House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Weekly Lineup
Good afternoon and welcome to the Leader’s Lineup. The Leader's Lineup outlines Leader Cantor's activities under the dome and around the country.
Here’s what is going on under the dome...
Violence Against Women Act: Next week, the House will consider The Violence Against Women Act, HR 4970. This legislation reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act grant programs for five years at an amount equal to the Senate bill, streamlining the grant application process and consolidating several similar programs. It also contains additional protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, in the form of improved victim transitional housing services, enhanced penalties for violent crimes, dedicated funding to reduce the rape kit backlog, and other provisions. HR 4970 guarantees accountability and transparency in grant administration and ensures that maximum funding goes to victim programs instead of Washington bureaucrats. Lastly, the bill enhances immigration laws to protect victims while preventing fraud within the immigration system, to ensure that scarce resources go to true victims.
Defense Authorization: Next week, the House will consider the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), HR 4310. The FY13 NDAA authorizes $554 billion for the Defense Department and $88.5 billion in emergency operational funds (OCO) for FY13. This bill is $4 billion above President Obama's request and restores cuts to important programs such as missile defense. Among other important programs, the bill also restores cuts to the US Navy shipbuilding account, preserves tactical airlift by halting the early retirement of C-130 and C-27J aircraft, and prevents the early retirement of F-16 and A-10 close air support aircraft in the National Guard.
CJS Appropriations: On Thursday, the House passed HR 5326, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Appropriations bill for FY 2013, by a vote of 247-163. This legislation provides $51.1 billion for programs of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and Science agencies such as the National Science Foundation. This is a reduction of $1.6 billion or -3.1% below the FY 2012 enacted level. It is also $672 million below the FY 2008 level for this subcommittee.
Reconciliation: Also on Thursday, the House passed legislation pursuant to the Budget Resolution that replaces across-the-board cuts scheduled in law with common-sense reforms. The Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012, H.R.5652, passed by a vote of 218-199. Without House action to replace it, the sequester will result in a 10% reduction in Department of Defense programs and an 8% reduction in certain domestic programs, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and border security. The House Armed Services Committee has analyzed the impact of the sequestration, and found that if left in place, sequestration would cut the military to its smallest size since before the Second World War – all while we are still a nation at war in Afghanistan, facing increased threats from Iran and North Korea, unrest in the Middle East, and a rising China. You can view Leader Cantor's statement on this measure to prevent devastating defense cuts and reduce the deficit HERE.
Become a Citizen CoSponsor to Follow Legislation You Care About
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has unveiled a groundbreaking new initiative called Citizen CoSponsor. This is a dynamic communications platform that creates a more open, visible and participatory legislative process. Built on Facebook's Open Graph, Citizen CoSponsor will enable the American people to follow legislation that they are interested in. In turn, they will receive first-hand information and updates on the status of the bill as it moves through the legislative process. Click HERE to learn more and become a Citizen CoSponsor.
YouCut Phase II
The new YouCut options are posted on the YouCut website. The options are: 1) to reduce the number of TSA agents by increasing the efficiency of airport security screening, 2) to dispose of excess baggage screening machines and 3) to terminate a National Science Foundation program aimed at shaping public opinion on climate change. You can learn more about this week’s options and vote HERE.
Track the Progress of the House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators with the Jobs Tracker
America is at a crossroads and House Republicans are committed to taking every possible step to spur job creation and get our economy back on track so that Americans can do what they do best: create, innovate and lead. Click here to track the progress of the House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators.
"Are my efforts addressing job creation and the economy? Are they reducing spending? Are they shrinking the size of the federal government while protecting and expanding liberty? If not, why am I doing it…Why are WE doing it?"