Congressional and Legislative Weekly Outlook — July 11, 2016

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What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House:

On Monday and Tuesday, the House will consider a series of non-controversial bills under suspension of the rules. A full list is available here. On Wednesday and the balance of the week, the House will consider the following: Continue reading

Weekly Washington Outlook — July 5, 2016

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White House at Night 1792 Washington, DC, USA

What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House:

On Tuesday, the House will consider a series of non-controversial bills under suspension of the rules. A full list is available here.

On Wednesday and the balance of the week, the House will consider the following:
1) H.R. 5611 – Homeland Safety and Security Act (Subject to a Rule)(Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Homeland Security Committee)
2) H.R. 4361 – The Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act of 2016, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Gary Palmer / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
3) H.R. 5485 – Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ander Crenshaw / Appropriations Committee)
4) H.R. 1270 – Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Ways and Means Committee)
5) Possible Consideration of Legislation Related to the Federal Aviation Administration
6) Possible Motion to Go to Conference on S. 2943 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, and Possible Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees
7) Possible Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany S. 524 – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016

Senate:
On Wednesday, the Senate will take procedural votes on S. 3100, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act (Sen. Toomey) and S. 1762, Kate’s Law (Sen. Cruz). Later in the day, the Senate will vote on the confirmation of Brian Martinotti to be U.S. District Judge for the district of New Jersey. The Senate is also expected to consider spending for the Department of Defense and legislation related to genetically modified foods.

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Weekly Washington Outlook — June 27, 2016

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U.S. Capitol 1793-1863 Washington, DC, USA

What to Watch This Week:

 Congress:

House:

The House is in recess, returning Tuesday, July 5.

Senate:

On Monday, the Senate will consider the nomination of Robert F Rossiter to be U.S. District Judge for the district of Nebraska. On Tuesday, Majority Leader McConnell has scheduled a vote on a vehicle for funding to combat the Zika virus. Later in the week, the Senate will resume consideration of the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill and could vote on a gun-related provision sponsored by Senator Collins (R-Maine). The Senate also plans to vote on PROMESA, House-backed legislation to help Puerto Rico’s financial and humanitarian crisis.

White House:

On Monday, the president will welcome the 2015 WNBA Champions, the Minnesota Lynx, to honor the team and their WNBA championship victory.

On Tuesday, President Obama will attend meetings at the White House.

On Wednesday, the president will travel to Ottawa, Canada for the North American Leaders’ Summit, where he will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. While in Ottawa, President Obama will also address a joint session of the Parliament of Canada.

On Thursday and Friday, the president will attend meetings at the White House.

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Weekly Washington Outlook — June 13, 2016

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What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House:

On Monday, the House will consider a series of non-controversial bills under suspension of the rules. A full list is available here.

On Tuesday and the balance of the week, the House will consider the following:

1)      H.R. 5053 Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Ways and Means Committee)

2)      H.R. 5293 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee)

Senate:

On Monday, the Senate will consider S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act. Later in the week, the Senate is expected to consider S. 2837, the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill.

White House:

On Monday, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. FBI Director Comey, DHS Secretary Johnson, NCTC Director Rasmussen, and Deputy Attorney General Yates will join to provide an update on the investigation into the attack in Orlando, Florida.  A public schedule for the balance of the week is not available.

Supreme Court:

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued an opinion in the Puerto Rico v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust.  In an opinion by Justice Thomas, the court affirmed that Puerto Rico does not have the authority to pass its own legislation on debt restructuring; the Commonwealth must rely on an act of Congress.  Justice Sotomayor dissented and was joined by Justice Ginsberg.

Also this Week:

Puerto Rico – Last week, the House passed the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act,” or PROMESA (H.R. 5278) with comfortable bipartisan support.   Senator McConnell is expected to bring the legislation to the Senate floor in the next three weeks and Senate Democrats are considering options to address some of the legislation’s labor provisions, along with the scope of the oversight board’s authority. Puerto Rico has a $2 billion debt payment due July 1.

Appropriations – The Senate plans to consider its Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill this week.  Senators may try to force votes on gun-related issues in the wake of this weekend’s events in Orlando.  Elsewhere, the House will consider its Defense spending bill; to avoid controversial votes, the Speaker will no longer allow an open amendment process for appropriations bills.  At the Committee-level, the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark-up the Homeland Security spending bill Tuesday. In its current form, the legislation would bar implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration while legal challenges are ongoing.

Health – The House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a two-day mark-up over Tuesday and Wednesday on mental health legislation (H.R. 2646).  The legislation would expand psychiatric and psychological support for those suffering from mental illness and their families.  The legislation expands services eligible under Medicaid and alters existing privacy policies to allow for information-sharing among providers.  Democrats on the Committee have had concerns with the privacy-related language and also the definition of “evidence-based practices,” arguing that it is prohibitive of practices that may be culturally competent.  Elsewhere, House and Senate leaders continue negotiations to reconcile differences in approved Zika funding.

Education – The Administration will announce a proposed rule today to make student loan debt relief easier for borrowers defrauded by colleges.  The rule is a response to debt claims from students at Corinthian Colleges.  The rule could make it easier for students to sue higher education institutions in cases of fraud and would grant the Department of Education more authority to intervene in financially distressed institutions.

Tax – The House will vote on legislation (H.R. 5053) that bars the Internal Revenue Service from requiring tax-exempt organization from disclosing donors.  Currently, many tax-exempt organizations must disclose donors who contribute at least $5,000 annually.  Elsewhere, the Speaker is expected to release a blueprint for tax reform, similar to last week’s anti-poverty plan, on June 24th.

Weekly Washington Outlook — June 6, 2016

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US Supreme Court 1935 Washington, DC, USA

What to Watch This Week:

 Congress:

House:

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will consider a series of non-controversial bills under suspension of the rules.  A full list is available here.

On Thursday and the balance of the week, the House will consider the following:

  • R. 5325– Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Graves / Appropriations Committee)
  • R. 5278– Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)(Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy / Natural Resources Committee)
  • Con.Res. 89– Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Scalise / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Con.Res. 112– Expressing the sense of Congress opposing the President’s proposed $10 tax on every barrel of oil. (Subject to a Rule)(Sponsored by Rep. Charles Boustany / Ways and Means Committee)

Senate:

On Monday, the Senate will consider S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act.

White House:

On Monday, the president will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl 50 victory.

On Tuesday, President Obama will meet with Prime Minister Modi of India at the White House. The visit will highlight the deepening of the U.S.-India relationship in key areas since the President’s visit to New Delhi in January 2015

On Wednesday, the president will travel to New York to attend a DSCC event and a DNC event.

On Thursday, President Obama will host a reception at the White House in recognition of LGBT Pride Month.

On Friday, the president will attend meetings at the White House.

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