Federal Relations

December 14, 2009

This Week on Capitol Hill December 14-18

The Senate is expected to spend the week working through amendments to a health care overhaul bill. Both chambers are also expected to take up a Defense spending bill that will likely serve as a vehicle for several other end-of-year measures. Later in the week, the House will take up bills on community radio, and caller ID falsification.  International climate change talks continue in Copenhagen. President Obama will attend later in the week.


On Monday, The House will convene at 2:00 pm to consider several bills including S 303 — Federal grant management.

 On Tuesday and the Balance of the Week the House is scheduled to consider:  

  • HR 3978 — First-responder antiterrorism training;
  • S 1472 — Human rights law enforcement;
  • HR 1110 — Caller ID falsification;
  • HR 1147 — Local community radio; 
  • HR 3326 — Defense spending and other provisions


This week the Senate will continue consideration of HR 3590 — Health care overhaul, and later in the week may consider HR 3326 — Defense spending and other provisions (tentative)



  • House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee joint hearing on Afghanistan security policy with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on legislation that would establish a program to reduce the costs of nuclear reactors


  • House Natural Resources marks up natural resources bills
  • Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs marks up bills on domestic partner benefits for federal employees; federal energy efficiency; congressional awards. 
  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources marks up energy and natural resources legislation


  • Senate Judiciary marks up legislation on a criminal justice system review; medical bankruptcy; hate crimes against the homeless; juvenile delinquency prevention; maltreated infants.
  • Senate Indian Affairs marks up legislation on the Interior secretary’s authority to take land into trust and native Hawaiian government reorganization
  • Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs votes on the nomination of Ben S. Bernanke to continue as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
  • Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship marks up legislation on small-business exports and loan limits for small businesses

 Source: CQ Today Print Edition