Federal Relations

June 24, 2013

This Week in Congress

Congress will attempt to wrap up work on several outstanding issues this week before adjourning for the Independence Day Recess next week.

The July 1st deadline on Student-Loan rates is looming and the interest rate is set to rise in 7 days unless Congress is able to reach an agreement. As of now, there does not appear to be an agreed-upon path forward by both parties.

The Senate is working towards achieving bipartisan agreement on a comprehensive immigration bill and plans to vote on it by the end of the week. One of the last points of contention is the securing of the US-Mexico border. The bill’s sponsors are striving for 70 yes-votes on the bill – an ambitious task when several conservative Republicans have already indicated their intention to vote down the legislation.

The House is also working on a piece-meal immigration reform package and is set to mark up a high skilled visa bill this week that would increase the number of H-1B visas available.

The FY14 Agriculture Appropriations bill is up for a vote in the House this week. The bill allocates $19.5 billion in discretionary spending – $1.3 billion less than FY13 levels.