Weekly Washington Outlook – February 3, 2014

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What to Watch This Week:


The House:

On Monday, the House will take up two measures under suspension of the rules, the Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act (H.R. 1791) and the GI Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 (H.R. 357).  On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will consider the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2013 (H.R. 3590) and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act (H.R. 3964).  Finally, on Thursday, the House will vote on the Public Access and Lands Improvement Act (H.R. 2954).  No votes are expected Friday.

The Senate:

The Senate on Monday evening will vote to invoke cloture on the Farm Bill conference report.  A vote on final passage is expected on Tuesday.  Following passage, it is possible that the Senate will return to its consideration of unemployment insurance.

White House:

On Monday, the president will meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and will attend other unspecified meetings at the White House.  On Tuesday, President Obama will deliver remarks on education.  In the evening, the president will host the House Democratic Caucus for a roundtable and reception at the White House. The Vice President will also attend.  On Wednesday, Mr. Obama will deliver remarks at the Senate Democratic Issues Conference.  On Thursday, he will deliver remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. The vice president and the First Lady will also attend.  Later, the president will meet with President Martelly of Haiti at the White House.  Details about Friday’s schedule have not yet been released.  Continue reading

Weekly Washington Outlook – December 9, 2013

White House at Night

What to Watch This Week:


The House: The House will reconvene Monday afternoon to consider under suspension of the rules the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act (H.R. 3627), sponsored by Congressman Pittenger (R-N.C.).  The bill would direct the Attorney General to prepare a report detailing child abuse penalties in each state.  The balance of the week, the House will consider a number of Veteran Affairs and Foreign Affairs Committee-backed bills under suspension of the rules as well as the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2019).  This bill redirects federal funding for conventions to pediatric research.  It is possible that the House will bring to the floor a budget conference report, a farm bill conference report, or legislation for the so-called “doc fix” this week as well.

The SenateOn Monday, the Senate will vote on a House-passed bill (H.R. 3626) that extends a ban on the manufacture, sale, and possession of entirely plastic guns for another ten years.  The Chamber will next resume consideration of the FY2014 defense authorization bill and will vote on the confirmation of Patricia Ann Millett for a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  Later in the week the Senate is expected to vote on several other pending judicial and executive nominees, including Congressman Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

White House: The President and the First Lady will be in South Africa this week attending Nelson Mandela’s funeral.  No other public events are scheduled for the week.  Continue reading