Morning Action: Congress to Vote on National Women’s History Museum Bill
NWHM. Congress will consider a bill on the creation of National Women’s History Museum today:
A long-stalled effort to create a National Women’s History Museum in Washington is expected to get a vote in the Republican-controlled House.
A new measure up for consideration would create a bipartisan commission to study the feasibility of creating such a museum on or near the National Mall.
Lawmakers supporting the measure say a vote is expected Wednesday on the House floor.
Conservatives are very concerned the bill will become a shrine to the liberal ideology and abortion, which does a disservice to women by portraying us as monolithic on this issue. Oppose the museum here.
CWA. Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America discussed the topic on Special Report with Bret Baier:
BENGHAZI. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% says there will be no Senate committee to investigate Benghazi (sub. req’d):
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will not create a special committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya, following Speaker John A. Boehner’s announcement on May 2 proposing a House committee.
“There’s no conspiracy here, it was a tragedy,” the Nevada Democrat said. “It’s my understanding they have 25,000 pages of documents, there’s been numerous hearings on this already, the State Department did an extensive review. . . . Now the latest smoking gun is a memo preparing people to go on the Sunday shows. Don’t you think everybody gets some preparation before they go on the Sunday shows? So the answer is no, we’re not going to do any select, special committee over here on Benghazi.”
Reid’s comments followed Boehner’s announcement this week that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) 83%, a former federal prosecutor, will lead the special committee.
OBAMACARE. One hospital CEO says that Obamacare has not done anything to free up the ER:
Emergency rooms are no less crowded since Obamacare started, Tenet Healthcare CEO Trevor Fetter told CNBC on Tuesday.
In a “Squawk Box” interview, Fetter said the growth rate in ER visits has not slowed as many supporters of the president’s new health-care law had hoped. “Emergency room visits are up. But emergency room visits have been up every quarter for a really long time.”
Overall, the hospital operator said the number of Obamacare patients has increased during the first quarter and into April—with many of them going to regular doctor visits.
FARM BILL. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will testify before Congress on the food stamp and farm bill (sub. req’d):
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is back on Capitol Hill today, where members of the Senate Agriculture Committee will get to question him – and make points – on the new farm bill ( PL 113-79 ) and other issues. One farm bill issue sure to come up is the rule-making the department must do to refine the definition of being “actively engaged” in farming for purposes of collecting subsidies. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) 56%, will press Vilsack to go as far as he legally can in tightening the regulation. Grassley tried unsuccessfully to use the farm bill to allow only one off-farm manager to qualify for subsidies. “It’s too bad that the law has made his job more difficult in limiting the farm program to farmers,” Grassley said Tuesday.
TRADE. President Obama has had difficulties advancing his trade agenda:
Congress is unlikely to move trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation before the midterm elections with Democrats unwilling to take the political risk of crossing unions and liberal groups opposed to expanded trade, several business leaders acknowledged.
That is hampering negotiations on the cornerstone agreement of Obama’s presidency, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with 12 countries including Japan and Vietnam.