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  • House and Senate Cloakroom: April 26-30, 2010

    House Cloakroom: April 26-30

    Once again the major issues for the week will be on the Senate side with possible consideration of a financial regulation overhaul bill and the possible introduction of a climate change bill by Senators Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman.  The House will be taking up three smaller measures this week focusing on misspent federal funds, defense acquisition, and Puerto Rico.  Though the defense acquisition bill received complete bi-partisan support out of the House Armed Services Committee and is lauded as a bill that would save taxpayers billions of dollars it is more likely to increase bureaucracy, add more regulation, create a slower and less efficient acquisition system, and continue a risk adverse mentality at the Pentagon.

    Major Floor Action

    • HR 3393 — Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2009
    • HR 5013 — Implementing Management for Performance and Related Reforms to Obtain Value in Every Acquisition Act of 2010
    • HR 2499 – Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009

    Major Committee Action

    • The House Armed Services Committee will hold a number of hearings during the week, most notably a full committee hearing on the “Security and Stability in Pakistan” and a subcommittee hearing on the budget for the Army Reserve, National Guard, and Air National Guard.
    • The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade will hold its first hearing with new subcommittee Chairman John Tanner (D-TN) to discuss U.S.-Cuba policy.
    • The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Environment will hold hearing on reducing dependence on oil.

    Senate Cloakroom:  April 26-30

    It’s all about financial regulation in the Senate.  Rumors persist that Senators Dodd (D-CT) and Shelby (R-AL) are closing in on a deal, but Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) is promising to move ahead with a vote on Monday even if a deal does not exist.  Senator Dodd’s bill is fatally flawed and conservatives believe a complete re-write is necessary—a watered down compromise remains unacceptable.  Global warming will make a come back on Monday, as Senators Kerry (D-MA), Graham (R-SC) and Lieberman (I-CT) unveil their plan to tax American energy.

    Major Floor Action

    • On Monday at 5:00pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to Senator Dodd’s financial regulation bill (S.3217).  If cloture is invoked, the Senate will debate and amend the bill for the remainder of the week.

    Major Committee Action

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    One Response to House and Senate Cloakroom: April 26-30, 2010

    1. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      The links to the major floor action seem to not be working. However, only Congress could come up with HR5013. Business people do this every day of their lives – and it takes a law to require Congress to buy something of worth. Please!

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