Cloakroom: June 25 – June 29

House Cloakroom: June 25 – June 29

 Analysis:  This week the House will take up four major bills, two of which deal with expiring authorizations.  During the first half of the week the House will work through the appropriations bill that will fund the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.  There are expected to be several amendments offered by conservatives to further reduce funding levels.  That will be followed by a vote on a resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents in the investigation of the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal.  At the end of this month both the authorizations for the reduced student loan rates and the latest highway extension will expire.  Both the House and Senate are expected to take action on those towards the end of the week.

 

Major Floor Action:

  • HR 5972 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act
  • H Res __ – Resolution 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
  • HR 4628 – Interstate Rate Reduction Act
  • HR 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012

Major Committee Action:

  • The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on “Resource Agencies Impact on Electricity Prices.”
  • The House Budget Committee will hold a markup of “Sequestration Transparency” legislation.
  • The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a joint hearing on “Capital Gains Taxation.”
  • The House Select Intelligence Committee will hold a markup of a “FISA Reauthorization.”
  • The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on “Afghan National Security Forces Assessment.”

 

Senate Cloakroom: June 25 – June 29 

Analysis: This week the Senate will consider a five year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.  This is a mandatory program for homeowners who live in certain flood prone areas as mapped by the federal government.  The bill attempts to resolve the solvency issues the program has by moving premiums towards actuarial rates.  The Senate will also take up the student loan and highway bill issues as mentioned above.  Additionally, they are expected to approve the amendments the House made to the FDA User Fee bill and send that to the president. 

Major Floor Action:

  • S 1940 – An original bill to amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, to restore the financial solvency of the flood insurance fund, and for other purposes
  • S 3187 – Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act
  • HR 4628 – Interstate Rate Reduction Act
  • HR 4348 – Surface Transportation Extension Act 

Major Committee Action: 

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on “Prohibiting Deceptive Practices and Intimidation in Federal Elections.”
  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a markup of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act.”
  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on the Law of the Sea Treaty.
  • The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on “Energy Efficient Building Retrofits.”
  • The Senate Finance Committee will hold a joint hearing on “Capital Gains Taxation.”
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