May 14, 2012

This Week in Congress

By Christy Gullion

The House starts its workweek considering several measures under suspension of the rules, including — coinciding with National Police Week — the National Blue Alert Act, which aims to help reduce the threat of violence against law enforcement officers.

Later in the week, the House takes up a bill that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The chamber also considers the FY2013 defense authorization.

The Senate resumes consideration of a House reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. The measure stalled last week in a dispute about offering amendments.

Appropriators in both chambers continue work on FY2013 spending bills. The House Appropriations Committee marks up Homeland Security and Military Construction-VA draft spending bills.

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