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October 19, 2015

Congress Is Back!

After a one week recess to enjoy Columbus Day, Congress is back in session — the Senate will convene Monday and the House will be back Tuesday. The Senate is back and will be focused on considering S2146, the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. It’s a bit looser on the House-side, which will be…


September 21, 2015

Pope Week with China Too!

Originally this week was scheduled to be a recess week to observe Yom Kippur, but Congress is back this week to welcome Pope Francis to town. Incidentally, the Pope’s visit to DC is just one of series of high profile visitors. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain were in town last week for a…


July 6, 2015

This Week in Congress, July 6-10

Congress is back in session today after a break for the Independence Day holiday. This week the Senate takes up floor consideration of the No Child Left Behind overhaul while the House’s floor action will focus on Interior-Environment Appropriations, the Student Success Act, and, notably, 21st Century Cures. Here’s what we’re watching in committee-land: TUESDAY,…


June 29, 2015

Fourth of July Recess

Both the House and Senate are in using the Fourth of July as a district work period. Congress will return Monday, July 6th to continue working on the FY16 Appropriations process! Happy Fourth of July!


June 22, 2015

This Week in Congress, June 22-26

TUESDAY, JUNE 23 Senate Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION 3 p.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Markup Senate Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: TRANSPORTATION-HUD 10 a.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Markup   WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 House Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION 10:15 a.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg. Full Committee Markup   THURSDAY, JUNE 25 House Foreign Affairs CHINA…


June 9, 2015

This Week in Congress, June 8-12

It’s a big week for CJS and Defense Appropriations in the Senate. Both will be marked up in subcommittee and by the full Senate Appropriations Committee this week. Here’s the full list of committee’s we’re paying attention to this week. TUESDAY, JUNE 9 Senate Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: DEFENSE 10:30 a.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee…


June 1, 2015

This Week in Congress, June 1-5

Congress is back in session today after a week long recess. This week the House is expected to consider Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations beginning Tuesday at noon and floor consideration of Transportation-HUD Appropriations may begin as early as Thursday. The Senate is expected to continue consideration of a bill that would extend provisions of the Patriot Act…


May 19, 2015

This Week in Congress, May 18-22

There’s lots to keep an eye on in committee this week! We’re paying particularly close attention to the 21st Century Cures markup in House Energy & Commerce, the CJS markup in House Appropriations, and the Higher Education Act hearing in Senate HELP. As always, committee work can be live-streamed on each committee’s website and select…


May 13, 2015

NDAA PATRIOT Act Combo with an Abortion Chaser

Today, the House will vote on the rule to consider the NDAA. In a development, the Rules committee decided to combine the NDAA with two other pieces of legislation, namely HR 2048, the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 and HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. HR  2048, the USA FREEDOM Act is a bipartisan measure…


February 23, 2015

This Week in Congress, February 23-27

The Department of Homeland Security will take stage front and center this week as Congress has only five days left to pass a continuing resolution to fund the agency through the remainder of the fiscal year. Elsewhere on the Hill, we’re paying attention to these committee hearings. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Senate Health, Education, Labor &…



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