Cloakroom: The Information Revolution Edition

House Cloakroom: April 23 – April 27

Analysis: This week the House will take up a proposal to increase internet security.  The bill is based on the idea that the private sector knows best how to defend its networks.  As a result it creates a clear legal avenue for companies to share cyber threat information with each other and the federal government as well as defend themselves from attack.  With this bill, the House is forward looking in establishing a regulatory structure that lets technological innovation through the internet thrive.  Additionally, several committees will continue work on budget reconciliation packages which are the vehicles for the actual cuts proposed in the House passed Ryan budget.

Major Floor Action: 

  • HR 3523 – Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act 

Major Committee Action: 

  • The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and National Archives will hold a hearing on “Medicaid Fraud Protections.”
  • The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on “Instability in Africa.”
  • The House Budget Committee will hold a hearing on “Replacing the Sequester.”
  • The House Appropriations Committee will hold a markup of the Fiscal 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.
  • The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law will hold a hearing on “Federal Permitting Process Overhaul.”


Senate Cloakroom: April 23 – April 27 

Analysis:  In a notable contrast with the House, the Senate will take up a bill to bailout and prop up the ailing postal service this week.  The Senate seems content to ignore the gaping flaws in the existing business model given the declining use of the mail as this bill would not provide the postal service the necessary tools to become viable again.  Additionally, they remove money from their retirement accounts, which is ensuring the solvency of their pensions and health care, to fund their hemorrhaging daily operations. 

Major Floor Action:

  • S 1925 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
  • SJ Res 36 – A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation election procedures.
  • S 1789 – 21st Century Postal Services Act

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