This Week in Congress: June 2 — 6

The House is in recess this week.  

Senate

Analysis: This week the Senate will consider the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Major Committee Action

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This Week in Congress: May 19 — 23

House

Analysis: This week the House will vote on the NDAA. The House may also vote on the WRRDA conference report. Though some back-logged projects were deuathorized in the conference, there is still room for much greater reform, and billions of dollars worth of back-logged projects still remain in the bill. It also adds 11 new projects, making it more similar to what Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) 5% and the Democratic Senate put out. It also does little to put us on a path toward prioritizing the Army Corps’ mission, which is dealing with $60-$80 billion in backlogged projects.

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This Week in Congress: May 5 — 9

House

Analysis: This week the House will vote on a resolution to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena to testify before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Lerner has been at the center of the IRS scandal involving the agency’s improper targeting of conservative beliefs for their political beliefs. 

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This Week in Congress: April 28 — May 2

House

Major Floor Action

  • H.R. 4414 – Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014
  • H.R. 4486 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act
  • H.R. 4487 – Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2015

Major Committee Action

  • The House Budget Committee will hold a hearing entitled “A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines.”
  • The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Reviewing the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal for the Department of Education.”
  • The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Oversight of the SEC’s Agenda, Operations, and FY 2015 Budget Request.”
  • The House Committee on Natural Resources will hold a hearing entitled “Keeping the Lights On and Reducing Catastrophic Forest Fire Risk: Proper Management of Electricity Rights of Way on Federal Lands.”
  • The House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing entitled “SBA-Created Initiatives: Necessary or Redundant Spending?”

Senate

Analysis: This week, the Senate is expected to consider a bill to increase the federally mandated minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from $7.25 per hour. The Heritage Foundation has explained the unprecedented increase would harm low-wage workers by encouraging employers to reduce hiring. They add, “The primary value of minimum-wage jobs is that they are learning jobs. They teach inexperienced employees basic employment skills that make them more productive and enable them to earn raises or move to better jobs.”  The Senate will also markup a housing finance bill introduced by Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Sen. Michael Crapo (R-ID) 82%.  This bill’s “reforms” would move us in the wrong direction by creating a new government entity to explicitly back at least 90 percent of mortgage losses.  Fannie and Freddie would disappear, but the Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation (FMIC) would take over their guarantees, leaving taxpayers on the hook.

Major Floor Action

  • Minimum wage bill

Major Committee Action

This post was updated on 4/28/14. 

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This Week in Congress: Easter Recess

Both the House and Senate are out of session for Easter recess.  They will be back in session Monday, April 28.

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