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  • House and Senate Cloakroom: March 1-5, 2010

    The House Cloakroom: March 1 – 5, 2010

    Analysis

    The House will be in for a short week, only taking votes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The fallout from President Obama’s health care summit will continue to take center stage this week as negotiations continue to bring a health care vote to the House and Senate floors once again.  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said to expect “further action on jobs” this week but it is unclear what exactly that means.  Also expected on the floor next week is a bill out of the Education and Labor Committee, worrying some private schools as well as those who disagree with a Washington-centric one-size-fits-all policy.

    Major Floor Action

    • Expect legislation to extend some expiring provisions on things like unemployment insurance, highways, the “Doc Fix”, satellite TV and perhaps others.
    • Still-to-be-defined jobs measures
    • HR 4247 The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in School Acts

    Major Committee Action

    • The House Appropriations Subcommittees will continue to hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations.
    • The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on Navy Shipbuilding.
    • Several Committees will continue to hold hearings on the 2011 budget requests.

    The Senate Cloakroom: March 1 – 5, 2010

    Analysis

    While the Senate focuses on the shiny object of government job creation and tax extenders, the real action will take place behind closed doors as Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and his deputies explore their options on Obamacare.  Following last week’s health care summit and the President’s assertion that there are indeed “ philosophical disagreements,” the stage seems set for reconciliation.  If the Senator Reid does go nuclear, the entire Congressional agenda, including talks on financial regulatory reform, could well be thrown into chaos.

    Major Floor Action

    • On Monday, the Senate will take up H.R.4213, which will serve as the vehicle an extension of jobless benefits, COBRA insurance and numerous health payments offered by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT).  Numerous tax provisions will also be extended in the bill.

    Major Committee Action

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    3 Responses to House and Senate Cloakroom: March 1-5, 2010

    1. Drew Page, IL says:

      It will be interesting to see how the House and Senate will reconcile extending unemployment benefits and other expenditures with the recent "Pay/Go" legislation that was recently signed into law.

    2. linda long shelbyvil says:

      please update us so we will know where the extended unemployment bill stands and are they going to add addional tiers for people who have exhausted their benefits sure hope this will be swift and not get bogged down in politics

    3. margarita says:

      hope an extension will be given to people like me who has exhausted all benefits and still no job . i have been looking applying in person and on line but it is hard. i really pray for this it would really help us all tll we find a job to make ends meet . thank you

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