Federal Relations

This Week on Capitol Hill, March 15-19

The House may take up the Senate-passed health care overhaul (HR 3590) bill this week as part of a two-step strategy to complete the legislation.  The House schedule also includes:

  • a number of lands and government operations bills, including HR 1769, Washington rivers protection;
  • bills to simplify language in government documents;
  • to put Congressional Budget Office estimates in a separate section of the Congressional Record;
  • HR 4825, to require lawmakers to return unused allowances for deficit or debt reduction; and
  • HR 1586, FAA reauthorization..

 The Senate considers HR 2847, a package of tax breaks and programs intended to create jobs. The chamber may clear the measure for the president’s signature this week.  Later in the week, the Senate is likely to take up a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, with a long list of amendments pending.

 Markups

  • House Budget marks up a draft reconciliation bill for a health care overhaul. House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology marks up a draft bill to authorize science and technology programs.
  • Senate Judiciary marks up bills on consumer pricing agreements ( S 148 ), refugees’ residency status ( S 2960 ), immigrants’ right to return ( S 2974 ), medical bankruptcy ( S 1624 ) and hate crimes against the homeless ( S 1765 ); also votes on pending nominations. 10 a.m. Thursday, 226 Dirksen

 Hearing Highlights

  • House Appropriations hearing on the fiscal 2011 budget, with White House budget director Peter R. Orszag and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner
  • House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on fiscal 2011 funding for the Justice Department, with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
  • Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on reauthorizing the education act known as No Child Left Behind, with Education Secretary Arne Duncan
  • Senate Special Aging hearing on rising drug prices and Medicare Part D
  • House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on fiscal 2011 funding for the Education Department, with Secretary Arne Duncan
  • House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on fiscal 2011 funding for the Interior Department, with Secretary Ken Salazar

 Source: CQ Today Online News