Federal Relations

February 10, 2014

This Week in Congress

This week it’s the Senate Budget Committee’s turn to hold a hearing on the Congressional Budget Office’s new economic outlook report, which the House Budget Committee discussed last week and we covered on the blog here.  Meanwhile, the House Budget Committee plans to markup two budget bills, HR 1872 and HR 1869, which would overhaul the budget process.

On Wednesday, Senator Markey will preside over a hearing on fisheries treaties. The panel will include folks from the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, NOAA, the US Coast Guard, Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers and more.

Also Wednesday, the Senate Subcommittee on Energy will hold a hearing on state-level efforts to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The committee will hear from NORESCO, GoodCents, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, and more.

Thursday the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will take a look at minimum wage policy in a hearing titled, “From Poverty to Opportunity: How a fair minimum wage will help working families succeed.” We aren’t sure who will be part of the panel at this time. We’ll keep an eye on this discussion since similar conversations are taking place in the state legislature and the City of Seattle.

TUESDAY, February 11th

Senate Budget Committee
CBO Budget and Economic Outlook
Full Committee Hearing
10:30 AM, 608 Dirksen Building

House Budget Committee
Budget Process Overhaul
Full Committee Markup
10 AM, 210 Cannon Building

WEDNESDAY, February 12th

Senate Energy & Natural Resources
State Energy Efficiency
Subcommittee on Energy Hearing
2:30 PM, 366 Dirksen Building

Senate Foreign Relations
Fisheries Treaties and Port State Measures Agreements
Full Committee Hearing
2:30 PM, 419 Dirksen Building

THURSDAYFebruary 13th
Senate Heath, Education, Labor and Pensions
Minimum Wage Policy
Full Committee Hearing
10 AM, 430 Dirksen Building