This Week in Congress: April 28 — May 2


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?”


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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