 A.M.||The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.|
|12:00:27 P.M.||The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 28.|
|12:00:34 P.M.||Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Greg Lafferty, Willowdale Chapel, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.|
|12:02:00 P.M.||The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.|
|12:02:04 P.M.||PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mrs. Maloney to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.|
|12:03:41 P.M.||ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by the Chair, would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.|
|12:28:51 P.M.||H. Res. 708||Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 708 — “Relating to the consideration of House Report 112-546 and an accompanying resolution, and providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 706) authorizing the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas.”|
|12:30:55 P.M.||H. Res. 708||DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 708.|
|1:43:34 P.M.||H. Res. 708||The previous question was ordered without objection.|
|2:08:03 P.M.||H. Res. 708||On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 254 – 173 (Roll no. 437).|
|2:08:05 P.M.||H. Res. 708||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|2:08:08 P.M.||UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.|
|2:08:09 P.M.||H.R. 4251||Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4251 — “To authorize, enhance, and reform certain port security programs through increased efficiency and risk-based coordination within the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.”|
|2:16:49 P.M.||H.R. 4251||On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 402 – 21 (Roll no. 438).|
|2:16:50 P.M.||H.R. 4251||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|2:16:55 P.M.||H.R. 4005||Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4005 — “To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a study and report to Congress on gaps in port security in the United States and a plan to address them.”|
|2:24:28 P.M.||H.R. 4005||On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 411 – 9 (Roll no. 439).|
|2:24:29 P.M.||H.R. 4005||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|2:25:30 P.M.||NOTICE OF INTENT TO OFFER A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION – Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas notified the House of her intention to offer a privileged resolution.|
|2:30:36 P.M.||H. Res. 711||Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 711 — “Recommending that the House of Representatives find Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.”|
|2:30:54 P.M.||H. Res. 711||DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 708, the House proceeded with fifty minutes of debate on H. Res. 711.|
|3:54:02 P.M.||H. Res. 711||Mr. Dingell moved to refer to Oversight and Government Reform.|
|3:55:00 P.M.||H. Res. 711||DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 708, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Dingell motion to refer.|
|4:08:50 P.M.||H. Res. 711||The previous question on the motion to refer was ordered pursuant to the rule.|
|4:31:30 P.M.||H. Res. 711||On motion to refer to Oversight and Government and Reform Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 172 – 251 (Roll no. 440).|
|4:40:43 P.M.||H. Res. 711||On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 255 – 67, 1 Present (Roll no. 441).|
|4:40:44 P.M.||H. Res. 711||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|4:47:30 P.M.||H. Res. 706||Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 708. H. Res. 706 — “Authorizing the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas.”|
|4:47:35 P.M.||H. Res. 706||The resolution provides for consideration of the resolution accompanying H. Rept. 112-546, under a closed rule. The resolution provides 50 minutes of debate on the resolution equally divided and controlled. The resolution waives all points of order against consideration of the resolution accompanying the report and the resolution shall be considered as read. The resolution provides for one motion to refer, if offered by Representative Dingell of Michigan, debatable for 10 minutes. The resolution provides for consideration of H. Res. 706.|
|4:47:52 P.M.||H. Res. 706||DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 708, the House proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on H. Res. 706.|
|5:12:06 P.M.||H. Res. 706||The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.|
|5:35:19 P.M.||H. Res. 706||On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 258 – 95, 5 Present (Roll no. 442).|
|5:35:20 P.M.||H. Res. 706||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|5:37:27 P.M.||H.R. 5889||Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5889 — “To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for protection of maritime navigation and prevention of nuclear terrorism, and for other purposes.”|
|5:37:41 P.M.||H.R. 5889||On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.|
|5:37:44 P.M.||H.R. 5889||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|5:37:59 P.M.||H.R. 3412||Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3412 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1421 Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville, Louisiana, as the “Sergeant Richard Franklin Abshire Post Office Building”.”|
|5:38:13 P.M.||H.R. 3412||On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.|
|5:38:15 P.M.||H.R. 3412||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|5:38:32 P.M.||H.R. 3501||Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3501 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 125 Kerr Avenue in Rome City, Indiana, as the “SPC Nicholas Scott Hartge Post Office”.”|
|5:38:44 P.M.||H.R. 3501||On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.|
|5:38:47 P.M.||H.R. 3501||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|5:39:07 P.M.||H.R. 3772||Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3772 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 150 South Union Street in Canton, Mississippi, as the “First Sergeant Landres Cheeks Post Office Building”.”|
|5:39:24 P.M.||H.R. 3772||On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.|
|5:39:27 P.M.||H.R. 3772||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|5:39:38 P.M.||H.R. 3276||Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3276 — “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2810 East Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, Florida, as the “Reverend Abe Brown Post Office Building”.”|
|5:40:05 P.M.||H.R. 3276||On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.|
|5:40:09 P.M.||H.R. 3276||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|5:40:36 P.M.||H.R. 1447||Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1447 — “To amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee, and for other purposes.”|
|5:40:54 P.M.||H.R. 1447||On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.|
|5:40:57 P.M.||H.R. 1447||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|5:41:11 P.M.||H.R. 5843||Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5843 — “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to permit use of certain grant funds for training conducted in conjunction with a national laboratory or research facility.”|
|5:41:24 P.M.||H.R. 5843||On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.|
|5:41:26 P.M.||H.R. 5843||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|5:41:39 P.M.||H.R. 3173||Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3173 — “To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to reform the process for the enrollment, activation, issuance, and renewal of a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to require, in total, not more than one in-person visit to a designated enrollment center.”|
|5:42:18 P.M.||H.R. 3173||On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.|
|5:42:20 P.M.||H.R. 3173||Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
|5:44:02 P.M.||ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.|
|5:46:02 P.M.||SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has proceeded to Special Order speeches without prejudice to the possible return to legislative business.|
|6:22:49 P.M.||United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission – Pursuant to Sec. 1238(b)(3) of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2001 and the order of the House of January 5, 2011, the Speaker appointed Mr. Peter Brookes, Springfield, Virginia, for a term to expire December 31, 2014.|
|6:24:11 P.M.||SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed Special Order speeches.|
|7:18:09 P.M.||H.R. 4348||Conference report H. Rept. 112-557 filed.|
|7:19:13 P.M.||SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed Special Order speeches.|
|7:23:14 P.M.||H.R. 4348||VITIATION OF EARLIER PROCEEDINGS – Under clause 8 of rule 20, the Chair announced that the filing of the conference report to accompany H.R. 4348 has vitiated the Hahn motion to instruct conferees.|
|7:24:00 P.M.||The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.|