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This Week in Congress: March 3 — 7

House

Analysis: This week the House may consider the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.  This bill would delay and remove necessary reforms made by the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). When Congress reauthorized the NFIP in 2012, it required the phase out of subsidies on insurance premiums so that policyholders would eventually begin paying actuarially sound rates.  Repealing reforms to NFIP further inhibits any path forward to an authentic private flood insurance market. 

Major Floor Action

  • H.R. 3370 – Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act
  • H.R. 4118 – Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals Fairness Act
  • H.R. 3826 – Electricity Security and Affordability Act
  • H.R. 2641 – Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2013

Major Committee Action

  • The House Appropriations Committee will hold a budget hearing on the Department of Agriculture.
  • The House Appropriations Committee will hold a budget hearing on the House of Representatives.
  • The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “The Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense.”
  • The House Budget Committee will hold a hearing entitled “The President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.”
  • The House Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a hearing entitled ““Culture of Union Favoritism: The Return of the NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule.”
  • The House Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a hearing entitled “Raising the Bar: The Role of Charter Schools in K-12 Education.”
  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century: Fuel Supply and Infrastructure.”
  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Keeping the Promise: How Better Managing Medicare Can Protect Seniors.”
  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Examining Concerns Regarding FDA’s Proposed Changes to Generic Drug Labeling.”
  • The House Financial Services Committee will hold a Hearing entitled “The Growth of Financial Regulation and its Impact on International Competitiveness.”
  • The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing entitled “U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Ukraine.”
  • The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Threats to Israel: Terrorist Funding and Trade Boycotts.”
  • The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Exploring Alternative Solutions to the Internet Sales Tax Issue.”
  • The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing entitled “The IRS: Targeting Americans for Their Political Beliefs.”
  • The House Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing entitled “The President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal with U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew.”

Senate

Major Floor Action

  •  S.1086 — Child Care and Development Block Grant

Major Committee Action

  • The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Future Years Defense Program.”
  • The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing entitled “MAP-21 Reauthorization: The Federal Role and Current Challenges to Public Transportation.”
  • The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing entitled “Preventing Potential Chemical Threats and Improving Safety: Oversight of the President’s Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security.”
  • The Senate Committee on Finance will hold a hearing entitled “The President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.”
  • The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing entitled “Syria Spillover: The Growing Threat of Terrorism and Sectarianism in the Middle East.”
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