Federal Relations

February 4, 2013

What’s Up in Congress


The House is in at 2:00pm with votes expected at 6:30pm on the Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act (HR 297), the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act (HR 235), and the National Pediatric Research Network Act (HR 225). The Senate is also back at 2:00pm and at 5:30pm will hold a key procedural vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (S 47).

Last week

Congress approved legislation last week to delay a debate on raising the debt limit by allowing the Treasury Department to borrow whatever it needs from now through May 18th without regard to the statutory $16.39 trillion debt ceiling. The measure also would impose “no budget, no pay” rules, deferring payment of congressional salaries after April 15th until approval of a budget resolution in both the House and Senate chambers. The bill now awaits the President’s signature.

This Week

  • The Congressional Budget Office is due to release its annual Budget and Economic Outlook on Tuesday.
  • The House Budget Committee holds a hearing on the CBO’s Budget and Economic Outlook with agency chief Douglas W. Elmendorf on Wednesday.
  • The House considers legislation (HR 444) this week that would require the President to submit an alternative budget if his fiscal 2014 proposal is not a balanced budget.
  • The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday at 9:30am titled “American Competitiveness: The Role of Research and Development.”