Federal Relations

This Week on Capitol Hill November 2-6

Floor Action

The Senate will convene at 2:00 pm to consider HR 3548, Unemployment Aid, a homebuyer tax credit and corporate tax provisions.  Later in the week the Senate may consider two FY 2010 spending bills:  Military Construction-VA and Ecommerce-Justice-Science.

The House meets on Monday to consider pending legislation, including S 509, a bill to authorize a major medical facility project at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical in Walla Walla.  The bill was introduced by Senator Patty Murray in March and was passed by the Senate on July 15.  Tuesday and later in the week the House will consider HR 3639, Consumer Protection; HR 2868, Chemical Facility Security; and HR 3962, Affordable Health Care.

The House and Senate are scheduled to meet for a joint session on Tuesday at 10:00 am to receive Her Excellency, Doctor Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Markups and Hearings of Interest

On Tuesday the Senate Commitee on Environment and Public Works will mark up legislation on clean energy jobs (S 1733).  On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committe will mark up, among other items, legislation on free flow of information; personal data privacy and security; medical bankruptcy fairness; and human rights enforcement.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold a hearing on Tuesday on the increasing health care costs facing small businesses. 

The House Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education  will hold a briefing on Wednesday at 10:00am on H1N1 influenza pandemic.

Source:  CQ Today Print Edition