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Steny H.
Democrat MD 5

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    by Representative Steny H. Hoyer

    Posted on 2015-12-03

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    HOYER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I yield to the gentleman from California (Mr. McCarthy) for the purpose of inquiring of the majority leader the schedule of the week to come.

    Mr. McCARTHY. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

    Mr. Speaker, on Monday, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and [[Page H9001]] 2 p.m. for legislative business. No votes are expected in the House in order to accommodate Members going to the White House event.

    On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. Members are advised that the first votes of the week are expected mid-afternoon on Tuesday.

    On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. On Thursday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for legislative business.

    Last votes of the week are still to be determined, but Members are encouraged to keep their schedules flexible as we approach the end of the year.

    Mr. Speaker, the House will consider a number of suspensions next week, a complete list of which will be announced by close of business tomorrow. Included will be a bill to make urgent and necessary changes to the Visa Waiver Program.

    H.R. 158, sponsored by Representative Candice Miller, will close loopholes in the visa waiver system to prevent terrorists from exploiting the system to come to America to wreak havoc.

    The House has identified a host of recommendations to improve the visa waiver system in a bipartisan way. I do want to thank the gentleman for his work and cooperation on this critical bill.

    In addition, the House will consider H.R. 2130, the Red River Private Property Protection Act, sponsored by Representative Mac Thornberry, which will provide legal certainty to property owners in Texas.

    Mr. Speaker, the House may also consider the conference report to H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, as well as a bill to extend certain provisions of the Tax Code.

    Additionally, it is possible that the House will consider an omnibus appropriations act.

    Finally, Mr. Speaker, the House may also consider budget reconciliation, if the Senate acts on that measure.

    {time} 1330 Mr. HOYER. I thank the gentleman for that information.

    I want to also thank him for the work that he has done on the Visa Waiver Program. His staff and my staff and the staff on Homeland Security on both sides of the aisle and the staff on the Judiciary Committee on both sides of the aisle, including the leaders on both sides, have worked very hard.

    I think we have come up with a bipartisan effort to keep America safer while at the same time providing for access to people who do not pose a threat to America or to Americans.

    I thank him for his leadership on that. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to work with him, and I look forward to the bill's passing with big majorities next week. So I thank him for that.

    Mr. Leader, there is indication that the appropriation bills, or the omnibus, as we are now calling it, will come to the floor. Can the leader tell me whether or not we are making any progress on riders? Obviously, as I understand it, essentially, we have agreement on the allocation of the dollars, which of course is the responsibility of the Appropriations Committee, and that is what they do.

    Clearly, we seem to be having difficulty with the so-called riders-- that is, additions to the appropriations bill--which accomplish legislative objectives either through a ``none of the funds'' provision or a legislative provision which would require a waiver.

    Does the gentleman know whether or not we are making progress on eliminating riders that are controversial so that we can move the bill in a bipartisan fashion next week? I yield to my friend.

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