Cloakroom: Happy Independence Day!

The House of Representative and Senate are both in recess this week for the 4th of July.  Both chambers will return the following week.

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Cloakroom: Going for Broke on Amnesty

Senate Cloakroom: June 24 – 28

Analysis: Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is looking to make good on his promise to pass an amnesty bill through the Senate before the chamber adjourns for their week-long Fourth of July recess.  On Monday at 5:30, the chamber is expected to vote on the motion to invoke cloture (i.e., end debate) on a 1,190-page substitute amendment (known as Schumer-Corker-Hoeven).  That rushed vote, coming just 75 hours after the rewritten bill became publicly available, is considered a crucial.  If 60+ Senators agree to end debate, the amnesty bill could be headed for approval by the end of the week even though it is riddled with earmarks and, as Heritage notes, “does not even promise a reduction in illegal immigration.”

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Cloakroom: June 17 – June 21

House Cloakroom

Analysis:  This week the House will take up their version of the farm bill.  Like the Senate bill that has already passed it is a nearly $1 trillion reauthorization of food stamps and agriculture subsidies.  The Heritage Foundation has compiled a list of 20 unjustified programs from the bill, including a tax on Christmas trees.  Also on the floor next week will be a bill banning abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks when unborn babies are capable of feeling pain.

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Cloakroom: Immigration Hits the Senate Floor

House Cloakroom: June 10 – 14 

Analysis: This week the House will take up their annual authorization of the Department of Defense.  This bill with lay out the programs and policies for the department for the 2014 fiscal year that Congress will later fund through the appropriations process.  The Heritage Foundation lists the top 10 items Congress needs to include in the bill here.

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Cloakroom: Appropriations Season

House Cloakroom: June 3 – June 7

Analysis: This week the House will begin taking up the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund the government.  Up first will be the bills that fund the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security and military construction.  The two bills will be considered under an open rule ensuring a lively floor process with unlimited amendments.  The funding levels in these bills will be adjusted by the sequester enforced spending reductions.

Major Floor Action:

  • HR 1919 – Safeguarding America’s Pharmaceuticals Act of 2013
  • HR 2216 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act
  • HR 2217 – Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2013 
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