Federal Relations

February 3, 2014

This Week in Congress

This week Congress has returned from a brief recess. Monday the Senate will consider the conference report on the five-year farm bill (HR 2642) at 2 PM. After a nearly four-year stalemate on this issue, The National Journal reports it “looks ready to sail through the Senate this week and be signed by President Obama.” C-SPAN2 will have live coverage, which can be viewed here.

Also Monday, the House will consider and debate HR 327, which would help veteran students obtain in-state tuition rates through the GI Bill. The floor debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN 1.

Later in the week, both House and Senate Budget Committees will spend time going over the 2014 budget outlook.  Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) will hold a full committee hearing on Tuesday titled, “The 2014 Outlook: Moving from Constant Crises to Broad-Based Growth.” Scheduled witnesses include folks from Moody’s Analytics, Gluskin Sheff and Associates, and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Wednesday, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (D-Wis.) will hold a full committee hearing on the budget and economic outlook with the Congressional Budget Office.

MONDAY, February 3rd 

Senate Floor
HR  2642 Agriculture Act of 2014
Floor action
2 PM, Senate Chamber

House Floor
GI Tuition Fairness Act of 2013
Floor action
2 PM, House Chamber

TUESDAY, February 4th

Senate Budget Committee
Federal Budget Outlook
Full Committee Hearing
10:30 AM, 608 Dirksen Building

WEDNESDAY, February 5th
House Budget Committee
CBO Budget & Economic Outlook
Full Committee Hearing
10 AM, 210 Cannon Building