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This Week in Congress: January 27 — 31

House

Analysis:  This week the House may consider a bill prohibiting taxpayer funding for abortion.  The Heritage Foundation notes, “At the federal level, Congress can enact broad protections against taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion coverage. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7) would assure that no funds authorized or appropriated by federal law could be used to pay for abortion or health benefits plans that cover abortion. Congress could also demand transparency in Obamacare exchange plans.”

The House may also consider the food stamp and farm bill.  As we have said consistently, both the food stamp program and agriculture programs are in desperate need of reform.  These vital reforms have not yet been enacted, which means this bill would harm taxpayers and consumers.   To put the profound need for reform in perspective, even President Obama wants to reform the federal crop insurance program in a more fiscally responsible way than the House of Representatives.

Major Floor Action

  • H.R. 7 – No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
  • H.R. 2642 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013

Major Committee Action

  • The House Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing on “Impact of the Employer Mandate’s Definition of Full-Time Employee on Jobs and Opportunities.”
  • The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Joint Hearing on the People’s Republic of China’s Counterspace Program and the Implications for U.S. National Security.”
  • The House Budget Committee will hold a hearing entitled “A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Expanding Economic Opportunity.”
  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act.
  • The House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing entitled “The Semi-Annual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”
  • The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing entitled “A Roadmap for Hackers? — Documents Detailing HealthCare.gov Security Vulnerabilities.”
  • The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Improving the Effectiveness of the Federal Surface Transportation Safety Grant Programs.”

Senate

Analysis:  This week the Senate may consider a bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits.  The Heritage Foundations explains how extending these benefits would harm the very workers it is allegedly intended to help, and they state, “Economists have consistently found that they prolong workers’ job searches, raising the unemployment rate.”

Major Floor Action

  • S.1926 – the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act
  • S.1845 – Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act

Major Committee Action

 

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